These Traditional Townhouses in Kyoto Let You Experience the Local Life

For your next staycation!


Kyoto is one of the cities in Japan that's both attractive at night and during the day. Part of what adds to the town's traditional atmosphere are the various machiya-style accommodations scattered around the area. Staying in one of these wooden townhouses is one way of immersing oneself in Japanese culture, as well as, experiencing what it's like to live like a local.


Below, we list down the best guesthouses you can stay in on your next trip to Japan:


Luck You Kyoto Bukkoji-Higashimachi


The Luck You Kyoto Bukkoji-Higashimachi is a self-catering townhouse that's located on a quiet alley, near the busiest downtown area of Kyoto. Motonori Sakata -- a famous TV personality in Japan who's also known as the "expert of Kyo-Machiya (Kyoto-style machiya) -- designed the building's lobby and exterior.


Upon entering the place, a glamorous Japanese-style painting and a black pine bonsai will welcome you there.


Noren, short curtain at the entrance is made by "Shikisai" -- a traditional dye shop which supplies materials for different Japanese stages, including cushions for top class sumo wrestlers and norens at the entrance of dressing rooms for Kabuki actors.


The artwork displayed in the lobby is young Japanese artist Haruki Yamaba's painting.


A smartphone, which you can bring with you outside the hotel, is available in each room. You can also use it as a pocket Wi-Fi.


The dressing gowns are double gauze "work" clothes.


"Shion", a room for three people, has tatami flooring and is a compact space with Japanese-style interiors.


Luck You Kyoto Bukkoji-Higashimachi is located at 107 Bukkoji-Higashimachi, Shimogyo District, Kyoto City. Check-in time is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., while check-out is at 11 a.m. It is a four-minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station. You may contact them at +81-75-606-5447.


The charge per person (for one room with two people) is ¥6,000 *tax excluded. There are a total of nine rooms inside the townhouse. Its facilities include wireless LAN, television, refrigerator, hairdryer, bath amenities, dressing gown, etc.


Kyoto Machiya Ryokan cinq


The building of Kyoto Machiya Ryokan cinq has been standing for 120 years and was only later renovated into a modern Japanese-style inn. The first floor contains a cafe, while the second floor has five different guest rooms. Each of these rooms has bathtubs that were made in Germany and are arranged in Japanese-style.


The room portrays a modern Japanese space with a nostalgic atmosphere. Bedclothes are made-to-order at "IWATA," a brand in Kyoto.

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It was renovated carefully to preserve the atmosphere of a Kyo-Machiya.


Kyoto Machiya Ryokan cinq is located at 327 Ebiya-cho, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City. Check-in time is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., while check-out time is at 10 a.m. It is a six-minute walk from Subway Kyoto City Hall Station. You may contact them at +81-75-708-7948.


The charge per person (for one room) is ¥8,000 *tax and service fee excluded. There are a total of five rooms inside the townhouse. Its facilities include free Wi-Fi, bath amenities, etc.


Rinn Gion Kenninji


The modern interiors of Rinn Gion Kenninji were inspired by a bamboo forest. The inn is associated with several cultural experience facilities around the inn and offers activities (subject to fees) like strolling around Kyoto while wearing a kimono that you can rent at the front desk.


There are four types of rooms available at the inn. You can choose from standard double, twin, and Japanese-style rooms for three people.


The inn is near the glamorous Gion-machi. You can easily walk to the Yasaka Shrine, Kodai Temple, and Kiyomizu Temple from there.


Rinn Gion Kenninji is located at 69-1 Hakata-cho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto City. Check-in time is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., while check-out time is from 10 a.m. It is a five-minute walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station. You may contact them at +81-75-606-5178.


The charge per person (for one room with two people) is ¥8,000~ *tax and service fee excluded. There are a total of 20 rooms inside the townhouse. Its facilities include Wireless LAN (in limited areas), bath amenities, etc.


Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (16 May 2019)


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