If you want the convenience of a vacation rental with the authenticity of a traditional Japanese house, you’ll love Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho. It’s a traditional Japanese house that’s been divided into two superb apartments complete with private indoor and outdoor baths.
Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho exterior
Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho At A Glance
- Great for: couples, families, small groups
- Strong points: indoor/outdoor baths, quiet neighborhood, traditional design
- Sample rates: from US$600 to $900 per night
Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho indoor/outdoor baths
Located just north of Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, a relatively short walk north of Kyoto Station and within striking distance of downtown, the Zeniyacho Machiya is a wonderful alternative to hotels and ryokan.
Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho bedroom
The two units here are extremely comfortable and allow you to experience living in a traditional Japanese house without the formality of a ryokan. Soaking in the outdoor tub, which is nestled inside a private garden is a magical way to end a day in Kyoto.
Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho living area
This place is ideal for families but keep in mind that children must be aged three or older. For those looking for a great machiya experience, you’ll be very happy with Zeniyacho.
Name in English:
Kyoto Machiya Zeniyacho
Name in Japanese:
Kyoto Machiya 銭屋町
258 Zeniya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 600-8303
Price range: moderate to luxury
2 minutes’ walk from Gojo Station (exit 8) of Subway Karasuma Line
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