Ayaginu | 綵(あやぎぬ)

Ayaginu | 綵(あやぎぬ)

260-2 Higashichō Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto 600-8224

Machiya House

Incorporating the vibrant colors and exquisite textures of textiles throughout this traditional house, this private retreat will impress with its understated elegance.







Orimono, 織物

Orimono refers to textiles or woven fabrics— a word often used when describing kimono wear and obi belts. Requiring the skills and techniques of a team of craftsmen, and made on large traditional looms, this craft of textile arts has had a long held history in Kyoto.

Kyoto boasts a textile district, known as Nishijin, where the intricately designed obi sashes, and kimono fabrics are hand-woven with incredible detail. Ayaginu machiya house celebrates the history and craft of the orimono by incorporating these designs within its light fixtures, zabuton cushions, and more.




The design of Ayaginu machiya house will reveal the care and attention to detail that was made when designing this traditional house.

Delicate paper lanterns illuminate the tatami-lined rooms,  kimono fabric line the inside of a lighting fixture above the stairs, and bright greenery that change color with every season within the tsubinowa garden.



The 1st Floor features a wooden awning and degoushi (lattice wooden windows and doors), which conjure up an undeniably Kyoto-esque image. Look up towards the top floor to see sudare bamboo blinds covering the windows.


A kitchen, with all kitchen essentials, is tucked away beneath the stairs. Feel free to make light meals and relax with your group during your stay. In addition to kitchen appliances & cookware, there are enough cutlery, dining ware, cups for 8 guests.


The entrance way has been designed so that you may enter the Japanese-style room to your left or enter into the main living area. A delicate kiku flower-shaped light fixture provides a warm glow as you enter within the house.

Living Room:

Relax as your view the tsuboniwa garden — the yukimi shoji doors (paper doors that slide up) allow you to view the changing seasons all year around. This room also highlights the exposed wooden beams and high ceilings.

On the wall is artwork, which features the finest obi material made by 「KYOTO LEATHER」and brilliant gold leafing often used in the process of hikibaku (引箔) — incorporating gold within orimono textile. 

Dining Room:

The living room ceiling uses wooden beams that have held up the house from when it was first built, in addition to newer beams — the contrast in tones bring about a warmth to the atmosphere.

A large wooden dining table with 6 chairs is available, along with a sofa that uses the same material used for kimono obi belts. The light fixture above the dining room table incorporates Japanese washi paper and bamboo reeds. 


The windows and doors of this room are covered by shoji paper (delicately thin paper), which allow for plenty of natural light to brighten up the room. 

When more that 5 guests stay at this house, 3 futon bedding will be set in this tatami-lined room. 

Western-style Room:

A simple light stand and lighting that illuminates the ceiling brighten up this bedroom. The bed frame is made from the Japanese tamo wood (often only used by Japanese royalty and shogun generals in the past).

2 Western-style beds are available in this room.

Japanese-Style Room:

With traditional paper lanterns, and ceiling fixtures, a soft light illuminates the room. This Japanese room utilizes wash paper, contrasting wood ceiling panels, and a rich red-brown color that brings warmth.

When more than 2 guests stay in this house, up to 3 futon bedding will be set in this room.


A relaxing bath and shower unit can be found on the 1st floor. Unwind after a long day of sightseeing as you look out into the garden.

★Bathroom/Shower (1F)

★ Separate Toilet Space (1F & 2F)


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine
  • Washing detergent
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner (each room)
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Cookware / Dining ware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 8 guests)
  • Kitchen cloth & sponge
  • Kitchen detergent
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 2
  • Bathroom x 1 (1st Floor shower/ bathtub)
  • 2 Twin-size Bed & 6 Futon mattress
  • Floor Heating (1st Floor Dining Room & Kitchen area)


  • Green Tea Leaves, Black Tea Bags & Coffee
  • Bath towel & Face towel
  • Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Cotton set
  • Hand soap

*No pajamas/yukata will be provided. Please bring your own sleepwear for a pleasant night’s sleep

Room Layout

Within walking distance of Kyoto Station, this ideally located traditional machiya house will become your private home away from home.

Each room of Ayaginu has been meticulously designed — from the lighting fixtures, textures of the walls, to the wall art, and more. You will be able to truly appreciate the architecture and craftsmanship of this historical house during your stay in Kyoto.



From Kyoto Station to Ayaginu on Foot
-Approximately 8 minutes on foot:

  1. Exit Kyoto Station; Central Exit (中央出口)
  2. Walk to Ayaginu (Approximately 8 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Ayaginu by Taxi
Approximately 4 minutes (Taxi fare is approximately 600 yen)

*You can get to Kyoto station from Kansai International Airport by JR Express HARUKA line (approximately 80 minutes by train)


260-2 Higashichō Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto 600-8224
Address (in Japanese)
〒600-8224 京都府京都市下京区東町260-2
Phone (Domestic)
050 3786 2009 (10:00am-19:00pm)
Phone (International)
+81 50 3786 2009 (10:00am-19:00pm)
Operating hours
Check in: 15:00-20:00
Check out: -10:00
Guest service time: 10:00-19:00
Please inform us in advance if you are due to arrive after 8pm.

Walk to Shosei-en Garden in the afternoon, and marvel at the beauty that is the UNESCO World Heritage site Nishihongan-ji Temple.  In the evening, have a relaxing dinner at a traditional Japanese Kaiseki restaurant.

For longer stays in Kyoto, we recommend heading south of Kyoto Station to Uji City, or traveling north towards Kurama to explore the mountain side. Because of its close location to Kyoto Station, you’ll be able to explore every inch of this unique country.

Local Info

① 味処てらさき Ajidokoro Terasaki

This restaurant takes pride in serving fresh fish and colorful Kyoto vegetables. We highly recommend their sashimi platter (starting from 2500 yen), or their omakase course (おまかせ懐石料理), a menu hand-selected by the chef (from 8,500 yen). Each dish is prepared to enhance the natural flavor of each ingredient, and garnished with beautifully arranged flowers or other seasonal ingredients. Their mackerel sushi (Sabasushi) for take out is also a great option for when you want to relax at your machiya house, in addition to their excellent tempura, grilled meat, and other traditional cuisine.

② 坂安 Sakayasu 

Located near Nishi Honganji Temple is a Kyoto traditional restaurant sure to please everyone. Using only the best seasonal ingredients, this charming and elegant kaiseki restaurant features high-quality food. With a course menu that showcases the inventiveness of the chef, each dish is more impressive than the last. As weekends can get busy, we recommend making a reservation.


This shop-turned-cafe began as a souvenir shop offering otabe (a soft, mochi-like confectionery that is representative of Kyoto), yatsuhashi (cinnamon-flavored sweet senbei cracker) and tsukemono (pickled vegetables). In 2002, a cafe and dining area was added so customers could taste unique Japanese dishes with a modern twist. How about trying their 3500 yen course with traditional Kyoto dishes such as yuba (a variation of tofu, and made when producing soy milk), yuba & radish salad, kaarage fried chicken, and more? Closed on Mondays.

 すし岩  Sushi Iwa

Taking inspiration from nature and its seasons, the menu varies from month to month, depending on the available seasonal ingredients. Courses start from 8000 yen and start with an appetizer such as Kabura mushi (Japanese appetizer with tofu, turnip and mushrooms), followed by sashimi, soup, sushi and a dessert. This restaurant is known to have been a favorite of the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc.

⑤ こりょうり たか屋  Koryori Takaya

Popular amongst locals, dinner courses at this restaurant start from 4500 yen to 6500 yen and the menu changes on a monthly basis. The lunch set contains 8 small dishes, with each course incorporating Kyoto vegetables, and seasonal ingredients. This restaurant also has a variety of nihonshu (Japanese rice sake 日本酒)– not only excellent with each dish, but is sure to delight those interested in sampling Japanese sake & alcohol. Only 9 counter seating available; Closed on Sundays.

⑥ Rauk

Open from 07:00am and just a 3 minutes walk from your house, this small bakery is the perfect place to grab a satisfying breakfast. The owner, who has won several awards abroad, offers a rich line-up of bread at this cute little bakery/cafe. They have a wide range of tasty looking bread -from German, Italian to French style. Their bagels come in 9 different flavors, and also offer a variety of sandwiches (different fillings are available depending on the season.). Closed on Thursdays.

⑦ Good Time Coffee

As the name of this cafe suggests, this establishment (located within a renovated machiya house) serves excellent coffee and is an ideal space for you to relax. They also offer sandwiches, desserts, and home-made cookies — all available for dining in or for take out. Open between 11:00am ~20:00pm ; closed on Wednesdays.

*Information last updated on December 31st, 2016


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This machiya house can accommodate up to 8 guests.

Rates will vary depending on season, date, and number of guests.

(Children who do not require bedding will not be included within the total number of guests.)
*Certain restrictions will apply. Please ask our staff members for more details.