“Hanamachi” District (花街) – also know as a “flower district” when translated literally -- these historical areas are where geiko & maiko entertain customers by performing classical music, dance, and traditional games.
Kyoto is famous for its 5 Hanamachi Districts, with Gion being one of the most well-known & recognizable. Hanamikoji Street is a long street dotted with traditional machiya townhouses, ochaya, and restaurants serving Kyoto cuisine. At the end of this street is Kenninji Temple, an important Zen Buddhist Temple. Turn a few corners from Kenninji to find yourself in front of “Gion-Minami Banka” machiya house.
- ~8 GUESTS
- From 33,000 yen~
A traditional machiya house that can be found in the heart of Gion, come and explore first-hand a neighborhood steeped in Kyoto’s rich history.
“Gion-Minami Banka” borrows its name from a 4-character Japanese idiom「千変万化」(sen-pen-ban-ka), an idiom which refers to “innumerable changes”. You will discover that the machiya house embodies this idea through its design and architecture. While the exterior of Gion-Minami Banka reflects the classic features of many machiya houses – lattice windows and doors, wooden features, ichimonji kawara roof tiles (roof tiles that resemble the kanji character "一"), and earthen walls – its interior showcases the different sides of Japanese culture.
Gion-Minami Banka is found in the ideal location for those who are looking to explore all of Kyoto -- from the famous Kiyomizu Temple to the lesser known Ebisu Jinja Shrine.
If you get an early start to your morning, round the corner towards Kenninji Temple and join a “zazen” experience -- the practice of seated meditation, or take a morning stroll towards Kiyomizu Temple.
In the evening, walk down towards Hanamikoji Street to witness the numerous machiya restaurants light up under the glow of red and white paper lanterns. Yasaka Shrine, which is a 5 minute walk away, offers the occasional outdoor food stall & festivals various times throughout the year.
FROM KYOTO STATION BY SUBWAY
1) Take the JR Nara Line and get off at Tofukuji Station
2) Transfer for the Keihan Line and get off at Gion Shijo Station
3) Walk to Gion Minami Banka (Approximately 5 minutes on foot)
FROM KYOTO STATION BY TAXI
*You can get to Kyoto station from Kansai International Airport by JR Express HARUKA line (approximately 80 minutes by train)
ADDRESS (IN JAPANESE)
Check out: -10:00
Guest service time: 10:00-20:00
Please inform us in advance if you are due to arrive after 8pm.
ABOUT THE MACHIYA HOUSE
Tucked away in the backstreet of Hanamikoji Street lies a machiya house designed with brown earthen walls, and lattice windows and wooden details. Blending seamlessly with the atmosphere of the surrounding neighborhood, this traditional machiya house will transform into your home during your stay.
A spacious area that radiates warmth and provides an atmosphere for you to relax within during your stay. A wooden table with Western-style seating to seat and a fully functional kitchen tucked away in the corner.
For larger groups of family and friends, you’ll be able to cook, dine, and relax together in this open plan space. For small groups, you can revel in the spaciousness and spend a luxurious & relaxing time during your stay.
To the left of the dining room is where you can wind down as you sit on the inviting sofa – from where you can view the Japanese garden. The ceiling of this room stretches up towards the second floor to create an expansive space, and ushers in a flood of natural light to brighten up the room.
The bathroom has been updated with sleek modern fixtures, with the addition of traditional Japanese elements. With a window that looks out into the garden, and a bathtub that is enveloped by wood, forget about time as you unwind after a day of exploring the historical streets of Kyoto.
A separate toilet space can be found on the 1st floor, and 2nd floor.
Japanese-style Room (1st floor)
A room lined with traditional tatami flooring, and a skylight above that allows for the natural light to enter the space, and a washi (delicately thin, Japanese paper) used as wall paper round out the room.
・Up to 3 futons can be set in this room.
2 twin-sized Western beds are available in this room for your comfort. Differing from the design and details found on the 1st floor, the walls of this room is a dark, blue-grey color, which contrast the sandy colored wood planks of the ceiling.
・2 x Twin-sized Beds
Adjacent to the Western-style room lies a second tatami-lined room, with shoji doors covering an entire length of a wall. The delicately thin paper that cover the shoji doors allows for a flood of natural light to filter into the room, highlighting the details of the ceiling and intricate details of the washi wallpaper.
・Up to 3 x futon bedding can be set here.
Complimentary WIFI Internet
Air conditioner (each room)
Induction Heating Cooker
Iron & ironing board
Toilet x 2 (1st Floor x 1; 2nd Floor x 1)
Iron & ironing board
Toilet x 2 (1st Floor x 1; 2nd Floor x 1)
Bathroom (Separate shower & bathtub)
2 Twin beds & 6 Futon mattress
Cookware / Diningware
Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 8 guests)
Kitchen cloth & sponge
Floor Heating (1st floor Kitchen/Dining Room area)
Green Tea Leaves, Black Tea Bags & Coffee
Bath towel & Face towel
Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Soap
*No pajamas/yukata will be provided. Please bring your own sleepwear for a pleasant night’s sleep
This machiya house can accommodate up to 8 guests. Rates will vary depending on season, date, and number of guests.
Children who do not require bedding will not be included within the total number of guests.
*Certain restrictions will apply. Please ask our staff members for more details.
|2 GUESTS||From 33,000 yen per night|
|3 GUESTS||From 36,000 yen per night|
|4 GUESTS||From 39,000 yen per night|
|5 GUESTS||From 42,000 yen per night|
|6 GUESTS||From 45,000 yen per night|
|7 GUESTS||From 48,000 yen per night|
|8 GUESTS||From 51,000 yen per night|
|2 GUESTS||From 16,500 yen per guest|
|3 GUESTS||From 12,000 yen per guest|
|4 GUESTS||From 9,750 yen per guest|
|5 GUESTS||From 8,400 yen per guest|
|6 GUESTS||From 7,500 yen per guest|
|7 GUESTS||From 6,800 yen per guest|
|8 GUESTS||From 6,300 yen per guest|
For guests who wish to reserve an accommodation via our homepage, please use the online reservation form available on each accommodation page, and follow the prompt.
Reservations are also accepted via telephone (Opening hours 10:00am - 7:00pm JST).
TEL (Domestic) : 050-3786-2009
TEL (Overseas) : +81-50-3786-2009
We ask for advance payment of full accommodation fees for guests who have made a reservation with Machiya Residence Inn. The reservation will remain as a “tentative reservation” until payment has been confirmed. All payments must be made within 7 days of making a reservation.
When a reservation request has been received, we will send an email instructing you on payment methods.* Payments are accepted in Japanese YEN via: 1) Credit Card transaction via Paypal, or 2) Bank Wire Transfer to our nominated bank account.
*We seek your understanding that all transaction fees involved are under guest responsibility.
Once the payment has been confirmed, you will receive a booking “Confirmation Email” from Machiya Residence Inn. The email will include important information regarding check-in, access maps, instructions on how to enter the house, and more.
We kindly ask that you inform our staff in advance of your approximate arrival time as your date of arrival (check-in date) approaches.
Cancellation of an accommodation booking may incur cancellation charges.
A cancellation that is made more than 29 days prior to the arrival date is subject to a full refund minus any PayPal or Wire Transfer fees involved in receiving and returning the original payment.
Cancellation Charges :
|1 TO 7 DAYS PRIOR TO CHECK-IN DATE||50%|
|8 TO 28 DAYS PRIOR TO CHECK-IN DATE||30%|
1.The percentages signifies the rate of cancellation charge to the Basic Accommodation Charges.
2.When the number of days contracted is shortened, the cancellation charge for its first day shall be paid by the Guest regardless of the number of days shortened.