About this listing
Beautifully renovated traditional Machiya townhouse in the heart of the old part of Kyoto. Walking distance to Gion, Kiyomizu, Shijo, Kawaramachi, surrounded by old charm and Geisha quarters.
Gion Machiya is a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse located on a small street in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. The location of the house is simply amazing with restaurants, cafes, super market, convenience stores, post office, ATMs, train/bus stations etc all within a short walking distance while offering a quietly relaxing atmosphere in a very traditional surroundings.
Gion Machiya is a very historical Kyoto style townhouse with an interior completely renovated in November 2009. Downstairs has a brand new fully equipped kitchen, a living/dining area with a French designer dining set, a flat screen TV, two single Italian leather sofas from Cassina, an antique cabinet, Tsuboniwa garden, and a modern western-style bathroom offering plenty of comforting space with art pieces from around the world.
Upstairs has Main bedroom with two single beds and convertible sofa, and a separate traditional tatami room which can be converted into a second bedroom where two sets of high quality futons can be laid out for two more guests. Designer linens/towels and organic body soap/shampoo/conditioner are provided with compliment.
The house is just off the main pathway to Kiyomizu temple, along a traditional Kyoto street where many of the residences have been long occupied by artisans and craftsmen who still work at home at their various trades.
Walking North for a few minutes will take you to one of the most famous Geisha districts in the world, Gion. There, you may spot beautifully dressed Geisha and Maiko moving to and from their lessons and tea houses. A scenic and leisurely 5-10 minute walk to the East will take you straight into Kiyomizu Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage listed site and the most cherished treasure of Kyoto. And all around the neighborhood you will find local grocers, bakeries, and restaurants of all types to make your dining and food gathering an enjoyable experience.
The owner of Gion Machiya is an American artist who has been a resident of Kyoto for the last 7 years, who naturally understands what foreign travelers need/wish to have while staying in this most amazing city of Japan he has fallen in love with himself. He also couldn't be more pleased with the location of the house, as it is situated perfectly amidst the best of the Kyoto sites and near all of the conveniences to guarantee your extended stay most pleasant and enjoyable.
Comprehensive map and guides, unlimited wifi (fibre optic), cable TV with international channels, etc etc
Interaction with guests
Local manager, Hiromi, is only a phone call away(mobile phone provided) for any assistance.
Historical and upmarket neighbourhood with craft shops, galleries, grocers, geisha quarters, temples, shrines, etc etc etc... Just walk around the neighbourhood and it's like you are in a huge historic museums!
Convenient to walk to many tourist sites as well as to take buses and trains.
Strictly No Smoking
No shoes inside the house
Rubbish sorting is super strictly set in Japan and we will reluctantly need to charge you extra fee against your security deposit if it's not done properly.
Late Check Out & Early Check In:
We will try our best to accommodate any request for late check out and early check in provided that there is availability and it is requested 24 hours prior to check in day or check out day. Please note that such requests, when accepted by the owner of the property via emails, are subject to extra charges.
NO SHOES INSIDE THE HOUSE!!
Needless to say, all properties in Japan have no shoes policy. Violating this rule would be also subject to extra charges in order to get a professional cleaner in or repair the damage done on the floor.
ABSOLUTELY NO PARTIES
As this house is in a very quiet neighbourhood, any kind of parties and loud music is not allowed at all times.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I'm a Japanese born, US educated professional having worked and lived in Japan, US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Bali. I have lived around the world through my 20s and 30s and finally settled in this beautiful Island of the Gods with three (mostly) adorable children and a very understanding and loving husband.
* We currently live half the year in Berlin, Germany for sending two younger kids to a Japanese school and stretching our wings to the Northern hemisphere for the first time!