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Bairin-an Perfect For Two in Kiyomizu-Gion Area

Bedrooms 1
Space 419 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Town house, 1 bedroom, kitchen, shower ( 2 - 3 sleeps)

Kyoto is famous for having been the ancient capital of Japan, dating back over 1200 years. The sheer beauty of the temples, shrines, gardens and culture imbued within, makes Kyoto one of the most revered places in the world.

Bairin-an (Plum Grove) is one unit of Kyo Machiya Miyabi in Kiyomizu area, a big Kyoto traditional house, and was designed by renowned Kyoto based architect, Geoffrey P. Moussas.

Bairin-an is being meticulously preserved with the traditional techniques that have been handed down over the centuries. While sticking to tradition is important for the architect, updating the facilities, such as a nice shower, high-tech toilet, kitchen, heating floor, are just as important to meet the present day needs of our selective clientele. The delicate balance between 'old and new' is what sets this apart.

Bairin-an is at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, which has been designated a World Cultural Heritage, and is very convenient for visiting by walking distance many others famous temples, shrines, downtown, and Gion, the most famous Geisha district!

Enjoy Kyoto and the distinctive features of the local townhomes by staying in a real Machiya, feeling the natural way of living and the change of seasons which distinguishes Kyoto 's culture and its people.

City buses or rental bikes can take you to most famous sites in Kyoto within 30 minutes.

Please see our another listing in the same place: Shofu-an VRBO#438156

In Sanjo-Kamanza area other 2 listings: Shimoza-an VRBO#514790 & Kamiza-an VRBO#514588.

In Aneyakoji area other 2 listings: Kaede VRBO#1077968 & Satsuki VRBO#1077956.

Kaede and Satsuki are rented for a whole house as well #1275901

Kyoto is waiting for you!


Payments are charged in Japanese Yen.

US$ rates for reference only.

Rates includes tax.

plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest per night,

no charge under 5 years old.

When the stay is shorter than 2 nights as requested Yen 5.000 is added on the total amount for extra fees.

※Please let us know the number of people correctly.

If the number of people is different from the number you actually book with, we will charge you extra.

Person not registrated for accommodation must refrain from staying overnight in the room.

Please feel free to ask to us for any questions.

More Details

Property Manager
Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Toshimitsu Negishi

Hello, everyone!

We are 4 girls who live in Kyoto and Osaka!

Shiho: I was a professional skier in Japan and Canada.

I love playing all kinds of sports and drinking with girls' friend.

We sometimes go to have dinner together.

On my day off, I travel and explore in Kyoto.

Jacky:I have been to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

I stadied English in Australia, so my accennt is a little bit Aussie accent.

I love traveling, reading books, comics, watching animation of Ghibli,talking with my guests and sharing my life in Kyoto.

Kumiko: I have been to Canada, Hawaii, Guam, Australia and Taiwan.

I like watching movies, sweets, Disney.

I am looking forward to meeting people from all over the world.

Mia: I LOVE traveling, have been to over 10 countries and many places in Japan :)

I also like walking along the river and relaxing on my day off.

I'm looking forward to meeting you in Kyoto!

Please feel free to contact us anytime!

Toshimitsu Negishi purchased this townhome in 2012

Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Higashiyama Ward

We could see a glitter of traditional atmosphere on the roof, wooden pillars, sliding doors or small garden inside the house.

The townhouse is called Machiya and this house strongly stimulated us to restore for living. Machiya used to be townhouses or shops for the merchants in the 17th century.

Not only temples and shrines, but machiya stay is an attractive experience for all who want to know more about Kyoto life style and its culture.

What makes this townhome unique

In less than 5 minutes from Bairin-an there are two 24hours convenient stores, a 24h supermarket, post office, bank, cafes, restaurants.

A 15 minutes walk will take you to the riverside of the Kamogawa. You can take a pleasant stroll along the river, or do shopping in the nearby Kawaramachi area convenient for rainy days as the shopping streets are covered, like Nishiki food market street. A night life spot is Pontocho, a narrow lane with no cars, full of elegant restaurants, bars, and where you can see a Geisha or Maiko on the way or from an appointment.

Next street Ovest of Pontocho is Kiyamachi, a very lively night zone where you can find many kinds of restaurants, bars, pubs and more...

Enjoy just walking from Bairin-an!


Higashiyama Ward Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 419 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Futons (2, max 3)
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


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Bairin-an Perfect For Two in Kiyomizu-Gion Area
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews
Muscat, Oman

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the house. Very clean with all important amenities. It was conveniently located near the bus stop, grocery store, historical places, restaurants and in a peaceful neighbourhood which isn't too far from all the action. Mariko was extremely helpful to us from the time we arrived to the time we left.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Puerto Rico

Perfect Machiya! In the heart of Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

My first time traveling to Kyoto and staying in this machiya was the best idea. So close to so many attractions, restaurants, market, etc. The owner was so nice, waited for us until we arrive to the machiya. Didn't expected for the futons to be so comfortable and we slept so well. Will definitely be returning and staying here in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Machiya in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The suite takes up most of the lower floor of a 2-storey traditional Japanese wooden house. 390 sq ft, consists of a tatami room for sleeping on futons, small kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave, small table and chairs for 3, private garden, hi-tech toilet, shower room with washer/dryer. One suggestion - the table in the kitchen is a little small, while there is enough room for a larger table to allow for using a laptop at the same time that another is using the table as well.

The suite was comfortable and well-laid out. Perfect for 2, but could fit 3. There was plenty of storage for bags and jackets. The futons were comfortable and we slept well. There was some noise from the street but due to the location on a quiet side street, this wasn't an issue. We could hear the emergency vehicles from the fire stn 1 block away, these didn’t disturb us. The noise from other tenants was more of an issue. At one point during our stay a noisy family was occupying the suite above us keeping late hours and early rising, often yelling between floors. We had to use earplugs to sleep during this period. Other guests were more considerate and less noticeable.

The suite was clean and well-appointed. Housekeeping came weekly and were efficient and thorough.

Air-con and the under-floor heating in the tatami room, kitchen and shower was very nice!

We arrived late, but were able to find the location by giving our taxi driver the map sent to us. The instructions for the key box were clear, we had no issues with orienting ourselves to the suite. We met the owner the next day and she was very friendly and answered all our questions. Throughout our stay she was available by phone. Checkout was easy. When we booked on VRBO, we found her responses quick and detailed.

The location of the suite is perfect! The only detraction from the location is the distance from the nearest subway. It is in a perfect location for the traditional streets surrounding Kyomizu-dera. There are also many other shrines and temples within a short walk. Nearby there are quite a few excellent places to eat, and the pottery places are amazing!

Bus and taxi is within a couple of blocks. Kyoto station is a short taxi or bus ride away.

There are a number of options for groceries in vicinity.

Wifi worked very well. TV has only Japanese stations. Land-line allows for toll-free calling throughout the area.

Our stay here was so perfect - we have such excellent memories of this beautiful place!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stay in Bairin-an and fall in love with Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

On our first (but certainly not last) visit to Kyoto, we (mother and daughter) couldn't have been happier with staying at Bairin-an. Mariko is so wonderful, making sure to meet you and showing you the accommodations and making suggestions for restaurants, etc. if you need them. The apartment is so lovely and so well taken care of. We enjoyed being able to make breakfast and late night snacks in the kitchen and sleeping on the supremely comfortable tatami mats in the bedroom. The shower is heaven and it was helpful to have a washing machine/dryer so we left Kyoto with fresh clean clothing. The bathroom is very modern. They had many nice amenities in the apartment, from soap to shampoo to tea and condiments. We loved the location! It is very close to old Gion. We easily walked to a supermarket. When you look down an alleyway, just about everywhere you look is a temple or shrine. We enjoyed being able to walk to so many temples from our apartment. While you can easily take the bus, there is also a taxi stand about 1 1/2 blocks away which we found to be very convenient. Mariko introduced us to a neighborhood soba restaurant and we loved it so much we went there three times. There are many interesting shops and restaurants off Higashi-dori. We highly recommend any of their machiya's (depending on how many people you are traveling with). We visited a Japanese home, and we felt we truly got a taste of Japanese living by staying in Bairin-an. We loved the amibiance of Bairin-an and would return there in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Like coming home...

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Bairin-an and it was like coming home. The first time we stayed at this great place was just awesome but our second time was even better.

The machiya has everything you need for daily life, fully equipped kitchen, TV, aircondition and many more.

You can enjoy a lot of nice restaurants close to the machiya or you can go to the supermarket a five minutes walk far away and take care of your self.

It is very convenient to start your trips from there to explore Kyoto or just to stroll around in higashiyama area.

At the machiya you will find also a lot of brochures and pamhplets which will make organising your stay the best way. The stuff is also brilliant and very friendly. In case of questions or another assistance they will help you.

Making my long story short, we love Bairin-an and we already make plans for our third stay.

Many thanks to the stuff and see you soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet, Cozy Machiya

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three, stayed in this lovely Machiya during our Christmas/New Year vacation in Kyoto. It was more than what we could asked for. Location is superb. Walking distance to many attractions. The small kitchen is adequately equipped. The futon is very comfortable. The washer and dryer definitely comes in handy. If you are looking for a temporary home in Kyoto, this is it! You will go no wrong.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
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Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Wine bar
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojyo Station
Nearest Motorway
8.6 Miles
Meishin Highway Kyoto Higashi Inter
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Ashiya ( steak house )
Car: not necessary

Kiyomizu Temple, a World Cultural Heritage -

Gion, the Geisha district -

Kenninji Zen Temple -

Yasaka Pagoda -

Kodaiji temple -

Maruyama Park -

Nishiki Market,

Sanjusangendo the temple of 1001 wooden statues of Buddhist Goddess ....

There are over 800 temples and shrines in the city.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Basic rate is for two guests, each extra guest is charged Yen 3.000 per night, no charge under five.
Rent includes all utilities, rates,tax, charges associated with the use, the occupancy of the property.
Rates are in Japanese Yen.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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