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Family-Friendly Machiya Central Kyoto

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday townhome in Shimogyo-ku - Kirakuan

2 separated bedroom, Full kitchen with dining table

'Kiraku an' is located in the center area of Kyoto, it takes 15mins on foot or you can take a subway by 1stop from Kyoto station.

The inside of 'Kiraku an' has been renovated with modern materials and wooden flooring. We have also tried to keep it in its original style as much as possible, preserving antique fixtures and furniture.

So you can have a relaxing time here, cooking your own food, having a coffee at dining table, or having a good rest at calm bedroom.

2 separate bedrooms having each sink

both of standing shower and bathtab

a counter full kitchen with dish-washer

washing machine and a inside terrace

free wi-fi access

laptop PC

kitchen appliances

coffee & tea

1 bicycle

Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Mako

I have always been traveling, I love traveling and I love to travel like a Zingaro.(i.e a Gypsy) While I am at it, away from my daily life, I suppose I feel more obliged to my blessings, realizing that I have been taking them for granted. I also seem to confirm where I am actually standing. Naturally, I’ve come across interesting people, and have gotten the chances to discover things. On these occasions, I always used to long for comfy places for a good rest; a place where I can reflect on the past, present and future. A place where one can relax as if it were home.

This is why I have decided to open Gagakuan. I wanted to create you a home away from your real home. I wish you to feel at home here in Kyoto.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Family-Friendly Machiya Central Kyoto
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Best place we stayed in

  • 5 of 5

Makos house was amazing. It was clean and very well presented. The location was good. We like to walk most places so it suited us fine.

Mako was an exceptional host. She was very accomodating and helpful.

We will definitely be back and hopefully stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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A gem

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this beautifully restored machiya. Everything in this home has been thought of with the greatest of attention and detail. It is such a perfect mix of traditional and modern design. The house is very comfortable, and instantly felt like home. All arrangements went smoothly, and Saki was a most attentive host.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect Kyoto hide away.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful updates to a traditional home. Tastefully appointed with attention to every detail, including a well stocked refrigerator and ohagi from a neighborhood confectioners. Tucked away from a main thoroughfare it was the best of both worlds. Convenient for sightseeing... Walking distance to train subway major temples. Mako greeted us, and provided thorough and thoughtful instructions, including maps. We definitely found the ambience of Kyoto that we were hoping for, at this property. Family of five adults was more than comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most charming home in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Such an adorable place! The kitchen is the obvious highlight - my wife and I spent a lot of time hanging out in there, listening to CDs (bring CDs if you have em!) and actually doing some cooking, made possible by the cookware and spices the kitchen was stocked with. Really nice location, close to some great restaurants and walking distance to the Higashiyama City Walk path, a really great day trip to take if the weather’s nice (go early to beat the tourists, though). Near some convenient buses that got us where we needed to go, too. Saki was so helpful, met us at the property, walked us through the bus system and even left us a bottle of champagne for our honeymoon. This place totally made our trip.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Ryokan in Kyoto. Europe meets Tokyo

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, Mako made our stay in Kyoto more incredible than planned. Such a beautiful home. Why would anyone stay in a hotel when thry could have this amazing experience. Best sleep, amazing shower, washing machine, kitchen, dining area, warm.

Loved every moment here. Beautiful Cherry Blossom time in Kyoto. Gorgeous desserts left in our home as a surprise gift from Mako - divine. Centrally located. Moments to walk to the subway - too easy. Handy suggestions left in the house for us of things to see and do. Mako was happy to help us with anything, from restaurant reservations, site seeing recommendations, anything. Never intrusive, always helpful. It made us truly sad to leave Kyoto and our Ryokan. Truly the highlight of our stay in Japan. A must stay location and accommodation. Will definitely return. More than enough room for the 3 of us. Could easily accomodate 4 or 5 people. Mako - stunning. Spoke Japanese, Italian and English. DIVINE. Thank you for everything

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for sightseeing in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

It was defenitely our best stay in Japan. The house is just perfect, it is very cosy, every single detail is beautiful and the kitchen fully equipped. And Saki is a very nice host and helpful in every way. The location is extremely convenient as it is close to supermarket, metro and bus stations and restaurants. We stayed for a total of 5 days with our three small Kids (1, 5 and 6) and if it hadn't been for Kirakuan our trip to Kyoto wouldn't have been nearly as perffect. Absolutely recomendable!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
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Nearest Airport
114 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Nearest Train
180 Metres
Kyoto Subway Gojo Station
Nearest Restaurant
200 Miles
Many restaurants of local food, Western etc
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday townhome in Shimogyo-ku, Japan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Beautiful Autumn
12 Nov 2016 - 11 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

*Payment in Japanease Yen by Paypal,
*The rate is for 2 persons, the additional charge of 3000yen per night will apply for extra person
During July-September, Autumn rate, Winter sale, Spring sale it is charged 5000yen per night
*Cleaning fee 5,000yen will be need for more than 3people group

We kindly request you to make your payment in advance by Paypal. Please note that your reservation will remain tentative until the payment is confirmed. Once the reservation is fixed, we will send you a confirmation with further details.
Cancellation Policy
After booking till 14 days prior to your date of arrival 30%   
24 hours prior to your arrival 50%
On the date of your arrival/ No show 100%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Shimogyo-ku, Japan

Property Type:
  • townhome
Accommodation Type:
  • Hotel
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • We have a standing shower beside bath tub. When you would like to use a bath tub, it comes hot water automatically just one push. And we set latest Wash-let toilets, please enjoy Japanese high-tech!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • If you are 4 or 5 members, we can offer extra Futons to whichever Bedroom1 and Bedroom2 as you like.
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
The house is a great concept. It makes you feel at home in the big city... comfortable, practical, modern but feel traditional Japan.

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