Monday, February 22, 2010
i am looking in to places to stay in kyoto whilst in japan next month.
we were super lucky last time and stayed in my friend akiko's wonderful old wooden house
in the mountains near the path of philosophy. beautiful:)
this time i hope to rent an apartment of our own for the short time we will be there.
iori machiya stay i have mentioned before, but it is sadly outside the range i would like to pay for accommodation. (i am yet to properly grow up in that respect:)
and the cheap machiya guest houses i posted seem great, but i am looking for a private place. so...
monthly kyoto is a key site for this kind of search.
one room apartments in modern blocks for about $30AUD a night for the whole apartment
(that is $15 each! small places, and they add a surcharge for each person, but man,
that's cheap private accommodation when you compare what a dorm bed in a hostel costs).
shortest stay is 7 days. then goes up in weekly/monthly increments.
but what i have my keenest eye on are the machiya they list.
here are some photos to show what they offer.
you can rent these machiya for around $90AUD and up per night -for the whole house.
i think having your very own machiya to call home whilst staying in kyoto
beats a hotel, guesthouse, even a ryokan any day...
but then, i am super biased, loving machiya so.
as time passes i realise more and more how lucky i was to live in a machiya when i lived in kyoto.
this site may be of help to anyone planning a stay in kyoto sometime?
it's in japanese, so you might need a japanese speaker to help navigate it.
sakura house does similar apartment rent facilitation in tokyo (but has more guest houses)
this site lists some private machiya for rent in english