Fushizome-an | 朱雀ふしぞめ庵

Fushizome-an | 朱雀ふしぞめ庵

66-16 Mibubojo-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-8804

Machiya House

This traditional Japanese house is located in the central part of Kyoto, close to many of the city's most popular sight seeing attractions. Come and stay at this exquisitely restored, traditional Japanese townhouse and be transported back in time.







What makes this particular machiya stand out is the layout and architecture, which reveals its history through design. Once a local merchant’s house, this machiya has now transformed into an accommodation for guests to be transported back into time, and experience first hand everything this property has to offer.

Although minimalistic at first glance, the further you delve into the house, the richer the history, and more serene the space becomes.



This kyo-machiya house once acted as a store and home. The 1st floor of Fushizome-an is divided into three rooms, which are lined in a row, and lined with earthen floors. Slide open the doors to first reveal the “misenoma” (an area that was used for business transactions), followed by the “nakanoma,” and “okunoma”. The further the room is from the entrance, the more private it becomes.

The small streets of this quaint neighborhood will allow you to feel as though you have travelled back in time, and introduce you to a uniquely Kyoto experience.



As you approach the entrance, you will be greeted by an impressive lattice bay window that has been accentuated by the “irimoya” (入母屋) roof. A traditional roof where all 4 sides slope down, and a gable is included in the center — this style is often seen used on many temples & shrines.


Earthen walls line the external hallway – faithfully recreating a characteristic unique to traditional machiya houses. The entry way opens up into what was once a “misenoma,” where merchants would engage in trade and commerce. Now, it has been transformed into an elegant space for guests to relax. From here, you will find a fully equipped modern kitchen to its right.

The floors have been updated to include a heating system to keep you warm during the colder months.

Dining Room/Kitchen:

The “okudosan” (a charcoal or wood fueled stove) has been restored with red bricks, while polished artificial marble line the sink to evoke images of what this machiya house had looked like in the past. The high ceiling (hibukuro) acted as a chimney, and together with the “okudosan” was considered a sacred area of the house. Now, this hibukuro serves as a skylight to provide plenty of natural light throughout the house.

Living Room:

The “okunoma,” or living room area, includes a TV, table, chairs and an inviting sofa that looks out into the garden. Furthest away from the entrance is where you will find a “tsuboniwa” (garden). The tranquility offered by this space will allow you to relax after a day of exploring the city.


In the back is a fully equipped bathroom with a sink, toilet, washer, dryer, and bathtub that overlooks the quaint tsuboniwa garden.

Western-style Room

The high ceiling showcases the large & sturdy beam that has held up the house for years. The wooden floors have been lacquered using the “fuku-uruhi” method, where lacquer is rubbed on to the wood, and excess urushi, or lacquer, is wiped off (fuku). A process that is painstakingly repeated a number of times to enhance the natural wood grains stand out. Even in this small area, the traditional techniques of Japanese architecture that date back to ancient times are on full display.

2 Western-style twin beds can be found in this room. To create a larger space, simply open the door to reveal the adjacent Japanese room.

Japanese-Style Room

When more than 2 guests stay at this machiya house, 2 traditional, Japanese-style futon bedding will be set in this tatami-lined room. A closet is also available in this area for you to store your travel bags, clothing, and other belongings.


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine
  • Washing detergent
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 1
  • Bathroom (Separate shower & bathtub)
  • 2 Twin beds & 2 Futon mattress
  • Cookware
  • Plates, Cups & Cutlery
  • Kitchen cloth & Sponge
  • Kitchen Detergent


  • 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

This machiya house is located a 6 minute walk from the Shijo-Omiya Station and Hankyu-Omiya Station, both which provide easy access to and from Kyoto Station.

A slightly lesser known train line housed within the Shijo-Omiya building is the “Randen”. This nostalgic street car that will take you directly to the Arashiyama area (where you can visit Tenryu-ji Temple & the famous bamboo forest), while stopping at several World Heritage Sites along the way.



From Kyoto Station to Fushizome-an by Subway
-Approximately 15 minutes by Train:

  1. Take the subway to Shijo Station
  2. Get off at Karasuma Station & transfer to the Hankyu LINE
  3. Get off at Omiya Station
  4. Walk to Fushizome-an (Approximately 5 minutes by foot)
From Kyoto Station to Fushizome-an by Taxi
– Approximately 10 minutes by Taxi

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


66-16 Mibubojo-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 〒604-8804
Address (in Japanese)
〒604-8804 京都府京都市中京区壬生坊城町66-16
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 9pm.

We invite you to utilize the traditional daidokoro kitchen space — an open plan space that will allow family and friends to cook & eat together. Stop by the local supermarket, a few minutes walk away, to pick up locally grown produce to create your very own Kyoto-inspired meal.

Or stroll through the neighborhood to enjoy one of the many restaurants frequented by Kyoto residents. There is a shountengai (shopping arcade — a long street lined with restaurants and shops) a 7 minute walk away. You’ll be able to truly experience a different side of Kyoto, and immerse yourself in the local life.

Local Info


Right around the corner of the machiya, this casual Italian restaurant does not only prepare delicious pizzas by Neapolitan standards, their animal latte art also attracts a lot of customers.

② Kiitos

The owner of this bakery has lived in Finnland for a long time and mastered the technique of baking traditional Finnish bread. We recommend trying their highly popular Rye bread.

③ Ratna Café

If you are looking for some classic Indian dishes, then this is the place to go. They offer reasonable lunch sets and their curry come in various spice levels.

④ The door

Located in a traditional Japanese townhouse, you can enjoy various cocktails and whisky in this relaxing bar. Vegetables sticks with homemade drips, paella or the shrimp pasta go well with their drinks.

⑤ Rinkou
This small restaurant offers “omakase” (chef’s selection) courses only. They put importance on using fresh fish and seasonal, local ingredients. A reservation is recommended.

We highly recommend trying the “Yoshiharu Tonkotsu ramen” – their most popular noodle soup.

⑦ Freso
This 24h supermarket is a 5 minutes’ walk from the house.


Per night Per guest
From 24,000 yen per night From 12,000 yen per guest
From 27,000 yen per night From 9,000 yen per guest
From 30,000 yen per night From 7,500 yen per guest

This machiya house can accommodate up to 4 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.