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Simple and Plane Momiji-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday townhome in Higashiyama - Momiji-an

1 bedroom in UPSTAIR , sofa bed in the living room, kitchen, private garden

Kyoto is famous for having been the ancient capital of Japan, dating back over 1200 years.The sheer beauty of the temples, shrines, gardens and culture imbued within, makes Kyoto one of the most revered places in the world.

Momiji-an (Autumn Maple) is one unit of Kyo Machiya Miyabi in Kiyomizu area, a big Kyoto traditional house, and was designed and divided in three machiya (Bairin-an, Shofu-an, Momiji-an) by renowned Kyoto based architect, Geoffrey P. Moussas.

Momiji-an is being meticulously preserved with the traditional techniques that have been handed down over the centuries. While sticking to tradition is important for the architect, updating the facilities, such as modern bath-shower room, high-tech toilet, kitchen, heating floor, are just as important to meet the present day needs of our selective clientele. The delicate balance between 'old and new' is what sets this apart.

Momiji-an is at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, which is been designed a World Cultural Heritage, and very convenient to visit others famous temples, shrines, and Gion, the most famous Geisha district!

Enjoy Kyoto and the distinctive feautures of local townhomes by staying in a real Machiya, feeling the natural way of living and the change of seasons which distinguishes Kyoto' culture and its people.

City buses or rental bikes can take you to most famous sites in Kyoto within 30 minutes.

Please see our other 2 listings in the same place:Shofu-an VRBO#438156 & Momiji-an VRBO#438158.

In Sanjo-Kamanza area other 2 listings: Shimoza-an VRBO#514790 & Kamiza-an VRBO#51458o within 30 minutes.

Kyoto is waiting for you!


Payments are charged in Japanese Yen.

US$ rates for reference only.

Yen 27.000〜 for two guests per night;

plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest over 15 years old per night,

no charge under 5.

When the stay is shorter than four nights as requested Yen 5.000 is added on the total amount for extra fees.

Please feel free to ask to us for any questions.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian, Japanese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016
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About Toshimitsu Negishi

Message from the owner:

Welcome to Kyoto! Our wooden houses were built in 1920'. Recently we renovated these houses by utilizing the original material as much as possible.

Please enjoy the feeling of traditional Kyoto house!

Toshimitsu Negishi purchased this townhome in 2012

Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Kyoto

We could see a glitter of traditional atmosphere on the roof, wooden pillars, sliding doors or small gardens inside the house.

The townhouse is called Machiya and this house strongly stimulated us to restore for living. Machiya used to be townhouses or shops for the merchants in the 17 th century.

Not only temples and shrines, but machiya stay is an attractive experience for all who want to know more about Kyoto ' life style and its culture.

What makes this townhome unique

A 15 minutes walk will take you to the riverside of the Kamogawa. You can take a pleasent stroll along the river, or do shopping in the nearby Kawaramachi area, convenient during rainy days as the shopping streets are covered, like Nishiki food market street.

A night life spot is Pontocho, a narrow lane with no cars, full of elegant restaurants, bars, and where you can have a glimpse of a Geisha or Maiko on the way or from an appointment.

Next street west of Pontocho is Kiyamachi, a very lively night zone where you can find many kinds of restaurants, bars, pubs and more...

Enjoy Kyoto just walking from Momiji-an!


based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

Simple and Plane Momiji-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Perth, Australia

Live the traditional Japanese life in style

  • 5 of 5

This little jewel of a place was a delight from the bamboo lined path entrance to the comfortable futon bedroom, adorned traditionally with fresh flowers and Japanese scroll.

The cosy kitchen and living area were well equipped , even sporting a coffee machine and coffee pods, (most welcome)and the bathroom complete with bath, set in a garden but safe from the weather was especially nice .

Mario was very welcoming and available for all queries and topped off with being in the perfect location for good food, the old quarter of Gion and the temples nearby as well as a very handy bus stop made our stay here a unique and enjoyable experience.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal Canada

wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

The 3 of us stayed at the Momiji-an machiya for 4 nights. The unit is in a quiet residential area with easy access to all the sights of Kyoto. It has been recently renovated and has all modern amenities. It is also within walking distance to a supermarket where we bought good sashimi and wagyu beef. All queries were quickly addressed and Mariko was most helpful. We enjoyed our stay very much and we highly recommend Momiji-an.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 nights at Momiji-an during Sakura flower season in Kyoto. In earlier years we have stayed in other areas of Kyoto but this one was just perfect for us: close to Kiyomizudera and Kodaiji temples as well as to Gion; shops, restaurants, groceries, everything within walking distance. The house itself is cozy, clean and just the perfect place to come "home" after sightseeing tours. It is well equipped and there was nothing we would have missed. The contact with Mariko, even before our arrival, was very friendly and helpful. We had a warm welcome from one of her assistants who showed us everything when we arrived at Momiji-an. It was a perfect stay and we can recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A nice japanese house in Gion area, very practice for a family.

  • 5 of 5

the house is very well positioned in the Gion district, quiet area, close to bus lines (5, 100, 206) that go across Kyoto.

house very clean, convenientt. perhaps a little small for 5 adults but we stayed for 5 nights with pleasure. well equipped (coffee maker, kettle, microwave oven). A nice bathroom and a washer dryer practice. Mariko is very friendly and helpful. she speaks a perfect English. Explanations of all devices in English.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Momiji-an in Kiyomizu Area

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Momiji-an for a week during the red maple leaf season. The traditional Japanese house was at great location, closed to everything, Kiyomizu, Kodaiji, Gion, grocery, shops, food, bus stops and bike rentals. Our host Roxana was very nice and helpful giving us all information we needed. The house was very clean, cozy with little kitchen and washer/dryer which was very helpful when we got tired of eating out and had fresh clean clothes daily. The shower/bath with little garden setting was clean, nice and private. We would definitely stay here when we come back to visit Kyoto again.

However, beware of the low door ways if you are tall. My husband is 6'2" and he had bumped his head quite a few times.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Top-notch ryokan-like home in Gion

  • 5 of 5

i stayed at momiji-an for four days in this ryokan-like house. It absolutely blew me away. For those of you who may or may not know, if you plan on visiting Kyoto, Gion is the place to be and stay. It's the geisha district and everything you have ever dreamed of or imagined about traditional japan and this house fits the mood and scene. Location is absolutely perfect because its in the geisha district but away from the noise and the city yet one block away and you already got buses that will connect you to every attraction in Kyoto. Its surrounded by places to eat, 24hr market, a bike rental place...you name it. Its literally 5 minutes walking distance from kyomizudera which is one the most visited and important must-see temples in kyoto. As for the house, its a 2 story house, impecable, it looks as if it was recently renovated because it all looks brand new. Bathroom is perfect, typical japanese toilet wit all the electronic features you will find in japan. The shower is a dream wit the little japanese/zen garden, a real delight. Its got a kitchen you can use to make breakfast. Its not meant for heavy cooking but anything along the lines like rice or pasta you can make. Its got a mini fridge. Its got a wash and dry machine which comes in handy when you have been out on the road. A nesspreso machine which i did not use cause u dont drink coffee but it comes fully stocked so im sure a lot of people will love that. Beautiful living room with a little zen-like garden for a view. Iron. Lots of places to store lugagge. The room upstairs is beautiful with the tatami's on the floor. Everything you hope for from a ryokan which will charge you a fortune, you will get at momiji-an for a lesser price, bigger space, more comfort, location could not be better and the facilities are top notch. This was a real surprise and the place looks exactly as it looks on the pics. Roxana, the hostess, was extremely warm, helpful at all times and flexible with checkin and checkout times. I highly recommend this place above any other. If you are tired of hotels and you wanna feel at home, do not hesitate about booking momiji-an. I will def come back. This was my second time in japan.

Thank you Roxana!



  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Wine bar
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojyo Station
Nearest Motorway
8.6 Kilometres
Meishin Highway Kyoto Higashi Inter
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Ashiya ( steak house )
Car: not necessary

Kiyomizu Temple , a World Cultural Heritage -

Gion, Geisha district -

Kenninji Zen Temple -

Yasaka Pagoda -

Kodaiji Temple -

Maruyama Park -

Yasaka Shrine -

Nishiki market

Sanjusangendo the temple of 1001 wooden statues of Buddhist Goddess..


There are over 800 temples and shrines in Kyoto!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama, Japan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Season
1 Oct 2016 - 5 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Vacation
20 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Second New Year Vacation
28 Jan 2017 - 2 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Season
15 Mar 2017 - 6 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Extra guest £20

Basic rate is for two guests, each extra guest is charged Yen 3.000 per night, no charge under five.
Rent includes all utilities, rates,tax, charges associated with the use, the occupancy of the property.
Rates are in Japanese Yen.

30% of the total amount is required at the time of booking as deposit, and the balance of 70% three weeks before the stay.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama, Japan

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 52 m²
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Futons (3)
  • Television
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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