Miyagawacho Samurai Machiya (Entire House)

Kyoto, Kyôto [Kyoto], Japan 605-0839

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Entering the ground floor LDK space, with the dining table in the foreground, the living space with the TV corner and the seating area with the garden in the background. A desk is on the right for people to use their computer. The kitchen is behind.
Samurai Tom in the Tokonoma (alcove) of the ground floor.
The living room, with Samurai Tom in the Tokonoma (alcove) and the garden in the background.
The traditional wedding kimono in the living room.
The little Tsukubai fountain in the entrance.
Our little Maneki Neko, welcoming cat!
The 1F kitchen cupboard is an antique Kyoto style Mizuya. It is full of plates, glasses, etc.
The 1F kitchen cupboard is an antique Kyoto style Mizuya. It is full of plates, glasses, etc.
The ground floor kitchen and the door to reach the second building.
The 1F kitchen coming from the garden (and second building).
The ground floor (1F) kitchen
The powder and laundry room in the second building
The main bathroom with both bathtub and shower in the second building
The Japanese Tsuboniwa courtyard garden separating the two buildings
Samurai Tom in the Tokonoma (alcove) of the ground floor.
Floor plan of the ground floor and the back building.
Upper-level LDK, living, dining, and kitchen.  The Japanese bedroom is in the back.
The top of the stairs to the upper level, with the kitchen and dining area, and the Japanese bedroom in the back.
The upper Western bedroom with a double bed and a sofa bed.
Upper-level bathroom with bathtub/shower, sink, and toilet.
Upper-level powder room, with the shower in the back, sink, and toilet.
Upper-level shower room.
Floor Plan of the upper level.
Living around one of Kyoto Hanamachi, Flower Town or Geisha District, is a unique experience. By night, the atmosphere around Miyagawa-Cho is pure magic. Here, a maiko (apprentice geisha) returning from her evening engagement.
The Yasaka Pagoda by night. Located in the middle of a preserved area, a mere 10 min away from the house.
The Nishiki Market, the belly of Kyoto, has become a must-see tourist attraction. It is located in the middle of the downtown commercial district of Kyoto and is a mere 15 min away from the house.
The main building of the  Kiyomizu-dera temple, overlooking the city -- one of Kyoto iconic views.
Gion Corner, in the heart of Gion, is a great place to watch a show demonstrating various Japanese art forms such as Ikebana, Tea Ceremony, Traditional doll, and Maiko (apprentice geisha) dancing. The place is less than 10 min on foot from the house.
The Shirakawa river in April, during the cherry blossom season -- another one of Kyoto iconic views.
If you like Haute Cuisine, while in Kyoto, be sure to try one fo the numerous Kaiseki restaurants and enjoy a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner.  Ask us for suggestions and reservation.
The famous Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. The reflection on the pond's water doubles its beauty.
The torii trail of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, selected by foreign tourists as the #1 attraction of Japan. A mere three stops by train from the house!
The famous Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama is another famous iconic view of Kyoto.
Living around one of Kyoto Hanamachi, Flower Town or Geisha District, is a unique experience. Here, a maiko (apprentice geisha) on her way to her evening engagement.
An old Tai or Red Snapper carved confectionery box.
The confectionary box we use for coffee and tea.
  • Description

    Miyagawacho Samurai Machiya is a two-level traditional Japanese “machiya” townhouse built toward the end of the nineteen centuries. It has been fully renovated and features luxurious modern facilities while preserving the original design and feel. 
    Located in Miyagawa-Cho, right next to the famous and historical Gion, our guests are within two of Kyoto's famous "Hanamachi" (Geisha districts) and will enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the people of Kyoto in full modern luxury.

    This large house (over 165 m2 / 1,800 sq ft) has been entirely renovated and is just opening to the public. Its perfect location in the Higashiyama area will enable you to walk in only a few minutes to Gion, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the surrounding preserved pedestrian streets, the best nightspots Kyoto has to offer, Pontocho or Kiyamachi, or the downtown commercial district or Nishiki food market. With the Kiyomizu-Gojo train station a couple of minutes away, it will be easy to move around the city. Kyoto Station is a short taxi ride away, and there are numerous public transportation options nearby. There are also plenty of places for shopping and eating around.

    The house features two separate buildings, the old original machiya that has been entirely renovated, and another newly built one located behind a Japanese garden. A small space separates the two buildings.

    You enter the main building into a large open LDK area (Living Dining Kitchen) with a long wooden table with seating for ten in front of a large Japanese tatami mats living room and a Japanese garden in the background. A fully equipped modern kitchen is on the right side of this area, under a large "Hibukuro" (open space) area with exposed wooden beams and traditional Kyoto woodwork. A western bedroom with a double bed is on the side of the entrance.

    Going upstairs, you'll find another large LDK with high ceiling separating two bedrooms, a western one and a Japanese tatami mats one.

    In the new building, located behind the "Tsuboniwa" garden, there is another western bedroom, a large bathroom with a bathtub and a shower, as well as a toilet, a laundry room, and some storage space.

    The main kitchen will please anyone who wants to cook at home. A comprehensive selection of cooking utensils, induction cooktop, dishwasher, microwave oven/oven, all kinds of appliances such as rice cooker, toaster, blender, electric kettle, Nespresso machine and regular coffee machine, and of course, pans, frying pans, dishes, plates, glasses, cutlery, chopsticks, and more. You'll find also all the basic ingredients such as salt pepper, oil, sauce, soja, etc.  Everything a cook will need to prepare a complete meal to be shared among family members and friends.

    The house features four bedrooms, three western-style ones each with a double bed and one with an additional sofa bed, and a Japanese tatami mat bedroom. The large living room overlooking the Japanese courtyard garden (Tsuboniwa) can be split into two spaces with fusuma or paper doors. As is traditionally done in Japan in the ryokan or at home, depending on the number of guests, this area is also used as an additional bedroom where guests sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami mats. The decoration of the room is plain, with Samurai Tom, an old armor, seating in the tokonoma (alcove) and a traditional wedding kimono on the wall. 

    You'll enjoy this wide area, relaxing around a low round table while looking at the Japanese garden, or seated on the small sofa around a coffee table and watching the news (BFMTV, BBC, NHK, CNN, Reuter, or FoxNews thanks to an Apple TV) or a movie on Netflix or YouTube on the large (50 in) flat panel HDTV. 

    Features include air conditioning in every room, floor heating in both the LDK areas and radiators in the western bedrooms -- whether you stay in the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, you are sure to always feel comfortable.

    The house features four bathrooms. On the ground floor, a large bathroom with a bathtub and a shower in the new building and another separate shower room in the main building. Upstairs, there is one bathroom unit with bathtub, shower, sink and toilet, and another shower room and powder room (that is en-suite with the upstairs western bedroom). There are altogether four toilets.

    The house is also equipped with two fully automatic All-In-One Washer/Dryer and appliances such as hairdryer in every bathroom, iron and board, USB chargers, two 50" flat panel HDTV (one with an Apple TV) and our guests can enjoy unlimited access to superfast (optical fiber) internet via Wi-Fi throughout the house. 

    The whole house with high open ceiling upstairs, exposed wooden beams and old Kyoto woodwork, is decorated with traditional Japanese crafts and antique art pieces and furniture, for a more refined atmosphere where you will enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the people of Kyoto in full modern comfort and luxury.

    Our office is open 24/7 with bilingual (English speaking) staff available for any assistance or limited concierge services required by our guests. Our website is full of information and recommendations for the visit of Kyoto or restaurant suggestions. A detailed map of the neighborhood will make it easy to find the good places to go around and discover first hand the beauty of the Hanamachi (flower town) or geisha world surrounding the house.

    The complete house is fully licensed for and can accommodate up to fifteen persons (although we recommend it for up to twelve for added space and comfort). Our base price is for eight persons and does include the new "Accommodation Tax" levied by the city of Kyoto. 


    • Accommodates:15
    • Bedrooms:5
    • Bathrooms:4


    • Amenity Availability 24-hour Check-in
    • Amenity Availability Air Conditioning
    • Amenity Availability Babysitter Recommendations
    • Amenity Availability Bathtub
    • Amenity Availability Car Not Required
    • Amenity Availability Carbon Monoxide Detector
    • Amenity Availability Clothes Dryer
    • Amenity Availability Coffee Maker
    • Amenity Availability Cooking Basics
    • Amenity Availability Crib
    • Amenity Availability Dishes & Utensils
    • Amenity Availability Dishwasher
    • Amenity Availability Fire Extinguisher
    • Amenity Availability First Aid Kit
    • Amenity Availability Heating
    • Amenity Availability High Chair
    • Amenity Availability Internet
    • Amenity Availability Kid Friendly
    • Amenity Availability Laptop Friendly
    • Amenity Availability Linens Provided
    • Amenity Availability Luggage Dropoff Allowed
    • Amenity Availability Microwave
    • Amenity Availability No Smoking
    • Amenity Availability Oven
    • Amenity Availability Photography
    • Amenity Availability Refrigerator
    • Amenity Availability Room Darkening Shades
    • Amenity Availability Sight Seeing
    • Amenity Availability Smoke Detector
    • Amenity Availability Stove
    • Amenity Availability Toaster
    • Amenity Availability Tourist Attractions
    • Amenity Availability Towels Provided
    • Amenity Availability TV
    • Amenity Availability Washer/Dryer
    • Amenity Availability Well-lit Path to Entrance
    • Amenity Availability Wireless Internet
    • Amenity Availability Essentials, Body soap, shampoo, conditioner
    • Amenity Availability Fully equipped kitchen with numerous appliances
    • Amenity Availability Iron & board, Hair Dryer

    Rates and Availability

    Weeknight Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay
    Standard Rate
    $740 / night$765 / night$4810 / weekN/A3
    Gion Matsuri 2020
    07/07/2020 - 07/13/2020
    $780 / night$805 / night$5070 / weekN/A3
    Olympics 2020
    07/14/2020 - 08/15/2020
    $880 / night$900 / night$5700 / weekN/A3
    Fall - Kôyô 2020
    10/25/2020 - 12/05/2020
    $860 / night$885 / night$5580 / weekN/A3
    Xmas - NY 2020
    12/23/2020 - 01/05/2021
    $820 / night$820 / night$5280 / weekN/A3
    Spring - Hanami 2021
    03/25/2021 - 05/05/2021
    $880 / night$900 / night$5700 / weekN/A3
    Gion Matsuri 2021
    07/07/2021 - 07/17/2021
    $780 / night$805 / night$5070 / weekN/A3
    Gion Matsuri Ato 2021
    07/22/2021 - 07/23/2021
    $780 / night$805 / night$5070 / weekN/A3
    August - Obon 2021
    08/09/2021 - 08/15/2021
    $780 / night$805 / night$5070 / weekN/A3
    Fall - Kôyô 2021
    10/25/2021 - 12/05/2021
    $880 / night$905 / night$5700 / weekN/A3
    Xmas - NY 2021
    12/23/2021 - 01/05/2022
    $840 / night$840 / night$5400 / weekN/A3
    Spring - Hanami 2022
    03/25/2022 - 05/05/2022
    $860 / night$885 / night$5580 / weekN/AN/A
    Gion Matsuri 2022
    07/07/2022 - 07/17/2022
    $780 / night$805 / night$5070 / weekN/AN/A
    August - Obon 2022
    08/09/2022 - 08/15/2022
    $780 / night$805 / night$5070 / weekN/AN/A
    Fall - Kôyô; 2022
    10/25/2022 - 12/05/2022
    $860 / night$885 / night$5580 / weekN/A3
    Xmas - New Year 2022
    12/23/2022 - 01/05/2023
    $820 / night$820 / night$5280 / weekN/A3
    Cherry Blossom - Hanami 2023
    03/25/2023 - 05/05/2023
    $860 / night$885 / night$5580 / weekN/A3
    Fall - Koyo 2023
    10/25/2023 - 12/05/2023
    $860 / night$885 / night$5580 / weekN/AN/A
    Xmas - NY 2023
    12/23/2023 - 01/05/2024
    $840 / night$840 / night$5400 / weekN/AN/A
    Spring - Hanami 2024
    03/25/2024 - 05/05/2024
    $875 / night$900 / night$5580 / weekN/AN/A
    Fall - Kôyô 2024
    10/25/2024 - 12/05/2024
    $875 / night$900 / night$5580 / weekN/A3
    Xmas - NY 2024
    12/23/2024 - 01/06/2025
    $840 / night$840 / night$5400 / weekN/A3
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