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
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.
Très jolie maison dans un quartier agréable et authentique de Kyoto. Idéal pour visité les temples de l'Est de la ville. et Gion.
Notre hôte met à disposition une liste de très bonnes adresses de restaurants et boutiques du quartier. Accueil très sympathique.
Appartement très charmant situé dans le très agréable quartier de Gion. Le cœur animé de la ville est facilement accessible à poed. Emplacement idéal.
Notre hôte, que nous n'avons pas rencontré, a cependant été très présente à distance, s'occupant pour nous de la réservation de taxi.
Idéal pour découvrir Kyoto.
We thank Yukiko for providing this wonderful house and Hiromi's hospitality. The house is well-equppied and located so to make you feel like living as ordinary Japanese residents in Kyoto. A local supermarket and many lovely non-touristic restaurants are close by.
Overall we had a wonderful experience living at Yukiko's house.
We arrived at Kyoto station from Tokyo, grabbed a cab and handed him the info sheet provided by our host and were at the Machiya in 10 minutes... right in the heart of Gion.
The next morning we walked towards the temples and shrines, stumbled across a fantastic cafe for breakfast and world-class coffee shop (% Arabica) while we planned our week.
The neighborhood is lovely, quiet (very, very quiet), and filled with restaurants, shops, a large grocery, and steeped in history. 3 block away, the Maikos were entertaining a large group.
This is THE place to stay in Kyoto for a family. A large, two floor, two bedroom house. Fantastic hosts. Lots of support, a book full of things to do, central location, wifi...
The house is perfect - very calm, quiet, clean, and well equipped. The machiya is very well located with plenty of shops, and a lot of sights in walking distance.
Accessing the house was made very easy by the host, who provided us with all the required information. The house was very well equipped with everything supplied to make us feel at home. Thank you Yukiko!
We really enjoyed staying in the house!
The Gion Machiya was a wonderful place to stay in the Gion area of Kyoto. It was clean, modern and had all of the amenities. We enjoyed staying in a neighborhood, within walking distance to many of Kyoto's temples and shopping. The host communicated efficiently and there were clear directions to the house as well as a detailed binder with maps and other important information.
We had an amazing time at Gion Machiya. Kyoto is a wonderful city full of tradition with heaps to do. Everything was perfect. The house was very well equipped with everything supplied to make us feel at home. I would definately recommend it to others. Look forward to coming back soon.
Sean, Helen and Trinity
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About the Host, Yukiko
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.