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house Gion Machiya

Renovated Antique Townhouse in Gion


Gion Machiya is a very historical Kyoto style townhouse with an interior completely renovated in November 2009. Downstairs has a brand new fully equipped kitchen, a living/dining area with a French designer dining set, a flat screen TV, two single Italian leather sofas from Cassina, an antique cabinet, Tsuboniwa garden, and a modern western-style bathroom offering plenty of comforting space with art pieces from around the world.

Upstairs has Main bedroom with two single beds and convertible sofa, and a separate traditional tatami room which can be converted into a second bedroom where two sets of futons can be laid out for two more guests.

The house is just off the main pathway to Kiyomizu temple, along a traditional Kyoto street where many of the residences have been long occupied by artisans and craftsmen who still work at home at their various trades.

Walking North for a few minutes will take you to one of the most famous Geisha districts in the world, Gion. 

Ground Floor : Kitchen, Dining Room, Japanese Bathroom (with a shower cabin and a Japanese furo-bath), toilet.

1st Floor : Japanese bedroom (2 futons), Western-style bedroom (2 single beds)

Our opinion

Gion Machiya is a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse located on a small street in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan.

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.

The pictures

Floor Plan & Amenities

House plans Gion Machiya
  • Refrigerator
  • Gas stove
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair-dryer
  • Washing-machine
  • Iron
  • Hair-dryer
  • Towels
  • Vacuum-cleaner
  • Single Beds (2)
  • Futon (2)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wifi
  • TV 



  • Taxi: about a 1 000 yen from the train station (a detailed access map will be sent to you upon booking)
  • Bus: Bus number 206, Kiyomizu-michi stop


Latest review

Jun 2017

C'était la premiere fois que nous réservions par "Vivre le Japon". nous avons beaucoup aime notre experience. L'accueil de William a été exceptionnel. les quelques conseils qu'il nous a donnes nous a permis de bien pouvoir nous déplacer dans Kyoto (sans lui je ne sais pas comment nous aurions fait pour comprendre le système du bus aussi rapidement). La petite maison était bien placée et quoique sombre, très agréable!

Anne-Marie & Xavier
Nov 2016

C'est la troisième fois que je loue une maison à Kyoto par Japan Experience. Cette Machiya est la meilleure: fonctionnelle, agréablement décorée, calme. Un peu de marche pour rejoindre les transports n'est pas un inconvénient. Kyoto en automne est une ville aussi intéressante qu'au printemps. 
Merci à Nikki pour ses explications précises et concises sur la maison, le quartier, et les lieux à visiter "de saison"

Benjamin, Sébastien, Misha...
Jul 2016

We, a group of 4 dudes had a very nice stay here in Gion Machiya and Kyoto. The weather was rather beautiful and it was hot. The stay in this house was very good, except the Internet, little bit slow. This house has beautiful traditional rooms so we really enjoyed it. We highly recommend the Arashiyama hill (monkey park), and the temple around it. Then the trip to Kobe with Kobe herbs garden and Nunobiki water falls. It was beautiful! So we thank to Rob, Yukiko and Saki for this stay and say good bye, going further to Fukuoka.

Victoria & Joseph
Jun 2016

This has been a wonderful experience for us. We were lucky enough to stay here for three weeks, and it has been a peaceful retreat, an excellent base of operations and a perfect point from which to watch life in a Kyoto neighborhood. 
We loved the local grocery store! 
Kyoto is one of our favorite cities, incomparable in its temples and gardens. Beauty that is easy to find, and impossible to forget! 

Apr 2016

What a wonderful experience for us in this house. It was our first time in Kyoto but definitely not our last.
Gion Machiya house was perfect for us two. Quiet residential street which is centrally located and minutes walk to the top sights Kyoto had to offer.
Saki and Yukiko were perfect hosts, thoughtful and always there for us when we needed them.
We will definitely return and recommend Gion Machiya to our friends.
Thanks so much for having us.

per night

house Gion Machiya

Price for up to 4 people

(Additional guest $18 per night)

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