|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||59 square feet|
Suitable for childrenAsk
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Romantic|
Description from the owner
Gojo Machiya is a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse located in a small alley of Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. The house is in the hard-to-beat location with restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, post office, ATMs, train/bus stations etc within a short walking distance while offering a quietly relaxing time in a traditional surroundings. Gojo Machiya is a very old Kyoto style townhouse with an interior completely renovated in July 2007. Downstairs has a brand new fully equipped kitchen, a living area with a flat screen TV with 200 or more channels both domestic and international, a modern western-style bathroom, and Tsuboniwa garden....Read more
Elegantly remodeled Machiya townhouse near Gion
Kyoto, Kinki, Japan
Additional Location Information
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in JPY) (change)
|Rate Summary||$145 - $184||$145 - $184||$920 - $1,114||$2,810 - $3,779||3 nights|
|Feb. 1 2013 - Feb. 28 2013
|Mar. 1 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Jun. 1 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|Jul. 1 2013 - Jan. 31 2014
|All Other Dates||$184||$184||$1,114||$3,779||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit - $194 / stay - Security Deposit
- Cleaning fee - $87 / stay - Other
- Additional guests - $19 - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 2 guest(s)
Additional notes from owner
The rate is up to 2 people. Extra JPY2000/night/person charged after 2 adults. Weekly rates and monthly rates are available. A departure cleaning fee of JPY9,000 will be added to the rent, Last minute rate is also available subject to availability. Please inquire.
The cancellation policy :
30% non refundable booking deposit at the time of booking. 70% will be invoiced 30 days before the first day of bookings.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Family of three
Charming, convenient home base
We are a couple who invited our 21 year old son to travel during his semester in Japan. Our 5 nights in the machiya were the most convenient and economical of the ten days spent touring. The apartment is well situated for sightseeing in Kyoto as well as surrounding locales: Kobe, Nara , Osaka. It is thoughtfully designed and equipped. We would highly recommend this rental for a family of four or four very close friends ( only one bathroom and sleeping quarters separated by a simple Japanese screen).
Excellent location and service.
Our stay at Gojo Machiya was excellent. The house is lovely and perfectly equipped, well located for all the sightseeing in Kyoto, the owner and manager always answered promptly and kindly and they assisted us with care.
I shall certainly reccomend it.
Great home in nice location
This is a residential part of Kyoto, charming and close to many small restaurants and stores. A perfect location for a sightseeing base and you can live like a local. House has all modern conveniances, but still has a classic exterior..Yes the photos are accurate, it Is that cute but standard size for a japanese home. (dont forget that a wide angle is used for interior shots) Comfortable for four adults with two separate bedrooms on the second floor.
We loved the house and the area !
My family of three just spent four days luxuriating at the Machiya townhouse in Gion Kyoto. I wanted a Japanese experience with privacy and that is what we got and more. The house was equipped with tatami floor, futons, ofuro (Japanese style bath) and many other typical Japanese style comforts. The wood every where contributed to the fresh minimalist feeling of luxury and peacefulness, which was a welcomed contrast to our busy, exhausting sightseeing schedule. It is very conveniently located close to many lovely temples and shrines. Thank you Lucille, Shingo and Justine
Perfectly positioned, maintained and equipped
This place is beautiful, and having two bikes to use made getting to know Kyoto easy. Everything works, and is easy to use. Necessary condiments, well stocked crockery and cooking gear, clean, comfortable and enough space for 4 though we were only two. A quick walk to Gion. Fascinating area and wonderful city. The manager was great, checked on us and solved any problem attentively. I love it. Really good books and Dvds . Old Kyoto the best book for discovering some charming traditional spots you would otherwise not know of.
Lovely neighborhood, comfortable house
This was our first time renting a home rather than a hotel in Kyoto. The neighborhood is not especially convenient for the subway or bus, but we managed. It was quiet and the neighbors were friendly.
The directions to get there were just fine, and the manager dropped in to say hi soon after we arrived. We were expecting a computer, as stated on the website, but told that it was no longer available. We suggest updating your website as well as the appliance guide in the house. There's got to be a better way to explain how to use the water heater!
The machiya is comfortable, but not elegant. It was fairly clean, though there was dust under the bed, hair in the bathroom sink drain and the garbage bins needed washing. The western beds were very comfortable, and we enjoyed the convenience of the washing machine.
Michael and Val
A most delightful stay
From booking on the website to being greeted at the door by Shuji everything went like clockwork including the loction directions.
The Machiya was very clean and comfortable and well laid out for such a small space. Instructions for using the appliances were good and helpful. However we would recommend a couple of coat hooks in the vestibule to hang coats, especially on a wet day. The location was very good once you get the hang of the transport. All in all a very enjoyable and pleasant stay.
Quiet and very convenient
Small but lovely house tucked away down a little alley, very convenient for Kiyomizudera temple area and central Tokyo, also not far from Kyoto main station. We stayed here - unfortunately only for 2 nights, too short! - with our teenage daughters in the middle of april. The house is well equipped and has wonderful cosy warm duvets which kept us warm in the chilly april weather.
We had the map to find the house which we gave to the taxi driver - he was doubtful about where exactly it was but stopped right outside. It's about 1000 Yen fare from the station.
We walked to the Kiyomizudera temple area from here - about 10 mins - and spent most of the day wandering round the temple and the shopping streets. Gion and Maruyama Park are also within about 20 mins to 1/2 hr walk.
A very good base to explore Kyoto.
Response from Yukiko - 04/26/2012
Thank you very much for your wonderful review about our Gojo Machiya in Kyoto.
Look forward to hearing back from you for your next trip over to Kyoto!
Shuji, Ben and Yukiko
the best of my travel to japan
A good experience and beautiful home. It,s no necesary take the train, with the bicycle it,s posible run all kyoto. kyoto is the best city in japan y very esay to move.
Para los españoles, la casa esta muy bien, recorres kyoto con las bicis de la casa, y te haces una idea real de vivir las costumbres japonesas. El baño un flipe.
L and S
A stunning retreat tucked away in a quiet residential section of Gojo near the heart of the city. We walked everywhere to stunning parks, breathtaking temples and shrines, amazing food and great shopping. We really appreciated the quiet after long days of adventure. The guide books, other guest suggestions and other materials at the machiya were particularly helpful. We loved every second of our stay.
Response from Yukiko - 04/04/2012
Thank you very much for your kind words about Gojo Machiya. Thrilled to hear that you had such wonderful time in Kyoto and can't wait to hear from you again for your next trip to Japan.
Thank you again for choosing to stay with us in Kyoto!
Ben, Shuji and Yukiko
Tranquility amidst modernity in Kyoto
Somehow, in my mind, I had a few pre-conceived ideas what the Gojo Machiya would look like. Although, the area is very modern and suburban, the lane reaching to the machiya itself is timeless.
The one thing that I enjoyed very much was the tranquility of the neighbourhood. The main road and the Kiyomizu-Gojo train station were only 10min walk away but you would never know because it was so quiet.
The house was immaculately kept and very well equipped, we enjoyed the satellite TV very much. The rooms and beds were so comfortable, we fell asleep once our heads hit the pillows! Even when winter nights were cold in Kyoto, the machiya was warm and cozy inside.
I would really like to stay there again. Although this was my third time in Kyoto, I would say that it was my most enjoyable one to date. Everyone involved were so helpful and friendly.
Last but not least, I appreciate the concise information given. The what, when, who and how were all very clearly stated. I really really understood what was required of me.
I hope our stay did not inconvenienced you and the neighbours.
Thank you very much!!!
David and Sidney
Santa Barbara California USA
Gojo Machiya Townhouse near Gion - Kyoto
Stay here! Exceptionally clean, all the amenities one might consider,great advice about local restaurants and sites provided in rental,and great location. Even includes two bicycles. Only advice is to print photos provided by owner before you leave for Kyoto as they will be very helpful in locating the place by you and taxi driver...down a small alley way.
San Francisco Bay area
Grandma Karen looking forward to returning to Gojo Machiya!
I have been to Japan many times and Kyoto is my favorite city to visit. My traveling buddy (Grandma ann) and I have often wondered what it would be like to stay in a machiya and I was thrilled to find, through Trip advisor, that there are rentals available. Gojo Machiya met our criteria: location and some western-style furniture. Shuji was delightful, it was great having a laptop with internet access, and wonderful to go "home" after a long day sightseeing! The only drawback for some would be the steep stairwell to get to the bedroom with the bath on the first floor.
Response from Yukiko - 12/03/2011
Thank you, Karen, for your kind words about Gojo Machiya. I'm glad to have found out that your first Machiya experience was a success! Shuji sends his regards to you two as well :)
The stairwell - yes, it is rather steep but also a typical characteristic of any existing Machiyas in Kyoto. It is part of the Machiya design, and what it is now is far better than what it used to be before the renovation!
We look forward to welcoming you back to Kyoto again in the near future, and all the best to yourself and Ann.
Much better than a hotel, elegant and convenient
To start with, the directions were wonderful, with the photo address causing some hilarity at the taxi rank at Kyoto station. Once you settle in with your suitcases, public transport is easy. The machiya is close to several buses, including the tourist route Raku 100, and lots of buses heading to the station and to important shrines. The Keihan railway is a 5 min walk providing access to Fushimi-Inari with its many Tori gates, and connects to the JR Nara line at Tofukuji. Many of the major Kyoto sights are within walking distance, including Kiyomizu and the Yasaka shrine. Kyoto is an interesting city. It can be easy to see only the modern bits, but staying at Gojo Machiya really helps with visiting the old parts, especially in the evenings. The machiya is in a gated alleyway off a relatively modern street, but all around are quiet streets with small restaurants and many people in traditional dress (managed to spot one geisha, or maybe maiko, running from the rain sheltered by the umbrellas of her helpers).
The house is truly beautiful, one of the best places we have stayed anywhere. It is bigger than I expected, with a good sized living area and well equipped kitchen, and an excellent wet room downstairs, with separate toilet. Upstairs there is one "proper" bedroom, with a connected tatami room separated by sliding paper walls. The tatami room is large and would easily fit two. However, it is more suited to a family with children than to friends traveling together - you need to leave the partitions open at night for the tatami room to benefit from the air conditioning. As mentioned by many reviewers, the house is very well designed, and makes maximum use of space. It has every thing you would need, with high tech controls ( automatic filling bath) and features (HD TV, with many English channels including Fox movies, BBC news), a washing machine (downstairs) with a great drying area outside (upstairs), WiFi and a laptop (immediately grabbed by the teenager), and bikes, which were a bit tough going in the high temperatures of July. The air conditioning was greatly appreciated. Very detailed instructions were provided for all equipment - it takes 10 minutes study to switch on the TV!
I intend to recommend the machiya to all friends travelling to Kyoto. The only drawback is that the stairs are a little steep for small children, and like many places in Japan, there is little natural light downstairs, sacrificed for privacy when neighbours are very close. The machiya beats any modern hotel for space and convenience, and is rivalled only by the wondeful Kyoto ryokans.
Response from Yukiko - 08/10/2011
Thank you so much for your wonderful review about Gojo Machiya. It really encourages us to continue working hard to maintain the hight quality and elegance of our properties.
As all properties are designed and furnished with different theme, please try the different one next time if you ever plan your trip to Japan again!
Thank you again for staying with us at Gojo Machiya.
Ben, Yukiko and Shuji
Back for more!
We first stayed here in July last year, and enjoyed ourselves so much we booked to come back for two weeks this time. The house is in an ideal location, walking distance from two train stations and the main shopping aree of the city. Plenty of room inside for three of us (two adults and one five-year-old). Inside is very clean, and all the furnishings are of a high standard. The two Western-style beds are very comfortable, and our son loved sleeping in a futon on the floor.
We're now planning another trip to Kyoto because even after a further two weeks we still haven't seen it all!
Response from Yukiko - 05/10/2011
Thank you so much for your kind words about Gojo Machiya, and most importantly having come back to stay with us again! It's always been a pleasure having you at the house, and Shuji has asked me to thank you as well for being such pleasant guests :)
We look forward to serving you again when you plan your trip back to Kyoto. Perhaps you could try our other Machiyas next time!
Thank you again for staying with us again!
Shuji, Ben and Yukiko
Don't stay in a hotel- Stay here
Booking and staying in this Machiya was a pleasure from start to finish. The owners were particularly helpful with Yukiko even booking us a ferry journey later on in our trip which we were struggling to book due to language difficulties.
The Machiya was well located with a number of local shops around (if you looked) and staying here felt like you were very much part of the community.
Once we worked out how to get around principally walking at first then buses and trains when we worked out the routes Kyoto was a doddle and pleasure to travel around. In the summer heat it was a joy to come back to our temporary home and lovely air conditioning.
The wireless internet access was extremely useful particularly with the in house laptop for research and our daughters face book needs!
I recommend you book it -dont stay in a hotel.
Response from Yukiko - 08/14/2010
Thank you very much for your kind review about Gojo Machiya. We look forward to welcoming you and your family on your next visit to Kyoto!
At Home in Kyoto
My daughter and I recently stayed at the Gojo Machiya in Kyoto. We both loved Kyoto and the machiya was the perfect way to experience the culture in depth. The location is ideal - only a short walk from Gion, Kiyomizu-dera, and other sites. It is also very close to trains and buses, so getting around was really easy. It was great to have a kitchen, laundry facilities, cable television and internet access. I am already planning my next trip. Thanks for a truly memorable experience.
Response from Yukiko - 07/31/2010
Thank you very much for your kind words about Gojo Machiya. Look forward to hearing from you again for your next trip to Kyoto. We have other properties in Kyoto you may want to try next time! Thank you again.
Great place to stay in Kyoto
We spent 5 days in Kyoto at the Gojo Machiya. The house was extremely clean, conveniently located, and a great refuge after long days of walking around Kyoto. Public transit options are fairly close by, and there are many restaurants within walking distance. The manager was very helpful, and the owners provided plenty of information prior to our arrival. We definitely recommend staying here!
Response from Yukiko - 07/31/2010
Thank you very much for staying at Gojo Machiya and your kind words about our operation. Hope to hear from you again when you decide to come to Japan for a vacation. Thank you again.
K & B Salt
When we opened the door, we squealed!
Just a short message via email, (I ran out of time to write in your guest book) to say a huge thank you for our wonderful stay in your lovely home in Kyoto.
You offer an exemplary service in so may ways. The design details of the entire house are just lovely, the luxurious towels, the beautiful crockery, the bedding, the hair dryer, the complimentary shampoo/conditioner, the English channel TV, the use of the bikes... I could go on and on.
Please pass onto Shuji our gratitude for his help with restaurants and settling in questions. All in all our stay with you was a definite highlight of our trip to Japan.
Well done on such a wonderful service!
Sarah and Paul
Amazing Stay in the Most Historic City of Japan!
We would highly recommend staying here if you are
after a comfortable, stylish, modern yet authentic
experience of Kyoto! This was our second time to
Kyoto and we were very happy to have discovered this beautiful townhouse - such a great location
close to the river and trains and also close to heaps of beautiful shrines in the east of the city. The townhouse is excellently equipped with a designer feel - just gorgeous! Quite spacious too for Japanese standards and with two separate rooms
upstairs it was perfect for us and our little girl. The bikes were fantastic to use (we felt like locals!) and a taxi up to Sanjo-Dori with lots of great eateries or even Kyoto station was only around 600 yen. Rob and Yuki made organising everything very pleasant and easy and it really felt as if we were staying at a friends place. Wonderful accommodation, you won't be disappointed! We look forward to coming back soon!