Lovingly Restored Townhouse in Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion(19 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Townhome
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Blending Traditional Design With Modern Convenience For A Unique Experience
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.
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.
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Member since: 2014
- On floor 2
- 78 m²
- Max. occupancy 5
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
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. Hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioners included....moreless
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 8%
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)
Manager's cancellation policy:
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Year Purchased: 2013
About: 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 Higashiyama (Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan):
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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Machiya Momiji from the street.
Flagstone entrance hall (genkan) with bench (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Not photoshoped - this is the view into the house from the entrance hall!
Full kitchen with hob, kettle, microwave oven and toaster.
Tatami room with sunken seating (horigotatsu) and garden (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Tsuboniwa (townhouse garden) with Japanese maple tree and water feature (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
The garden at night (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Luxurious Japanese style wet room with shower, bath and secluded view of garden.
Upstairs mezzanine floor with antique dresser and decorative obi (kimono belt).
Japanese room with futon.
Decorative alcove in the Japanese room
The Kamogawa river that runs through Kyoto is less than five minutes away on foot
View from the street at night (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Looking through the house from the entrance hall (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Dining area and stairs to the second floor viewed from the entrance hall (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Washer dryer, TV (with Apple TV) to make your stay more comfortable.
Relax with traditional seating.
Make sure to find time to relax and enjoy nature Japanese style (Photo by Kodai Masuda)
State of the art Japanese superloo on both floors!
Bathroom area with view to the garden.
Main bedroom (en suite).
Antique and restored period light fittings throughout
UNESCO World Heritage site, Kiyomizu-dera, is a short walk away
The world famous Gion district is a short walk away
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