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Member since: 2013
Speaks english, Japanese

A beautiful Machiya - Peace and Quiet in the heart of Kyoto

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Shimogyo-ku holiday house

All the beauty of Kyoto with the comforts of home

KiYOMiZU Exec. is a place that embodies the essence of Kyoto with all the perks of western life. This Kyoto Machiya has been around for over a 100 years and its walls know secrets that they will never share with anyone. The basic concept has not changed but the facilities have become quite modern so that you're comfortable during your stay in Kyoto no matter what season you come.

Come and create memories within these walls and see the beauty of Kyoto that resides directly around this beautiful estate.

  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ken (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, Japanese

About Ken

I grew up in Canada, went to school in the United States and have spent the last 15 years of my life in Kyoto. I fell in love with this city, its temples, shrines and festivals within my first few years here and don't think I'll ever leave.

Ken purchased this house in 2014

Why Ken chose Kyoto

This house is between the Takase and the Kamo rivers in Kyoto. It offers cherry blossoms in Spring, fireflies in early summer, beautiful leaves in Autumn. This house is in a wonderful area. Easily accessible in a quiet and safe neighborhood.

It is half way between downtown Kyoto and Kyoto station. You can walk almost anywhere. There are restaurants and sight-seeing spots galore all around this house. The house is in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Kyoto with sweet neighbors on either side.

This house not only has all the amenities of your home, but also lots of extras to make your stay in Kyoto not only traditional, but also comfortable.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic location (central) in a fantastic loaction. Quiet neighborhood and traditional neighbors. Well equipped facilities and lots of helpful information to make your stay in Kyoto memorable.

Tours available

Chauffeur available

Concierge available

Reservations for taxis and restaurants upon request

More .... just ask!


based on 11 traveller reviews

A beautiful Machiya - Peace and Quiet in the heart of Kyoto
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

We felt like part of the neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

The Kiyomuzi Machiya was certainly accurately described. It was charming as well as modern.

Ken left a handy map with some tips for nearby attractions, we really loved the garden at Shoeisien.

Close to lots of interesting sights in walking distance and easy public transport for places further afield.

All the amenities of the house were clean and functioning well. Especially the bathrooms, they were great. The futons were also very comfortable. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was a very beautiful and authentic Japanese home.

  • 5 of 5

We were happy to find that the pictures didn't do justice to this beautiful home. It was clean, spacious and very comfortable. Ken was very kind, helpful, and prompt in getting back to me.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Japanese immersion in Kyoto

  • 4 of 5

We brought our children to Japan to experience the culture. This home was the perfect compliment to that end. The house is clean and well appointed. While the futons and low table made us feel like we were living in the past, the new cutting edge appliances made us comfortable. (Excellent dishwasher, clothes washer, TVs, toaster over, stove, etc.) The home has only 2 toilets and all the beds are traditional futons on the tatami mat covered floors. We found the futons surprisingly comfortable. Ken is helpful and supplied us anything we needed promptly. The neighborhood is friendly. You can walk to almost anything you need or get a cab easily to visit sites. Don't miss the tavern around the corner (left out of the house). Delicious local sake and family style food. It was one of our favorite restaurants in Japan.

We would recommend this home to anyone traveling to Kyoto looking for a traditional Japanese experience. We will never forget the Machiya!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oasis in Gion, supurb modern house in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This is a fabulous house in a great location. We were 2 families and the house had plenty of space to accomodate all of us, including 5 bedrooms, a great kitchen, dining and TV area. All the information provided on the sight was accurate with the owner provided plenty of information before we committed to booking the house for our stay.

The house is situated in a quiet area of Gion, 15 minute walk from Kyoto station and about the same to the central shopping area of Gion, with bus and subway stations a short walk away.

Ken is a fantastic host and was available when ever we needed help, including finding us a restaurant late on New Years Eve when our original booking cancelled on us, he managed the impossible. Thank you Ken for making our stay in Kyoto so wonderful, I highly recommend this house, and will look to stay again next time in Kyoto

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anthony & family, It was a pleasure having you and your family at KiYOMiZU Executive. I was a bit shocked when I got the call from you about your reservation disappearing on NEW YEAR'S EVE, but am glad that I could find you another place to help resolve the situation. It is always a treat to help my guests in anyway I can, especially as there are, not only language barriers but sometimes also cultural barriers. ***NOTE*** for future guests - double check your reservations before you come OR ask me to anytime - it would be my pleasure!!! Thanks and welcome back anytime Anthony.
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Great stay in perfect area of Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful stay and experience staying at Kiyomizu Exec! Located in a quiet but convenient residential area only a short walk from key areas in Kyoto. A great area to also hire a bike and explore. As noted by other reviews, Ken (the owner) was very responsive, flexible and went out of his way to help during our stay. This machiya is unqiue and very convenient for groups because it has several bathrooms and lots of space. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kyoto Heart and Mind

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more delighted with our stay in Kyoto. It all centered around the beautiful Machiya that was at the heart of our comings and goings.

Meeting the owner, Ken, was a real pleasure and added bonus. He took the time to guide us around the neighborhood and gave much insight to the history and culture of Kyoto.

Ken gave great advice, pointed out details of the neighborhood that only a local could, and let his passion for the city shine. He is interesting and charming, as well!

The house seems like an extension of him in its detail and refinement. It was very large, meticulously maintained, well laid out, and built with the utmost care and finest materials. Truly a labor of love.

We could not have been more thrilled and truly amazed by our Kyoto experience. We can't wait to plan more time there and look forward to our next Kiyomizu stay!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennie, for your kind words about KiYOMiZU Executive. You definitely chose a lovely time to be in Kyoto. It was fun talking to you about Kyoto. I love it when people are interested in this amazing city, its culture and all of its subtle beauty. Thank you also for noticing all of the little touches in the house. In creating KiYOMIZU Executive, I wanted to offer all the delicateness and wonder of Japan with some of the western comforts that we've come to expect and sometimes need to make life easier. I'm looking forward to your return. Take care and thank you once again. Best, Ken
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Nearest Airport
99 Kilometres
Kansai International
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
So many bars close by
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Keihan - 5 mins away
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Meishin Highway
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Some of the best restaurants within a mins walk!!!
Car: not necessary

There are so many beautiful temples and shrines, not to mention 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto.

This house is within walking distance to many temples, shrines, gardens and lots of hiking paths.

The neighborhood is old and sweet with lots of kind locals. There are very few untouched areas in Kyoto and this is one of them. If you want an authentic Japanese experience, you're going to love this area for its serenity and safety.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Shimogyo-ku, Japan

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add A$65 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

*** All reservations are on a first come first served basis. Your final reservation will be completed by e-mail. Please note that your reservation is not complete until your payment is made. ***

All payments must be made in yen through Paypal.

*** Staying 3 nights or more ***

2016 RATES

4 guests: 60,000 yen
5 guests: 65,000 yen
6 guests: 70,000 yen
7 guests: 75,000 yen
8 guests: 80,000 yen


*** Cancellation Policy ***
80% ... before 30 days of check-in
50% ... before 10 days of check-in
0%....within 10 days of check-in

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Shimogyo-ku, Japan

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - Master - 2 sofa bed/futon , Master Bedroom - downstairs Close to the restroom.
    Bedroom 2 - Upstairs - 2 sofa bed/futon , Upstairs - East facing room - nice morning sun.
    Bedroom 3 (Loft room) - 2 sofa bed/futon , Loft Room with Skylight - popular with kids.
    Bedroom 4 (Garden view) - 2 sofa bed/futon , Japanese room with a garden view.
    Bedroom 5 Upstairs Master - 2 sofa bed/futon , Upstairs executive room - garden view, office space, closet.
    Outdoor deck - quiet & peaceful - Great for sunbathing or a quiet glass of wine at night.
  • Master Bedroom - downstairs Close to the restroom and bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
Restaurant recommendations always available. If you need help making reservations for taxis or restaurants, please let me know anytime.