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Be Transported Back to 100 years ago in Kyoto!

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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki
This machiya expresses the light of new hope and the evanescence found during Japan's 'Romantic Taisho Era' (1912 to 1926). A time when Japan had recently been exposed to a slightly more western lifestyle, this era ushered in the perfect balance between the traditional Japanese style combined with the vibrant and international scene of the Meiji Period. With one step inside, you will not only be immediately freed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but exposed to the wonders that could only be found during the Taisho Period.

1st Floor
From the entrance way, guests enter the Japanese room to find a tatami floored-room with raised platforms, which is inspired by old tea ceremony rooms. Throughout the property, guests will find that the latticed-openings of the window allows for the perf...
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About the Manager, Machiya Residence Inn
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 90 %
Response Time: Within a day
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Aug 2010
Overall rating: 4.8 / 5.0
Based on 143 reviews and 37 properties
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Reviewed 4 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Suoan Machiya Inn is located in a quiet lane in a residential neighbourhood, and about 10 mins walk to Shijo subway station. As there are 6 of us, we decided to stay at a service apartment instead of in a hotel. For the 6 nights stay, we paid JPY39076 each. This is my third visit to Kyoto but the first...

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Thank you very much for your thorough feedback! We are pleased to hear that you found your stay to be comfortable and spacious. We’ve strived to keep the original structure and atmosphere of a traditional Japanese townhouse for our guest to enjoy, which is why these properties are often designed with stairs and two-floors. However, we do apologize if you...


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Ray D
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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On our stay in Japan we spent time in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. In Osaka and Tokyo we stayed in hotels but in Kyoto we thought we'd try something different and stayed at Suoan Machiya Residence Inn. It was like stepping back in time or into an old samurai movie but with all the modern amenities we're used to. This...

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Thank you very much for your review. It pleases us to hear that your stay at Suo-an was the highlight of your trip! Staying at a machiya will definitely offer you an unforgettable experience that you cannot obtain from any other "typical" hotel. It is just as you have described...a place that seems to transport you back in time and...


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Reviewed 9 August 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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We loved our stay at the Suoan Machiya Residence Inn! Check in at the rental office (close to the subway station, not connected to the inn) was simple. We left our luggage there and had the agent deliver it to the inn so we could sightsee. The house is cozy and sleeps six adults comfortably. The stairway is narrow and...

Management response:

Thank you very much for your review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Suo-an. The way that Machiya are built is quite different from an average western house, so you are right in suggesting that guests need to be careful with the low ceilings and narrow steps. Safety is just as important to us as...


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Internet Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
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About the neighbourhood
SUO-AN is located near Kyoto's city centre (Shoji Area)
Located near Kyoto city's busiest city center, Suo-an stands to offer guests a taste of a modern "wa"-style, an undeniably distinct Japanese style with a contemporary twist. Rooms are designed using a crimson-based colour scheme, windows covered with latticed openings, and floors lined with traditional tatami mats.

KYOTO SUBWAY: Shijo STN. (exit 6), 6 minute walk
KYOTO BUS: Horikawa-Matsubara Stop, 7 minute walk
Karasuma-Matsubara Stop, 7 minute walk

Please enjoy and experience the old lifestyle of Kyoto in this traditional Machiya-style accommodation with all the modern facilities.
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