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Charming Kyoto Machiya
Charming Kyoto Machiya - Bicycles provided
Charming Kyoto Machiya - Bicycles provided
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Quaint old 1-story row house, 1LDK, with small private garden, around a 15-minute walk from JR Emmachi or Uzumasa Tenjingawa subway. Fiber LAN & Wifi. Quiet, traditional neighborhood. Peaceful retreat in beautiful historic Kyoto. Bicycles provided.

** Please contact us for a last minute booking discount (within a week or less prior arrival) **

The space

Quiet and relaxing space. All of the rooms can be separated by doors, and are spacious, making it convenient to house a group with multiple guests more privately. The house has a 4 guest maximum occupancy, with 1 queen size western style bed in the bedroom and 2 single Japanese futon sets (dependent on number of guests booked) available for setting in the main room. This is an old Japanese house, in a quiet old neighborhood, simple and charming. It is comfortable for those not seeking luxury or a modern environment, and for those who prefer something quirky to something smooth and polished. Because it is an older house, with attached garden, it is sometimes difficult to keep all of nature outside--we have repellents on hand, but you may see some insects. Please be warned: It can be a bit cold and difficult to heat thoroughly during the winter months, as well as the opposite during the summer. The toilet and bath areas for this listing are both located outside the main house, adjacent to the private garden. There is one air conditioning/heating unit installed in the living room, and another air conditioning/heating unit installed in the bedroom. There is also a new gas heater installed in the central dining area.

Guest access

This is an independent house, and the group or persons booking this listing have private access to the entire space. Host lives in a separate house nearby, not in rental house. The house includes equipped kitchen, washing machine, wi-fi, private garden, and 2 bicycles. Additional bicycles may be provided according to availability, number of guests, and scheduling. Please be sure to book the correct number of guests in your party, even if traveling with children. We cannot accept additional guests arriving without prior notice, and we will only prepare the number of futon beds, towels, etc., in relation to the number of guests booked.

Interaction with guests

As needed :-) I am a native English speaker, with some Japanese ability, living nearby. I'm happy to provide information about the area, but I am also a teacher and busy animal welfare enthusiast, so prefer more independent travelers. Volunteers for our animal welfare group (and assisting with the guesthouses) stay in a house very nearby. They will be helping at check-in, and are often available to help or advise.

Other things to note

Due the very quite neighborhood, we require all guests to check in before 9pm. If you are delayed for any reason at all, and hope to check in after 9pm, you will need to pay a late fee on arrival, to cover extra staff costs. Neighbors in the area do not speak English (though host is Native American), so knowing a few Japanese words to greet people on the street with, would be very welcome.
It is important to note (again) that this is an old wooden Japanese house and impossible to heat thoroughly in colder months. It can also be a bit damp. Beyond that, both the toilet and bath areas are technically outside the house (though accessed via covered walkways). While localized heating sources and warm bedding are supplied, guests who find cold particularly intolerable may not be comfortable. We have other houses, so please compare this listing with The Zen Kyoto Machiya, The Simple Kyoto Machiya, The Merry Vegetarian Machiya, The Cozy Kyoto Cottage, and The Peaceful Kyoto Bungalow.

Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Extra people $20 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $61 NZD
Security Deposit $471 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
2 floor mattresses
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Because of the private nature of the house and garden, it can feel like a small world unto itself. But, this is an older quiet neighborhood, so it's very important to be mindful of not being noisy. Moreover, this is a Machiya (a wooden row house), so your neighbors are just a thin wall away in some places. Talking and living quietly is a very important aspect of respecting your neighbors' comfort and privacy. Guests must use quiet voices at all times, especially in the evening, and also while walking in the neighborhood streets. Please take extra care when pulling suitcases through the streets after 8pm, as the noise can disturb neighbors. If you are traveling with children, please monitor noise levels carefully. Pets must be discussed with us before you book. There is no smoking anywhere inside the house or private garden. Trash and recyclables must be separated and disposed of according to city regulations, as displayed on the house trash bins. We keep costs down by employing a minimal cleaning service. For this to continue, the house should be left clean and tidy (NO UNWASHED DISHES, left, for example). Bicycles are provided for use at your own risk, and must be replaced by guests if lost, damaged, or stolen. Any damages to house, items, and/or any extra cleaning fees necessary, must be paid for by guests. ***Guests who arrive after 9pm for any reason at all must pay a late fee on arrival, to cover extra costs. The fee will be 2,000 yen from 9pm to 12am, and 5,000 yen from 12am to 9am.***

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
3 nights minimum stay

110 Reviews

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Bronwen User Profile
May 2017
The Machiya was very comfortable and had so much provided in the way of cooking equipment, and general dining plates, cups etc, which are often rather minimal in other places. The heat pumps were very efficient and warmed the place well in March and April and the fans and air cond. were great when it was very hot. The shower was larger that many Japanese ones, and with good pressure. There was a good size fridge, an excellent washing machine and stove top, plus microwave and rice cooker. We appreciated the cleaning and general services each week by the hosts. You need to be prepared for the outside shower and loo, but they were under cover via a short walkway from the house so not really an inconvenience. The only problem was the sliding door to this outside area, which was difficult to slide to and fro. The hosts were always 'on call' to help out. There was a pleasant, small garden to sit in or view from the main room. We can certainly recommend this machiya to anyone else.

Flora User Profile
January 2016
We enjoyed staying at Susan's place during our visit to Kyoto. It was indeed a charming place in a quiet neighbourhood. We were met at the train station & shown the way to the place. We appreciated the thoughtful gestures, for example, bicycles, ponchos, umbrellas, etc, were there for our use if needed. The whole place was very clean & tidy. We would stay there again when we next visit Kyoto.

Molly User Profile
October 2017
We really enjoyed staying at this lovely apartment. It is very charming and welcoming and gave us a sense of what living in a traditional neighborhood in Kyoto would be like. The host was also very responsive, easy to communicate with and even mailed us an important item we left behind. I would highly recommend staying here.

Amy User Profile
October 2017
The instructions were great for getting there, very helpful. And arriving we got a lovely little tour and introduction to the house by Celia, and encountered Susan the same day, coming back from a cat rescue call, who so graciously showed us the cat shelter just around the corner, and shared about the great work she and her team are tirelessly doing to care for cats, rescuing, rehoming and so much more. It felt really good to know our stay was benefiting the cause. The space was in such a quiet peaceful neighbourhood, really treasured the quiet time and the accessibility to the old parts of Kyoto, the bamboo forest, really enjoyed riding the bikes around to explore --we highly recommend this sweet nook what a gem of a place ❤

Paul User Profile
October 2017
Maneki's place is a traditional and very quiet retreat in Kyoto. Don't expect a lot of space - this is a traditional Japanese house that has been internally modernised over the years to incorporate expected conveniences. Hosts were helpful but very non-intrusive. A perfect base for exploring the city. 10 minute walk to local stations but interesting cultural experience walking through the local backstreets and noticing how ordinary Japanese live.

Trudy User Profile
October 2017
Perfect spot in Kyoto! Loved every minute of staying here!

Kai User Profile
September 2017
This was a very nice place to stay. It is a traditional japanese home. With all sliding doors and the toilet and the shower beeing located in the garden. But this makes it so much more enjoyable. The apartment has some very thin walls but this is to be expected by a traditional japanes aprtment I guess. In the end they dind't bother us at all. The next JR station is just 15 minutes away and you can find convenience storse in short walking distance. If you are a Manga and Anime fan there is a extremly well stocked second hand Manga store just 10 minutes a way from the apartment. It offers you an amazing amount of second hand manga and some very cheap figures as well. We liked our visit there very much an would visit again.

Ukyo Ward, JapanJoined in July 2014
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