382-12 Motomachi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0089

Machiya House

Located near “Gion Higashi,” one of Kyoto's five “flower” districts (花街), you'll be surrounded by a neighborhood where geiko and maiko live to learn their performance.







Hatoba-an is located on Furumonzen Dori (古門前通), a street that opened in 1603 and leads towards Chion-in, the head temple of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect of Buddhism).

This area is a mecca for those who are interested in visiting some of the world’s leading antique shops. You will be able to discover rare finds including Buddhist artwork, tea ceremony utensils, along with antique ceramic dishes, traditional furniture, and more. Hatoba-an will offer you a great opportunity to experience the traditional atmosphere of Kyoto.



The space that this traditional machiya house provides is perfect for larger groups of family and friends – not only is there plenty of space for all guests to relax comfortably, but its impressive high ceilings and open space floor plans creates a bright atmosphere. For smaller groups, Hatoba-an will transform into a spacious & luxurious holiday retreat for you in Kyoto.



A machiya house that is easily recognizable with its 1st floor lattice doors & windows and “ichimonji-gawara” roof tiling (where the tiles resemble the kanji character “一”). On the 2nd floor, a “mushikomado” window (a style known for resembling an inset cage) provides another unique machiya feature.

Japanese Room (Entrance)

To the right of the entrance is an open-spaced tatami-lined room. The latticework, which cover the windows, allow for plenty of natural light to permeate the area creating a warm & inviting space. When more than 5 guests stay at this house, 1 additional futon bedding will be set here.

Living Room

Relax in this Japanese-style room that overlooks the traditional garden. Enjoy the changes of the seasons, where different characteristics of the scenery can be seen during the night and day.

The table found in this room is made from the solid timber of a Japanese Zelkova tree (ケヤキ). It has been carefully and painstakingly varnished using a technique that requires the repetition of painting and wiping the varnish coating numerous times. Gather around this table as you enjoy a meal or reminisce about your day’s travels & enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as you make yourself at home.


The kitchen features a “Hibukuro,” or high ceiling that once served as a chimney. Now, rays of light penetrate the skylight windows to stir the imagination and evoke images of the traditions of times gone by. You will also find an antique cupboard and restored Japanese-style chest that contains traditional plates and utensils, including Japanese teacups, an iron teapot, and rice bowls are available.


This property features a “hinoki” wood-lined bathroom that faces out towards the lush, and beautiful greenery of the courtyard garden. The “hinoki” wood has a long history within Japanese history – often used when building temples & palaces. Its produces a slight lemon scent, with properties to help you relax and de-stress as your enjoy a bath after a day of exploring Kyoto.

The toilet can be found in a separate area on the 1st floor.

“Tsuboniwa” Garden

From both the Japanese-style room and bathroom, you can gaze out into the traditional Japanese garden, which contains “Mokkoku” trees (木斛), mountain maple leaves (山紅葉), and “sugi-koke” moss (杉苔). “Mokkoku” trees, beloved by many Japanese since the Edo Period, blooms small, delicate flowers in the spring. The corner of the garden contains “kikuzumi,” (菊墨) a unique charcoal that features cuts resembling a chrysanthemum (Kiku), which illustrates the beauty of traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

2nd Floor

Western-Style Room:

The bedroom is a serene space, where East meets West, and the balance between tradition and modernity is achieved. An old-fashioned wooden beam that stretches across the high ceilings, which has supported the house from when it was first built, can be appreciated in this space. This bedroom has 2 western-style single beds.

Japanese-style Bedroom

Adjacent to the Western-style bedroom is a room with floors have been laid with traditional tatami mats. The earthen-plastered walls convey warmth, while the ceiling and furniture fittings are reflect a traditional wickerwork pattern known as “ajiro” (網代). When 5 guests stay at this machiya, 3 futons will be set in this room.



  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine
  • Washing detergent
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner (each room)
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 1 (1st Floor x 1)
  • Bathroom (Separate shower & bathtub)
  • 2 Twin beds & 4 Futon mattress
  • 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

One step inside of Hatoban-an, and you will immediately be greeted with a sense of history. With exposed wooden beams, details of traditional Japanese elements, use of natural wood, and more, you will truly be able to appreciate the beauty of the machiya architecture.

Exploring Kyoto is just as convenient, because of its close proximity to the Keihan Subway line, and the Sanjo Bus Terminal. Grab the one day Kyoto City Bus pass, and you’ll be able to explore all of Kyoto — everywhere from its most popular sightseeing attractions to hidden gems throughout the city.



From Kyoto Station to Hatoba-an by Subway
-Approximately 18 minutes

  1. Take the Subway Karasuma Line
  2. Get off at “Karasuma Oike” Station
  3. Transfer to the Subway Tozai Line
  4. Get off at “Sanjo Keihan” Station (Exit 2)
  5. Walk to Hatoba-an (Approximately 1 minute on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Hatoba-an by Taxi
Approximately 13 minutes (about 4.2 kilometers)

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


382-12 Motomachi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0089
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-0089 京都市東山区元町382-12
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 8pm.

A short stroll South will lead you towards the Shirakawa Dori, where many restaurants and shops, housed in traditional wooden structures, along with cherry blossom trees (a popular area to view sakura in the spring) line the river.

Streets are paved with cobblestone steps, and as you move further east, you will find the Shirakawa River lined with weeping willow trees. Its swaying branches, lush with green leaves, stretch towards the river to produce a picturesque view during the summer.

Head further South towards the most well-known area of Gion, Hanami-koji Street. Although this area is full of tourists during the day, take a short walk from Hatoba-an as night falls, to view a photo-worthy atmosphere created from the warm glow of the traditional lanterns which dot the streets.

Local Info

① Hamacho

Their menu offers a lot of seafood, along with famous Kyoto cuisine including: tofu, yuba (soy bean curd skin), and obanzai (side dishes such as boiled sea vegetables, daikon, fried eggplants, and more.)

② Hiro Pontocho restaurant

Operated by a butcher shop, this “yakiniku,” or barbecue beef, restaurant offers the best cuts of meat at a reasonable price.

③ Kyomachiya Suishin restaurant

This restaurant is housed inside a Kyoto machiya in the Ponto-cho area. Here you can enjoy tasty Japanese cuisines that use seasonal Kyoto vegetables, as well as Kaiseki cuisine, which is a high end multi-course Japanese meal.

④ Agotsuyu Shabu Shabu Yama Fuku

This Japanese restaurant offers pork “shabu shabu,” using broth made from the highest grade of flying fish.

⑤ Yawataya

Yawataya offers creative Kyoto inspired dishes including “yakitori,” or chicken skewers made from the finest selected cuts of chicken, “kushiage,” or deep fried meat and vegetables on a skewer, and “kushikatsu,” or deep fried meat cutlets.

⑥ Sumibi Kazuya

Savor tasty charcoal-grilled freshly caught fish, and Kyoto vegetable dishes at this hidden “izakaya” (Japanese-style pub).

⑦ Yasukawa

Situated in a former geisha house in Gion, at this small restaurant you can enjoy their main dish, “oden,” or hot pot, as well as other dishes including “obanzai,” side dishes that range from fish to tofu.

⑧ Kokusaikenbi Café  (Sanjo)

This café-restaurant uses organic ingredients in its Japanese cuisine, including healthy “obanzai”.


Per Night Per Guest
2 guests From 35,000 yen per night From 17,500 yen per guest
3 guests From  38,000 yen per night From 12,666 yen per guest
4 guests From  41,000 yen per night From 10,250 yen per guest
5 guests From  44,000 yen per night From 8,800 yen per guest
6 guests From  47,000 yen per night From 7,833 yen 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.