Our one-week stay at Machiya in mid November was fantastic. The house is beautifully decorated with many modern facilities and has 2 bathrooms, a rare find in Kyoto. The house is well heated and very comfortable. Space was ample for 7 of us. The house is close to a bus stop going downtown or Kyoto station and a Lawson store is near by. Getting a taxi is quite easy. The staff was quite friendly and always ready to help. Directions to many Kyoto’s landmarks are well documented by the owners, Akiko and Patrick. A great place to stay, we’d go back.
Great location for exploring Kyoto - buses were easy to figure out and very close by, although we could also walk to a ton of sights. The Lawson is just a block away for take-out and basic food. Very pretty house with lots of touches that made it feel special. There is a western bedroom (essential for my older parents who couldn't get down and up on the tatami rooms easily). I thought it was a little tight for 6 people of different generations (two grandparents, two parents, two kids), but perhaps that's just us. Steep stairs going down to the house and within the house, so older folks should judge whether it's doable. My parents managed it, but it wasn't as easy for them. I loved experiencing the tatami mat rooms for sleeping as it was a new experience - but I also found the tatami smell and firm sleeping situation not for me ultimately. Absolutely not a fault of the house - millions of people love sleeping in these kinds of rooms. Just a warning if you're trying a Japanese style room for the first time - you may love it or not. Lots of amenities supplied, and very clean. Air conditioning was outstanding - and I say this because I've traveled and stayed in vacation rentals where that is not the case. It is so hot in the summer in Kyoto this was essential - and it was really fantastic to come home to a cool house (both in temperature and decor!). Latest technology throughout the house and the house is totally updated - description of the house they give is completely accurate and Akiko was very helpful in all aspects of our visit and very communicative. We had no problems, but there was staff available if we had any problems, which is nice to know. Great experience.
Place was so nice and accessible. We had a fantastic experience. We would like to stay again for sure!!!
Absolutely awesome, excellent service, excellent accommodation, excellent service whilst staying there. Any problems or calling cabs etc were sorted by staff. We worked out other parts of our trip to work in with our stay here. We actually wanted to stay an extra couple of days, but wasn't available, so we booked it anyway. Slight issue with trip adviser, but sorted once i dealt with Patrick and Akiko.
Wouldn't hesitate to stay there on our next visit. We will be back. Loved everything. Thank you Patrick and Akiko.
Clear directions prepared by the owner and the friendly staff of 12 Dozen Ryokan. Short taxi trip to the house (cost around 1000 yen). The house can comfortably fit 8 - 10 people. The house is very well equipped, luxury even. It's 200 m from a bus stop going downtown or Kyoto station. You can walk to Kyoto station but it'd take 20 - 30 min. There's a Lawson convenience near by.
You'll be walking some 23 or so stairs down to the house from ground level, so think about heavy luggage. They've built a wooden ramp to slide heavy items up/down from the house to street level.
Our stay at the Tofukuji Machiya was fantastic. The owners, Akiko and Patrick, did a fantastic job with this house which has absolutely everything you can hope for. The house is beautiful, comfortable, impeccable, cozy with incredible decor. In our case it was 9 of us in our group and the Machiya was ideal. It is also within walking distance from the Tofukuji Station, which makes it very convenient. We also found that the owners are extremely accommodating and always willing to help. If we ever go back to Kyoto we would no doubt stay at this Machiya again.
“Incredible place, even better than the photos! We had a great time at Akiko's machiya. Gorgeous space, fantastic amenities and a superb location. Everything was perfect!”
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