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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
Recent Kyoto reviews
"Location superb, bathroom given the measures is outstanding (wish I had the same tub!), staff very helpful, the best place to spend a few days when in Kyoto!"
Guest: WimDate of Stay: August 2014Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
"Our family vacations in Kyoto on a bi-annual basis and after our stay this time we all agreed that this will be the machiya of choice when we come back again next time. It is located in the less touristic part of town (west side) but public transportations and taxis are easily accessible, for those who would like to head out to Arashiyama the train station is only 8 mins away by walking. This is a neighborhood for Kyoto residents, and the markets and shops are catered to their needs, which really adds to the charm, we felt privileged to be part of this experience for 5 days.
It is an authentic machiya and do be aware that the bathrooms and WCs are detached from the main house through a charming garden.
The owner Sano-san's responses were quick and helpful, and we look forward to coming back.
One last thing: when communicating to cab drivers the closest street corner is "Om-mae Dori" and "Ayanokoji Dori". Somehow Google maps' "Gozen Dori" does not register with the local drivers."
Guest: villeradieuseDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 26, 2015
"We stayed here as a couple for 3 nights. The machiya is as described on the site. It is a beautifully constructed house both inside and out, very well-maintained with top-notch furnishings. Our favourite part of the house was the much-vaunted hot tub, perfect for a long soak after a day of hard walking. The location was perfect, within a short walk to Gion and to the main street. We cooked several meals and also did a few loads of laundry. Everything is very "self-service", as is to be expected, but the owner was easily contactable by email and responded promptly to emails both before and during our stay. The only possible downsides were first, that the staircase between the ground and second floor is narrow and steep, and open on one side. While that is fine for adults I would hesitate to bring my young kids on a trip here (though to be fair, I do note that the owner has said that a safety gate can be installed at the top of the stairs). Second, the toilet is not on the same floor as the bedroom, so a trip to the toilet in the middle of the night did necessitate my stumbling down the same narrow steep staircase in a half-awake state. Third, there is quite some noise from traffic passing along the street, even at night. I am a light sleeper and would not have been able to sleep well without earplugs. My husband, though, is a heavy sleeper, and had no problems whatsoever with the traffic noise! Having said all this, I accept that this is part and parcel of staying in a traditional property. We did enjoy our stay thoroughly and would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a stay in a machiya."
Guest: Tricia N.Date of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
"We stayed for 3 weeks in the delightful Apple House with our 3 young children (ages 8, 5, and 2.5) and we couldn't have been happier. Hiroko is a marvelous host and we were welcomed with lovely emails before we arrived and met at the station to be escorted to the house. Everything at the house was clean and well-maintained. Hiroko took plenty of time to explain how to use all the appliances and she also had written instructions (in English) for our reference at the house. She even brought over a box of toys for our children to use during our stay! The house is in a family-friendly neighborhood that has a huge children's park about 10 minutes walk away. We also recommend the beautiful nearby Shugakuin Imperial Villa (although children under 18 are not allowed). There are several buses and trains conveniently located to the house that will take you wherever you want to go in Kyoto. We can't wait to go back!"
Guest: Karli S.Date of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: May 22, 2015