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Stylish & Innovative Machiya in the Central Kyoto

The exterior of Shikokuan Machiya Residence Inn
21 reviews
The exterior of Shikokuan Machiya Residence Inn
Stylish and innovative Machiya Townhouse lcoated in the central Kyoto near Kawaramachi and Gion
Living room, Tatami Bedroom and Garden
Western Twin Bedroom
Lounge room / Tatami Bedroom
\'Hiniki buro\' or Japanese cypress bath tub
Japanese 'tsuboniwa' garden at night
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2 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 4
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki
Situated in the heart of Kyoto is Shikoku-an, a stylish and innovative machiya accommodation. Located on a serene backstreet near the Takasegawa River, one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Kyoto, you will also find yourself to be a short walk away from the famous Gion area. On the other side of this Machiya, you will find Kyoto's most popular shopping centers on the corner of Kawaramachi and Shijo streets and the exciting Nishiki food market. This property can accommodate up to 4 guests.

This traditionally 90-year-old townhouse can be identified by its dark purple hued “noren,” or shop curtain, which hangs from the entrance. The name “Shikoku” refers to a dark violet, while “an” refers to a cozy retreat. While many Machiya often feature brown wooden exteriors, compared to other machiya found in Kyoto,...
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About the Manager, Machiya Residence Inn
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a day
Calendar Updated: 1 day ago
Listed since : Aug 2010
Overall rating: 4.8 / 5.0
Based on 147 reviews and 53 properties
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Thornbury, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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Shikokuan machiya is located one street back from the canal on the quieter side of the river opposite the gion precinct. Honestly we thought the cherry blossom was just as spectacular on our side of the river, without the crowds. Everything is walkable. We walked as far as Nijo castle (30 mins) one way and to Kyoto Station the other...

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Thank you for choosing to stay with Machiya Residence Inn! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the location of the traditional Japanese house, and found the neighborhood just as charming as the house itself. It sounds as though you were able to thoroughly explore the local neighborhood, and immerse yourself in local life! Thank you again for...


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Sue P
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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We just loved this place after 15 days of travel it was so nice to have a home. The staff were fabulous in all areas. Close to everything including Gion the Geisha area. Convenience store just around the corner, department store 10 mins away and loads of eating places. Best way to Kyoto Station is to catch the bus at...

Management response:

Dear Sue, Thank you for your kind words regard your stay with Machiya Residence Inn Kyoto! It was a pleasure having you stay with us at our "Shikoku-an" machiya house, and we are so pleased to hear that you were able to utilize the house as if it were your own home. As you have pointed out, the location of...


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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Our 4th trip to Kyoto but first time renting a machiya instead of a hotel room. It was a much more relaxing experience. The proximity to the cherry blossoms (our reason for this trip) made it an ideal location. The Takasegawa river (canal) was nearby and was in full bloom. It is lit up at nights so we were able...

Management response:

Thank you for your comments and review of your stay in our "Shikoku-an" Machiya House! All staff members at Machiya Residence Inn are pleased that you were enjoy your time with us, and your experience in an authentic Kyoto house. In regards to the stairs in this house, as you have pointed out, they are steeper than stairs normally found...


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Internet Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (2)
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Garden
  • Single Beds:(4)
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Ask about kids
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
    1 Full bath
    4 Twins
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Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night
Default 2 nights
RM 993
RM 1,231
13 Aug 2018 -
16 Aug 2018
OBON 2018
2 nights
RM 1,112
RM 1,390
1 Nov 2018 -
30 Nov 2018
2 nights
RM 1,112
RM 1,390
28 Dec 2018 -
3 Jan 2019
2 nights
RM 1,509
Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to Malaysian Ringgit and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Cleaning fee: RM 238 / stay - Fee
  • Additional person: RM 111 / stay - Fee
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About the neighbourhood
This is the perfect place to feel the energy of both modern and traditional Kyoto. During the spring, cherry blossoms that line the river are lit up during the night, while white veils of snow gently cover the neighborhood during the winter. You will no doubt be greeted with an enchanting view no matter what season you visit.
Bus stops and train station are within a 6-minute walking distance. This property is a 7-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, and an 8-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. Higashi Hongan-ji Temple is a 10-minute drive away.
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