Machiya (Japanese townhouses) are hidden gems waiting to be explored and experienced. Staying at a Machiya provides an opportunity to connect in a subtle yet very vivid way to the deep history of Kyoto: a city that can be described as an island of tradition in the swirling whirlpool of ongoing change and evolution. Machiya are wooden townhouses developed in Kyoto throughout the centuries which traditionally housed craftsmen, artisans and merchants. An overnight stay at a Machiya, on top of providing a firsthand encounter with the fascinating crafts, materials, textures, and charms of the building itself, offers a personal connection to art, artisans and Japanese intrinsic concepts of aesthetics.
Our Machiya are located in ordinary neighborhoods, allowing daily interactions with the locals and the possibility of living just as Japanese people do: a “going local” experience at its best.
One of our Machiyas would be the perfect choice for those interested in a real taste of the Japanese culture and its traditions.
Location, location, location
A big part of the Machiya experience lies with their location- all our houses allow you to enjoy easy walking tours to some of the Kyoto’s main sights, have an easy access to various public transportations to facilitate your way around the city and are located within walking distance to the center of Kyoto, making it possible for you to experience the great night life and lively atmosphere of the downtown area.