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 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.
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'
This is a traditional neighborhood so we ask that guests please be respectful of the neighbors.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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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.