Gagakuan is a 100- old- Machiya (townhouse) which I renovated inside into a modern house, convenient for living with high-tech facilities and using creative materials from all over the world.
It is located 5 min by taxi, 1 stop by subway from Kyoto station. It is very central of city but it is very quiet because it is off of main road.
After having a long day sightseeing you can relax and feel home even you are away from home.
nice local food restaurants
Nishiki Food Market
Additional charge after 2 guests:
3,000 yen to 5,000 yen depends on the season
The entire experience with Mako and Saki from beginning to end was amazing. Pre-trip, Mako was responsive & assisted with restaurant reservations for a few places where Japanese was needed. She also made great suggestions for new places that she thought we'd like during our stay and was a perfect host. It was so thoughtful to have a few groceries already in the fridge for our arrival. Overall this was one of the best experiences in travel hospitality that we have had.
The machiya itself was exactly as described/pictured and was such a pleasure to stay in. It is a beautifully kept mix of modern & traditional, has all the conveniences that you need, a nice & comfortable layout, and offers a warm feeling overall. Lastly, the location is close to a main subway line and walkable to many key areas. You truly feel like a local and Kyoto "insider" when you stay here.
I would highly recommend Gagakuan and Mako/Saki without any hesitation or reservations and we plan on staying here again for our next trip to Kyoto.
We stayed at Mako's beautiful house for 3 nights and had a wonderful time.
The house itself was delightful and was fully equipped with everything that you could possibly need, including a great coffee maker. Also the most comfortable bed in Japan! The house was in a great location and our hostess marked out local sites and points of interest on a map that she supplied us with. I thoroughly recommend this wonderful experience!
Saki was an excellent host! She greet us as the house and was extremely helpful in providing us suggestions on transit options and where/when to go to avoid crowds at the popular sites. We had a rainy day right in the middle of our stay so Saki texted me and suggested some nice indoor places to visit where we could stay dry.
The house itself is beautifully decorated. Such a great experience staying in a traditional machiya while still having all the modern conveniences of A/C, heating, laundry, etc.
Saki also recommended some wonderful restaurants in the neighborhood and helped us make reservations as well. Excellent home, excellent host!
I was fortunate enough to stay at Gagakuan for three and a half weeks in October - November 2014. It is an absolutely fantastic place. Not only is the Machiya itself absolutely beautiful, but you simply could not wish for better hosts than Saki san and Mako san.
Firstly, the Machiya. It has all the home comforts you'd need, has been beautifully preserved and is in a great location, near both the station and within walking distance of the sights of Kyoto (if you like to walk), or right beside Gojo underground station (if you don't!) It is a lovely, welcoming place to come home to in the evenings and is somewhere you will feel genuinely at home in. It also has wonderful character and feels like you're staying in a truly authentic kyoto residence, rather than some soulless hotel room. The photos of the place are accurate - it really is as good as it looks!
As for Mako san and Saki san, they were brilliant - hugely helpful with suggestions and recommendations and really helped me make the most of my time in Kyoto.
If you are considering staying here when visiting Kyoto, then my recommendation would be to forget wherever else you're looking at and just book it. The great reviews that Gagakuan has are all well deserved and you won't regret it!
Kiva talo, sekoitus perinteistä ja modernia. Talo oli erinomaisesti varustettu pienen perheen tarpeisiin. Naapurusto on sympaattinen ja turvallinen, lähellä keskustaa. Saki oli erinomainen emäntä ja auttoi meitä paljon.
I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Kyoto. Gagakuan is beautifully designed, spacious and in a quiet, conveniently-located Kyoto neighborhood. It was such a comfortable home to come back to after a long day of bike riding, sightseeing and eating our way through the city. The whole time, we were in such good hands thanks to Mako. She is such a welcoming host and helped us with everything - from finding the best local restaurants to checking on our flight status for us (there was an impending typhoon!). Mako went completely out of her way, before and during our stay, to make us feel comfortable.
My only regret is not staying here at the end of our trip to Japan. All the other hotels and ryokans we stayed at left us missing Gagakuan - it is a really special place.
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