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Machiya near Gion, authentic 'KYOTO' Atmosphere

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome


About the property

1 bedrooms, 1 full bathrooms, 3 to 4 Sleeps

This is a small machiya located in one of the most picturesque parts of Kyoto, Gion district which is kyoto's most famous traditional area is in walking distance. If you are looking for the very KYOTO experience, this is a perfect location.

This house is completely renovated in 2010, Very comfortable and cozy space for a small group after a long day of sightseeing!

Location: Very close to Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto’s most famous cherry blossom viewing site Maruyama Park, and etc. The location, Sanjyo area is perfect spot for everyone. It is very convenient location, the kyoto's biggest street SHIJYO street is just around the corner, and yet still very quiet at night. You can find everything in a walking distance. Ancient temples, museums, restaurants, bars, cute cafes, shops, department stores - it's all here! Also the bus stop and train station are very close to the house, (literally 30 sec by walking to the bus stop and 2 minutes to the train station.) so it's very easy access to all other areas in Kyoto!

There is a famous Kamo river close to the house, you can have a day or night picnic by the river if the weather in nice out.

House: The house is very modern sophisticated Machiya , yet has a very old Japanese feel to it. Inside of the house was renewed in the late 2010, but we reused some of the materials that was used in the old house from more than 100 years ago, it gives very unique antique taste! The house has a small basic kitchen with a little fridge and microwave, Full bathroom with bath tub, and even a small garden! One bedroom is in upstairs and has 1 single bed and 1 double bed, the other one is Japanese Tatami room in downstairs that also can be used as a living room.

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Misaki Sano
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 April, 2017

About Misaki Sano

I grew up in Japan (Hyogo) and spend almost half of my life outside the country, and every time I came home, I would go visit Kyoto dreaming about living there. I love everything related to art, design, and traveling.

Misaki Sano purchased this townhome in 2010

Why Misaki Sano chose Kyoto

This property was a very old traditional Machiya located in a very convenient location where you can feel and experience a real Kyoto life. I thought it would be a perfect location for people who travels to kyoto and want to experience Kyoto.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama in Kyoto

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • paddle boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

Machiya near Gion, authentic 'KYOTO' Atmosphere
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Authentic Machiya Experience

  • 5 of 5

I had such a wonderful stay, but realized I never shared my experience.

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in May 2016. The townhouse is EXACTLY as described and pictured. Incredibly authentic, yet modern at the same time. We found the location to be fantastic. It is tucked away in a quiet side street. But walk out and you will find major roads and restaurants. Very convenient walking to the trains stations. What we loved most was the authenticity of the house...small den area, traditional sliding doors and decor, ect. Very interesting walking outside to the bathroom. I highly recommend this townhouse to anyone looking for an authentic experience in Kyoto.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Great location, very charming guest house and wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Having been to Kyoto many times and was showing a life long friend around Japan I wanted more than a hotel and this property delivers. Very close to many temples and Kyoto's bus system. It only takes one bus from Kyoto station to the property. Misaki was a great host and excellent prompt communication. When we come back to Kyoto we'll certainly stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, traditional, and a great location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this Machiya. It's a great crossroads as it's an easy walk to Gion, Sanjo station, the Pontocho district, and Kiyamachi St. across the river.

The beds were very comfortable, the place was clean, and the shower had great water pressure. Mimi was very responsive and flexible, and we had no issues getting in or out of the place.

The traditional charm of the machiya only added to our magical experience in Kyoto. We hope to be back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Moscow, Idaho

Very comfortable home base in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This machiya looks exactly as charming as the pictures suggest. It's clean and comfortable, with a really great shower. Mimi Sano was helpful and responsive. We stayed 3 nights and wish we'd had one or two more. We could walk to almost everything we wanted to see, and were grateful to have a quiet, relaxing place to come home to each night.

We did have to ask a passerby to help us find the house the first day, once we'd made it to the right street - look for the small "Cotoriya" sign to the right of the door.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kuala Lumpur

Cozy home away from home in a perfect location

  • 4 of 5

The machiya has indeed been remodeled with a lot of care, and is the perfect base in Kyoto for a couple or small family. The location cannot be beat, easily access to various parts of Kyoto via bus or subway, and the stations and bus stops are just minutes' walk from the house. There are also many restaurants and bars (Beer Komachi down a little alley near the Higashiyama station gets the thumbs up) in the neighborhood. We visited in winter and although the house itself was cozy thanks to the heating function in the aircond, the bathroom is a different story. Wayy too cold…I think a small heater here would just about make this house perfect :)

Will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Kyoto Experience

  • 5 of 5

Perfect Kyoto feel in great location. Exquisite remodel.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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