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Traditional and modern machiya in the heart of Kyoto (Ground Floor)

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
townhome
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

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

Shimoza-An is the lower 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 3 my properties in Kiyomizu area: #438156 Shofu-an; #4338158 Momiji-an; #438160 Bairin-an.

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

There are one tatami mats rooms where to sleep with futons, one bedroom with 2 single beds and 1 extra bed, a western style living room with table, chairs, sofa, modern kitchen, antique furniture, nice tub bath and shower, high-tech toilet, air conditioner, floor heating.

It is located 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, its museums and numerous art 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!

Shimoza-An is the perfect place in the mid of cultural, traditional, innovative Kyoto heart!

RATES ARE IN JAPANESE YEN.

US$ rates for reference only. Tax included.

August and September Discount: Yen 30.000 instead of Yen 33.000 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 4 nights stay is required, but please feel free to ask to us for anything.

Contact us directly for weekly rates.

More Details

Owner
Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Italian, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

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; they are 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 a chance to share the beauty of this city ' s culture with guests from all the world. 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 Kyoto

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 some modern touch to satisfy our international guests needs, and also 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, art galleries, every kind of restaurants, cafes, bars...and more and more!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Traditional and modern machiya in the heart of Kyoto (Ground Floor)
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
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Alex B.

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 5 nights at this wonderful traditional machiya which is close to the subway, restaurants, and grocery. We had five adults and one infant. Futons were set up in the tatami room for the younger adults and baby. Grandparents had the raised futons in the back room. The place was spotless and a real pleasure to stay in. It has been recently renovated to combine traditional elements with modern amenities. We appreciated the kitchen table, chairs, and sofa. The check-in and check-out procedures were efficient. There is not a lot of privacy between rooms which did not bother us. The bath and toilet are in the back and most easily accessible by going through the back bedroom (although it is possible to get to the bath from the kitchen by going through the laundry room, this is not real practical). This home is ideal for a couple or small family. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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5

An unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

Making reservation and payment was very straight forward. There was a hitch when we made our payment but the team was extremely helpful with it. Nothing was too much of a hassle even reservation of restaurants and taxi.

Upon arriving, everything was already ready for us. The accommodation had everything we need. The air conditioner is definitely a massive plus given the very hot and humid autumn. Washing machine is also a dryer which is fantastic.

Close to a subway exit and it is at the intersection of two lines. There is a pharmacy and 2 convenience stores close by.

Overall it was a very comfortable stay for us all.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Very pleasant machiya

  • 4 of 5

We enjoy our stay in this machiya, well located in the West part of Kyoto. The property is really convenient for 4 people. Lovely garden and comfortable bathroom. Warm and reliable welcoming by Mariko.

Could have been excellent if the accommodation would have been less noisy (thin wooden doors, very noisy neighbours upstairs). But it´s nothing compared with the pleasure we had to visit Kyoto from there !

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magic in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Kyoto is wonderful city and this Machiya made it even more so. We spent five nights and enjoyed every moment. This is a lovely traditional house with great charm, yet modern amenities. It's in a perfect location. Very quiet, but near all the sights, shopping and transportation. The house was very clean and the shower is probably the best we have ever encountered. The futons were extremely comfortable. If we get a chance to return to Kyoto, this will be our place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Wonderful trip

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for your wonderful accommodation. Our family was really enjoy our time in Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Perfect Vacation Home in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This is our first family trip to Japan. With two young children, this property was perfect for our needs. It is in a very quiet and safe neighborhood with no busy tourism stuff going on. Yet it is very convenient by being close to subway stations and major streets. There is also a small market just several minutes of walking from the rental property, which has milk, bread, eggs etc in case we need anything.

The house has the traditional charms and modern amenities. We enjoyed the shower particularly. The washer/dryer was definitely helpful when you have young kids traveling. It was very comfortable for the four of us with floor heating and air conditioning during a November stay.

Mariko is very responsive, friendly and helpful. She speaks fluent English which is a great help for our stay. Prior to our arrival, she gave us tips on how to travel to Kyoto etc. During our stay, she recommended restaurants and even helped to make reservations for us.

We have already recommended this property to several friends for their future consideration. We wish we had a longer stay to fully explore Kyoto and enjoy Shimoza-an.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Nakagyo-ku Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Second New Year Vacation
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Spring Season
Mar 15 2017 - May 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
$385
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$290
 

Additional information about rental rates

extra guest $25

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.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Nakagyo-ku Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub/shower room and toilet separated
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 extra bed
    Bedroom 1 - 3 sleep sofa /futon , 2 people can sleep on the sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist

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