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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 twin beds (that can be pushed together), 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.
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.
Andy / Naoko purchased this townhome in 2013
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.
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.
Stayed for 3 nights during Cherry blossom season. The size of the machiya was very comfortable for our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children). The machiya had just been renovated so everything was new and in perfect order. Very close to a market for snacks and 5 mins from the subway station which made getting around easier. Its about a 15-20 min walk to the main Gion area with all the restaurants/shops. Naoko and Andy were very responsive and made booking easy. In all had a great time and would definitely go back.
This was the perfect was to enjoy beautiful Kyoto. I chose this rental because of the location and the perfect blend of Japanese and Western living. The machyia gave us a true feeling of living in a Japanese home but due to my age (91 years) I knew I would not be able to get up and down from a futon at night and I needed a coach to relax on at the end of the day. Sitting at the low table was truly eastern but with the hole in the floor I was more comfortable. We also had the alternative of a regular table and chairs. The stairs were a bit shallow but with the sturdy banister they were completely negotiable. The interior was not only immaculate but constructed of beautiful woods. Looking out on the lovely little garden and hearing the water were sensational especially with the light on at night.
I had my 27 yr. old granddaughter with me for the first 2 weeks and my son and his wife joined me for the last 2 weeks. Naoko was always accessable by phone for my inquires and was most helpful. I was only sorry not to be able to meet her in person. However the staff who serviced the machyia were truly pleasant , prompt, and most efficient. I have rented many places around the globe and must say this was among the best. Beautiful, clean ,comfortable and well run. Everything you need to know about how things work is clearly written in a manual at the house.There is ample cooking space and equipment, the washer/dryer worked great although it took a long time ,the bathroom was lovely and having the 2nd floor toilet was indispensable. The location is great for getting anywhere and also quiet. Public transportation is nearby and though I used a lot of taxis(few drivers speak English) I was able to give direction with only saying the name of the nearest main intersection and then 4 words in Japanese. (left, right straight, and stop). I recommend Machyia Momiji without reservation. I am just sorry that due to my age and the distance to travel I probably will not be able to return .
My family and I absolutely loved staying in Machiya Momiji! The home is beautifully kept and well-suited for a family of four. The soaking tub was a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day, and the beds and bedding were very comfortable. Having a washer and dryer in the house came in handy. We loved the Japanese details on the home, such as the washi screens and tatami floor.
We found the location of the home to be ideal, too. It's within walking distance to Kiyomizudera, as well as a number of bus lines and a subway line, and close to the Kamo River. Even with its easy accessibility, the street that it's located on, however, remains quiet and calm.
Naoko was a fantastic host--she was kind and patient with my questions leading up to our stay, and provided lots of helpful information regarding sites, restaurants, etc. She also gave us pointers for attending the sumo tournament in Nagoya, and helped us arrange a taxi to the train station prior to our departure.
I would recommend this home without hesitation!
Machiya Momiji ist ein sehr schön eingerichtetes und prima ausgestattetes Stadthaus an guter Lage im alten Kyoto. Wir haben mit unseren zwei Kindern nicht zuletzt dank den wertvollen Tipps von Naoko und Andy vier wunderbare Tage in dieser schönen Stadt verbracht. Die Unterkunft können wir zu 100% weiter empfehlen.
The house was easy to find using Naoko's directions (we actually walked all the way from Kyoto Station, which took about half an hour). There are several convenience stores in the main road nearby, and restaurants within walking distance. Close to Gion and Kyomizudera. It's in a quiet street, and the coded entry system is handy for multiple people to come and go without worrying about keys. The house is beautiful, clean and in great condition. Very traditional in feel, with futons upstairs and a lovely tatami seating area downstairs. Seating is for four people, so if there are more of you, you will have to spread yourselves around a bit. The bedrooms are roomy, with lovely exposed beams in the ceiling. The 'garden' is pretty, but isn't actually a useable space, it's just to look at. There are modern appliances and enough crockery, we used the washing machine, and gave the air conditioning a good workout in the Kyoto summer! I would say the quilts provided on the beds, whilst nice, are a bit hot for the season, and something lighter would have been good. There is an extra toilet upstairs, and plenty of cupboard space. The bathroom is modern (there's a china display cabinet in the shower which was weird but nice!). Naoko was helpful and responsive to my emails, and kindly booked taxis for us on the last morning.
The Machiya Momiji is a beautiful (not so) little japanese house. Very nice and very convenient for all purposes : stay quietly in the living room looking at the garden, walk all around the town because it is very well situated near Gion, Kiyomizu-dera and bus . It is in a very quiet neighborhood . We enjoyed very much our stay, the house is nicely decorated and very confortable for even 5 people, the western beds are good and all is easy : cooking, washing machine, air conditionner, bathroom ...
We had a wonderful stay at Machiya Momiji. Two couples travelling together, plenty of space to spread out and beautifully presented. Supermarket nearby so no problem purchasing breakfast items/snacks. Naoko responded to our emails promptly and assisted us with restaurant recommendations and our taxi back to the station at the end of our stay. She also recommended our guide in Kyoto (Mazda) who was great despite the rain setting at lunch time. Geisha area/river 5 minute walk, bus to all sights a 10 minute easy walk, Kiyomizudera 15 mins walk. In short we loved our stay, such a unique experience, comfy beds, gorgeous small outdoor garden and superb bathroom. We will certainly be telling our friends!
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest|
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
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