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Spacious Machiya with a Big Kitchen, Garden, Tea Ceremony Room

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Property type house


About the property

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-7)

Mibu Machiya is located in the heart of Kyoto. If you are planning to go all over Kyoto, this house could be a very convenient and perfect base for your stay in Kyoto. All the major sightseeing spots are reachable within 5-15 minutes by walking or using public transportations. Also The house is just one street off of the biggest street in Kyoto 'shijyo-dori' so restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, drug stores, grocery store, post office, ATMs, train/bus stations etc can be found within a short walking distance. The house is completely renovated recently for our guests to be able to enjoy a very traditional atmosphere with all of the modern comforts of home.

The house is very large for Machiya townhouse and has a detached tea ceremony room and beautiful garden. Also, the house has a full kitchen so that you don't need to eat out everyday, and maybe try to cook Japanese food! There are two bedrooms, flooring room with beds and Japanese style tatami room with futons.

More Details

Misaki Sano
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 27, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for providing such a wonderful place for us to hang out at the end of the day. This house was perfect for us! It was exactly what we needed to fully experience the beauty of Japan. Convenience and comfort complete with all services. (including E-mail communications) Hope to return again someday.
Jul 2011
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88 House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
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  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 4 sleep sofa /futon
    Common Area - 3 sleep sofa /futon
  • Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (7)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking


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(28 traveler reviews)

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Spacious Machiya with a Big Kitchen, Garden, Tea Ceremony Room
average rating of 4.678571 based on 31 reviews

Takes you back in time

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the most memorable places I have ever stayed in. it literally takes you back in time. It looks like an old Japanese inn but has the conveniences of the new world in the bathrooms and toilet areas. I loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious house but little area for gathering due to confined layout of kitchen,

  • 3 of 5

Needs clearer instructions to guests, especially if first time travellers. Air con in back bed room doesn't work properly. Otherwise fine and a good location for visiting western and central Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Great house. Practical. Spacious. Clean. Beautiful. Family friendly. Perfect location for your family! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Even better than the first visit

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 returned to the Cotoriya machiya after two years and we were amazed by the like-new condition of the bathroom and kitchen. Every thing was like what we had remembered.

This time the stay was even better since we were familiar with the neighbourhood and therefore able to take advantage of the property's proximity to the public transportation lines that converge at Saiin Station and also to explore the authentic neighbourhood market. All within 8min of walking distance.

We are already looking forward to our next visit to Kyoto and will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in Kyoto for a large family

  • 5 of 5

We visited Japan for a couple of weeks during the month of June. We stayed in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. In Kyoto, we stayed at this charming Machiya. The interior was spacious enough to accommodate a family of eight. My family and I traveled from the United States. My relatives from Japan stayed with us while in Kyoto. Staying at the Machiya was a great way for my extended family to stay together. The layout was thoughtful in design with three rooms for sleeping, a room to sit and relax (tatami style) and a kitchen. We cooked our breakfasts each morning - all cookware, plates and cups were provided. There is air conditioning in every room which was very helpful in the hot Kyoto weather. The tea room does not have air conditioning so we did not spend any time in that room. There is a washing machine outside which we used daily. As Americans, we appreciated the shower while my relatives from Japan liked the separate traditional bath.

I do need to mention that there were mosquitoes/bugs - I would recommend bringing repellant. My only recommendation would be that a large American-style dining table by the entrance would be a great addition - right now there is a large wooden bar-like structure.

The Machiya is walking distance to the train. The 7-11 is right around the corner - we got coffee there in the mornings. Restaurants are walking distance - near the train station. It was very easy to get around. One thing to note - the taxi drivers don't seem to be familiar with the address. My cousin from Japan had to direct the taxi driver. You may need to show a map.

Mimi, the owner, was very prompt in her replies to my emails. Her directions were very clear. It was a pleasure dealing with Mimi.

My relatives from Japan were very impressed with the Machiya - they felt that Mimi did a very good job thinking about the needs of the guests. I wholeheartedly concur. I would highly recommend staying at this Machiya. If we visit Kyoto again, we plan to book this Machiya. Thank you, Mimi, for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Kyoto for 5 adults

  • 5 of 5

We were here in June 2016 and found it to be a wonderful base for exploring Kyoto. We were a family of 5 adults and were very comfortable with the space and facilities. It is in a quiet neighborhood that is between 2 major train stops -- where the activity picks up with restaurants and shops and connections to anywhere you want to go in Kyoto. 10-15 min walk in either direction. The property has such a sense of peace about it with the garden and tea room. And Mimi was very responsive to our questions. We hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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