The Karavansara Kyoto Machiya is a 100 year old traditional Japanese house located across the street from the Imperial Palace (Gosho) in the exact center of Kyoto, Japan. The house has two floors, two toilets, a separate shower, kitchen and gardens.
The house is in amazing condition and a fabulous example of traditional Japanese architecture and craftsmanship. Each year we do a full maintenance to replace the screens and up keep the house and (as architects) we are inspired by the thoughtfulness and precision of the individual pieces that make up the building.
Our neighborhood is a nice quite place right in the center of Kyoto. It is an old traditional residential zone, so, while their are olenty of restaurants and small shops, there are no large commercial buildings. It is also very, very quiet for the center of town.
We are located within 7 minutes walk of two stations on the Karasuma subway line which is the main line that runs north to south in Kyoto. It takes less than 10 minutes to get from the main Kyoto train station to the house by taxi. In fact, Kyoto is a very small town geographically (nothing is more than 6km away from the house) and it is very easy to get around on public transportation.
Guests will have access to the entire house.
Interaction with Guests
We normally greet the guests upon their arrival. We live within 10 minutes travel of the house so we can be available should the guests need assistance.
The area around the house is a traditional neighborhood that has a great combination of small houses, shops and tourist sites. The house is located at the exact center of Kyoto and it is easy to see all the classic sites from here.
The house is located between 2 stops on the Karasuma Subway line (Imadegawa and Marutamachi). As we are in the center of town there are lots of buses and taxis also available. Note that Kyoto is different from Tokyo and there are not so many subway lines.
Other Things to Note
It is difficult to find a traditional house is better condition than the Karavansara Gosho Machiya. The gardens have just been re-done and the house is a perfect place to stay to round out your 'Kyoto Experience'
This is a traditional neighborhood so we ask that guests please be respectful of the neighbors.
Joshua is very good house owner arranged everything is good! The old tradition house is very wonderful and we love it so much! We enjoyed live there. hope will come back soon!
Very cool place to stay. The house itself has some idiosyncracies that come with being 90 years old, but is generally beautiful and functional. Joshua was very knowledgeable about the area and super responsive. Highly recommended!
Our family of two adults and three kids had a wonderful time staying in Joshua's home while visiting Kyoto for four days in January. The home and charming courtyard gardens are full of traditional Japanese character, which delighted all of us upon arrival. It's very peaceful and in a quiet neighbourhood, with a small supermarket directly across the road.
The home is in a very convenient location, only a block from the Imperial Palace and park and a short distance by taxi or subway to downtown. As we are a group of five, it was more efficient and cost-effective to get about in taxis, which are both cheap and plentiful, however there is a subway station about 500m away. Kyoto appears to be the perfect city to cycle about in, and there is one bike that can be used and others can be rented nearby.
When booking, Joshua pre-warned us that due to the wooden nature of the building that it was likely to be cold at this time of year, and this was true in the bathrooms and kitchen. However, in the living area and bedrooms there was air-conditioning, very effective radiator heating and a heated rug which kept us toasty warm. The bedding, too, was comfortable and warm.
I would definitely recommend Joshua's home to anyone wishing to experience the myriad delights of Kyoto, a city we will definitely be returning to.
We are very glad that you enjoyed the house. We always warm people that the traditional houses were designed more to stay cool in the hot humid summers than maintain heat in the winter. Still, we have done what we can to make the experience as authentic and 'warm' as possible. Cheers.
Kyoto is a fabulous city to visit - elegant, rich with history and easy to navigate. For us, the best way to experience it was by staying in a ryokan. Joshua's place was perfect. It was full of character and charm. Kyoto was freezing and, while some parts of the house were a bit cool, most of the time we were warm and cosy. The beds were really comfy and toasty. Joshua's directions were excellent and we found the place easily. Great location too - just a quick walk downtown to great shops, bars and restaurants. Sagoy!
We had four days stay at this quite and charming Japanese style house. The host was very helpful to communicate with us several days before check-in, and kindly allowed us to check in earlier. The location is convenient to both bus stops and subway, and make it very easy to all attractions in kyoto. By the way, if you want to cook a meal during your stay, the kitchen is well equipped and convenient shop is just there crossing the street.
We're lucky to find this house.
The house itself was very beautiful and several small japanese gardens around the building add up to the authentic atmosphere of japanese architecture. It was also spotlessly clean and well-equipped with all basic amenities for either a short or an extended stay. The futon beddings are pleasantly comfortable. The location, though not quite close to public transportation hub, is in central Kyoto and easily accessible by underground train and public bus. (10 mins walk from the house). There's a convenient store just across the street from the house.
The only concern I can think of is that the house might be a bit cold in winter as we found it to be quite chilly even in a cold night in autumn.
The house was enchanting. Even better than the photos and very comfortable. A lovely quiet street but only a block from the Imperial Palace garden. We loved the bathroom and the bath with a window on to one of the gorgeous little gardens. It was a real Japanese experience. Linh and Joshua were thoughtful hosts leaving all sorts of useful information for us and organising tickets for us to visit the Moss Garden.