Machiya Kyoto : Best Traditional Style Hotels in Kyoto
Where to Stay in Kyoto: Best Machiya Hotels in Kyoto!
Machiya (町家) is a traditional wooden townhouse in Kyoto (sometimes called Kyomachiya) and many of them has been surviving over 100 years. Many Kyoto residents still live in Machiya houses but some of them are transformed to restaurants, shops and hotels nowadays. As many tourists enjoy historical and traditional sides of Kyoto, Machiya style accommodation has been hugely popular among both Japanese and foreign visitors.
I have picked 9 Machiya hotels in various price ranges from budget to luxury, so if you are planning your visit to Kyoto, I highly recommend you to stay at one of them at least for one night!
-Budget (~10,000 yen)
Oki’s Inn (ゲストハウス 沖のまちやど) is a budget-friendly, 100 year-old building guesthouse offering both dormitory and private rooms at very affordable rate. It’s located in a heart of Kyoto City and very close to Gion area.
Rate per room: 2,500 yen~ (dorm)/ 7,000 yen~ (room)
Cinq Petite Chambre
Renovated from an over 120 year-old Machiya house, Cinq Petite Chambre (京都町家旅館 Cinq) is a traditional yet very chic accommodation, which offers beds, not futons. A French style cafe is located on the ground floor, serving light meal and drinks. It’s located only 5 mins walk from the nearest station, and walking distance to Gion area.
Rate per room: 10,000 yen~
Kyoto Machiya Sanjojuku
An amazing accommodation of an over 130 year-old townhouse! Kyoto Machiya Sanjojuku (京都の町家宿 三条宿) is an authentic Japanese style inn, located very closed to the famous Nijo Castle. Their rustic interior is just like from Meiji era, which makes guests feel like being a time traveller.
Rate per room: 10,000 yen~
-Mid Range (10,000~20,000 yen)
Oyado Nunoya (小宿 布屋) is one of the most exclusive places to stay in Kyoto. The 120 year-old townhouse inn is a true hidden gem which only has two guest rooms. Offering traditional tatami rooms and Japanese style breakfast. 8 mins walk to Nijo Castle.
Rate: 8,000 yen per person (breakfast included)
Website: http://www.nunoya.net/ (Japanese)
Kyoto Machiya SHOUAN
Kyoto Machiya Shouan (京都の町家宿 松庵) offers traditional Japanese rooms featuring historic interiors and the gorgeous Japanese garden which can be also enjoyed from some of guest rooms. Only 8 mins walk to Nijo Castle and 11 mins walk to the nearest station.
Rate per room: 13,000 yen~
Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji
Located right in front of Nishihongan-ji Temple, Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji (京町家旅館さくら本願寺) offers various types of guest rooms including Western style bed rooms. It’s located only 15 mins walk from Kyoto Station. The hotel can also organise tours and activities for guests.
Rate per room: 14,000 yen~
-Luxury (20,000 yen~)
Kyoto Machiya Stay Gekkoan
Amazing deal for renting a whole Machiya house! Gekkoan (京の宿 月光庵) is a beautiful Japanese style vacation house with two guest rooms which can fit up to 4 guests. It’s perfect place for family or group travellers. It’s located in a heart of the city and easy to access to many tourist sites.
Rate: 30,000 yen~
Naokonoza Bettei Kyoto Station
The Machiya in the best location in Kyoto! Nao Konoza (nao炬乃座) offers rental vacation Machiya houses in several locations in Kyoto, and one of them Bettei Kyoto Station is only 300 m away from JR Kyoto Station. The 2-story Machiya house has a beautiful and traditional interior including Japanese garden and bath. The whole house can accommodate up to 6 guests.
Rate per room: 40,000 yen~
Iori Machiya Stay Minoya-cho
Iori Machiya Stay (庵町家ステイ) offers accommodations in various locations in Kyoto and my top pick would be the one in Minoya-cho. It’s a rental vacation Machiya house located by the Kamo river and guests can enjoy the gorgeous river view the house. The house can accommodate up to 8 guests. Great access to tourist attractions and Gion area is within walking distance.
Rate per room: 50,000 yen~
How did you like my list?? Machiya style accommodation is surely the best sleep option in Kyoto 😉 If you are travelling with a group,consider renting a whole Machiya house to save money and have a great experience at the same time! For more information about Kyoto, please check my related articles below!