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“Charming Stay in Kyoto”
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The bamboo and zen rock garden leading to a fully furnished full facilities kitchen
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Matsu Sho An - gateway to a tranquil beauty of a timeless age Unique bathroom set in the middle of the Spring and Autumn Gardens
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The bamboo and zen rock garden leading to a fully furnished full facilities kitchen
Matsu Sho An - gateway to a tranquil beauty of a timeless age
Unique bathroom set in the middle of the Spring and Autumn Gardens
550 year old timber counter top and handcrafted granite basin
Our ofuro (Japanese bath) with natural spring water!
Sip tea and view the ume (plum) and sakura (cherry) trees in our tranquil Spring Garden
Sit on traditional zabuton beautifully hand stitched by Kyoto craftsmen
The original tokonoma in the Ume Room restored to new
Sho chiku bai, the 3 Friends of Winter is encapsulated in the tokonoma
Peaceful setting of the Spring Garden
The tranquil Spring Garden in the soft evening light
The serene Spring Garden in dappled light at the end of an autumn's day
Ume room with a view towards the Spring Garden and the open plan bathroom
Machiya faithfully restored, with modern conveniences and amenities
Tranquil setting for quiet contemplation
The spacious Matsu Room with traditional Kyoto handmade futon and down quilts
The original tokonoma at the Matsu (Pine) Room on the 2nd Floor restored to new
Verandah on the 2nd floor Matsu Room overlooking the peaceful Spring Garden
The 130 year old original tokonoma and cabinet faithfully restored
Hand painted fusuma screens
Ante room to the Matsu Room can be opened up to create a much larger room
The Take (Bamboo) Room is spacious enough for 2 persons
Original karakami woodblock and hand painted art by traditional craftsmen on the washi fusuma doors
wabi sabi hand crafted granite basin in 100 year old timber counter top
Special Gold tiles reflecting the aura of a bygone age
Spring water directly from the kitchen well
Have tea overlooking our 4 gardens
Authentic 100 year old Japanese lamps throughout the house!
The cherry blossom tree next to the authentic stone lantern that is more than 200 years old!
Cherry and plum blossoms from our garden!
autumn leaves and flowers from our garden!
Plum Blossoms in our Spring Garden. They start to bloom from February to March!
Cherry blossom season at Matsu Sho An from late March to early April every year!
The cherry blossoms in the Spring Garden. Come see our very own cherry blossoms in our garden!
The cherry blossoms in our garden in its colourful splendour
Cherry blossoms in the Spring Garden. Such a romantic sight in our garden!
The gardens are filled with flowers that bloom throughout the year!
The Autumn Garden in autumn splendour with our very own maple tree
Maple tree in the Autumn Garden. Autumn is one of the most romantic times to visit Matsu Sho An!
The plums from the garden are used for making umeshu (plum wine) every year!
When winter falls. The serenity of the Villa in Winter
The traditional nanten at the entrance of the house to protect the occupants from bad luck!
New Nanten flowers to greet the coming of spring!
New Nanten flowers to greet the coming of spring!
The tranquil sounds of summer breezes echo throughout the house
Even the rain chain plays an important part in the aesthetics of the Villa
Fresh flowers for our guests!
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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Cruiser18...
1 review
“Charming Stay in Kyoto”
Reviewed October 11, 2019 for a stay in September 2019

Beautifully restored and well maintained machiya. The interior is well kept, clean and the bathrooms are equipped with heated toilet seats, rain showers a good size basins.

In the rooms, original hand-painted screens were very delicate and beautiful and gives an authentic Kyoto charm. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable futons sets are provided for each guests.

The location is great, its in walking distance to The Imperial Palace, galleries , speciality shops, and great eating places. Its also a 10 minute walk to a large shopping mall, Teramachi. In this shopping complex, one can find many specialty shops and eateries. The house is located in a quiet street with easy access to cafes and shops.

There is a also a little kitchen within the premises of the house, where tea and coffee is provided for the guests. There is a stove, fridge and also a washing machine. There are many bakeries near the house where one can buy back breads and cakes and to enjoy them the inner courtyards of the Matsu Sho An.

This place charming abode offers tranquility and peace and fits comfortably for 2 to 4 people.

Date of stay: September 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Nov 15, 2019
Dear Cruiser,
Thank you for your review about your stay at Matsu Sho An. I do apologise for the late response but there seemed to be a technical problem earlier on as I was not able to get my review reply through to you. We are pleased to know that you appreciated the restoration of the traditional machiya and happy with all the amenities which we provide in the house. It is also good to know that you had time to walk around our charming neighbourhood. There are indeed so many interesting shops and restaurants surrounding us.

Please do come back to stay with us again in the near future. You were wonderful guests!

Best regards,
Stella T
Matsu Sho Ab
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
trashling...
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A beautiful gem in Kyoto”
Reviewed September 5, 2019 for a stay in April 2019

Matsu Sho An is a beautifully renovated traditional house in Kyoto. While the owners went out of their way to restore it to its beautiful original condition it also has all the modern conveniences. We especially loved the charming courtyard gardens and the luxurious onsen bath. It is also perfectly located near the Imperial Palace, just off a street with wonderful traditional shops and eateries. It truly was the highlight of our Kyoto experience.

Date of stay: April 2019
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 7, 2019
Dear Trashling64,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay in Matsu Sho An during the recent Sakura season. We are so pleased to know that you were happy with the house, the courtyard gardens and the hot bath (ofuro). Thanks for the lovely compliment about the restoration of the house.
It is good to hear that you also found our location convenient and had time to browse the shops and cafes surrounding us.
We hope to welcome you and your family back to stay with us in the near future.
Best regards,
Stella T,
Matsu Sho An
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fearless1...
1 review
“The perfect way to experience Kyoto!”
Reviewed September 3, 2019 for a stay in November 2018

I spent 10 days at Matsu Sho An. It felt like a journey in time and away from everything, a retreat and an adventure. Way more interesting and authentic than staying at a luxurious hotel. I value independence and quiet times... so it was a better option than a busy Ryokan. Matsu Sho An is in a perfect location to experience Kyoto by bicycle. And then the kind assistance from Stella and Roxanna to set up an access to a gym or other amenities you may need. Both made sure that convenience was always accessible.

Date of stay: November 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 5, 2019
Dear Mr Fearless,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay in Matsu Sho An during the Autumn weeks of last year. It is really nice to hear that you had a pleasant 10 days' stay with us. We are pleased that the gym arrangements worked out for you too.
It was good that you found your way around Kyoto on our house bicycle! That's the best way to know the city.
Autumn is really lovely in Kyoto and we are so happy to know you had time to enjoy the house.
Thank you for your compliments about our service to you. We always try our best to make our guests feel at home.
We hope you will come back to stay at Matsu Sho An in the near future.
Till then, best wishes,
Stella T
Matsu Sho An
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sidneyway...
Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect place to get the real Kyoto experience in luxury!”
Reviewed September 1, 2019 for a stay in April 2019
1
person found this review helpful

The historical machiya was located in the very upmarket district next to the Imperial Palace and just off a beautiful street filled with exquisite cafes and boutiques. This allows it to be very private with very few people waling last the house.
The wooden machiya house itself was renovated to suit our present living needs but still preserves the historical aspect with all the tatami mat rooms. The bathrooms were all fitted with the best modern fixtures but still offered a typical Japanese tub with a great view of the gardens within. I have stayed in many historical ryokans and machiyas and most of them still have the older bathrooms which doesn't serve you well in his day and age.
My time in the late afternoon was spent just looking at the beautiful gardens within the house and having a nice cup of Japanese tea with a book.
This was a memorable 14 day trip during sakura season in this beautiful machiya.

Date of stay: April 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 2, 2019
Dear Mr Sidneywayan,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at Matsu Sho An. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the experience of staying in a machiya. As you would have found out, the house is quite perfect for even a solo guest like yourself. We are also pleased that you found our location convenient.
Your stay during the Sakura season was also a bonus for you and we are happy to know that you enjoyed looking out into the gardens during your two-week stay.Waking up to the pink blooms of the weeping cherry blossom tree must have been delightful.
We would like to thank you for being a wonderful guest; you kept the house so neat and clean!
We look forward to having you stay with us again when you next visit Kyoto. Hopefully, your family can join you next time. Our housekeeper Roxana sends her best wishes to you too.
Best regards,
Stella T
Matsu Sho An
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700weny
San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Perfect Stay - Amazing!”
Reviewed May 26, 2018 for a stay in March 2018
1
person found this review helpful

My mother and I decided to celebrate both of our birthdays with a 2 week trip to Osaka and Kyoto. We were to spend a few nights in the St. Regis in Osaka but wanted to spend the rest of the trip staying in a nice vacation rental so we can truly experience what is like 'living' in Kyoto instead of just another hotel stay. Matsu Sho An was the perfect choice and we booked for 7 nights! The owner Stella was super responsive and answered all my questions weeks prior to arriving Japan. She helped me book restaurants, recommended places to visit and her responses were always thorough with a lot of useful information.

We arrived Matsu Sho An with a warm welcome from Roxanna (housekeeper) who showed us the place and answered all of our questions. The house was beautiful just as described on their official website - it maintained the traditional look and feel but was remodeled with the highest quality materials throughout with modern touch to it. So you can enjoy the traditional vibe but no need to worry about not having modern bathrooms (super nice with rain shower in both bathrooms) or kitchen (wifi throughout as well).

The gorgeous Tatami throughout the house is heated, the bathroom downstairs is super spacious with Japanese hot tub (natural spring water- heated!!) and each room has its own heating/air conditioning unit so you are kept warm or cool depending on the time you visit. There are 2 very elegant Japanese gardens that added even more beauty to the house. My mother stayed downstairs so she can enjoy her favorite hot tub every evening after a long day of touring and I had my very spacious room upstairs (own bathroom next to the room and a 3rd bedroom that we never used) - the house was quiet, zero noises, we had peaceful sleep every night.

Location is perfect - you are in a prestigious neighborhood with antique shops, high end chocolate store (literally next door), small grocery with around the corner and an awesome bakery/breakfast restaurant a few feet away (we ate breakfast there every morning). Not to mention you are also close to a tone of shops and restaurants within walking distance AND literally 2 blocks away from the Imperial Palace where my mom and I were so lucky to enjoy the early season of Cherry Blossom! You are 10 min taxi away from the most popular sightseeing places (if you are lazy like us, it's about $10-15 each way) and train stations are all within walking distance. On a few rainy days, my mom and I just took a 5 min taxi ride to the malls nearby and picked up bento boxes/snacks/beers and sat on the tatami with tables set up just enjoying the garden in the house and chatting away.

Stella provided us high end towels, futons/dawn comforters (super comfy and warm!), shampoo, soap, hair dryers, yummy teas and snacks - you feel like you are in the Ritz Carlton but the entire house is yours!

Finally, a big shout out to Roxana who took care of us throughout the stay. Super responsive to all of our questions, booked/canceled restaurants for us, and even offered to take my mother to the local medical center when my mother was under the weather for a few days.

We loved every minute of it and were sad to leave. The entire stay was enjoyable, memorable and the best 70 b-day gift that I could have every given to my mother (and myself!). We are coming back again in 2019 - already booked!

Date of stay: March 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
May 27, 2018
Dear Ms Wen,
Thank you so very much for the glowing review of Matsu Sho An. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful stay and really happy that you and your mother found the machiya so special.

We take pride in providing our guests with excellent service. Thank you for your lovely compliments about Roxana.

We look forward to welcoming you back to stay next year. Till then, our very best wishes to you!

Best regards,
Stella T,
Matsu Sho An
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tansky
Los Angeles
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Time Travel in Kyoto”
Reviewed April 7, 2018 for a stay in April 2018
2
people found this review helpful

I had the pleasure of staying a couple nights in this lovingly restored wooden machiya house now known as Matsu Sho An, first constructed in the Edo period. The neighborhood is quiet and charming, near many small shops selling tea, ceramics and antiques. Our first night, we ate at a famous izakaya just steps from the house. My family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 13,13,14) slept comfortably in spacious rooms on futons on tatami mats. Modern amenities were easy to use. Spring time nights were still cool so the floor heating was just right. The house is decorated in a minimalist style with many originally painted screen doors, pillows, lamps and furniture. The owners took care to preserve many features of the house to appreciate the techniques and technologies of the day. Matsu Sho An has several beautiful garden spaces, but the most beautiful ones are at the back of the house - one central space with weeping cherry blossom in full bloom, and another next to the gorgeous architectural bathroom, alive with bamboo and maple. The house is very calm and zen-like, a perfect way to soothe your soul after sightseeing and eating. I suppose the most human touch of the house was Rox, the Italian housekeeper who fell in love with Japanese culture and in particular, Kyoto style. We were fortunate she had time to also act as a guide during our stay in Kyoto. The sakura were in full bloom and she took us to all the most beautiful areas to see them. I would highly recommend a stay at Matsu Shop An if you want to experience living in Kyoto a hundred years ago.

Date of stay: April 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Apr 8, 2018
Dear Mr Tansky,
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Matsu Sho An. We were very pleased to have welcomed your family to stay with us. We take so much pride in the faithful restoration of the house and are therefore very happy to hear that you appreciated it so much.

Thank you too for your compliments about Roxana’s service and assistance to you during your stay.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to stay with us, perhaps next time in the Autumn season.

Thank you and best regards,

Stella T,
Matsu Sho An
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dale04
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautifully restored Japanese home.”
Reviewed December 13, 2017 for a stay in October 2017
1
person found this review helpful

If you want to immerse yourself in the history of Japan and experience traditional architecture - stay here. I love the way it has been restored. The modern amenities blend perfectly with the traditional. Do not bring young kids here unless you know they won't break the shoji screens and doors.
The lady that greets you is so friendly and helpful. It was such a lovely experience and I am so happy that I found this place.

Date of stay: October 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Dec 20, 2017
Dear Dale,

Thank you for your wonderful review about your stay in Matsu Sho An. We are so pleased to hear that you appreciated the restoration of this old historical machiya. We will let Roxana know that her service to you was also appreciated and thank you for the compliment too.

We look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us in the very near future. Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Stella T
Matsu Sho An
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