The SpaceThe old townhouse has been entirely redesigned from the ground up, with both traditional and modern material. Special attention was paid to the refined atmosphere of the place as well as the comfort, for the enjoyment of our guests.
Our concept remains “Old Traditional Machiya with Modern Comfort”. Yes, in Kyoto, old traditional townhouse (Machiya) are actually very cold in winter and quite hot during the summer.
From the street, you access the newly renovated townhouse thought a gate and a leading garden passage. A beautiful wedding kimono welcomes you in the large entrance. A glass door opens into the dining kitchen space and the Japanese living room which itself opens to the Tsuboniwa, our beautiful little courtyard Japanese garden. An old wooden box stairs (Hako Kaidan) leads to the loft bedroom where you’ll find two single beds (mattress). On the right of the dining space, the main bedroom is a Western style one with a double bed, a closet and a working desk.
As is commonly done in Japan, when necessary, the living room can be entirely closed with paper sliding doors (shôji) and becomes an additional bedroom with futon placed on the tatami mats.
The traditional cypress wood bathroom opens to the courtyard garden (Tsuboniwa) and is a great spot to relax in a hot bath after a busy day visiting the city.
Throughout the house, both the walls and the ceiling have been fully insulated. We installed floor heating and western style radiators around the whole house. Sliding wooden doors (some are old original ones) and “Shôji and Fusuma” paper doors are used around. All the windows use pair-glass. And of course, all the rooms are equipped with air conditioning. The whole place has been decorated with various old traditional Japanese art-crafts for a more refined atmosphere.
In the dining area, we have a large wooden dining table with seating for six. During the cold winter, you will appreciate the floor heating both in the kitchen/dining area and the Japanese tatami living room. A large flat screen HD TV and a BD player are available for your enjoyment. And you have access to Netflix for unlimited movie viewing.
The fully equipped modern kitchen will please anyone who wants to cook at home, for a simple breakfast or a complete dinner. A large selection of cooking utensils, induction cooktop, microwave oven / oven, dish washer, all kind of appliances such as rice cooker, toaster, blender, electric kettle, coffee machine, and dishes, plates, glasses, cutlery, etc., are available to our guests. The setting is convenient for short stay as well as for people who stay for a longer period and prefer to eat at home. And of course, you'll find all the basics such as salt-pepper, oil, sauce, soja, etc.
The house is also equipped with a fully automatic All-In-One Washer / Dryer, something travelers will truly appreciate.
The place is very conveniently located near the Kyoto JR station for easy access to all sightseeing sites around Kyoto, and with about 60 m2 (including 10 m2 for the loft), it is spacious and adequate for groups of up to six people (although we'd recommend it for four-five persons) -- even though we're in Japan, we refuse the idea of packing 8 persons in 40 m2!
And of course, our guests have unlimited access to super fast (optical fiber) internet access via Wi-Fi throughout the house.
If this Machiya is not available for your preferred dates, be sure to check out our other places -- go to our profile to find them! Guest AccessAs our guests, you'll have all the Toji Machiya for yourselves and have access to everything it has to offer, traditional lifestyle with luxurious modern comfort (with the exception of a closet reserved for housekeeping). Interaction with GuestsWe're always available to our guests for any help necessary for information, preparation, reservation, suggestion, advice, etc. We love Kyoto and like to share our interest with our guests. We also have a dedicated web site (mykyotomachiya) full of information and pictures to enable our guests to fully explore and enjoy this wonderful city. The NeighborhoodThe house is very conveniently located in the Minami-Ku district, right next to the famous Toji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in a quiet residential area.
The Machiya is located
- some 300 m from the famous Toji Temple,
- 1 km south of Kyoto station (about 15 min)
Bus stops are a mere couple of minutes away and allow for direct access to a lot of touristic places.
- The Toji train station (Kintetsu line) is a mere couple of minutes away (140 m) - one stop to Kyoto station!
- The Subway Kujo Station (Karasuma line) is about 850 m away
Eon Mall: 750 m (with lots of shopping, restaurants, etc.)
Gourmet City: 140 m
Fresco: 55 m
Lawson: 100 m
Seven Eleven Hachijoguchi: 950 m Getting AroundThe house is located south of the Kyoto station (JR lines and others)
It takes about 15 min on foot (yen 600-700 by taxi or yen 150, one stop - 1 min on Kintetsu train from Toji station).
In addition, Kyoto Bus stop (Kujo Kintetsu Mae) (#(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) are less than 100 m away from the house.
And there are always taxi available around. Other Things to NoteWe have decorated the house with old traditional Japanese art crafts such as an old authentic Samurai armor (nickname Kevin), traditional wedding Kimono, Japanese dolls, Noh mask, protective Gods against fire (Hotei-san), etc., for a more refined atmosphere.
You'll experience the traditional way of living of the people of Kyoto and enjoy a unique cultural experience, with all the modern comfort you can wish for.
Note that while the house can easily host six persons, we recommend it for four adults (and two kids) for utmost comfort.