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“Enjoying Kyoto's lifestyle in a lovely Machiya”
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Stylish and innovative Machiya Townhouse lcoated in the central Kyoto near Kawaramachi and Gion Entrance
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The exterior of Shikokuan Machiya Residence Inn
Stylish and innovative Machiya Townhouse lcoated in the central Kyoto near Kawaramachi and Gion
Entrance
Corridor
Living room, Tatami Bedroom and Garden
Kitchen
Western Twin Bedroom
Lounge room / Tatami Bedroom
Bathroom
\'Hiniki buro\' or Japanese cypress bath tub
Japanese 'tsuboniwa' garden at night
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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Isabelle...
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
1 review
“Enjoying Kyoto's lifestyle in a lovely Machiya”
Reviewed 14 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012

We had a wonderful time in Kyoto and we enjoyed very much staying at the Machiya. It is a pretty house, well-furnished and clean. The size is just perfect for a couple with a kid. The master bedroom is very comfortable (large space, connected with a salon, good quality of sleeping) But for 4 adults it's rather small, especially the lower bedroom. The location is ideal, close to Gion area but in a remote quiet street. We could relax well and experiment Kyoto's lifestyle day and night. We strongly recommend this Machiya.

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Liked best: The atmosphere of the Machiya, very pretty and comfortable. We can feel to be like at home.
Liked least: The size of the 2nd room for one couple is quite small but overall we managed with it.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
13 May 2012
Thank you for choosing to stay at Shikokuan. I’m delighted to hear that you were able to take advantage of its convenient location and see the many faces of Kyoto. I just wanted to mention that when 4 adults stay, two people stay in the two western style beds and one person sleeps on the futon in the Japanese tatami room upstairs, and one person sleep downstairs on a futon that can be arranged in the downstairs Japanese bedroom. I really hope that you will come visit Kyoto and Shikokuan sometime soon. All the best.
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tinytrev
Sydney
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Quality machiya in an excellent location”
Reviewed 2 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012

This was our third Machiya holiday in Kyoto, but our first at Shikokuan. The property is in an excellent location - about 5 minutes walk through quiet back streets to the area around Kawaraimachi station, and just round the corner from the nearest bus stop (on Kawaramachi-dori).

Like most other machiya, this is a small (by western standards) property, but there was still plenty of room for our family of three (two adults, one six year old boy). The property is laid out with the main bedroom upstairs, this has two western-style single beds. Alongside this is a TV room/ sitting room with two western armchairs. Downstairs is a Japanese style room with a very small kitchen facility alongside, separated by sliding doors. Next to this is the another bedroom with a toilet off it, there is also a bathroom and another toilet on this level.

The stairs between the two levels are very steep - this is not unusual in this sort of property, but anyone with any mobility restrictions would probably find it difficult to get up and down them.

The property has obviously been sympathetically renovated very recently and everything is in very good condition. A laptop and free wifi are provided, we found this very useful. The property was also cleaned every three days during our stay (included in the rate), again this was a great help.

There are lots of places to eat well within a ten minute walk of here. We only used the kitchen to cook in a couple of times, the facilities are fairly cramped but we managed OK.

We had a JR pass so went to Kyoto station from here on several occasions by bus. That journey took about ten minutes, and the buses came along about every five minutes or so during the day. Kiyomizudera temple is about a twenty-thirty minute walk away.

Having spent a lot of time in Kyoto, we didn't make many demands on the staff as were able to make our own plans for what to do. However Hiro the manager spoke perfect English and was very friendly, I am sure he would be only too happy to help if you needed advice of any sort!

Overall this is a quality machiya in an excellent location. We would be happy to stay here again.

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Liked best: The location - very central
Liked least: Steep stairs
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
1 May 2012
Thank you for your kind and thorough comments. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and made the most of your time here. As you mentioned, the location and cleanliness are, among other things, some of the highlights of this machiya. Japanese houses are renowned for being smaller than western ones, but because of this there are many creative aspects in the design of the house to make the most of the limited space. That’s one of the great things about staying at a Machiya- you can learn about Japanese architecture and design. I look forward to your next visit and hope to see you again in the near future! All the best.
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Hong Kong
Reviewed 13 February 2012 for a stay in January 2012

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A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
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Management Response
13 Feb 2012
Thank you for your comments! It was a pleasure accommodating you and helping you find your way around Kyoto. There really are a lot of great restaurants and sightseeing areas in this ancient city. We hope you will return in the very near future and will stay at Shikokuan again. We look forwarding to the day when we can see you. Warm regards.
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Vic45
Toronto Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 2 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011

This is beautiful townhouse in exelent location with very nice and stylish interiors, spaceous and comfortable.
May be stair to the second floor is not for everyone (too steep), but it was OK for us and we enjoy our stay in this place overall.
It was by far the best accomodation on our 3 weeks trip around Japan.
Would definetly come back.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Bathroom and bedroom being on different floors
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Dec 2011
Thank you for your feedback. I’m elated to hear that our machiya was your favorite accommodation during your stay in Japan. As for the stairs, they are indeed steep, but they are also one of the charms of the house. When we renovated it, we wanted to ensure that the traditional elements would remain as is. Of course, we put our guest’s safety first and that is why we have a handrail installed. Again, thank you for staying here and we look forward to your next visit and hope you will stay here again. All the best.
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Melbourne
Reviewed 30 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011

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Travelling group: Family with teenagers
Your age range 55-64
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Management Response
30 Sep 2011
Thank you for your feedback. The nearby canal and river are two of my favorite places in the city so I’m glad you were able to take in their beauty and tranquility. I hope that you will have an opportunity to visit Kyoto and stay here again. Warm regards.
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