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Bedroom 1 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 4 / Cottage
Bedroom: 1  Bathroom: 1  Sleeps: 4  Type: Cottage
Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance)-Machiya
TripAdvisor property ID 3556800

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Book this 1 bedroom cottage in Kyoto today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a air conditioning, internet access, and DVD among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 22 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $792 to as high as $1212, depending on travel dates.

The manager responds to 80% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 26, 2017.

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Avi Lugasi
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26 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Kyoto Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Clothes dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • DVD player
  • TV


  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (22)

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“A taste of authentic Japan”

Reviewed 9 Feb 2014

Our familly enjoyed very much to stay in an authentic Japanese house. It's situated in a very quiet alley close to centre. We've appreciated the guides and information at disposal in the house. The improvement point could the heating on the ground floor which is not very efficient and the crockery (as an example we had only 2 cups !). Beside these 2 points, it was really great.

“Autumn Machiya Stay”

Reviewed 25 Nov 2013

I stayed for 5 nights and found the cottage was a delight to stay in and added to the experience of visiting Kyoto. Great location with handy access to buses and subway and shops/supermarket/resturants close by. The information booklet at the cottage was helpful for tourist activies. The cottage was very clean and tidy and had all the amenities (kitchen, laundry) required to make for a very enjoyable stay. The phots and description acurately describe the property. I had no problems in booking and arranging the stay

“A traditional japanese house in a residential part conviniently”

Reviewed 3 Nov 2013

Perfect home for a couple without disabilities (steep staircase) The first floor is a bit dark but the second floor living room and bedroom is brighter. Quiet neighborhood and possibility to meet with neighbors if you have some fluency in Japanese. Convenient location : You walk, take the bus or the train to discover Kyoto on your own.

“A door to other way of life”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2013

When you enter to Iho-an machiya, it seems you enter in the world of Madame Butterfly. It has been a pleasant place to relax after visiting incredibles Temples and suffering high temperatures ... I strongly recommend it! Thanks for all!

“A Magical Time at Iho-an”

Reviewed 15 Jun 2013

We stayed in this wonderful machiya in March, April, and May of 2013 and loved every minute of it. Walking through the entrance way from the street to the small alley where the house is located is like stepping back 100 years in time - absolutely magical! The location in Higashiyama couldn't be better and is close to temples, museums, restaurants, supermarkets (two within a five-minute walk) and the subway and busses. The area is quiet with plenty of atmosphere and interesting discoveries are found around every corner - we counted 9 small temples on our daily walk to the supermarket. The apartment itself was perfect for the two of us with an excellent well-equipped kitchen, living and dining areas downstairs (with two sofa beds) and a bedroom (with a very comfortable bed) and another sitting room upstairs (via a very steep stairway - definitely not for toddlers or anyone with mobility issues). The machiya is the perfect blend of traditional and modern and was very well maintained and spotlessly clean when we arrived. Kyoto was very cold in March but we were snug and comfortable with two heaters downstairs and one upstairs. The owner, Wendy, and her staff could not have been more helpful, courteous, and accommodating and no request seemed too difficult for them. I would not hesitate to recommend this machiya and we look forward to staying at Iho-an again when we return to Kyoto.

“Lovely house for real japanese experience”

Reviewed 11 Mar 2013

Iho-An is a lovely old house for 2 persons maximum. It is however not suitable if you have mobility issue as t he stairs to the bedroom are very very steep. Also there is no a lot of storage room, so don't bring too much. The owners were lovely and helpful. The kitchen was full size and really allowed good cooking with local fresh vegetables. It is conveniently located, close to a supermarket and walking distance from Gion. We loved the peace and quiet, We will definitively come back a small improvement but that would made a world of difference would be to have had the house pre-heated, especially as we took the trouble to confirm our arrival time. the house was freezing cold in February when we arrived - 2 degrees celsius inside - this was a very very bad surprise, and the heater wasn't working. In addition there was no and clearly this has not been checked before we arrive. There is no way we could know how to plug the gas heater on, as the gas system is very different in Japan!

“Iho-an: we highly recommend it!”

Reviewed 24 Jan 2013

We loved our stay here. Here's why - The machiya is in an excellent position for sight seeing in Kyoto. On a previous visit to Kyoto, we stayed in a hotel close to the main train station and found it complicated to get around. Iho-an, on the other hand, is in a great position for sight seeing - within easy walking distance of Gion, Pontocho, Higashiyama temples etc, fantastic. We also preferred it for a more "Japanese experience", rather than staying in a hotel. We caught a taxi to the property after arriving on the shinkansen and it was not expensive, around 1200 yen from memory. The streets are a grid design and, once we had our bearings, we found it really easy to walk around. The machiya itself is gorgeous, carefully renovated so that it's comfortable and pleasing but hasn't lost its character. It also has the modern conveniences of a washing machine (with dryer function) and a great kitchen. The bed upstairs is very comfy and we were really cosy up there in the midst of winter! Even with the heating on however, the downstairs area was a little chilly (remember, midst of winter!) Having said that, the kids were cosy when tucked up in bed under the doonas. And, blissfully, the toilet seat is heated! The area has the conveniences of a supermarket close by, taxis, buses and subway easily accessed, loads and loads of restaurants and (for the kids tired of eating unfamiliar food and adults looking for a nice latte!) MacDonalds is a block away. For an affordable, comfortable, convenient, "full of character" place to stay, you can't go past Iho-an. Before I booked this accommodation, I read a review of Iho-an that said "Just do it". So I did and am so glad. We loved it. :-)

“Beautiful traditional house very well located for Kyoto sightsee”

Reviewed 3 Dec 2012

We found the house to be very clean and well maintained. It had all we need for our stay and if there was something extra that we requested, the owners provided from one day to the next. The location is very good in a quiet neighborhood. You can walk to Gion, Kawaramachi and all the Eastern temples, but there is also a good subway and bus connection. We had a beautiful stay in Kyoto.

“Unique, authentic experience”

Reviewed 24 Oct 2012

We had a wonderful time at Iho-An while we stayed in Kyoto. The house is incredible; like stepping back in time, but at the same time it is updated with modern amenities such as a kitchen, washing machine, air conditioner, and television. Everything was clean and well cared for, and there was more than enough space for the two of us. After spending the previous week in a small hotel room in Tokyo, this was a breath of fresh air. It was as if we had our own house in Kyoto. The house is in a quiet alley off of a side street. There is a relatively short walk to the subway, but we rented bikes anyway and it was great. Even if you are taking public transportation, the house is still in a good location. It's just a quiet area, which was fine for us. There was also plenty of information on Kyoto, and guide books which helped us find our way around the city. I would definitely recommend Iho-An for anyone looking for a unique, authentic accommodation in Kyoto

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