Unoan is a 100-years old machiya that has been beautifully renovated into a luxurious accommodation for short stays. You can rent the whole house for more than one day, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy the experience. Kyoto machiya are the traditional residences of Kyoto merchants.
Normally their front business area has a long hallway that leads to the kitchen and eventually to the small garden. The outside of the buildings are covered with white lime plaster that has slit windows.The area of the house, Mitsumori used to be called Izumidono, which is a name of a famous leader of samurai, Taira no Kiyomori. This means that Unoan is built on the site of his residence.
Unoan is across the street from Rokuharamitsuji Temple. Located in Higashiyama area where many of Kyoto's cultural heritage sites remain. Unoan is in an excellent location with easy access to popular sightseeing spots such as historical Gion area, Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
You can also easily visit the World Heritage, Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple and Shimogamo Shrine by train and bus. The main shopping areas, department stores and the Pontocho dining and entertainment district are all within easy walking distance.
House Rules: We are afraid that smoking is completely for forbidden.
Pets are not allowed.
Out stay in Kyoto was wonderful. Staying at Unoan was a major reason for such a pleasant experience. It is a beautifully kept and restored machiya. Masaru-san met us at the beginning of our stay and was a knowledgeable and gracious host. His recommendations for food and local sights were perfect. The location is within walking distance of many places to explore. Highly recommend staying here if you visit Kyoto.
Thank you so much for having us! Masaru was an incredibly kind host, waiting very late at night for our arrival, despite us getting lost. The house was beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay. Being able to stay in a traditional townhouse was definitely a big highlight of our trip in Japan.
The townhouse was spectacular. Fully equipped, well located in a quit neighborhood with a lot of light and a peaceful environment, we felt welcomed from minute one. We were travelling with our 1 year old twins and they just loved the tatami. If you're looking for a real Japanese experience, you shouldn't miss something like this.
What can we say about our host? The main reason we fell in love with Japan is their people, and one true example of how extraordinary hostes they are is Masaru. He helped us as we arrived into the house by fixing up one of our strollers (got some missed screws from travelling by plane) and he was there every time we asked for an advice, an address, anything we need. He even managed to return to us some forgotten goods we left at the house when we were heading to Osaka. We should definitely will come back!
Good location. Nice and friendly hosts.
Will probably stay there if visit Kyoto again.
We stayed here for 5 nights during Autumn.
My wife and two girls (aged 7 and 12) loved every moment in the house. It's like being in a traditional house but with all the modern convenience at your ready. I was super impressed with the washing machine that not only washes but then even dries with the same press of the button! Coffee machines, beautiful modern bathroom, new tatami mats (I can still smell the fresh straw!!), everything...
With all the mod-cons the house still retains the sense of being in a 100 year old house. The architecture is fantastic - the old wooden beams have been retained, and the rice paper walls frame that perfect Japanese quintessential feel.
The upstairs balcony feels like a little cubby house hideaway spot - it was a great spot to have a cup of tea on with the kids and wife.
The garden is beautiful to look at from the bath. Even though the maple trees are not 'mature' yet it does not matter. The beauty about these trees is that as the house develops then so do they - I can't wait to see what they will look like in 20 years!
The beds are fantastic (my girls did like the extra futon for softness...).
We really made this place our home in Kyoto. The same lady would walk past the house with her poodle every morning and the girls got to give the dog a pat. It really gave us a sense of living in the town...
Supermarkets, markets, temples, train stations, bus stops, restaurants, 7/11's, a bakery in Ajiki Roji, Geisha districts, Gion (and a lot more) were just a short bike ride away (anywhere from 1- 20 minutes). Considering that they supply the bikes - the rest of exploring Kyoto is really up to you!
We hired a bike with a child seat for our 7 year old from a bike shop called J-Cycle. It was about 10-15 minutes ride away. And we did find a bike shop closer called Gojo Cycles. So might recommend that for the next people to save time.
The hosts Masaru (and his wife) were able to help out with more specific information. We asked for help with finding potteries and martial arts classes which they provided with more than sufficient information and google map printouts. We found the owners fantastic. They cleaned the place half way through our stay and replaced the towels. Apart from that we didn't hear from them (but knew they would've helped us out if we needed them).
I would highly recommend this place.
Don't stay in a hotel with other travellers!
Get amongst it with the locals and make Kyoto your home.
We love your lovely home. Very Japanese but modern and cozy. Thanks for all...
I recommended for all my friends to stay in your house when they visit Kyoto. Thanks Masaru...