Machiya Mei


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Immerse yourself in the charm and culture of Kyoto with a stay at Machiya Mei, a beautifully restored traditional machiya house infused with modern amenities. Located in the heart of Kyoto, this exquisite property is just a 17-minute walk from Kyoto Station, with the convenience of a 10-minute journey by bus or subway, placing the best of the city right at your doorstep.

Machiya Mei is more than just a vacation rental; it’s a bridge between Kyoto’s rich past and its vibrant present. Whether you’re exploring the city’s ancient temples, wandering through bustling markets, or simply soaking in the local culture, Machiya Mei provides a perfect, centrally-located sanctuary to come home to.


Just a 17-minute walk from Machiya Mei, Kyoto Station stands as a gateway to the myriad wonders of Kyoto and beyond. Its proximity to this major transportation hub offers unparalleled ease for guests looking to explore the surrounding prefectures. From this central location, you have swift access to the wider Kansai region, allowing for effortless day trips to the bustling streets of Osaka, the historic temples of Nara, the scenic beauty of Shiga, or the cultural richness of Hyogo. The convenience of Kyoto Station means that the diverse experiences of western Japan are just a train ride away, making Machiya Mei an ideal base for both local exploration and regional adventures.

A short 5-minute stroll southwest from Machiya Mei takes you to the historic Nishi Hongan-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect. Renowned for its exquisite architecture and peaceful atmosphere, this temple offers a journey through Japan’s spiritual heritage. Its beautifully detailed woodwork, gilded interiors, and serene gardens encapsulate the essence of Kyoto’s Buddhist culture, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to delve into the city’s rich history.

A mere 5-minute walk southeast from Machiya Mei brings you to Higashi Hongan-ji, the esteemed sister temple of Nishi Hongan-ji. This temple, rich in history and spiritual significance, offers visitors a glimpse into Kyoto’s heritage through its striking architecture and peaceful surroundings. A visit to Higashi Hongan-ji provides a serene and reflective experience, enhancing your exploration of Kyoto’s profound religious and cultural legacy.

Just beyond Higashi Hongan-ji and a leisurely 15-minute walk from Machiya Mei, you’ll find Shoseien Garden, a hidden gem often overlooked by tourists. This historical garden, an annex of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. With its picturesque ponds, traditional tea houses, and beautifully landscaped paths, Shoseien offers a serene escape from the urban hustle. The garden’s blend of natural beauty and quiet elegance makes it a perfect spot for relaxation and contemplation, adding another layer of peaceful exploration to your Kyoto experience.

A mere 13-minute stroll from Machiya Mei, positioned just north of Shoseien Garden, is Walden Woods Kyoto. This café, drawing inspiration from Thoreau’s “Walden,” offers a sanctuary of peace and simplicity. Its minimalist and nature-infused design creates an inviting atmosphere for guests seeking quietude. Ideal for savoring organic coffee or tea, Walden Woods Kyoto is a perfect spot to unwind and reflect, providing a tranquil escape from the city’s rhythm, right in the heart of Kyoto.


As you step into Machiya Mei, the traditional Japanese entryway warmly greets you, offering a distinct sense of arrival. Straight ahead lies the kitchen and dining room, a harmonious blend of functionality and elegance, perfect for enjoying home-cooked meals or morning coffee. To the left, you’ll discover the front room, thoughtfully furnished with a desk and a Japanese-style low table complete with Japanese floor cushions called zabuton, creating a serene space for work or relaxation.

Venture past the dining area, and you’ll find yourself in the inviting living room. Here, a comfortable sofa bed and a state-of-the-art 4K Smart TV await, offering an ideal spot to unwind and catch up on your favorite shows. This room also boasts a view of the traditional Japanese-style garden, providing a tranquil backdrop for your relaxation.

The first floor also features a convenient restroom and washroom, complete with a combination washer/dryer, ensuring all your laundry needs are effortlessly met.

Ascending the stairs from the dining room, the central sitting room unfolds as a cozy retreat with its plush sofa. Flanking this welcoming space are two distinct bedrooms. The front bedroom offers the luxury of a spacious queen-sized bed, ensuring restful nights. On the opposite side, experience traditional Japanese living with a bedroom adorned with tatami-mat flooring, offering two futons for a flexible and authentic sleeping arrangement. The second floor also houses its own restroom, equipped with an additional shower, adding to the convenience and privacy of your stay.

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House Features


Nestled in the heart of Kyoto, Machiya Mei offers unparalleled access to the city’s vibrant culture. Just a 17-minute stroll or 10 minutes by subway from Kyoto Station, allowing guests to easily explore the wider region, this location is unbeatable. Immerse yourself in history with a 5-minute walk to both the Nishi Hongan-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji temples, making it a perfect spot for both convenience and cultural exploration.


Machiya Mei seamlessly blends contemporary comfort with the charm of traditional Kyoto architecture. Recently renovated, the property pays homage to the classic Kyoto Machiya style, with an emphasis on natural materials and elegant simplicity. This blend of modern and traditional design creates a serene and inviting atmosphere, perfect for experiencing the essence of Kyoto living.


Discover a slice of nature’s tranquility with Machiya Mei’s exquisite traditional tsuboniwa garden. This compact, yet beautifully arranged garden, visible from the living room, encapsulates the essence of Japanese aesthetic. It’s a charming space for guests to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of miniature landscapes and seasonal changes, providing a unique and intimate connection with nature right at your doorstep.


Comfort is paramount at Machiya Mei. The master bedroom boasts a luxurious queen-size bed, offering a peaceful retreat. Additional sleeping options include traditional futons on tatami mats and a comfortable sofa bed, ensuring a restful experience for all guests. Each element is designed to provide maximum comfort and a restorative stay.

Access Information

From Kansai International Airport

Approximately 1 hour and 18 minutes.
The easiest way to get to Kyoto Station from the airport is the JR Haruka Limited Express Haruka Line. Kyoto Station is the fourth stop.

From Kyoto Station to Machiya Mei

From Kyoto Station, take the Karasuma Subway Line north to Gojo Station (1st stop; 1 min). Exit the station from Exit 8. From there it is a 10-minute walk west to the house.

Machiya Mei is a 17-minute walk north-northwest of Kyoto Station.

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