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Lovingly Restored Townhouse in Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion

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Last updated: 08/16/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • Townhome
  • On floor 2
  • 78 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome but please note the fragile nature of some of the fittings such as the traditional shoji paper screens!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 2: 3 sleep sofa /futon

    Tatami room...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

    twin bed with WC ensuite...moreless

  • Machiya Momiji has two bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a wooden floor, closet, twin beds (can be pushed together) and en-suite WC while Bedroom 2 is in the Japanese style with traditional futon sleeping arrangements for up to 3 guests....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

    A key feature of the house....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, bidet

    En-suite in bedroom 1...moreless

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Right in the heart of traditional Kyoto...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking

Dining

  • Dining:

    Table and chair set from a local carpenter....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Modern climate control in all rooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes airer...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Modern climate control in all rooms...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless broadband internet access throughout...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Another key feature of the house. A traditional tatami room with sunken seating area (horikotatsu) and sliding paper doors that overlooks the small yet perfectly designed garden....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephone for emergency use...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Two-ring electronic hob...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    With freezer compartment...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A beautiful tsuboniwa (small garden found in townhouses) designed by a local artist from a local family of gardeners. Featuring a Japanese maple tree, moss and a stone water feature....moreless

 

Reviews

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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$320

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

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)

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

All payments are in Japanese Yen.


Manager's cancellation policy:

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Location

95 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Kansai International Airport
200 Metres
Nearest Train
Gojo station on the Keihan line
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Biwako Valley

Car: Not Necessary

 

Manager info

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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Speaks: english, Japanese

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Photos

  • Machiya Momiji from the street.

    Machiya Momiji from the street.

  • Flagstone entrance hall (genkan) with bench
(Photo by Kodai Masuda)

    Flagstone entrance hall (genkan) with bench (Photo by Kodai Masuda)

  • Not photoshoped - this is the view into the house from the entrance hall!

    Not photoshoped - this is the view into the house from the entrance hall!

  • Full kitchen with hob, kettle, microwave oven and toaster.

    Full kitchen with hob, kettle, microwave oven and toaster.

  • Tatami room with sunken seating (horigotatsu) and garden
(Photo by Kodai Masuda)

    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)

    Tsuboniwa (townhouse garden) with Japanese maple tree and water feature (Photo by Kodai Masuda)

  • The garden at night
(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.

    Luxurious Japanese style wet room with shower, bath and secluded view of garden.

  • Upstairs mezzanine floor with antique dresser and decorative obi (kimono belt).

    Upstairs mezzanine floor with antique dresser and decorative obi (kimono belt).

  • Japanese room with futon.

    Japanese room with futon.

  • Decorative alcove in the Japanese room

    Decorative alcove in the Japanese room

  • The Kamogawa river that runs through Kyoto is less than five minutes away on foot

    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)

    View from the street at night (Photo by Kodai Masuda)

  • Looking through the house from the entrance hall
(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)

    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.

    Washer dryer, TV (with Apple TV) to make your stay more comfortable.

  • Relax with traditional seating.

    Relax with traditional seating.

  • Make sure to find time to relax and enjoy nature Japanese style
(Photo by Kodai Masuda)

    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!

    State of the art Japanese superloo on both floors!

  • Bathroom area with view to the garden.

    Bathroom area with view to the garden.

  • Main bedroom (en suite).

    Main bedroom (en suite).

  • Antique and restored period light fittings throughout

    Antique and restored period light fittings throughout

  • UNESCO World Heritage site, Kiyomizu-dera, is a short walk away

    UNESCO World Heritage site, Kiyomizu-dera, is a short walk away

  • The world famous Gion district is a short walk away

    The world famous Gion district is a short walk away

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  • Reviews
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    5
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1.5
  • Property type
    Townhome
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  • Calendar last updated 08/16/2016

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Higashiyama (Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan) #3678359ha

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