This traditional Japanese townhouse (machiya) is conveniently located right in the middle of the Gion-Yasaka-Kiyomizu district, arguably Kyoto's most popular area, yet away from the hustle and bustle in a little narrow quiet side street offers a haven of tranquility to our guests.

Description of the house

Following the complete and extensive renovation, the ground floor now offers a luminous, spacious open space that leads from the entrance, through the modern kitchen and dining area to the traditional Japanese tatami room, allowing guests to enjoy the view from all side on our small private Japanese garden (tsubo-niwa) complementing the layout.

The custom made kitchen is fitted with modern kitchen fixtures and features a 200cm wide counter area where you can comfortably prepare your meals. In it you will find a refrigerator/freezer, 3 induction heating plates, microwave/oven, coffee/espresso maker, toaster, kettle, rice cooker, kitchen utensils, cooking ware, and enough dining ware, plates, and cups for 4 guests.

On the 2nd floor our western style bedroom is bathed in warm sunlight from our window facing the east side and the skylight coming from the adjacent staircase. For a good night rest, traditional shutters (amado) will insure obscurity in the room.

When renovating this machiya, going slightly against the principles of traditional Japanese architecture, an emphasis was put on opening up the space and bringing in as much light as possible. With this in mind, skylights were added, walls were removed, beams exposed, ceilings opened, beige and light brown hues, and elegant natural materials were chosen to refurbish the interior.

On the safety side, the house foundation and its structure were reinforced to better withstand the risks of earthquakes and modern fire prevention and safety equipment were installed.

The neighborhood

The house is located in Gion, a district famous for its maiko and geiko. Close to the Unesco world heritage site Kiyomizu-dera temple as well, one of Kyoto's major symbols, the area has lots of great restaurants and is great for enjoying Kyoto.

House Rules

We sincerely apologize in advance for having to be a little strict.

1) No early check-in. No late check out.
Check-in is from 15:00. Check-out at 10:00.

2) As a licensed accommodation, we are required by law to register our guests, if you could please fill up the provided form at check-in and send us a copy.

3) Smoking is strictly prohibited on the property. For safety reasons, guests cannot smoke in the house, garden, entrance area, or anywhere within the building and property grounds. We reserve the right to cancel bookings in case of violation, and an additional cleaning fee of USD 400 may be charged to remove the smell of smoke from the house.

4) We kindly ask that the house be left in a reasonable order at check-out, as a common courtesy to our cleaning staff, even if we charge a cleaning fee. We reserve the right to charge an additional cleaning fee if the state of the house requires it.

5) We recycle our trash in Kyoto, and we kindly ask for your help. Please only leave your refuse bags in the area where the dumpsters are located, and never ever leave your trash bags in the streets, even if you see our neighbours doing so.

6) Please remove your shoes at all times when inside the house.

7) By accepting the rental, our guests agree to release us from all liability, including any and all liability for personal and fatal injuries, or damage and loss of personal belongings.

Plans and equipments


  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Kitchen
  • Fridge
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Machine
  • Toaster
  • Table Ware
  • Kitchen Ustensil
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Electric Kettle
  • TV
  • Garden

Floor plan

  • YasakaFloor Plan

Location of the house


This several centuries old district is famous for its entertainment reserved for Kyoto's intellectual and artistic elite. Find yourself immersed in a maze of small streets lined with beautiful Japanese architecture, in a sophisticated timeless universe where small shopkeepers, craftsmen, monks, rich clients and of course maïko and geïko all rub shoulders with each other.

  • Pluses: A unique ambience. Pass maïkos and geïkos everyday at any time of the day. Near the city centre and the main historical sites of East Kyoto.
  • Minuses: This very lively district is not conducive to lazy holidays.
  • Shops : Fresco supermarket open 24 hours a day - Many Konbini - Post offices - Bicycle rental
  • Transports: Bus service to easily connect to the city's other tourist areas. - Keihan train line to Osaka and Hankyu train line to Arashiyama and Katsura
  • Restaurants: Jojo, cuisine is centred on vegetables from Kyoto - Izuju, sushi - Kezako, Modern good quality French cuisine - Oku Café
  • Attractions: The Gion Corner, a theatre in the heart of Gion, gives a taste of the variety of arts (dances, floral arrangement, tea ceremony…). - Kennin-ji temple - Yasaka sanctuary - Kiyomizu-dera temple

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