224-1 Higashimachi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0041 Japan

Machiya House

A machiya house decorated with custom-made furniture & designed to make the most of the spacious 80㎡ area it occupies. "Geppaku-an" will offer an experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else.







Cherry blossom trees, surrounding the Kyoto Incline, bloom during the spring to create a pink tunnel around a former train line.

Fireflies light up the “Philosopher’s Walk” during the summer evenings, while Eikando Temple is shrouded with colorful fall foliage during autumn.

In the winter months, a sense of serenity at the Silver Pavilion is conveyed with the calm, crisp air.

These are just a few of the countless mesmerizing landscapes that can be viewed during the four seasons in the areas surrounding Geppaku-an.



“Geppaku” 月白  — translates to mean “color of moonlight.”

“Geppaku-an” is hidden large sliding doors that open to unveil the spacious 80㎡ area of the machiya.

These doors are designed with a pattern, which conjures up images of the moonlight shining through the evening clouds– a design reminiscent of the machiya’s name, “Geppaku-an”.



The inside of the entranceway features a ceiling with decorative crosspieces and a sloping ceiling under the roof. Direct sunlight pours into the window from the south. From here, you can admire the view of the antique wooden door and white plaster walls.

Japanese Living Room (1F)

The living room is the room located farthest from the road. The windows facing the interior garden have “yukimi shouji,” or traditional paper screens that are attached to the top half of the windows, leaving the bottom half of the windows uncovered to offer an unobstructed view of the garden.

★ 3 x futon bedding can be set here

Japanese-style Room (1F)

This room reflects how the surrounding area of the machiya is dotted with temples, but also features Western inspired styles such as the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.

★ 1 x futon bedding can be set here


The interior garden is an important area of the Kyoto machiya, where wind and light penetrate a small, confined space. The lush green garden can be seen through the window below the paper screen. At night, the garden can be lit up to offer a different kind of enchanting view.


Enjoy a luxurious bath that will make you forget about the stresses of everyday life. A modern bathroom waits for you to soak in a warm bath and soothe your body from the day’s travels, and offers you a space to gaze into the beautiful interior garden. The washroom adjacent features an antique framed mirror hanging above the sink.

★ 1 x bathtub/shower

★ 1 x toilet on the 1F


The kitchen is decorated with antique fixtures and furnishings. The look and design of the antique fixtures integrated within the Japanese ambience permeates the house.

2nd Floor

Western-style Bedroom

The custom made sliding doors open to unveil the bedroom. The high ceiling extends to the roof giving the room a more open and spacious feel. The history of the house is evidenced by the alcove and the area surrounding, both of which have been there since the house was first built.

★ 2 x twin sized-beds on the 2F


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner (each room)
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 1
  • Bathroom x 1 (Separate shower & bathtub)
  • Twin-sized beds x 2 & Futon mattress x 4
  • Cookware / Diningware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 6 guests)
  • 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 traditional Kyoto house is located to the north of Gion, and to the east of the main shopping & dining area. It is the perfect place for guest who are looking to truly immerse themselves in the local lifestyle, and escape from the busy city life.

With several subway stations nearby, you’ll be able to explore every corner of Kyoto city with ease. Head “Higashiyama” Station, a short 10 minute walk, to visit many sightseeing areas to the West of Geppaku-an.
Or take the Kyoto City bus, using the one-day pass, to travel up and down the city — you can visit the famous bamboo forest of Arashiyama, or the always popular red “torii” gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine.



From Kyoto Station to Geppaku-an by Subway
-Approximately 21 minutes by Subway:

  1. Take the Kyoto Subway (Karasuma Line)
  2. Transfer at “Karasuma-Oike” Station to the Tozai Line
  3. Get off at “Higashiyama” Station (Exit 1)
  4. Walk to Geppaku-an (Approximately 7 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Geppaku-an by Taxi
– Approximately 15 minutes

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


224-1 Higashimachi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0041 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-0041 京都府京都市東山区東町224-1
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.

Although Geppaku-an is located on the main street of Sanjo-dori, this kyo-machiya house is surrounded by a calm and peaceful atmosphere. To the East is a small river, and lush green trees that surround the “Nanzenji Incline”. Walk a little North of your machiya house to visit Heian Jingu Shrine — a large shrine complex that is famous for its cherry blossom trees & autumn festival, “Jidai Matsuri”.

“Furukawa-cho Shoutengai”

A long shopping arcade that is a few minutes walk away from “Geppaku-an”. You’ll find local shops and markets, along with cafes & restaurants serving local dishes along the entire length of the street.  

Local Info

1.Hyotei (restaurant)

This Michelin three-star restaurant was originally a tea house for travellers and was established over 300 years ago. From the appetizers to the dessert and matcha green tea, dinner comprises 12 separate dishes. Keep in mind that Hyotei is closed the second and fourth Tuesday of the month – a reservation is also required.


2.Koji-ya (tea house)

This well-established, traditional tea house is famous for their Amazake (sweet sake). You can enjoy this delicious specialty in a traditional back room that overlooks a beautiful Japanese garden.


3.Kyonaya (restaurant)

Having a classical Japanese house as the setting, this restaurant is specialized in udon noodles. The noodles are served with an assortment of highly-selected seasonal vegetables or fish tempura. It is closed on Monday.

4.Kiraku (restaurant)

Located just a few seconds from Geppaku-an, you can enjoy delicious Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) at this small restaurant. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is known for their friendliness.   


5.Club Coffee Takagiya (cafe)

Run by an elderly couple, this tiny coffee shop serves excellent drip coffee and delicious breakfast.


6.BamBoo (restaurant/Izakaya)

This Izakaya (Japanese style pub) offers various meals that go well with Japanese sake. We recommend telling the chef your budget and he will prepare various dishes of his choice. The atmosphere is very lively and casual.


Per night

Per guest
2 guests From 30,000 yen per night From 15,000 per guest
3 guests From 34,000 yen per night From 11,333 per guest
4 guests From 38,000 yen per night From 9,500 per guest
5 guests From 42,000 yen per night From 8,400 per guest
6 guests From 46,000 yen per night From 7,667 per guest

This machiya house can accommodate up to 6 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.