Your Pavilion near Kinkakuji
Accommodation type Vacation Home
The house was first built in 1920 and families of weaving craftsmen lived and worked for generations until a decade ago. In 2014, the typical Kyoto wooden house called “machiya” was completed renovated by the top renovation designer Hachise, maintaining its unique wooden structure as machiya.
The 1st floor of this total of 52 m2 two-story townhouse consists of a retro but spacious island kitchen, a walnut dining table and chairs for five, and a living area with a Scandinavian sofa, center table, and TV board on white thermo tiles, facing a mini Japanese garden, along with bath/shower/powder rooms and toilet. One of the two sleeping rooms, with natural wooden beam on the ceiling, accommodates two single beds on the walnut floor and the other is a typical tatami room for two persons.
In addition to this aesthetic merger of East and West, the machiya provides all modern technologies and necessities from wireless LAN, a BOSE wireless speaker, 40inch full high vision TV, an automatic taxi caller, a toilet with bidet function, and three air conditioners to kitchen dinnerware and kitchen appliance including a microwave, a toaster, and a coffee mill and server as well as four free bikes outside.
- Free-of-charge parking
- Barrier-free accommodation
- Free-of-charge cleaning service
- ・Please let the owner know the approximate time of arrival upon completing the booking
・Upon checking in, please do contact the owner via email, text message, or phone
・Fill out the guest roster (for all group members) on the dining kitchen before check out (name, address, passport#, etc.), as it is required by the city government.
・Let the owner know your preferred four digit number for the passcode of the entrance door. To open the door, open the metal case, touch any key to activate the system, enter the four digit and enter the “E” button – then the door will be unlocked. The door will be locked again after the five seconds or so
・No smoking inside the building. Please smoke outside of the entrance door (and please do NOT smoke on the garden in the back)
・It is a residential area so do not be too loud at night. (Talking at normal level is OK, watching TV, listening to music are OK)
・Unlike in ryokans or hotels, there is no tooth brush or pajama or yukata prepared for the guests. Bath towels, face towels, and hair dryers are available.
・Please strictly follow the city government rules for the waste disposal – the instruction is on the wall (burnable garbage can be taken out WITH THE YELLOW BAG to the specified points on the street on the mornings of MONDAYS and THURSDAYS before 8AM)
・ If you use the car navigation system, Google map, etc., do NOT use the house address as it will take you to one street to the west where you cannot directly access to or even see the house. Instead please enter “京都市北区紫竹西高縄町48-1” or “Nishitakamawacho 48-1 Kita-ku Kyoto”
・Two of the four free bikes are located in front of the house (20 inch). The two others are parked on a bicycle rack in a plaza if you further go into the small path. One of the 26 inch bikes carries a child seat.
・Let the owner know if you come by car. There is a parking slot for 1000 yen per day for any number of entries but requires a reservation – 1 min walk to the north from the house. There is another regular coin parking for 200 yen per hour (700 yen nightly) – 3 min walk to the south from the house
・You can leave the luggage before the standard check in time (while the vendor is still cleaning and setting up the house)
・There is a "Same-day Delivery" service, where you drop your luggage at Kyoto Tower (next to Kyoto station) and you go directly to sightseeing before you check in - the luggage arrives at the house by 6pm. It is 800 yen per luggage. Similarly, you can leave your luggage at the house when you check out – the luggage will arrive at Kyoto Tower by 2pm and you can pick it up by 6pm. Ask the host about more detail.