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Fully renovated old Kyoto Machiya in great location!
Located 300 m from the famous Toji Temple, in a quiet neighborhood, "Toji Samurai Machiya" is an old traditional Kyoto townhouse, featuring luxurious modern facilities and comfort.
The old townhouse has been entirely redesigned from the ground up, with both traditional and modern material. Special attention was paid to the refined atmosphere of the place as well as the comfort, for the enjoyment of our guests.
Our concept is "Old Traditional Machiya with Modern Comfort". Yes, in Kyoto, old traditional townhouse (Machiya) are actually very cold in winter and quite hot during the summer.
From the street, you access the renovated townhouse through a gate and a leading garden passage. A beautiful wedding kimono welcomes you in the large entrance. A glass door opens into the dining kitchen space and the Japanese living room which itself opens to the Tsuboniwa, our beautiful little courtyard Japanese garden. An old wooden box-stairs (Hako Kaidan) leads to the loft bedroom where you'll find two single beds (mattress). On the right of the dining space, the main bedroom is a Western-style one with a double bed, a closet, and a working desk.
As is commonly done in Japan, when necessary, the living room can be entirely closed with paper sliding doors (shoji) and becomes an additional bedroom with futon placed on the tatami mats.
The traditional cypress wood bathroom opens to the courtyard garden (Tsuboniwa) and is a great spot to relax in a hot bath after a busy day visiting the city.
Throughout the house, both the walls and the ceiling have been fully insulated. We installed floor heating and western style radiators around the house. Sliding wooden doors (some are old original ones) and Shoji and Fusuma paper doors are used around. All the windows use pair-glass. And of course, all the rooms are equipped with air conditioning. The whole place has been decorated with various old traditional Japanese art-crafts for a more refined atmosphere.
In the dining area, we have a large wooden dining table with seating for six. During the cold winter, you will appreciate the floor heating both in the kitchen/dining area and the Japanese tatami living room. A large flat screen HD TV (with Netflix) and a BD player are available for your enjoyment.
The fully equipped modern kitchen will please anyone who wants to cook at home, for a simple breakfast or a complete dinner. A large selection of cooking utensils, induction cooktop, microwave oven/oven, dishwasher, all kind of appliances such as rice cooker, toaster, blender, electric kettle, coffee machine, and dishes, plates, glasses, cutlery, etc., are available to our guests. The setting is convenient for a short stay as well as for people who stay for a longer period and prefer to eat at home. And of course, you'll find all the basics such as salt-pepper, oil, sauce, soja, etc. A supermarket where all kinds of ingredients are sold, is located a mere few minutes from the house.
The house is also equipped with a fully automatic All-In-One Washer / Dryer, something travelers will truly appreciate.
The place is very conveniently located near the Kyoto JR station for easy access to all sightseeing sites around Kyoto, and with about 60 m2 (including 10 m2 for the loft), it is spacious and adequate for groups of up to six people (although we'd recommend it for four-five persons).
And of course, our guests have unlimited access to superfast (optical fiber) internet access via Wi-Fi throughout the house.
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