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Kyoto Gojo Samurai Machiya

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 775 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House in Kyoto, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps 6

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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.

Getting around

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.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2017


Higashiyama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 775 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We basically expect our guests to behave the wa...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 6 beds (Futon)
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

We loved our stay at the Gojo Samurai House. Beautiful decorated, fantastic authentic Japanese

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Gojo Samurai House. Beautiful decorated, fantastic authentic Japanese accommodation. We highly recommand the house. Perfect place to stay and discover Kyoto. Akiko and Patrick were easy to communicate with. They are very lovely hosts.

Thank you Akiko and Patrick for a wonderful experience.

Vicki & Uli

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: travelmob
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  • 5 of 5

This machiya has been beautifully remodeled yet they kept some traditional elements in the architecture which makes it very cool and unique. It is also very nicely decorated and clean, but tall people beware, my husband and sons kept bumping their heads on the door frames. No big deal but I thought I would mention it.

Another thing is that it's not really suitable for small children, the stairs are very steep and the railing is not safe, also there are some low wood and paper sliding windows upstairs that look down on the first floor and a child could easily climb over and fall down. So watch your children if they are small.

The location is a bit off the center of activities, about 10 minute walk to the subway station which is a bit far if you have small kids or if it's raining. The nearest grocery store was a 20 minute walk, and the Gion area about 15-20 minutes away. So it's great if you like to walk and the weather is nice.

Overall it is a very cool place and we were glad we stayed in a traditional house and not a regular hotel. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Cleaning Fee: USD 60 per stay
    Additional Guests: USD 30 per night (after 2 guests)
    Weekend pricing applies to Friday, Saturday
    Check in after 3:00 PM, check out before 10:00 AM
    Cancellation Policy - Strict: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival (additional cancellation charges may apply)

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