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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Property type house

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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.

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Misaki Sano
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Japanese
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 9, 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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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Spacious Machiya with a Big Kitchen, Garden, Tea Ceremony Room
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 27 reviews

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: Jun 2016
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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: Jun 2016
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Most wonderful time in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Wonderful home in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This lovely traditional house in a quiet neighbourhood gave us (2 couples on holiday) an ideal place to relax after full days of sightseeing and exploring in Kyoto. Probably the best part about it is the location: it's away from the busy center and close enough to public transportation options (and we found both the busses and the underground to be useful) so everything is within easy reach. We did not make full use of the kitchen because there are just too many amazing restaurants to eat at, many of them to be found within a 10 minute walk from the home (around and behind Shijo station). This place is a excellent value compared to other places we looked at in the city. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Great traditional stay in Kyoto for groups and larger families

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this lovely traditional house in April, 2015. Fantastic experience to stay somewhere so authentic. Loved sleeping on the futons on Tatami floors, very comfortable. There were 4 adults and 2 children. Plenty of space and amenities for all. It is a little further out of town than we thought, but easy enough to reach everything of interest, close to the subway. Actually buses more convenient than trains in this city. Some great local restaurant options. Mimi was an excellent host answering all queries and requests

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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great traditional house in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 3 kids for 7 nights. We had a friend and her 2 kids come and stay for 2 nights too. The house is great- big and old but renovated really well. We loved the "real" experience with our kids as we came from new Zealand. We found the buses good. As per other reviews, the taxi found it really hard to get there- no idea where to go (we hit this quite a bit in Japan) but they rang the owner and she gave directions- awesome! When it was really windy it was quite noisy with the doors rattling but it goes with an old house like this. The bathrooms are outside which we didn't mind at all- very traditional but might be cold in winter. Tax is added to the price (8%) so factor this in and we had to do the rubbish and recycling ourselves which was o.k but would have been good to have this included when you are paying alot for the place. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place to others. It is as convenient as I expect it gets in Kyoto as you are always travelling to the mountainous edges to see the really incredible sights. Excellent and comfortable; great heating and very helpful host in planning. Recommended to all.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 8.0%

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Kamigyo-ku House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • 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
  • 5
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking

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