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Natsu is the epitome of Kyoto style. With sleek wooden finishes, brave color choices that pay off, and a sense of effortless cool, the home’s artful renovation was performed by a celebrated local architectural and design firm, and its design stays true to the classic styles of the city in a way that embraces contemporary culture. 

This fully renovated Kyo-machiya (traditional Kyoto townhouse) is located in a quiet residential neighborhood just a 15-minute walk north of Kyoto Station, and just 3 minutes east of Gojo Station.

The house’s rich dark wooden tones, textured finishes, and bright pops of color blend classic Japanese architecture with modern touches, like tatami mat flooring in the bedrooms, which also boast western style beds. 

This traditional Japanese home is the perfect retreat with its open kitchen, generous dining space, and spacious lounge. Located in the center of the city, just a stone’s throw from the Kamo River, and with its accessible transport options, this house is the ideal spot for the ambitious traveler looking to pack a lot in during their stay. Style, location, space, and culture, Natsu has it all. 

While it’s an excellent short term stay accommodation, Natsu’s flexible layout, excellently sized kitchen, and sense of livability that combines style and homely comfort make Natsu a great longer-term rental option as well. Guests love turning this place into their own little home away from home, and you can too! Shiki offers discount plans for monthly and long-term rentals.


Natsu is situated a few minutes walk from one of Kyoto’s most gourmet dining areas, but is well-hidden off the main streets allowing guests to both enjoy the city but still escape from it. A short, less than 10-minute stroll east will lead you to the Kamo River, this river is a centerpiece of Kyoto life and is lined with excellent dining and drinking establishments; it’s also the perfect spot for a scenic walk through the city. 

Looking a little broader, Natsu sits within cycling distance of many of the city’s major landmarks. You can reach Kiyomizu-dera in about 15 minutes by rental cycle, while Yasaka Shrine will take about 20 minutes via the Kamo River. Sitting just south of the house is another locally loved landmark, not so well known by tourists –  the Shosei-en Garden, situated to the east of Higashi Honganji Temple. Here sits a wonderful strolling garden that’s home to a collection of cherry blossom trees that are spectacular in spring.


Stylish dark wood finishes and cool grey shades dominate this home with their warm and cozy feel, while the red shoji-style sliding doors give the home a sense of personality and uniqueness. Couples, a small group of close friends, and small families will all enjoy everything Natsu has to offer. With two bedrooms, one with a double bed and another with two singles, the house’s layout, and sleeping arrangements can be flexible. Positioned close to Kyoto Station, this home is a dream for those wanting to explore both Kyoto and the neighboring prefectures.  

The layout of the house flows effortlessly. From the entrance, guests enter the main living room space. In the living room sits a generous L-shaped sofa, a large TV, and a Bluetooth stereo, perfect for relaxing and entertaining. The dining space leads in from the living room, with a fully equipped kitchen and large wooden dining table; it’s great for whipping up a Japanese feast on a night in. The bathrooms back onto the living-dining space and also come with full laundry facilities, which are free for guests to use. 

The second floor is where the sleeping quarters are located. The two spacious tatami mat bedrooms feature soft, comfortable western-style bedding for a good night’s sleep. There’s also space between the bedrooms that has the flexibility to become a communal space, or potentially an impromptu yoga space for those looking to unwind a little. Natsu also has all the additional everyday amenities including complete laundry facilities, including ironing equipment, making it a true home away from home.


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House Features


Renovated by a well-known local architect, Natsu blends classic Japanese design with modern amenities. Featuring red shoji doors and eye-catching wallpaper, Natsu’s interior is on the funkier end of the spectrum, making it stand out from other machiya.


Natsu is only a short walk from Pontocho Street and the Kamo River, two of the most vibrant places in Kyoto, making it a great base of operations for your trip to Kyoto. For everything else, Natsu is only a few minutes from Gojo Station giving you access to the subway and about 15 minutes from Kyoto Station giving you access to the rest of the city as well as surrounding prefectures like Osaka, Nara, Shiga, and Hyogo.

Modern Kitchen

Natsu’s kitchen is fully equipped to handle all of your needs. Whether it’s whipping up a quick breakfast before heading out for a day of sightseeing or booking a personal chef to come and prepare a Japanese-style meal, you’ll find everything you need.


Tucked away off of the main streets and the sounds of the city, Natsu offers quiet comfort not often available in the city. The comfortable beds and sofa allow you to make Natsu into your own home away from home.

Access Information

From Kansai International Airport

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

From Kyoto Station to Natsu

Take the Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Gojo Station (1st stop; 2 mins). From there it is 5 mins walk to the property.


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157 Kamiebisuchō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 〒600-8242 | 075-708-8030
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