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Beautifully Restored Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

We feel so fortunate to have met Mr. Sano, the landscape architect, to design our garden at Gion-Kyuraku. Mr. Sano was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book called “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”, and the photo book was published in December 2014. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Sano for selecting our garden for the book.

Gion Kyuraku, nearly a century old Kyo-Machiya, that was once a tea-masters residence, located in the historical district of Kyoto, Gion/Kiyomizu. It has been restored to its original splendor, in conjunction with modern amenities, contemporary comforts, consideration of the environment, along with state-of-the-art entertainment, and communication infrastructure.

The three ‘L’s’ in rental property are “Location, Location, Location”.

Firstly, Gion Kyuraku is in the heart of Gion, where Maiko-sans, and Geiko-sans (Geisha in English) can be seen nightly.

Secondly, historical temples, shrines, and world heritage sites are within a few minutes walking distance, Kenninji Temple (2 minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10 minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple known as Yasaka Pagoda (5 minute walk), Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1 minute walk), and countless other historical sites.

Thirdly, one of the most historical streets in Japan Hanamikoji Dori is only a 3 minute walk from Gion Kyuraku. Additionally, there are a number of grocery stores, one is only a minute away, the other is a 24HR supermarket, bakeries, and countless restaurants are in the neighborhood, from family run diners, pubs to Michelin rated restaurants, and famous Ryoriya (Kyoto cuisine restaurants) are our neighbors.

A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence).

Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro. ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan. One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed.

Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen. The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku.

A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence).

Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan.

One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed.

Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen.

The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku.

More Details

Owner
Thomas N.
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2017

About Thomas N.

I am from Toronto, Canada. Ten years ago I moved to Kyoto, Japan with my family. Having Japanese heritage but growing up very Canadian! I wanted to find out more about my Japanese culture and also expose our kids to it. Currently, I am teaching English to a diverse group of Japanese students. This allows me to see Japan though their eyes and also teach them about Canada and its culture. When I do get some free time, I like to walk along the Kamo River with my wife and kids. We as a family enjoy traveling around Japan and North America to teach our kids about other cultures. Kyoto is a wonder place to live, visit and raise kids. We would like many travelers to experience “Kyoto-Living”.

Thomas N. purchased this townhome in 2012

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama in Kyoto

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 754 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Den - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 1 - 3 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Sleep Futons
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

Beautifully Restored Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
Tampa, FL
5

Beautiful home, lovely neighborhood, & convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Kyoto for a very special 16th birthday trip for our daughter. She loves culture and history, and this machiya was absolutely perfect! Our family of 3 stayed there 11 days, and we enjoyed every minute.

*Rieko was a gracious and considerate host, quickly answering any questions we had, having the heat on, maps out for us, etc.

*The home was labeled so that we were easily able to use appliances and things without worry.

*The neighborhood was fantastic, with a market and store within a 1-2 minute walk. We quickly became friendly with the lady who sells baked goods near the market. :) Vending machines are at the corner if you want to try a coffee or soup. Just a few minute walk up the street leads you to a very busy area with shops, kimono rental and more.

*Convenience - We had a guide a few days, and we also used a shuttle service, and meeting steps away at the corner was quite easy. You can easily walk to Kenninji Temple, the Gion district, markets, restaurants, Yasaka Shrine, and so many more places.

We have shared photos of this lovely home on social media and are already referring people to Rieko. I am so happy we booked her and Thomas' machiya for our very special trip to Kyoto! Thank you so much, and for anyone reading this, please, do not hesitate to stay here. I can't imagine anywhere better, and we look forward to returning one day!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the beautiful review of Gion-Kyuraku and sharing your personal story. Besides what has already been mentioned this perfect machiya has an authentic Japanese garden with a water feature and a Japanese deck for you to enjoy. Thank you for an excellent review.
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5

The perfect Machiya

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in Kyoto several times already (even in other Machiyas) - this was by far the best place we ever had in this beautiful city. The location is perfect with most of the interesting places in Higashiyama and city center at walking distance. The neighbourhood is perfect - quiet but with shops, cafes and good public transport connections. And the Machiya itself is a dream. Room enough for a couple with two kids, all facilities (kitchen, bathroom, washing machine etc.) in good condition, excellent wifi quality, helpful descriptions/advice in English. The quality and tidyness of the house, the tasteful decoration, the nice, little garden and the terrasse on the 2nd floor make it a jewel. Booking, communication and reception were easy. Responses were very friendly and immediate. This was definitely not the last visit for us. Many thanks to Rieko.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It is wonderful to know that Gion Kyuraku is by far the best place that you have stayed in Kyoto. Several guests have commented about the tusboniwa (the small garden) it is designed and maintained by one of Kyoto’s leading gardeners. We look forward to your next visit.
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7 0
5

FANTASTIC - LOVED IT,

  • 5 of 5

Had a magical 5 nights at this machiya (4 adults).

All communication with regard to various questions and our booking was always answers very quickly with detailed, helpful advice.

The machiya was everything that we were hoping for - traditional but with all the mod cons! Everything is so tastefully decorated and well thought out.

Rieko (and her lovely daughter) came around and met us and answered any and all of our queries.

I highly recommend this machiya. The location is also very central. Many thanks Thomas and Rieko - we hope to be able to return to beautiful Kyoto again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fantastic review of Gion-Kyuraku. We are delighted that you had a wonderful experience at our machiya. For 2016, new FUSUMA (washi paper doors) will replace the existing ones. These traditional dividing doors are being crafted by a local artisan and should be installed sometime in January 2016. Again, thank you for the great recommendation and hope to see you back in the future at Gion-Kyuraku.
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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed four nights here and were so thrilled with our accommodations! You could not ask for a better location. The back streets of Gion are only about a 1/2 mile away. There are two grocery stores minutes away (one is on the corner) and a wonderful lady with baked goods at the end of the street also. There are many landmarks nearby that are very walkable. The Machiya is very clean and comfortable. There were directions for using appliances,etc so you never had to guess how to make something work. The apple tv was great. Rieko left maps marked for sightseeing and was helpful with recommending restaurants and even offered to make reservations. If we are ever in Kyoto again we will stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the 5 STAR review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed Gion Kyuraku so much. Your review will be helpful for our future guests, and they will be able to discover all of the wonderful treasures that the Gion district and Kyoto city has to offer. For our metric guest the closed historical temple Kennin-ji is only 800m away. Thanks for the compliment on how clean the machiya is, and how comfortable it was. Hope to see you again, and thank you for an insightful review.
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16 0
Bozeman, Mt
5

Wonderful Machiya Experience

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental property exceeded our expectations in every way. The location is perfect and you could not find a more convenient base for exploring beautiful and historic Kyoto.

Locating and entering the Machiya was easy with the thorough directions we received from the owners via email several weeks before we arrived. An arrival letter awaited us outlining some useful information and telling us of special events occurring during our six-day stay. We were fortunate enough to be in Kyoto for a nighttime illumination festival with 2,500 beautiful lanterns in the lanes and many illuminated temples and pagodas in the hills just a short walk away. Getting to the other sites on our itinerary was easy from this Machiya. If we had questions, the owners were available to help us via email. They helped us with everything from suggesting soba noodle restaurants nearby to providing us with scheduling information for Kabuki Theater. They could not have been more accommodating and the excellent wi-fi connection at the Machiya helped us stay connected.

The Machiya is elegant and comfortable. The kitchen is sleek and modern, with a refrigerator, cooking surface, and microwave, toaster, and coffee pot. You have all you need for kitchenette cooking. We ate breakfast in everyday and kept the refrigerator well stocked with snacks and drinks from the excellent grocery store just down the lane. The washer/dryer in the kitchen was a nice bonus.

Because we were two adult couples -actually brother, sister and our spouses- traveling together, it was convenient to have two separate bedrooms, one on each floor. The tatami mats are beautiful and the futons were comfy enough. The downstairs futons were especially plush. The bathroom arrangement, with toilets and bathing room all in separate spaces, worked perfectly for us. We even found time to enjoy the soaking tub.

The Machiya has a beautiful small garden and a new deck on the second level. I hope other guests will have more time than we did to enjoy these special spaces. Our sightseeing schedule was full and when we returned to the Machiya it was either dark or raining. We certainly enjoyed our nights staying warm and cozy in this beautiful Machiya!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful and exceptional review of Gion Kyuraku. We at Kyoto Machiya Living know that it is all of the little things that makes staying at Gion Kyuraku that much more special. From the personalized arrive letter, to making sure all of the amenities are not just working, but in tip top shape. New Asian teak outdoor furniture has been ordered for the new Japanese deck. Also, we are in the research stage of acquiring a new Apple lightening connection - iPhone/iPad player charger for our future guests. A true Kyo-machiya experience is about the balance between old and new. The new adds the convenience and the old adds to the authentic experience, that is what staying at Gion Kyuraku is. Thank you again for an awesome review.
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18 0
Chicago, Illinois
5

Beautiful Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Thomas and Rieko's machiya with our two adult children during the Christmas week. This was our first visit to Japan. The machiya is as nice and beautiful as the pictures portray. I was concerned about the apartment being warm enough in December but we were very comfortable and warm with the heaters in each room. The den was made up into a third bedroom so that each of our children could have their own room which was very nice. Thomas and Rieko were very helpful and gave us great information including restaurant recommendations. We enjoyed our stay immensely and would happily return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a helpful review for our future guests. We are glad the Gion-Kyuraku was warm enough for your family over the Christmas period. With the help of the designer and contractor, the machiya was heavily insulated and heating was added throughout Gion-Kyuraku. However, we still wanted to preserve the oldness and charm of a century old machiya. We hope that we have accomplished this. Thank you once again for your review.
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Location

Many historical sites such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kenninji Temple, etc.. are located within a short walking distance.

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto, especially between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine, where the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops invoke a feeling of the old capital city. Recent renovations to remove telephone poles and repave the streets have further improved the traditional feel of the district.

The streets in Higashiyama are lined by small shops, cafes and restaurants which have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. These businesses retain their traditional design, although many have been renovated through the years, and they continue to serve customers today, selling local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, pickles, crafts and other souvenirs.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama, Japan

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 8.0%

Please contact us for high season rates-Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Mid. August, Oct, Nov, Dec, Beg/End Year

Payment in Yen only.

Please note that the rates are for the entire property, not p/p

Minimum Stay is 3 nights

1 - 2 guest(s): 36,000 yen
3 guests: 40,000 yen
4 guests: 44,000 yen
5 guests: 48,000 yen
6 guests: 52,000 yen

Payment in Yen only. The above rate would be fluctuated depending on the exchange rate.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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