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house Gojo

Truly unique 200m2, 150 years old traditional Machiya townhouse


The ground floor offers a luminous, spacious open-space from every part of which you can enjoy our garden. The modern counter kitchen area and dining-sitting space face each other, while the tatami room with its own tsubo-niwa (private pocket garden) completes the layout.

The semi-detached former tea pavilion has been converted into a sleeping area with the bathroom being on the lower level and the bedroom on the higher one.
As far as beddings are concerned, the tatami room next to the sitting area provides traditional Japanese futons, while the converted tearoom has a Western style double bed.

The studio area is on the second floor and enjoys its own entrance, kitchen area and bathroom. It can operate as a completely independent unit and measures around 500 Sqft (45 Sqm)

It was extensively renovated by the same team of award winning Tokyo based architects who redesigned Eikando house and will include the same level of amenities, with modern appliances, thermal insulation, anti-seismic equipment, refurbished antique materials etc... to harmoniously combine tradition and elegance with safety and comfort.

1) Main house:
1st floor: Kitchen, Dining area, Japanese Sitting area, Japanese bedroom, Bathroom, Toilet, 2 Japanese Gardens.
2nd floor: One Western style bedroom.

2) Independent Studio on the 2nd floor with kitchen/dining area and sleeping area with Western style bedding.

Our opinion

Registered by the city of Kyoto as a significant cultural asset and boasting a stunning traditional garden, it is estimated that the house was built around 1875 when it was built for a wealthy Kyoto merchant.


Our house is located in Suzuya-cho, a short 10-12mn walk to the north of Kyoto station.

Originally a tinsmith district supplying the Imperial court in ancient Japan, Suzuya-cho has retained some of its old charm with many quaint machiyas, traditional old houses, and workshops still lined up in the streets. Our garden actually faces one of the oldest fabric factories in Kyoto and if you walk to the local sento (public bath) you can admire the beautiful building holding it.

Halfway between the station and our house, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji.

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. 

Floor Plan & Amenities

House plans Gojo
  • Refrigerator
  • Gas stove
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Rice cooker
  • Hairdryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing-machine
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Futon (2)
  • double bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Under-floor Heating
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wi-Fi
  • This house is not equipped with a TV set



- The Gojo subway station is 5 mn away.
- Kyoto station can be reached in 10-12 mn by foot.


Latest review

Nathalie B.
Apr 2019

Juste une petite remarque au sujet de la maison qui est un peu difficile à trouver il serait plussympa que le travel angel nous accueille à la gare. L'excursion sur la route du thé est fabuleuse à conseiller vraiment Daisuke est un excellent guide très à l'écoute, la cérémonie du thé est très instructive on déguste plusieurs type de thés.

Joseph S.
May 2018

Everything was wonderful, and the two separate units suited us to a certain point. The toilets were a bit small, but again, that is based on the existing size restrictions. A wonderful stay, and Saki Noguchi is amazing.

Gilles D.
Aug 2017

Nous avons eu un guide passionné par son sujet sans qui nous serions passés à côté de très nombreuses choses. Il nous a fait découvrir des choses étonnantes et magnifiques. Nous avons apprécié sa gentillesse et sa disponibilité. Nous avons appris beaucoup de choses. Son érudition dépassait parfois même nos attentes.

Jan 2017

Wonderful home. Highly recommended for a group! We found it quiet, quaint, and lovely. Would definitely stay again.

Dec 2016

Wonderful trip for my family to stay in Honganji house. Precious moment with clean, peaceful & traditional place. Highly recommend this house. Also, thanks so much for Saki help, thanks so much.

Nov 2016

We were so delighted to stay in this house. It is immaculately cared for, perfectly clean with fresh crisp Bed & Bath Linens and all the modern conveniences you could possibly ask for whilst traveling. We were so impressed with the very high standard of craftsmanship and finish achieved in the restoration that he has carried out, working with culturally aware and respectful Architects and Craftsmen. We appreciated the very warm and cozy Heating Systems in both houses that kept us so comfortable during the rather cold Kyoto Winter temperatures ... 10/10 , just FABULOUS !!!

Oct 2016

Merci pour cette belle semaine passée dans votre maison. Celle-ci est vraiment superbe et tout à fait conforme à la description que nous en avions eue: authentique, confortable (literie parfaite!), lumineuse, parfaitement équipée et très agréable à vivre. Il y fait par ailleurs très calme, ce qui est non négligeable! Une personne adorable nous a accueillis à notre arrivée, nous faisant même découvrir le petit magasin du coin de la rue où faire nos courses! Nous ne pouvons que recommander chaudement ce lieu si vous passez par Kyoto.

Christian L.
Jan 2016

Dream house ! We will be back.

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house Gojo

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(Additional guest $36 per night)

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