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Gojo Machiya is a Japanese traditional townhouse built before 1897 (last known record). It has just been fully renovated and features luxurious modern facilities.
Perfect location to experience the traditional lifestyle of the people of Kyoto in full comfort.
Redesigned by the famous Japanese architect Mr. Yoshihiko Mamiya (Infix design inc.), special attention was paid to the atmosphere of the place for the enjoyment of our guests.
Our concept is Old Traditional Machiya with Modern Comfort. Yes, traditional Machiya are actually very cold in winter and quite hot during the summer. We paid particular attention to the insulation of walls and ceiling, installed floor heating around the ground floor, radiator in the Western style bedroom and the laundry room, and a heater/dryer in the bathroom. All the rooms have air conditioning. Also, to provide a pleasant bright environment around the ground floor (traditional Machiya are often quite dark), we created a light pit above the staircase and restored the original Hibukuro. The whole place has been decorated with various old traditional Japanese art-crafts.
The newly renovated townhouse features two traditional tatami mat bedrooms (sleeping on futon) and one Western-style bedroom with two single beds, two toilets (one per floor), sliding wooden doors (some are old original ones), Shoji and Fusuma paper doors, modern cypress bathroom, "tsubo niwa" (courtyard garden).
In the living / dining area, we have a wood dining table with 6 chairs. During the cold winter, you will appreciate the heat coming from the floor both in the living/dining area and the Japanese living space. The house is also equipped with a fully automatic All-In-One Washer / Dryer.
The fully equipped modern kitchen will pleased anyone who wants to cook at home. A large selection of cooking utensils, one induction cooktop, dish washer, microwave oven / oven, all kind of appliances such as rice cooker, toaster, blender, electric kettle, regular coffee machine, and dishes, plates, glasses for six. The setting is particularly convenient for people who stay for a longer period and those who also eat at home. And of course, you'll find the basics such as salt-pepper, oil, sauce, soja, etc.
The place is very conveniently located for easy access to all sightseeing sites around Kyoto, and with over 70 m2, it is adequate for a larger group (spacious enough for 6 people).
And of course, hi-speed wi-fi internet is available anywhere in the house.
In Higashiyama district, the house is located in a quiet residential area near a number of interesting places.
Miyagawacho Geisha district is a mere five min away
Hanami Koji: Gion Kobu Geisha district: 15 min
Kenninji Zen temple: 15 min
Toyokuni Jinja shrine: with markets held on 8, 18, 28th of every month: 5 min
Sanjusangendo Temple: famous with its amazing 1001 statues of Kannon: 7 min
Kiyomizu Dera Temple: one of the most famous temple in Kyoto: 20 min
Kyoto National Museum: great source of culture: 7 min
Kamo River - great running course by the river: 3 min.
We are located just behind the Gojo Post Office, less than 20 min away on foot from Kyoto station and the JR lines.
Kyomizu-Gojo station (Keihan line) is a few minutes away.
Gojo subway station is 12 minutes away.
In addition, several Kyoto Bus stops are a mere few minutes away from the house.
And there are always taxi available around.