Choya Gosho-Minami | 長や御所南

Choya Gosho-Minami | 長や御所南

627-12 Sugiya-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-0822 Japan

"Choya Gosho-Minami"
Machiya House

Kyoto’s Old Imperial Palace (御所 Gosho) – a place that has stood the test of time, this was the home to many of Japan’s emperors. In this neighborhood that has witnessed countless historical events, you will find a spacious Kyo-machiya.







“Choya Gosho-Minami” is located near Kyoto’s city center, surrounded by the busy and exciting city life.

However, with one step into the alleyway where this machiya house is located, you’ll find yourself a world away from the hustle & bustle of Kyoto’s city life. Found in a tranquil little neighborhood– spend a peaceful & relaxing time tucked away in this traditional machiya house.



The beginning of the Meiji Period ushered in not only an influx of western influences, but represented the cultural exchange of Japanese & Western ideas. Gosho-Minami is a neighborhood home to many historical Japanese architecture, and traditional architecture with western influences — a feature that is reflected in the kyo-machiya, “Choya Gosho-Minami”.



A unique feature of this traditional Japanese garden is the “kikuzumi” (菊炭)– Oak charcoal resembling chrysanthemum flowers often used in tea ceremonies. The “kikuzumi” used within the garden catches tiny water droplets, which is then carried into the “tsuboniwa” garden to water the greenery. The variety of trees, plants, and flowers incorporated into the garden provides a different scenery with each change in season.

Dining Room

A large wooden table that can seat up to 8 guests — perfect for when you are looking to relax & come together as you reminisce about your days travels and explorations.

Living Room

The soft hue of the earthen wall is finished with a textured-plaster design. When you look up at the open ceiling (which has purposely been designed to show off the wooden beams of the house), you will be able to appreciate the design and architecture of this traditional machiya house.


A fully functional kitchen can be found on the 1st floor. Feel free to use the kitchen to make light meals when you want to spend a relaxing morning or evening at your machiya house.


Glazed ceramic tiles, reminiscent of traditional pottery, adorn the walls of the washroom, which brings a modern feel to this Japanese-style room. A large mirror and 2 washbasins offer ample space for even large groups as you prepare for your day’s travels or wind down after a day of exploration.

A spacious bath/shower area separated by glass, open up the window looking out into the garden – you’ll be able to continue to appreciate the beauty that Kyoto has to offer.


Japanese-Style Bedroom

In the 2nd floor Japanese room, you’ll find yourself surrounded by delicate Japanese “washi” paper—the room is reminiscent of a quiet and tranquil getaway nestled far away from the busy city life.

Western-Style Bedroom

The large wooden beam found in the 2nd floor western style room is a beautiful traditional feature that many machiya houses posses.

Other Essentials

  1. Each room of “Choya Gosho-Minami” has an air conditioning unit that will provide warmth in the colder months, and keep the Machiya cool during the hotter months.
  2. In addition, the 1st floor has a floor-heating unit installed to help combat the cold during the brisk autumn & winter months.


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine
  • Washing detergent
  • Fridge & freezer
  • Air conditioner
  • Induction cooking heater
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 2
  • Bathroom (Separate shower & bathtub)
  • Twin-sized bed x 2 & Futon mattress x 6
  • Cookware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 8 guests)
  • Kitchen cloth & sponge
  • Kitchen detergent
  • Floor Heating (1st Floor)
  • Large Dining Table (seat up to 8 guests)


  • 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

Kyoto’s Imperial Palace is home to the city’s rich cultural history and exquisite traditional crafts that has been preserved & maintained since the Heian Period (794-1185).

This is where Aristocrats served under the imperial palace, and Samurai warriors lived to protect the imperial family. Beloved & respected by the most powerful were the furniture makers & carpenters who hold a long held history in Japan.

A neighborhood steeped in history –make your time in Kyoto even more unforgettable by staying in “Choya Gosho-Minami” machiya house.



From Kyoto Station to Choya Gosho-Minami by Bus
-Approximately 13 minutes by Bus:

  1. Take “Kyoto Bus” No. 17
  2. Get off at “Kyoto Shiyakushomae” Bus stop
  3. Walk to Choya Gosho-Minami (Approximately 8 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Choya Gosho-Minami by Subway
-Approximately 10 minutes by Subway:

  1. Take the Kyoto Subway (Karasuma Line)
  2. Get off at “Karasuma Oike” station (Exit 1)
  3. Walk to Choya Gosho-Minami (Approximately 6 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Choya Gosho-Minami by Taxi
– Approximately 13 minutes (about 3.3 kilometers)

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


627-12 Sugiyachō Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto 604-0822
Address (in Japanese)
〒604-0822 京都市中京区杉屋町627番12
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.

A machiya house that is situated to the West of the Kamogawa River, South of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, East of Nijo Castle, and North of the main city center. Supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants are all within walking distance, as are Kyoto’s most popular sightseeing attractions.

Despite being centrally located within Kyoto City, Choya Gosho-Minami is nestled within a narrow alleyway, which will provide you with a relaxing and tranquil home during your stay.


Local Info

1. Hahu Goshominami
Famous for their Wagyu steaks, they have both course and a la carte menu items available. The takeout Beef-Katsu Sandwich is definitely worth the trip

2. Cafe Bibliotic Hello!
A relaxed cafe and bakery with sofa seats to help you unwind. Lunch is from 11:30 am to 3pm.

3. Menya Takakura Nijo
Only 5 minutes walk from Karasuma-Oike Station, there is regularly a line waiting to be seated at this popular noodle shop. Regular customers recommend the “Tsukemen” for 780yen.

4. Kushikura Main Branch
Using chosen fresh ingredients, this restaurant makes use of Sumibi-yaki, or charcoal grilling, to cook meals. You can choose from a variety of grilled skewers.

5. Saryo Suisen
A stylish cafe bringing together traditional Japanese style and modern style. Perfect for a sweet break during your sightseeing.

6. Kyoto Japanese Sake Bar
A counter bar featuring hand selected Japanese sake.


Per Night Per Guest
2 guests From 33,000 yen per night From 16,500 yen per guest
3 guests From 36,000 yen per night From 12,000 yen per guest
4 guests From 39,000 yen per night From 9,750 yen per guest
5 guests From 42,000 yen per night From 8,400 yen per guest
6 guests From 45,000 yen per night From 7,500 yen per guest
7 guests From 48,000 yen per night From 6,857 yen per guest
8 guests From 51,000 yen per night From 6,375 yen per guest

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.