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house Ginkakuji

An elegant and peaceful life


Authentic machiya dating to the beginning of last century, Ginkakuji house was carefully restored in 2014 by craftsmen respectful of the heritage of old Kyoto houses.
Every Japanese room, the sitting room in the entrance and the two bedrooms immerse you in an incredible aesthetic world of tatami, washi, sliding doors, mud walls, and old wooden beams. Japanese technology coexist in perfect harmony with this set, with a state of the art kitchen and bathroom.
The two miniature gardens extend the experience after a day of sightseeing. An ideal home for a restful break.

Our opinion

A perfect mix of Japanese materials-- tatami, washi, and mud walls-- and state of the art equipment, Ginkakuji House is a rare experience. 

House rules

This house cannot accept check ins after 8 pm. (Contact us for further information)
This is a non-smoking house. Please do not smoke in the house or garden. When smoking outdoors, we ask that you not smoke directly in front of any houses in the neighborhood.
We ask that you take the utmost care to follow the garbage rules outlined by your Travel Angel during check-in.
Please be eco-friendly: conserve energy by turning off lights and air-conditioning/heating units when not in use and when leaving for the day.
Keep the house tidy. If you have moved any furniture during your stay, please be sure it is moved back to its original location.


Starting on October 1st 2018, Kyoto City will impose a municipal accommodation tax on all guests staying within the city, in order to increase the attractiveness of the City as an international tourism destination.
- The tax rate is set at 200 yen per night and per guest who pays a room charge of less than 20.000 yen per night.
- The levy rises to 500 yen for those paying between 20.000 yen to 50.000 yen and to 1.000 yen for those paying 50.000 yen or more.

The accommodation tax will be collected by your Travel Angel during the check-in. 

The pictures

Floor Plan & Amenities

House plans Ginkakuji
  • Refrigerator
  • Gaz stove
  • Ventilation hood
  • Microwave oven
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle
  • Hair dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Reversible A/C 
  • Vacuum
  • Wifi
  • Double size futon & single size futon
  • Iron
  • Our house does not have a television



  • Taxi : about ¥2300 yen from the station (an access map to the house is provided with your reservation)
  • Bus : Bus number 17, stop "Ginkakuji Michi"


Latest review

Nov 2020

We had 5 great and relaxing days with our family in this beautiful, tastefully furnished and peaceful modern machida house. We truly enjoyed the small aspects of how it’s constructed like the 2 zen gardens and the entrance area to the house and the great books on Kyoto and Japan. Furthermore we like how well equipped it is so that after doing grocery shopping in the nearby supermarkets, one can easily cook. The German bakery Perkeo/Alt Heidelberg is with great bread in walking distance. Great restaurants are nearby and we love to stroll along the philosopher‘s path with its charming canal and shrines. The parking spots are nearby and reasonably priced for 24hrs/700 yen. The communication and help we received from Chris/JapanExperience was very friendly, quick and accommodating to our needs. We will definitely recommend it to our friends and look forward to being back in spring!

Jean-Yves L.
Aug 2019

Après un super séjour au Japon avec mes 3 garçons, je tenais à vous faire un retour très positif sur mon séjour à Kyoto. La maison ginkakuji est extrêmement agréable. Son côté traditionnel permet de vivre quelques jours à la japonaise. L’accueil de Julien, sa disponibilité, ses conseils, sa visite du quartier et ses bonnes adresses ont participé au bon déroulement du séjour.

Serge B.
Nov 2018

Très bon séjour. L’acceuil par notre Travel Angel Aurore a été excellent, et elle a pris le temps de nous aider à organiser notre séjour. La maison est dans un quartier très agréable, pratique pour visiter la ville. En revanche un peu éloignée de la gare, ce qui rajoute au temps de transport pour rayonner autour de Kyoto. Nous nous sommes concentrés donc sur Kyoto, et il y avait de quoi faire ! Juste une petite chose : le grille pain ne fonctionnait pas, il faudrait le remplacer. On a néanmoins pu se débrouiller avec le four qui avait une fonction grill. Globalement nous avons été très satisfait de notre séjour !

Jan 2018

Ginkakuji House was the best place we could be during our stay in Kyoto. We loved this house for its location, size, style, gardens, equipment, care in every detail. Ginkakuji House was our home for 22 days and we will remember it forever 

Dec 2017

“We knew that this was a special house from the description and pictures, but we were not expecting it to be just about perfect! We loved the combination of traditional and modern decor, but we also really appreciated the way the layout afforded a great deal of privacy in a fairly typically dense neighborhood. The location of the house was also a plus, so close to Ginkakuji Temple as well as a lot of good places to eat local cuisine. Finally, we have to say that our liaison Clement was very helpful as well as gracious.”

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house Ginkakuji

Price for up to 3 people

(Additional guest $19 per night)

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