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Salon avec tatami de la maison Machiya - Vivre le Japon

house Machiya

Next to the Silver Pavilion


Built before the war, this vacation rental certainly is the oldest house we have available in Kyoto. The most genuinely Japanese too: go through the courtyard to discover this house made up of rooms entirely covered in tatamis and seperated by Japanese sliding paper doors. Only the Western style bedroom is an exception to the rule.

One-level house: 1 Japanese bedroom which can accommodate 2 futons, 1 dining room around a Kotatsu and a large sitting room with 6 Tatamis, 1 European bedroom with a double bed, Furo (Japanese bath), bathroom, WC, open kitchen, air conditioning.

The house is located just a few metres from the popular promenade of Kyoto's residents, the Philosopher's Path.
In a residential area near Ginkaku-ji, you will find lots of restaurants on the way back as well as a small fresh produce market, Daikokuya.

Bus stops to easily connect to the city's other tourist areas are located a few minutes away by foot from the house.

Our opinion

Machiya house offers you all the charms of a Japanese decor just a few steps from the Silver Pavilion and the Philosopher's Path.
A courtyard, rooms completely covered with tatami, Japanese sliding doors, an immersion in Japanese sophistication, a journey through time, an unforgettable experience.

Below are some pictures as well as a drawing made by © Reno and Claire Marca during their stay!

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.

Floor Plan & Amenities

House plans Machiya
  • Refrigerator
  • Gas stove
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Rice cooker
  • Futon (2)
  • Double bed (1)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Washing-machine
  • Iron
  • Hair-dryer
  • Vacuum-cleaner
  • Wifi 
  • This house is not equipped with a TV set



  • Taxi: approximately 2 000 yen from the station (a detailed access map is provided with the booking)
  • Bus: bus number 17, Ginkakuji Michi stop


Latest review

Pierre et Josianne
Dec 2016

Pour notre deuxième séjour à Kyoto et après avoir séjourné dans le quartier du Gion, nous avons choisi de poser nos valises dans cette Machiya, pour son calme, sa proximité du chemin des philosophes, et son environnement typiquement japonais.
Maison très agréable à vivre, seul petit bémol, l’ensemble des sanitaires un peu frais a cette époque.
Merci à Nikki pour son accueil et ses conseils.
Meme après un 2eme séjour, Kyoto renferme encore beaucoup de secrets a découvrir lors d’un prochain voyage. Bravo à Vivre le Japon pour son organisation. 

Hubert et D.
Nov 2016

Découvrir pour la première fois le Japon en commençant par 7 nuits à Machiya est une merveilleuse expérience.
Même si c'est dur de se relever quand on a oublié quelque chose dans la cuisine!
Un des quartiers les plus agréables de Kyoto avec les deux sites que nous avons préférés.
Et qui plus est pour les français des boulangeries dont les croissants sont délicieux.
Avec cette période si agréable nous avons à la fois les feuilles vertes et rouges des cerisiers et les couleurs multicolores des érables, un rêve.

Iris & Pascal
Oct 2016

Had an absolutely magnificent time here, our home away from home. 
Big thanks to Nikki for the pointers in getting around in the city. Great experience, absolutely lved it. Thanks so much!

Oct 2016

Maison au calme et idéalement située dans ce si joli quartier.

Oct 2016

Superbe experience dans cette Machiya, idéalement située... un conseil pour les voyageurs : louez des vélos pour explorer la ville! Un vrai plaisir!
Choisissez l'atelier cuisine avec Itsuki, une excellent soirée en sa compagnie et nous nous somme règalés! Merci!

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house Machiya

Price for up to 3 people

(Additional guest $18 per night)

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