An Authentic Kyo-Machiya Townhouse Experience In The Heart Of Kyoto

BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan
BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • TownHouse
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from ¥ 50,500 nt
Preserving Culture Through Committed Craftsmanship

The origin of this vacation home rental in Kyoto is an incarnation of a pipe dream we all risk having: A group of friends found themselves discussing their experiences of Japa,n the way fervent enthusiasts of Japan do. Cultural and culinary addresses were exchanged of course, and on that fateful day, nondescript hotel stays were specifically lamented, leading to a discussion of buying a home together that can be shared with like-minded friends. 

The discussion soon centered on Kyoto, as all agreed that it is the city that epitomizes Japanese culture, cuisine, and architectural environment in perfect harmony, with an ideal pace of life thrown in. And the lamentation leaned towards the dwindling number of Kyo-Machiyas, those beautiful wooden townhouses that represent all we long to know about traditional Japanese city living. Since 2010, the number of Kyo-Machiyas have been whittled from 50,000 to 8000, all in the name of progress, practicality, and the ever-dreaded foe of heritage architecture: parking lots. 

And so it was clear: Kyoto was the chosen city, and the preservation of Kyo-Machiyas would be the architectural endeavor. The friends acquired two Kyo-Machiyas, each over a century old, and committed to engaging Kyotorian artisans with the necessary traditional know-how for the restoration, to offer a home that is made in Kyoto, by Kyoto craftsmen, for the world.

What we love? The anecdote of the artisan who took to the task of reinforcing a structural pillar by grafting on new piece of wood, painstakingly carving the grain patterns of the older wood into the new before oiling and staining it to ensure a seamless blend. What we love most? You won’t be able to see this masterpiece, because the pillar was always meant to be hidden in the walls. 

This is the beauty of BenTen East: heartfelt details, a commitment to authenticity, and attention we can feel.

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Description

Over a century old and located in one of the most historic parts of the old capital, this vacation home rental in Kyoto is one of the first in a conservation effort by the owners to preserve the heritage and design of traditional architecture and housing.  

Owned by a group of friends passionate about Japanese culture, craftsmanship and tradition, the two-storey townhouse was meticulously restored entirely by hand by skilled artisans. Constructed of interlocking wooden beams (no screws were used), the original timber structure and parts of the original clay walls remain but have been enhanced with contemporary finishing and fittings, injecting modern design and engineering elements.  

The ground floor is designed to be the key communal area for guests and features a living area that looks out on a small interior garden, a tatami room that can be prepared as a bedroom for two, and a fully equipped kitchenette. 

The upper floor features a Western-style master bedroom with attached dressing room, a second tatami room, and guest bathroom. 

The stairway landing was cleverly designed as a separate space for reading and quiet reflection. 

Long the heart of tradition and culture in Japan, this faithfully restored Machiya in Kyoto plays a part in creating history for future generations.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Your rental includes an eConcierge team that has crafted customized itineraries for guests which includes recommendations on aspects of airport transfers, ground transportation, activities and sightseeing, as well as dining. The eConcierge team also assists in making reservations when requested by the guest with fees paid by the guest directly to the shops and restaurants. 

Daily housekeeping included. Wifi, climate control, floor heating, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities. Children’s high chair and strollers on request, combination safe provided.

AROUND

Rich with history and considered the center of traditional Japanese culture, Kyoto is over a thousand years old and is one of the most well-preserved examples of ancient Japan. A stunningly beautiful city, it’s also surrounded by lush highlands and forests. 

One of eleven municipalities, Higashiyama is located in the eastern region across the Kamo River and is home to some of the city’s most famous and scenic areas. Strict development regulations have preserved the neighborhood’s historic character where you’ll be transported back in time. The district’s many temples, shrines, and UNESCO world heritage sites are all within walking distance including: Kenninji Temple, Kyomizu Temple, Hokan-ji Temple known as Yasaka Pagoda, Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple, and countless other historical sites. 

The neighboring Geisha district of Gion features one of the most historical streets in the country (Hanamikoji-dori) and the Gosho-Higashi neighborhood around the Imperial Palace is surrounded by the largest green spaces in the city, making it an ideal base for walking and exploring the parks along the Kamo River. 

LOCATION

Kyoto, Japan. Nearest Airport: Kansai International Airport (100km or 90 mn. drive) 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Kyoto is fascinating year round but try and catch the dazzling Fall colors and the Spring blooms. 

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  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals
  • BenTen East, Kyoto, Japan | vacation home rentals

BenTen East

from ¥50,500/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms3 Bedrooms (2 Tatami rooms and 1 Bedroom)
Bed Type2 Double Beds, 2 Tatami rooms
KitchenFully equipped kitchen
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms (1 Full, 1 Shower room)
Accommodate6 Guests
InternetWi-Fi
Pet friendlyNo
RatesRates start at ¥50,500 per night. See rates table
Minimum Stay1 Night
ViewCity views
Notes

Check in: After 3pm 

Check out: 11am

Guest shall compensate owners for any damage to the property or fittings caused intentionally or through negligence on the part of the Guest. Owners shall inform the guest of the purchase price of the damaged item and compute the damages the Guest is liable for.

In the event of a cancellation in whole or in part, the Guest shall pay cancellation charges as laid out below plus any fees levied by the payment provider.


Cancellation charges policy: 

In the event of a cancellation made on the same day that accommodation commences, or in the event of no-show: 100% will be charged

For cancellations received 1 - 7 days before the start date of accommodation agreement: 80% will be charged

For cancellations received 8 to 14 days before the start date of accommodation agreement: 50% will be charged

For cancellations received 15 to 30 days before the start date of accommodation agreement: 20% will be charged

For cancellations received more than 30 days before the start date of accommodation agreement: no charge

In the event a guest does not arrive by 9 p.m. of the start date of accommodation agreement, or 2 hours after the expected time of arrival, whichever is later, unless notified, owners may regard the Accommodation Agreement as being cancelled by the Guest.

Rate Table

Seasonal Dates 4 Guests Price per additional guest (up to 6 guests)
Basic Rate ¥50,500 ¥59,250
Fall colors peak: Nov 10 - Nov 20 ¥58,000 ¥10,600
Year end: Nov 21- Dec 20 ¥55,500 ¥10,200
High season: Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2018 ¥62,900 ¥11,500
Basic Rate 2019  ¥54,260 ¥9,920
Japanese New Year: Jan 1 - Jan 3, 2019 ¥67,600 ¥12,400
Chinese New Year: Feb 2 - 8 ¥62,300 ¥11,400
Sakura Season: Mar 20 - Apr 10 ¥67,600 ¥12,400
Golden Week: April 29 - May 6 ¥62,300 ¥11,400
Gion Matsuri: Jul 12 - Jul 21 ¥62,300 ¥11,400
Year end: Nov 1- 9 ¥59,600 ¥10,900
Fall colors peak: Nov 10 - 20 ¥62,300 ¥11,400
Year end: Nov 21 - Dec 20 ¥59,600 ¥10,900
Year end high season: Dec 20 - Dec 31 ¥67,600 ¥12,400
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