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Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 78 m²
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Blending Traditional Design With Modern Convenience For A Unique Experience

Machiya Momiji has a certified history stretching back to the late 1800s and underwent a complete renovation in 2013 by local craftsmen. Officially recognized by Kyoto local government as an authentic Kyoto machiya, this property offers visitors to the city a unique opportunity to enjoy a combination of Japanese design and modern convenience during their stay.

The house itself is situated on two floors and access is gained through a stunning ‘genkan’ or entrance hall that has a wealth of historical features including flagstones and a traditional cabinet. This leads into the kitchen and dining area which features a full kitchen (twin electric hob, sink, fridge-freezer, dining service and cooking utensils), wooden dining table and chairs for 4, recessed washing machine and sofa.

Immediately beyond this is the ‘washitsu’/ tatami room which features a ‘horigotatsu’/sunken seating area, sliding paper screens and a view of the ‘tsuboniwa’/courtyard garden. This was designed and laid out by a local expert from a local family of gardeners. The garden features a Japanese maple tree, moss and a striking stone water feature – perfect to contemplate over a cup of tea after a busy day visiting Kyoto’s attractions such as the nearby Kennin-ji Zen temple! The downstairs WC and luxurious bathroom, which itself has a private view of the garden, completes the first floor.

On the second floor, both western and Japanese bedrooms are connected by a mezzanine floor that overlooks the dining area. The western bedroom has twin beds (that can be pushed together), closet and en-suite WC while the Japanese room provides flexible futon sleeping arrangements. The intricate roof beams, which are an important aspect of machiyas, have been exposed on the second floor giving a sense of space and light throughout.

Machiya Momiji is located right on the doorstep of some of Kyoto’s key attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage designated Kiyomizu-dera, the Gion entertainment district renowned for ‘Geisha’ and Kabuki and the Kamogawa river, famous for summer dining platforms. With a huge range of restaurants, bars, supermarkets, traditional craft shops and excellent transport links to the rest of the city and beyond (including direct trains to Nara and Osaka), Momiji is superbly located.

Yet Momiji also offers an opportunity for clam, rest and relaxation as it is located in a quiet neighborhood just off the bustling streets. In summary, this Machiya will not disappoint the discerning visitor to the beautiful and enchanting cultural capital of Japan.

More Details

Property Manager
Andy / Naoko
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, Japanese
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Andy / Naoko

Restoring a Kyoto machiya (which translates as ‘town house’) was a long standing dream which we finally realized in 2013. As a professor at a local university, I originally purchased this property to be our family home but a new position has led to relocation away from Kyoto meaning that we can now offer our home as a vacation rental.

Andy / Naoko purchased this townhome in 2013

Why Andy / Naoko chose Higashiyama

We searched long and hard for the right sized property in the right place, and this it. Machiya Momiji (momiji translates as ‘Japanese Maple’ and we have one in our garden!) is located in the heart of a traditional neighborhood on the doorstep of some of Kyoto’s most famous and stunning cultural treasures such as Kiyomizu-dera which is just a ten minute walk away. A short walk along the Kamogawa river brings you to the bustling heart of Kyoto around Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion entertainment district, famed for Geisha and Kabuki. On purchase, the property needed complete renovation and we worked with a local company, Hachise, that specializes in the renovation of traditional Kyoto machiya. They are also renowned for their high standards of craftsmanship which comes from working exclusively with local specialists.

What makes this townhome unique

Kyoto machiya offer an excellent alternative to hotels and a chance to experience the Japanese lifestyle. We have combined traditional Japanese design, such as the main tatami room complete with horikotatsu (sunken seating area) and shoji (sliding paper screens) with contemporary comforts such as luxury bathroom, heated floors, the latest in Japanese toilet technology and a fully fitted kitchen. Externally, the house reflects traditional machiya design and the greatest of compliments have come from our neighbours who are delighted with how the place looks. Calm and quiet, Machiya Momiji presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the design and space of your own house during a stay in beautiful Kyoto.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Stayed for 3 nights during Cherry blossom season. The size of the machiya was very comfortable for our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children). The machiya had just been renovated so everything was new and in perfect order. Very close to a market for snacks and 5 mins from the subway station which made getting around easier. Its about a 15-20 min walk to the main Gion area with all the restaurants/shops. Naoko and Andy were very responsive and made booking easy. In all had a great time and would definitely go back.
Mar 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome rental in Higashiyama, Japan

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 78 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , bidet , A key feature of the house.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bidet , En-suite in bedroom 1
  • The bathroom is a key feature of the house. The walls are fully tiled apart from a section around the bath which features hinoki (a fragrant wood traditionally used in Japanese bathtubs). The deep tub and subdued lighting is designed for relaxation while a secluded window offers private views of the traditional garden. Hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioners included.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 sofa bed/futon , Tatami room
    Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed , twin bed with WC ensuite
  • Machiya Momiji has two bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a wooden floor, closet, twin beds (can be pushed together) and en-suite WC while Bedroom 2 is in the Japanese style with traditional futon sleeping arrangements for up to 3 guests.
  • Books ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beautiful Traditional Japanese House

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Machiya Momiji! The house is a beautifully restored traditional Kyoto machiya with gorgeous details: two tatami rooms, shoji doors, beautiful artwork and antique dressers. We are repeat visitors to Kyoto and have previously stayed in ryokans, and we prefer staying in a machiya. It was wonderful to have more space, privacy, and flexibility, and we liked pretending we lived in Kyoto for a few days.

We loved the location in a quiet residential neighborhood that was also close to the subway and a major street where it was easy to catch a taxi. It is a 10 minute walk to the heart of Gion, our favorite area in Kyoto, and a 15 minute walk to Kiyomizudera.

Naoko left directions to a large Japanese grocery store nearby where we stocked up on eggs, bread, and fruit. We enjoyed our breakfast each morning in the tatami room with a view of the stunning professionally designed Japanese garden. There are several guidebooks in the house to help you plan your time in Kyoto.

The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to make a simple meal. There was tea and coffee, but no condiments such as cooking oil, salt, sugar, or soy sauce. We made use of the toaster, microwave and the electric kettle. There were no wine glasses, so I bought one for 200 Yen at Daiso.

Naoko was very responsive and helpful and we enjoyed working with her. We will stay at Machiya Momiji again on our next trip to Kyoto!

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A gem of a property in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have stayed at the property in 2 years and it did not disappoint - Lovely interior and super accommodating and responsive hosts. Could not recommend highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 09/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a great property!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, comfortable, architectural interesting home. It is impeccably maintained. Everything about it has been well thought out. The owner was very helpful before and during our stay. We want to return to Japan and Kyoto, and would certainly stay in this home again.

  • Review Submitted: 10/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments! We are delighted that you enjoyed Machiya Momiji and all its characteristics as much as we do. When you return to Japan, consider coming in another season like spring with the cherry blossoms or autumn with the beautiful colours of the trees. We would be very happy to welcome you again to Machiya Momiji!
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Cleanest, Best appointed VRBO place we have ever stayed at. We loved everything about it!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four would definitely rent this place again! We highly recommend it. Loved it, loved it, loved it! Naoko were super helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful home in lovely quiet area of kyoto

  • 4 of 5

the house is impeccable and naoko and andy are super responsive and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 03/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and clean

  • 4 of 5

We love the property. Although we don't really care for the layout as the bathroom is downstairs and all the bedrooms are upstairs with a 1/2 baths. Need to leave some soap in that 1/2 bath. The owners kept the house in great condition. Naoko is a great host, she always try to help you in what you need. There should be at least towels changing every 2 days. It think the property is perfect for 1 couple as the way the downstairs bathroom is, its no so privacy for more than 1 couple. The lightings may be better with new lights (its so yellow & feels hot) but may be cause the owners want to keep it that way for aesthetic as it is a restored home. But overall, this property would be great for people that want to stay near downtown & Gion district within walking distance. We would leave it a 5 stars if only we could have new towels every 2 days and better lightings.

  • Review Submitted: 03/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie, Thank you for your kind comments and we’re very happy that you loved Machiya Momiji! Thank you also for the comments on fine tuning the experience. You’re right that the lighting is designed to fit the aesthetic throughout and I find the tatami room best for reading during the day, on the sofa with the spotlights in the evening. Japanese homes usually have the bathroom on the ground floor and in fact, before the renovation, previous occupants would have used the public baths just a few doors down the street! Noted on the towels and we will make more available for guests during their stay. Thanks again and we hope you become one of our valued repeat guests! Best wishes, Andy and Naoko
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Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Gojo station on the Keihan line
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Biwako Valley
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama, Japan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
16 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$52 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$52 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$52 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

Please note that payments are per night for the whole property and not per guest.
Minimum three night stay.

Minimum Stay is 3 nights
1 - 2 guest(s): 320 USD
3 guests: 360 USD
4 guests: 400 USD
5 guests: 440 USD

Please contact us for high season rates (March-April, July, October-November, Christmas/New Year)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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