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“Matsu Sho An, a 120-year old traditional timber...”
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The bamboo and zen rock garden leading to a fully furnished full facilities kitchen
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The bamboo and zen rock garden leading to a fully furnished full facilities kitchen
Matsu Sho An - gateway to a tranquil beauty of a timeless age Unique bathroom set in the middle of the Spring and Autumn Gardens
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The bamboo and zen rock garden leading to a fully furnished full facilities kitchen
Matsu Sho An - gateway to a tranquil beauty of a timeless age
Unique bathroom set in the middle of the Spring and Autumn Gardens
550 year old timber counter top and handcrafted granite basin
Our ofuro (Japanese bath) with natural spring water!
Sip tea and view the ume (plum) and sakura (cherry) trees in our tranquil Spring Garden
Sit on traditional zabuton beautifully hand stitched by Kyoto craftsmen
The original tokonoma in the Ume Room restored to new
Sho chiku bai, the 3 Friends of Winter is encapsulated in the tokonoma
Peaceful setting of the Spring Garden
The tranquil Spring Garden in the soft evening light
The serene Spring Garden in dappled light at the end of an autumn's day
Ume room with a view towards the Spring Garden and the open plan bathroom
Machiya faithfully restored, with modern conveniences and amenities
Tranquil setting for quiet contemplation
The spacious Matsu Room with traditional Kyoto handmade futon and down quilts
The original tokonoma at the Matsu (Pine) Room on the 2nd Floor restored to new
Verandah on the 2nd floor Matsu Room overlooking the peaceful Spring Garden
The 130 year old original tokonoma and cabinet faithfully restored
Hand painted fusuma screens
Ante room to the Matsu Room can be opened up to create a much larger room
The Take (Bamboo) Room is spacious enough for 2 persons
Original karakami woodblock and hand painted art by traditional craftsmen on the washi fusuma doors
wabi sabi hand crafted granite basin in 100 year old timber counter top
Special Gold tiles reflecting the aura of a bygone age
Spring water directly from the kitchen well
Have tea overlooking our 4 gardens
Authentic 100 year old Japanese lamps throughout the house!
The cherry blossom tree next to the authentic stone lantern that is more than 200 years old!
Cherry and plum blossoms from our garden!
autumn leaves and flowers from our garden!
Plum Blossoms in our Spring Garden. They start to bloom from February to March!
Cherry blossom season at Matsu Sho An from late March to early April every year!
The cherry blossoms in the Spring Garden. Come see our very own cherry blossoms in our garden!
The cherry blossoms in our garden in its colourful splendour
Cherry blossoms in the Spring Garden. Such a romantic sight in our garden!
The gardens are filled with flowers that bloom throughout the year!
The Autumn Garden in autumn splendour with our very own maple tree
Maple tree in the Autumn Garden. Autumn is one of the most romantic times to visit Matsu Sho An!
The plums from the garden are used for making umeshu (plum wine) every year!
When winter falls. The serenity of the Villa in Winter
The traditional nanten at the entrance of the house to protect the occupants from bad luck!
New Nanten flowers to greet the coming of spring!
New Nanten flowers to greet the coming of spring!
The tranquil sounds of summer breezes echo throughout the house
Even the rain chain plays an important part in the aesthetics of the Villa
Fresh flowers for our guests!
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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Rayson S
Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews
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“Matsu Sho An, a 120-year old traditional timber house that beckons us back to Kyoto whenever we speak of Japan.”
Reviewed 19 February 2016 for a stay in November 2015
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Staying in this beautifully restored traditional Japanese timber house was special and memorable for our family of 4. No modern chairs and tables, only the traditional cushions on tatami floor and sleeping on futon. A real taste of Japanese living. Japanese paper on the partitioned doors reminded us of the Samurai movies that we've watched. The Japanese bath (ofuro) provided us much relaxation after a long day of walking and sight-seeing. Located near a subway makes it a convenient place to stay.

A must stay if you're visiting Kyoto and looking for a totally Japanese living experience.

Date of stay: November 2015
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Liked best: The experience of living in a traditional Japanese house.
Liked least: The ofuro was so good that we wished there were 2 in the house :)
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
21 Feb 2016
Dear Mr Rayson,

Thank you for taking time to review Matsu Sho An and we are very pleased that you and your family found your stay memorable. We are glad that you found the traditional elements of the villa special and that you had time to relax in our Ofuro. It is our wish that all our guests can experience the old world charm of a traditional Japanese wooden house yet be pampered with luxurious modern conveniences during their visit in beautiful Kyoto. We are also pleased to hear that you found our location convenient.

We look forward to welcoming your family back to Matsu Sho An in the near future and thank you again for your great review.

Best regards,
Stella T, Matsu Sho An
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FarAway41...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2020 for a stay in December 2019
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Date of stay: December 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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masaru ts...
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 for a stay in April 2018
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Date of stay: April 2018
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
13 May 2018
Dear Mr Tsuru,

Thank you so much for your recent review about your stay in Matsu Sho An. We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay in in our machiya while you were in Kyoto. It was a pleasure for us to have you as our guest.

We thank you for your kind compliments and your excellent review.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best wishes,
Stella T,
Matsu Sho An
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