Actual Guest Reviews
Actual reviews and comments from previous guests. These reviews were posted on Airbnb or FlipKey web sites or passed on to us directly. Many thanks to our guests who are taking the time to leave us a review.
We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. The beauty of the house and the warm atmosphere really added to our experience of Kyoto. We are delighted that we picked your home. Thank you for the time you spend to create such a wonderful experience for your guests.
Kirstie and family
La casa es sencillamente fantástica. Linda, cómoda, bien equipada. el barrio está perfectamente ubicado. Cerca de estación y en la zona más importante para visitar en Kyoto. Vivimos 6 varones durante 5 días y la disfrutamos mucho. No dudaría en volver a alquilarla si volviera a Kyoto. Excelente opción!
Kyoto Gojo Samurai Machiya is a beautifully renovated traditional Kyoto Townhouse – we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there for 3 nights – despite not being able to met up with us, Akiko left us some delicious Japanese treats, this attention to detail is impeccable. – Although a little out of the way, and checkout is at another ryokan (10min walk from Kyoto station) but the directions given were very clear.If given the opportunity we would be happy to return again
Gojo machiya is the best BnB we have tried so far. The location is in a quiet neighbourhood within 10 mins walk from Kiyomizu and about 15-20 mins walk from Gion. The beautifully restored machiya is an absolute dream! Very comfortable stay for four of us. A lot of effort and thoughts have obviously went into the deco and setting up of the place .. With nice touches like floor warming, smart bathroom and a little traditional garden. Even tho we didn’t have the chance to meet the hosts, checkin instructions and everything we need to know about the house was clearly stated in house manual. The helpful and responsive hosts also helped us to make reservation for a wonderful Kaiseki lunch before our trip. Will definitely choose to stay here again if we are back in Kyoto. 5 stars experience !!!
We (4 people) stayed here for 7 nights. The house is spacious and clean. It was well equipped and all the amenities we need were available. The location of the house is great. It is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood. You won’t have any problem with noises at night. There are 2 Keihan train stations close by which is very convenient. And it only takes around 15 minutes to walk to Gion. The owners, Akiko and Patrick, were extremely helpful and always replied to our messages promptly. They helped us with restaurant reservations and they recommended some nice places for us to visit. Patrick welcomed us in person the night we arrived at the house and he was friendly and informative. The house is ideal for 4 persons and we would highly recommend it to people who travels with friends or family.
Our stay at the house was fantastic. Akiko provided all of the information we needed for checking in and finding the house. The house had a great mix of a traditional feel, but with updated and modern features. I highly recommend staying here if you are in Kyoto.
Great stay! Place was decorated great and it truly made the Japanese stay worth it. The mattresses were a little stiff for our liking but we made it work. 15/20 min walk to the central area but it was good to explore. Would definitely come back! They were very quick to respond to any question we had! Thank you again!
It was a great experience staying at the Kiyomizu Samurai house for us 6 travellers. It had everything we needed and the washer dryer was a bonus. The house had very nice touches, decorative kimono, samurai Steve, Japanese art work and a Japanese style shower and bath. The accommodation was in a great location, very close to a subway line and convenient stores for buying breakfast and late night snacks. The check in process was managed by a separate office 10 mins walk from Kyoto station and was very easy with the information sent prior to arrival. We did have an issue entering the actual accommodation on the first night which was quickly resolved by a phone call to the host. A part from this I would stay here again.
Akiko and Patrick were wonderful hosts from the very beginning, answering all inquiries promptly and attentively, while being extremely helpful with every aspect related to our stay in Kyoto. Check-in process was easy and fast and finding the house inside the lovely alleys was a piece of cake using their detailed directions. The house itself was a real gem: beautifully designed and decorated, spacious and convenient, combining a sense of traditional Japan with all the modern comforts and treats. Location was fantastic, inside a quiet residential area, but close enough to walk to many of the city’s main points of interests like Gion and even to Kyoto’s center if you like walking like we do. Public transportation to other places in and around town was also easily accessible. 5 days in Kyoto was hardly enough to scrape the surface. We truly hope coming back again and finding Akiko and Patrick as our hosts.
One of the best accomadations i have stayed. It even looks better than the pictures. Nice and comfortable for our group of 7.
Akiko and Patrick were superb hosts of a very refined, traditional Japanese wooden townhouse. The interior and aesthetic are just as described. It sits within a quiet neighborhood although easily accessed by public transportation. Check in and check out, as well as concerns during our stay, were made easy by a professional property manager. There is great consideration and thoughtfulness for guests, as demonstrated in the attention to detail and the efficiency of operation. We are a family of four, my wife and two teenage boys; and we for the most part lived comfortably within the space. Six people might feel a little congested, especially if all were adults and gathered together at one time. Being traditional in its design, the townhouse has little closet or storage space, so luggage may cause further crowding. The main bathroom on the other hand, is relatively spacious, with smart separation of space for privacy and aesthetic. The boys adjusted well to the futon floor bedding, my wife, on the other hand, struggled somewhat with the “Western style bedding”; an unusual mattress design. We very much enjoyed Akiko’s attention to our overall experience, providing us an opportunity to participate in a morning Buddhist service with our neighbors and a visiting local monk. As was the case throughout our entire three weeks in Japan, but most especially at its conclusion during the last five days in Kyoto, we felt so very welcomed and at home: 9 bows and 99 blessings to Akiko and Patrick!
Mieux que sur les photos ! La maison est vraiment rénovée avec goût, super équipée, propre, en un mot parfaite. Accueil sympa et instructif par Julien. Emplacement idéal pour visiter Kyoto. Pour une première sur AirbBNB nous sommes enchantés. La barre est haute pour notre prochain voyage !
Dear Akiko San, after three days of touring Kyoko extensively, we finally have a chance to relax in the house. It is time that we start to appreciate how much thought and care you put into the house to make you guests feel at home with full concert. Thank you very much!
The best airbnb experience so far!
We had a lovely time in Kyoto at the Gojo Machiya Samurai House. Our two daughters loved Samurai Steve and fell right asleep knowing he was watching over them in the tatami room. The location was central, walking distance to Ginza district and close to the bus routes we used to visit all of the temples and sites. It was a pleasant and safe residential neighborhood. The home itself was very well equipped and everything was labeled in Japanese and English. There was even a helpful house manual and packet of maps, coupons and guidebooks to use. We made good use of the super fast internet and laundry machine as well. Akiko’s son Julian met us at the property and showed us how everything worked. He gave us a number to reach him in case of emergency. We didn’t need it because everything worked out great. Thanks again!! Sean, Amanda, Annabelle & Eloise (Claremont, CA)
Our host made us feel very welcome with clear message communication for our arrival. They met us at our accommodation to greet us and speak about the property and features and local area. The add gives a very clear description of the property. It is very comfortable. We tested it with six adults. Location good for accessing tourist areas on foot or with transport. Choice of good eateries close by. Great opportunity to live in a residential area and walk in their streets.
Cette jolie maison est située dans un quartier calme, traditionnel, plein de charme et très proche de plusieurs temples, dont Kyomizu-dera. La maison est à fois traditionnelle, confortable et extrêmement bien équipée. Sa décoration est recherchée. La pièce principale et la salle de bains (typiquement japonaise) ouvrent sur un ravissant petit jardin intérieur. Les hôtes, Akiko et Patrick, charmants et pleins d’attentions, nous ont bien aidés.
We absolutely loved staying in Gojo Machiya in Kyoto. This two story traditional house (Machiya) is absolutely beautiful and comfortable for 4 or 6 people and is in a good location near the Gion district. The house was exactly as described on Airbnb but even surpassed our expectations…it has been beautifully restored and modernized with all sorts of wonderful amenities, including a traditional furo (bath) and shower, fully supplied kitchen, japanese tatami room, garden and very comfortable beds and futons. I am an architect and was extremely impressed with the quality of this home, we were honored to have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful home and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto for a few days.
Everything was truly wonderful…thank you again for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home.
Date of Stay May 2015
We love’d this place (and Samurai Steve). The modern mixed with traditional decor was just what we were looking for. The apartment is very clean and has some great amenities like the washer/dryer and the spa tub. Checking in was simple and easy. We did think the location would be a bit closer to the Gion area but still only about a 20 minute walk away. I definately recommend staying here if in the Kyoto area.
Date of Stay June 2015
Excelente lugar, quieres saber que es vivir en Japon.. Esta es de las mejores opciones, si vuelvo sin duda seria mi primera opción! Casa muy limpia, perfecta para 6 personas, excelentes condiciones!
Date of Stay June 2015
房屋很舒适 地点也很好 这次就是住的时间有点少 一切厨具都很全 我们带着1岁多的孩子 确实很方便 房东还帮我们收包裹 很棒的体验！门口有一个小的沙地公园 有秋千等 勾起了很好的童年回忆
Date of Stay May 2015
The reception is well arranged. Although it is not at the location itself, it is very near and the reception is very clear and friendly. The house itself is very nice and clean. The atmosphere is great, you really feel like your in a traditional Japanese house. Please be aware that you can hit your head a lot (especially tall Dutch guys ;), but we already got used to that in other Japanese residences. All in all it was a great and comfortable stay and I would recommend this to anyone who travels to Kyoto
Date of Stay May 2015
This house was beautiful, we absolutely loved it! It has been decorated to such a high standard with lots of lovely traditional touches. We travelled with our young family so it was great for us to have a little extra space to move around, and the kitchen and washing facilities were very useful. Akiko kindly sent lots of information about Kyoto before we left, and told us about a local event during our stay.
The location was great, in a nice quiet area, but Kiyomizu Gojo station only a few minutes walk away. We walked up to Kiyomizudera from here, to Sanjisangendo and also to Gion and the shopping area between Sanjo and Shijo, so there is a lot of places within walking distance.
There was, unfortunately, a problem with the site when booking, we had to request to book a few times, and when it finally went through I hadn’t noticed that it was only for 2 people (although in our communications we said it was for 4). This meant that when we arrived there were only 2 beds available for the 4 of us. Akiko very quickly and kindly helped us out with this so we could get the two futon beds, however we did feel that the 10,000 Yen fee for the extra bedding was extremely high.
Despite this, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Machiya, it was a magical experience for all of us and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Date of Stay May 2015
It was the first time we stayed in a Machiya, and having rented a whole house only for us was a great experience. We could really enjoy and relax only among friends.
The place was beautiful and easily spacious enough for all of us. Its location is particularly good as a starting point to visit the city.
I particularly appreciated the view of the Tsubo garden from the bathroom.
The Samurai armor in the Japanese-style room scared some of us. But in general, the style of the house and its features let us experience living in a traditional Japanese house and we all enjoyed it very much.
All the five of us hope to be able to come back and enjoy the place again.
Date of Stay May 2015
The Gojo Samuarai Machiya is a must if you want to experience the traditional japanese way of living. It perfectly blends the fascination OF an old but perfectly refurbished house with technogical and modern facilities (the bathroom experience is amazing). The surroundings are nice and quiet, at walking distance from subway and some key attractions in Hagashiyama and Gojo. Be aware that having one single bathroom (tub+shower), it could time-demanding when you have lot of guests in the house.
Date of Stay May 2015
Petite maison japonaise très charmante, chaleureuse et aménagé avec soins. Il y a pleins de petits détails dans la décoration a découvrir lors du séjour. Absolument rien ne manque point de vue confort…. La localisation à 5 min du centre de Gion est parfaite pour découvrir la ville de Kyoto ou pour en faire la base pour découvrir les environs de Kyoto. Les hôtes sont très accueillants, avec de petites attentions qui vous attendent. Toujours près a nous aider et conseiller lors de notre séjour et cela avec une rapidité exceptionnelle. a recommander !
Date of Stay April 2015
Very good!The house is traditional and modernity,it so quiet to sleep.Everything is so nice!Akiko is so warmhearted !The best experience!
Date of Stay April 2015
What a beautiful and superbly set-up house. Very comfortable and fun to explore all the things in the house, under Samurai Steve’s watchful guidance. The 5 of us have really enjoyed our three nights in Kyoto thanks to our lovely home away from home. Thanks also for all your support & advice. We appreciated all your little special touches, from the helpful website, labelling on the appliances, beautiful decor & design of every room, to the thoughtful responsibe emails. I hope we can stay again — maybe in Autumn for Kôyô next time.
Joanne, Bennett & family