Opening April - Lovingly Restored Townhouse in Central Kyoto Kiyomizu / Gion
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Kyoto townhome description
Machiya Momiji has a certified history stretching back to the late 1800s and underwent a complete renovation in 2013 by local craftsmen. Officially recognized by Kyoto local government as an authentic Kyoto machiya, this property offers visitors to the city a unique opportunity to enjoy a combination of Japanese design and modern convenience during their stay.
The house itself is situated on two floors and access is gained through a stunning ‘genkan’ or entrance hall that has a wealth of historical features including flagstones and a traditional cabinet. This leads into the kitchen and dining area which features a full kitchen (twin electric hob, sink, fridge-freezer, dining service and cooking utensils), wooden dining table and chairs for 4, recessed washing machine and sofa.
Immediately beyond this is the ‘washitsu’/ tatami room which features a ‘horigotatsu’/sunken seating area, sliding paper screens and a view of the ‘tsuboniwa’/courtyard garden. This was designed and laid out by a local expert from a local family of gardeners. The garden features a Japanese maple tree, moss and a striking stone water feature – perfect to contemplate over a cup of tea after a busy day visiting Kyoto’s attractions such as the nearby Kennin-ji Zen temple! The downstairs WC and luxurious bathroom, which itself has a private view of the garden, completes the first floor.
On the second floor, both western and Japanese bedrooms are connected by a mezzanine floor that overlooks the dining area. The western bedroom has a double bed, closet and en-suite WC while the Japanese room provides flexible futon sleeping arrangements. The intricate roof beams, which are an important aspect of machiyas, have been exposed on the second floor giving a sense of space and light throughout.
Machiya Momiji is located right on the doorstep of some of Kyoto’s key attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage designated Kiyomizu-dera, the Gion entertainment district renowned for ‘Geisha’ and Kabuki and the Kamogawa river, famous for summer dining platforms. With a huge range of restaurants, bars, supermarkets, traditional craft shops and excellent transport links to the rest of the city and beyond (including direct trains to Nara and Osaka), Momiji is superbly located.
Yet Momiji also offers an opportunity for clam, rest and relaxation as it is located in a quiet neighborhood just off the bustling streets. In summary, this Machiya will not disappoint the discerning visitor to the beautiful and enchanting cultural capital of Japan.
- On floor 2
- 78 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Pets Not Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- The bathroom is a key feature of the house. The walls are fully tiled apart from a section around the bath which features hinoki (a fragrant wood traditionally used in Japanese bathtubs). The deep tub and subdued lighting is designed for relaxation while a secluded window offers private views of the traditional garden. Soaps, shampoo toothbrush/paste included....moreless
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Not Necessary
- Live Theater
- Autumn Foliage
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
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- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
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3 night min stay
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Please note that payments are per night for the whole property and not per guest. Minimum three night stay.
Up to 2 guests: 32,000 yen
3 guests: 36,000 yen
4 guests: 40,000 yen
5 guests: 44,000 yen
Please contact us for high season rates (March-April, July, October-November, Christmas/New Year)
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.
All payments are in Japanese Yen.
- Tax Rate 8%
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- Nearest Airport: Kansai International Airport at 95 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Gojo station on the Keihan line at 200 Metres
- Nearest Ski: Biwako Valley at 50 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: Restoring a Kyoto machiya (which translates as ‘town house’) was a long standing dream which we finally realized in 2013. As a professor at a local university, I originally purchased this property to be our family home but a new position has led to relocation away from Kyoto meaning that we can now offer our home as a vacation rental.
Why the Owner Chose Kyoto:
We searched long and hard for the right sized property in the right place, and this it. Machiya Momiji (momiji translates as ‘Japanese Maple’ and we have one in our garden!) is located in the heart of a traditional neighborhood on the doorstep of some of Kyoto’s most famous and stunning cultural treasures such as Kiyomizu-dera which is just a ten minute walk away. A short walk along the Kamogawa river brings you to the bustling heart of Kyoto around Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion entertainment district, famed for Geisha and Kabuki. On purchase, the property needed complete renovation and we worked with a local company, Hachise, that specializes in the renovation of traditional Kyoto machiya. They are also renowned for their high standards of craftsmanship which comes from working exclusively with local specialists.
The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
Kyoto machiya offer an excellent alternative to hotels and a chance to experience the Japanese lifestyle. We have combined traditional Japanese design, such as the main tatami room complete with horikotatsu (sunken seating area) and shoji (sliding paper screens) with contemporary comforts such as luxury bathroom, heated floors, the latest in Japanese toilet technology and a fully fitted kitchen. Externally, the house reflects traditional machiya design and the greatest of compliments have come from our neighbours who are delighted with how the place looks. Calm and quiet, Machiya Momiji presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the design and space of your own house during a stay in beautiful Kyoto.
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View from the street at night (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Flagstone entrance hall (genkan) with bench (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Looking through the house from the entrance hall (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Tatami room with sunken seating (horigotatsu) and garden (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Make sure to find time to relax and enjoy nature Japanese style (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
The garden at night (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
State of the art Japanese superloo!
View from the tub (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
UNESCO World Heritage site, Kiyomizu-dera, is a short walk away
The world famous Gion district is a short walk away
A traditional frontage
Entrance hall (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Dining area and stairs to the second floor viewed from the entrance hall (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Tsuboniwa (townhouse garden) with Japanese maple tree and water feature (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Garden viewed from above
Japanese style bedroom with antique furniture
View from the bathroom (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Antique and restored period light fittings throughout
The Kamogawa river that runs through Kyoto is less than five minutes away on foot
2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
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