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Comfortable Clean townhouse KAMIZA-AN (Second floor)

Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Stay As Locals, Enjoy The Unique Machiya Style With A Mix Of 'Old & New'

KAMIZA-AN is the upper level of almost 100 years old Kyoto machiya, traditional Kyoto townhouse.

Our New York architect based in Kyoto Geoffrey P. Moussas renovated it to make this old house a special place where to stay with your family and friends during your vacation in this beautiful historical city of Japan.

You can have a look at other 5 my properties: #438156 Shofu-an; #4338158 Momiji-an; #438160 Bairin-an.

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

You can experience the old days Japanese life style while having modern amenities.

There are two tatami mats rooms where to sleep with futons, a western style living room with table, chairs, sofa, modern kitchen area, antique furniture, nice shower, high-tech toilet, air conditioner, floor heating.

It is situated in quiet Kamanza street that in few meters ends in Sanjo street, one of the most old and main streets in Kyoto crossing the city from East to West. This street has been very important in the Kyoto history for many events happened here, and today you can enjoy the craft shops, the old houses, museums, galleries, local temples and shrines, or cafes, restaurants and the very exciting Shopping District, one of the oldest in Kyoto with also the most modern goods and latest fashion, and elegant department stores.

Nearby, in the other side of Horikawa street there is a more calm and 60's-70' s years atmosphere Sanjo shopping arcade, where you can find fresh vegetables sold in the street, different kinds of shops, bakeries, supermarkets, good places where to eat... You can relax doing your supper shopping after a day visiting so many beautiful places in Kyoto and feeling as a local!

KAMIZA-AN is the perfect place in the mid of cultural, traditional, innovative Kyoto heart!


US$ rates for reference only. Tax included.

Yen 28.000 for two guests per night;

plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest over 15 years old per night, no charge under 5 years old.

30% of the total amount for booking and the balance of 70% three weeks before the stay.

A minimum of 2 nights stay is required, but please feel free to ask to us for anything.

Contact us directly for weekly rates.

More Details

Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Toshimitsu Negishi

I am very happy to announce that other two machiya of Kyo Machiya Miyabi - (Kiyomizu area 3 properties: Bairin-an, Shofu-an, Momiji-an) are opened in Sanjo-Kamanza near Nijo Castle and central position, an almost 100 years old Kyoto townhouse: KAMIZA-AN on the upper level, and SHIMOZA-AN on the lower level of the house.

I really like Kyoto and to be owner of Machiya,Kyoto traditional townhouse, give me the chance to share with guests from all the world the beauty of this city ' s culture. I think if you stay in a traditional house the approach to a different culture is more real and interesting, and the experience is deeper.

Also making the machiya a place where to stay means to preserve the townhouse and its traditional craft sides: the tatami, the sliding doors, the wood parts, etc. and to be spread to others to keep somehow the traditions alive.

Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Nakagyo-ku

I liked the typical 'eel' shape as called in Kyoto (the front side is not so wide and the house extends in length). I thought it could be so nice to preserve this townhouse and make our guests even for few days to live as Kyoto people lived for centuries with traditions plus a more today comfort in the daily house use.

What makes this townhome unique

The benefits of this townhouse is keeping the traditional sides and add modern touch to satisfy our international guests needs, and also is the location: in central Kyoto but in a quiet street. At five minutes walking distance there is Nijo Castle, where the Shogun lived, old more than 400 hundreds years. Many other places to visit are at a walking distance, like Rokkakudo Temple called the navel of Kyoto connected with the famous ikebana school Ikenobo, the Imperial Park, or colourfull Nishiki food market. Bus stops are very close as banks, post office, museums, galleries, every kind of restaurants, cafes, bars...and more and more!


Nakagyo-ku Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Toilet and shower separated
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Tatami room - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 single and 1 semi double bed
    Tatami room - 3 sleep sofa /futon , And 2 more people can also sleep on the sofa bed
  • two tatami rooms in which futons are arranged
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Comfortable Clean townhouse KAMIZA-AN (Second floor)
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great location, charming, quiet, well appointed and comfortable. Owner's crew extremely helpful.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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wonderful stay in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Mariko was very helpful and responsive. She met us on the first day at the machiya. The place was clean and comfortable. There was no trouble until our last night when there were people below us. One of our sliding doors made noise when it was moved, and the people below complained about this but it was unavoidable. Mariko took care of the problem after we left. The short walk to the subway was convenient. Our favorite grocery store was the Fresca close by on Oike. The washer/drier was very convenient to have.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sonoma county, CA

authentic and comfortable base for exploring Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from four very pleasant nights at Kamiza-an. I was looking for a traditional-type accommodation for our first trip to Kyoto, and liked the way Kamiza-an had been renovated, while keeping traditional details. The three rooms were comfortable, with beautiful wood ceilings, and very nice, new shower room, washer/dryer, and separate bath. What isn't mentioned is that the cooktop is a rather groovy induction unit, and special and cool materials are used in a variety of places- especially the toilet space and the kitchen backsplash. The small deck overlooking the garden was a perfect place for a cocktail after long days of exploring. Another special thing was being able to experience the feeling of a traditional house- when it's warm, opening up the windows created a very pleasant cross ventilation- smart traditional design. Kyoto proved to be wonderfully walkable, and the neighborhood surrounding Kamiza-an held all sorts of very cool places to eat, shop for crafts, and within a number of blocks, awesome food shopping. The rental contact was very responsive, and Mariko had lots of great tips for shopping and getting around. We'd stay here again, and are planning to.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toront, Canada

Excellent rental - fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

Home was clean, beds were fine, everything was exactly as described. Mariko was there for our arrival, was easy to communicate with.

The location is superb, near the intersection of the two main subway lines, not far from the Hankyu line that connects Kyoto to Osaka, and an easy 20 minute walk to downtown (we also loved Sanjo dori, this is the most enjoyable route downtown). Also close to Nijo Castle, and a remarkable Starbucks on Karasuma dori that has a full open glass exposure to an adjacent temple.

Machiya style accommodation could be an issue for taller people, but that is an issue for any traditional home in Kyoto.

Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed every single minute spent in this beautiful house. The house is very well decorated, cozy and we felt like at home. The house had everything we needed: from linen to coffee and tea. The fully equipped kitchen allowed us to cook anything we desired to. The location is just great. Very close from Shijo Dori, a street full of stylish boutiques and nice shops. There are also a few supermarkets at a doorstep. If we had to share something to improve that would definitely be the windows. Sunrise in Japan is at about 5am, so some curtains would have been appreciated. Overall, however, this did not made our experience worse at all! Thank you Mariko for all the nice indications, tips and recommendations you gave us the first day. We hope to see you soon in Kyoto again!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kamiza-an-great stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 adults stayed in this lovely machiya for 5 nights. It was beautifully appointed yet cozy. Well stocked with coffee and tea. If you want to cook you will need to provide everything for food preparation but kitchen has all necessities such as full set of dishes, glass wear, pots/pans and utensils. Reasonable sized refrigerator, nespresso makerr, nice small oven/microwave but limited to one stovetop burner. We only made breakfast and snacks so this worked well for us. The sleeping arrangements were nice. One room western full bed and a twin, really comfortable for us, soft with support, great pillows! Other room had 2 futons, also comfortable, limited closet space and hangers, no dresser storage or shelves but standard for Japanese accommodations. Air conditioning nice, washer/dryer(we used it and hung a lot of things inside to dry instead of using dryer component(typical combo unit not like separate machines) but would have been better to have an outside line or racks for drying. Wonderful shower! It's centrally located within walking distance of subway, many close restaurants. Property contact was readily accessible by phone, message or email and provided face to face with renters downstairs, very nice! Would highly recommend this place for 4 adults or 2 adults with 3 children but not suited for much larger family, iimho. We enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

Owner'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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