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MACHIYA RESIDENCE INN accepts reservations up to 6 months in advance (which includes the current month).
Please check back on our website on the 1st of every month to see the new reservation openings of our traditional Japanese holiday homes!

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‘Chōchin’ Paper Lanterns - Machiya House Features

Some of our traditional Japanese house decorated with a red ‘chōchin’ lantern. ‘Chōchin’ are paper lanterns. They are not only used to illuminate the outdoors, but are also used as landmarks or store signs that feature a name or crest. Near this particular Japanese house are 3 of Kyoto’s famous geisha “hanamachi” districts: Gion Higashi, Miyagawa-cho, and Gion Kobu. Each are independent neighborhoods, but it can be difficult to tell where one ends and the other starts – as they are adjacent to one another.

But all you have to do is check the chōchin lantern designs of the teahouses lining the street! The lanterns feature different crests depending on the hanamachi district.

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    Pictured is 'Hanatoki' Machiya Holiday House, located just a short walk from Gion and Kiyomizu Temple.
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    This traditional Japan house has a classic 'unagi no nedoko' style architecture, which is typical for traditional Kyoto-style architecture in a machiya house.
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    While staying in this Kyoto house, enjoy a captivating private view of your own personal tsuboniwa garden while lounging in the living room.
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    This traditional Japanese house can accommodate up to 8 guests, great for families or a group of friends traveling together.
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    Take advantage of the renovated kitchen inside this Kyoto house to prepare simple meals and snacks during your stay. using local Kyoto ingredients.
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    From classic Japanese-style rooms with wash and tatami to more western style rooms with comfortable beds, experience the culture of Japan while staying at 'Hanatoki' Machiya House.

Looking for the best place to stay in Kyoto? Stay in a traditional Japanese house (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan.
With MACHIYA RESIDENCE INN, you can rent a private traditional Japanese house – a great alternative to a Kyoto hotel that is perfect for short or long stays!

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