Situated in the heart of Kyoto is Shikokuan Machiya Residence Inn, a stylish and innovative machiya accommodation. Located on a serene backstreet near the Takasegawa River, one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Kyoto, you will also find yourself to be a short walk away from the famous Gion area. This area is where Geiko/Maiko are frequently spotted on Hanamikoji Street and the traditional cobbled streets of Ponto-cho, you will also find it to be lined with bustling restaurants and bars. On the other side of this Machiya, you will find Kyoto's most popular shopping centers on the corner of Kawaramachi and Shijo streets and the exciting Nishiki food market. This property can accommodate from 2 to 4 guests.
This traditionally 90-year-old townhouse can be identified by its dark purple hued “noren,” or shop curtain, which hangs from the entrance. The name “Shikoku” refers to a dark violet, while “an” refers to a cozy retreat. While many Machiya often feature brown wooden exteriors, compared to other machiya found in Kyoto, Shikoku-an retains all of a machiya's traditional components while expressing a sense of modernity through its stark white and black, wooden walls.
Contrasting the exterior, one step inside this property and you will find that this Machiya welcomes you with the warmth and glow of home that you are well-accustomed to. The white walls are coated with “shikkui,” or stucco, which is more often used by craftsmen to coat the walls of temples, shrines, and traditional houses. A traditional Japanese fan adorns the wall, and charming figures can be found throughout the property.
The tatami room is reminiscent of a time when family and friends would sit around the “iori,” or hearth, represented by the unique table sitting in the middle of the room. A large, wooden table with a glass centre covering the “iori,” as they did in the past, we invite you to pass the time OOO. A washing machine and clothes dryer can also be found under the stairs.
Hidden behind the sliding “Shoji” doors (paper sliding door), you will find a fully functional kitchen complete with all essential facilities: 2 induction heating plates, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, cooking utensils, and enough dining ware and cutlery for 4 people.
A modern and stylish bathroom with a Japanese “wa” twist, you will be able to relax in luxury. Enjoy bathing in a “Hinoki buro,” a bathtub designed and crafted using the Japanese cypress wood. The golden hue of the Hinoki wood radiates warmth that will allow for you to refresh after a long day of sightseeing.
The western style bedroom has two single beds and a dressing table. The wooden floor is made of pinewood and painted dark brown using the renowned “fuki-urushi” technique. This traditional technique involves painting and wiping off “urushi,” or Japanese lacquer, multiple times to make the grain glossy and smooth. Above the bed you will see a lamp cover, made by a local craftsman who specializes in making traditional umbrellas for geisha. This unique lamp gives the room a soft, lavender glow when turned on. High-quality mattresses from Kyoto's long established bedding company, as well as camel pillows and soft blankets are provided to ensure a good nights sleep.
A lounge room can also be found on the second floor. Lined with tatami flooring, and encased by traditional mud walls ("jyuraku kabe"), this room showcases another aspect of the “washitsu” (Japanese-style room). Guests will be able to lie down on the lounge chairs provided and watch TV or simply relax and take in the spectacular details found in this room. If there are more than 2 guests, an additional futon bedding can be set in this room, or the first floor tatami room.
Bus stops and train station are within a 6-minute walking distance. This property is a 7-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, and an 8-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. Higashi Hongan-ji Temple is a 10-minute drive away.
This is the perfect place to feel the energy of both modern and traditional Kyoto. During the spring, cherry blossoms that line the river are lit up during the night, while white veils of snow gently cover the neighborhood during the winter. You will no doubt be greeted with an enchanting view no matter what season you visit....Read more
Left on 02/13/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 13, 2012Stayed Jan 2012
We stayed 5 days in this beautiful house. It is super comfortable with both western beds and japanese tatami well set up. The house is located in the very center of kyoto, tons of delicious traditional restaurants nearby and major metro lines are within walking distance.
One thing to mention, the staff speaks perfect english and is very helpful whenever needed!Very important to us... as neither of us speak japanese...
We would definately like to go back to Shikokuan next time in kyoto!
Thank you for your comments! It was a pleasure accommodating you and helping you find your way around Kyoto. There really are a lot of great restaurants and sightseeing areas in this ancient city. We hope you will return in the very near future and will stay at Shikokuan again. We look forwarding to the day when we can see you. Warm regards.
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“A Perfect Location”
Left on 09/29/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 29, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
Shikokuan Machiya is in the perfect Kyoto location. In an amazing laneway. You could spend all your time within a few blocks, never be bored and get a wonderful cultural experience. The canal and the river are truly wonderful and only a step away. The residence is small but has everything you need. The owner is extremely helpful and responsive. You really feel that you are living in Japanese style - with the western beds making it just that bit easier! We didn't cook as much as we thought we would because the places to eat are so varied and so plentiful (and at all price levels) - and the supermarkets and department stores nearby are full of choices of prepared foods. Highly recommended.
Thank you for your feedback. The nearby canal and river are two of my favorite places in the city so I’m glad you were able to take in their beauty and tranquility. I hope that you will have an opportunity to visit Kyoto and stay here again. Warm regards.
“Great choice for historic Kyoto”
Left on 06/20/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Jeff AndrewsReviewed Jun 20, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
My wife and 3 year old daughter just stayed here (June 2011) for 8 nights. This place is fantastic and we highly recommend it. The pictures are very accurate. It is a great blend of old Japenese style and modern design and convenience, and an exercise in Japanese efficiency: 2 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 bath rooms and a kitchen and laundry room closet all in about 700 square feet over 2 stories.
I wasn't that sure about the location, having never been to Kyoto before, but after staying for the week I would say this is nearly perfect location for a first visit to Kyoto as you can walk to many of the sites, easily access all public transportation, but yet are not exactly in the main tourist ghetto -- which is just across the river in Gion -- or in downtown 5-10 minutes walk to the north, which is too busy. I would estimate that there are 200 restaurants within a 5 minute walk of this place, many being beautiful ones over the river or in classic narrow Kyoto streets.
The property manager, Hiro araki, speaks flawless English with an aussie accent and is very considerate. My only complaints were that the Internet was not wireless (just a cable) but he said he would fix that, and that many of the door jams/head clearances are a bit low as is typical in Japan; if you are over 6 feet tall this may be an inconvenience. Overall this place is great value if you can afford this price range.
Thank you for your detailed comments. I’m incredibly happy to hear that you made the most out of Shikokuan’s convenient location. It definitely has an East meets West, traditional but modern, and quiet but near the heart of the action feel to the place. As for the low overhangs, this is one of the trade-offs for keeping the traditional ambiance to the place. But I am looking into placing some padding for our taller guests’ consideration. We have also just installed WI-fi for easy access to the internet. Again, it was lovely to meet and accommodate you all and I hope you will stay here again on your next visit to Kyoto. Warm regards.
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