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Ancient Machiyas- The Revival Story

Traditional houses or Machiyas as more commonly known in japan are two-story houses which served as both residence and place of commerce for merchants and craftsmen. The symbolic architecture that defines the traditional townscape of Kyoto, the Machiya originated as early as 794 AD during the Heian period, evolving over time and history to reflect the lifestyles, generations, and culture of Kyoto. Having kept its traditional townscape, Kyoto's machiya continue to captivate people's hearts today.

We would love to have you stay with us!

At Traditional House Kyoto, we are striving to preserve the beautiful history of machiya that has been passed on from antiquity, while providing a way for people to enjoy the experience of staying in a traditional building.

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Our Machiyas(Guesthouses)

Both newly renovated and well designed

Tou In Gen Ei

Inspired by the classic book In Praise of Shadows, this house plays with the filtered light of shojis. This very old house has been renovated by a highly skilled carpenter and also has a unique indoor zen style garden as well as typical Japanese features and washi paper.


Beautifully renovated with authentic wooden and antique features and modern comfort. This 70-year house is for 4 guests maximum. It has floor heating downstairs and heaters each room.

Convenient Location

Tou In Gen Ei

Very conveniently located at 10mn from Omiya station going Arashiyama station and a few minutes from Mibu Dera temple. Very quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, with plenty of local shops and restaurants. Experience the local life style and sleep soundly.


Yadoya Mibu Hankou is in the heart of historical Kyoto samurai district. Buses connecting to Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport depart Shijo Omiya Station, a 6-minute walk from the property. Samurai Kembu Kyoto is 2.2 km from Yadoya Mibu Hakuou, while Imperial Palace is 2.9 km away.

Memorable Experiences Awaits

Here's why ;)

Crafted with love

The Owners Rouviere and Isabelle have spent great time and love to craft their Machiya infusing ancient Machiya Philosophies.

Stylish in the design. Traditional feel with modern ammenities. Equipped with air-con and heating.

The Guesthouses were designed for Rouviere and Isabelle to live in.. quite literally.

Strong Internet Connection

Strong and stable WIFI connection throughout the Guesthouse. Allows you to plan your day and upload your memories

Connect with your love ones

conduct business across the globe

or simply watch a movie ;)


We welcome everyone from across the globe
Speak with us in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese

Did you know? Rouviere is a language teacher? Take a sneak peek here.

and Isabelle does executive coaching around the world? .

Great Support

Although we are just 2 people, we treat your experience with us with great importance

We take pride in making your moments in the guesthouse Magical

24 Reviews from Airbnb

Accuracy 5/5 Stars

Communication 5/5 Stars

Cleanliness 5/5 Stars

Location 5/5 Stars

Check In 5/5 Stars

Value 5/5 Stars

updated as of 17 Jan 2017

We humbly and gratefully accept SUPERHOST recognition from Airbnb and 5-Star rating from our esteemed guests

2016 / 2017

We will strive to give our best for you

Here's what our guests have to say!

Our Journey into Kyoto

Hello everbody,

We are a French couple, who live between Singapore and Kyoto. We embark on the adventure of renovating this machi-ya in 2014 because we love Kyoto and the machiyas. We would like to share our passion with our guests and make you love Kyoto too.

We really want you to have a comfortable stay. We also were tourists staying in machiya so we renovated this one so that you are not cold in winter and not too hot in summer, have modern facilities, close to 24-h supermarkets and eateries but also a real kitchen if you want to cook properly. We are friendly and will be staying in Kyoto in our own machiya (you are welcome to visit) only 10mn walk away in case you have an issue - we will there in no time. We hope to see you in Kyoto.

Falling in love all over again in Kyoto,

Rouviere and Isabelle

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Let us know your requirements:
Date of visit, number of people, care for children and elderly, long term stay, other concerns and more
Speak with us in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese ;)

Contact Info

  • Tou In Gen Ei
    Address: 46-6 Mibu Takahi-cho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8824

    Address: 13-25 Mibu Naginomiya-cho Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8821

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  • Phone: +65 92701645 or +65 98377520