Upstairs bedroom

Entire home/apt

6 Guests

2 Bedrooms

6 Beds

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About this listing

Butterfly Machiya is an authentic 100 year old Kyoto Machiya which was lovingly restored (and modernized) in 2013. The house is located in the exact center of Kyoto.

The home is fully licensed and inspected by Kyoto City for short term rentals.

The space

The Butterfly 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 plenty 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.

Guest access

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.

Other things to note

The house is fully licensed and inspected by the city of Kyoto for short-term stay. This included a full inspection of the house facilities, fire-safety systems and the property complies will all regulations.

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'

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $37 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $56
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price: $315 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

No Smoking.

This is a traditional neighborhood so we ask that guests please be respectful of the neighbors.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

106 Reviews

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Ruhua User Profile
June 2017
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed our old house in Kyoto so much. Cheers.
June 2017

Jason User Profile
June 2017
It's a family trip. My parents and I. This lovely traditional Japanese House is a great experience for us. Very comfortable and clean rooms. Fully equiped kitchen and bathroom. The garden is beautiful. It's a quite area if you like to have a good night sleep after all day doing sites. Host Joshua is very responsive and supportive before and during our stay. Definitely would like to stay here again next time visit Kyoto.
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
Yes, please come again! It was a pleasure to host you and your family.
June 2017

Ashish User Profile
June 2017
Very nice place, exactly as advertised. A bit away from the hubbub of the city. We encountered rain on one of our days and the umbrellas that Joshua had provided came in very handy. We did not meet Joshua but we did have a few questions for him, especially as it was our first day in Japan. He was quick to respond via chat on all occasions.
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
Glad that you all had a good time in Kyoto. Please come again sometime.
June 2017

David User Profile
May 2017
If you want non-traditional lodging, this is the place to stay in Kyoto. This traditional Kyoto Machiya house gave us a good sense of how old Japan used to live. The hosts were great and answered all our questions. We would come here again.
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
Thank you! I am glad that you all had such a great time.
May 2017

Kevin User Profile
May 2017
We all lived it!
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
Cheers. I am glad that you 'loved' the place so much. It is a special house.
May 2017

Bess User Profile
April 2017
This traditional-style house is amazing. The futons are really comfortable, the gardens are beautiful and the talking bath is a real hit.
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
I love taking a bath in that house. You can just sit there forever staring out the window at the internal garden and let the day soak away. Thanks for staying with us. Cheers.
April 2017

Anita User Profile
April 2017
The house is so beautiful and traditional! You could really live there like a Japanese family. Everything was just like as in the ad and we were very happy to visit there. The konbini just across the street was a big plus :)
Joshua And Linh User Profile
Response from Joshua And Linh:
Great! It is a very local experience and we are so glad that you enjoyed it.
April 2017

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We are architects living in Japan. Our passion is cultural travel and we have designed our places to be ideal place for your holiday. Let's chat soon about how to make your adventures perfect. Cheers.

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