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Simple and Plane Momiji-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area

Bedrooms 1
Space 559 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom is UPSTAIRS , living room, kitchen, relaxing bathroom

Kyoto is famous for having been the ancient capital of Japan, dating back over 1200 years.The sheer beauty of the temples, shrines, gardens and culture imbued within, makes Kyoto one of the most revered places in Japan.

Momiji-an (Autumn Maple) is one unit of Kyo Machiya Miyabi in Kiyomizu area, a big Kyoto traditional house, and was designed and divided in three machiya (Bairin-an, Shofu-an, Momiji-an) by renowned Kyoto based architect, Geoffrey P. Moussas.

Momiji-an is being meticulously preserved with the traditional techniques that have been handed down over the centuries. While sticking to tradition is important for the architect, updating the facilities, such as modern bath-shower room, high-tech toilet, kitchen, heating floor, are just as important to meet the present day needs of our selective clientele. The delicate balance between 'old and new' is what sets this apart.

Momiji-an is at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, which is been designed a World Cultural Heritage, and very convenient to visit others famous temples, shrines, and Gion, the most famous Geisha district!

Enjoy Kyoto and the distinctive feautures of local townhomes by staying in a real Machiya, feeling the natural way of living and the change of seasons which distinguishes Kyoto' culture and its people.

City buses or rental bikes can take you to most famous sites in Kyoto within 30 minutes.

Please see our other 2 listings in the same place:Shofu-an VRBO#438156 & Momiji-an VRBO#438158.

In Sanjo-Kamanza area other 2 listings: Shimoza-an VRBO#514790 & Kamiza-an VRBO#51458o within 30 minutes.

In Aneyakoji area other 2 listings: Kaede VRBO#1077968 & Satsuki VRBO#1077956.

Kyoto is waiting for you!


Payments are charged in Japanese Yen.

US$ rates for reference only.

Yen 27.000〜 for two guests per night;

plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest per night,

no charge under 5.

When the stay is shorter than 2 nights as requested Yen 5.000 is added on the total amount for extra fees.

※Please let us know the number of people correctly.

If the number of people is different from the number you actually book with, we will charge you extra.

Person not registrated for accommodation must refrain from staying overnight in the room.

Please feel free to ask to us for any questions.

More Details

Property Manager
Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Toshimitsu Negishi

Hello, everyone!

We are 4 girls who live in Kyoto and Osaka!

Shiho: I was a professional skier in Japan and Canada.

I love playing all kinds of sports and drinking with girls' friend.

We sometimes go to have dinner together.

On my day off, I travel and explore in Kyoto.

Jacky:I have been to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

I stadied English in Australia, so my accennt is a little bit Aussie accent.

I love traveling, reading books, comics, watching animation of Ghibli,talking with my guests and sharing my life in Kyoto.

Kumiko: I have been to Canada, Hawaii, Guam, Australia and Taiwan.

I like watching movies, sweets, Disney.

I am looking forward to meeting people from all over the world.

Mia: I LOVE traveling, have been to over 10 countries and many places in Japan :)

I also like walking along the river and relaxing on my day off.

I'm looking forward to meeting you in Kyoto!

Please feel free to contact us anytime!

Toshimitsu Negishi purchased this townhome in 2012

Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Higashiyama

We could see a glitter of traditional atmosphere on the roof, wooden pillars, sliding doors or small gardens inside the house.

The townhouse is called Machiya and this house strongly stimulated us to restore for living. Machiya used to be townhouses or shops for the merchants in the 17 th century.

Not only temples and shrines, but machiya stay is an attractive experience for all who want to know more about Kyoto ' life style and its culture.

What makes this townhome unique

A 15 minutes walk will take you to the riverside of the Kamogawa. You can take a pleasent stroll along the river, or do shopping in the nearby Kawaramachi area, convenient during rainy days as the shopping streets are covered, like Nishiki food market street.

A night life spot is Pontocho, a narrow lane with no cars, full of elegant restaurants, bars, and where you can have a glimpse of a Geisha or Maiko on the way or from an appointment.

Next street west of Pontocho is Kiyamachi, a very lively night zone where you can find many kinds of restaurants, bars, pubs and more...

Enjoy Kyoto just walking from Momiji-an!


Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 559 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • 3 Futons on Tatami mat room
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


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(24 traveler reviews)

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Simple and Plane Momiji-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Clean and lovely.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very friendly and clean. I had a great stay here!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Beautifully renovated traditional house

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Momiji-an. It is a beautifully renovated traditional Japanese house in a historic part of Kyoto, near to the Higashiyama heritage trail and close to Gion. The bedroom is exquisite and the bathroom is fabulous. Mariko was a wonderful extra mile host, picking us up and dropping us off at the station, as well as booking restaurants and organising access to the Moss Temple. We look forward to staying in this very charming place again, as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A great place to stay in beautiful Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this Kyoto apartment. Its location is superb, only a two minute walk west to Higashi Oji Dori street where there are lots of buses and taxis. There is a Fresco grocery store about 5 minutes walk north on this street, and lots of restaurants too. The Matsubara-dori tourist street which leads to more restaurants and the Kiyomizu-dera temple is only a two minute walk to the north. The apartment is perfectly located as a base to explore the southern Higashiyama temple district, and is a 30 minute walk from central/downtown Kyoto. It is also handy for the Gion teahouse/geisha district. The area is quiet and we slept well every night. It was great to come back here to recharge after a long day of walking in Kyoto.

The apartment itself is a little small by western standards, but this is pretty typical for Japan. It is set back from the street and is quite secluded. The kitchen is small but very functional, there is a small sink and one-ring induction cooking ring. The microwave also functions as a small oven, which is very useful. There is a small fridge which is perfectly fine.

The bathroom is excellent, there is a heated floor with big bath and a shower, and lots of natural light; it is screened very well from the outside. There is a washing machine/dryer too which is very useful.

The bedroom is upstairs, and it is a lovely traditional Japanese bedroom, and there is lots of light in the morning. The floor is tatami mats and the beds are futons with single quilts.

The living room is a good size, it has a heated floor and lots of storage space, with a small dining table and 4 chairs. The sofa is comfortable. There is a ‘vertical garden’ outside the window. The room is a little dark in the daytime, but there is good artificial lighting.

A really unique feature of this place is that our hosts were so very kind. They picked us up from Kyoto station, checked on us to make sure we were doing OK, and then picked us up again and took us back to the station. This is a great service, it was very much appreciated!

In summary, we stayed here for 4 nights and really enjoyed our stay. We would recommend this to others, and would stay here again. Thanks to Yumi and Mariko for taking care of us!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely machiya near Kiyomizudera

  • 5 of 5

Clean, comfortable and spacious. Love the bathroom! Appreciate being able to stay in a traditional styled home right in old Kyoto, so near Kiyomizudera and the other amazing spots. Other plus about location is supermarket within walking distance and great coffee (% Arabica) just 1 street away. Mariko was very welcoming and very helpful!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perth, Australia

Live the traditional Japanese life in style

  • 5 of 5

This little jewel of a place was a delight from the bamboo lined path entrance to the comfortable futon bedroom, adorned traditionally with fresh flowers and Japanese scroll.

The cosy kitchen and living area were well equipped , even sporting a coffee machine and coffee pods, (most welcome)and the bathroom complete with bath, set in a garden but safe from the weather was especially nice .

Mario was very welcoming and available for all queries and topped off with being in the perfect location for good food, the old quarter of Gion and the temples nearby as well as a very handy bus stop made our stay here a unique and enjoyable experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal Canada

wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

The 3 of us stayed at the Momiji-an machiya for 4 nights. The unit is in a quiet residential area with easy access to all the sights of Kyoto. It has been recently renovated and has all modern amenities. It is also within walking distance to a supermarket where we bought good sashimi and wagyu beef. All queries were quickly addressed and Mariko was most helpful. We enjoyed our stay very much and we highly recommend Momiji-an.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Wine bar
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojyo Station
Nearest Motorway
8.6 Kilometres
Meishin Highway Kyoto Higashi Inter
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Ashiya ( steak house )
Car: not necessary

Kiyomizu Temple , a World Cultural Heritage -

Gion, Geisha district -

Kenninji Zen Temple -

Yasaka Pagoda -

Kodaiji Temple -

Maruyama Park -

Yasaka Shrine -

Nishiki market

Sanjusangendo the temple of 1001 wooden statues of Buddhist Goddess..


There are over 800 temples and shrines in Kyoto!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Basic rate is for two guests, each extra guest is charged Yen 3.000 per night, no charge under five.
Rent includes all utilities, rates,tax, charges associated with the use, the occupancy of the property.
Rates are in Japanese Yen.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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