Hotei-an | 布袋庵

Hotei-an | 布袋庵

222-9 Honmachi 12-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0981

Machiya House

HOTEI-AN is a traditional machiya house that has stood for over 100 years-- found along a tiny road near Tofukuji Temple (1 train stop away from Kyoto Station). You'll discover many local shops and restaurants in this quaint neighborhood.







Tofukuji Temple.

Built in 1236, and is the head of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. At that time, it flourished as one of the Five Great Temples of Kyoto. The Sanmon gate is the oldest Zen main gate in Japan, and designated as a National Treasure. The Hondo (main hall) has beautiful gardens, one is composed of only stones, and the other is composed of moss and azalea-shrubs trimmed in a checkered pattern.

Hotei-an machiya house is located a 7 minute walk from this historical neighborhood.



The name, “HOTEI-AN”, comes from Hotei-san, who is one of the Seven Deities of Good Luck. The 7 statues at the “HOTEI-AN” machiya have been enshrined there for many years. It is said that Hotei-san will make your dreams come true, help you to have a happy home, and bring you luck with money.



Walk through a narrow alleyway, lined with a number of machiya houses over 100 years old, which will transport you back in time. Hotei-an sits quietly within a serene atmosphere as it greets you with its lattice door and windows

Entrance Room:

In the room adjacent, you will find a room with hardwood flooring, and a beautiful wooden antique cupboard. The warm atmosphere radiating from this room features a table, and a set of comfortable sofa chairs where you can relax after a long day, or enjoy a cup of complimentary tea & coffee provided in the machiya.

Living Room:

Decorative crossbeams, constructed from natural wood, stretch across the ceiling to bring character to the living space. Slide open the “Shoji” doors (delicately thin paper sliding doors ) to find a “tsuboniwa” Japanese garden, characteristic of many traditional machiya houses. For guests of more than 3, 2 additional futon bedding will be set in this space.


Sharing the same space as the living room is the kitchen. Although designed with the traditional machiya in mind, Rikyu-an successfully blends the traditional with the modern by utilizing a jet-black counter top and retro sink fixtures. We invite guests to use this fully functional kitchen to prepare light meals during your stay.


The spacious bathroom, with high-sloping ceilings, offers a serene space to relax. Constructed using the Japanese “Hinoki” wood, a sandy-coloured wood often used when building Noh theatres, palaces, and temples, allows for you to relax in luxury. Soak in a bath while looking out into the lush, green garden after a long day of traveling & sightseeing– you will be able to revive yourself for another day of exploring Kyoto!

2 toilet spaces are located in separate areas on the 1st floor.

2nd Floor

At the top of the stairwell. you will find a large skylight. Even amongst a neighborhood where machiya properties stand closely together, the skylight in Rikyu-an allows for plenty of natural light to shine through — creating an ethereal and calming space.

Western-style Room

The main bedroom boasts a separate dresser-room and closet for your convenience. Here, you will find a large mirror, table, and bench that you can utilize as you ready for the day or while you unwind after a day of exploring the city. To maximize the relaxed & calming atmosphere, we have taken care to select a soft Japanese Washi paper and unfinished wood to outfit this room.

2 Western-style twin beds can be found in this room.

Japanese-Style Room

At four and a half square meters, the Japanese room is the perfect example of how a kyo-machiya manages to utilize even the smallest of areas to create a space that is both functional and pleasing to the eyes. Traditional tea ceremony tools decorate the shelf to complement the round window and dramatic ceiling (which has remained since the house was first built) to create an airy yet cultured atmosphere.


  • 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 & 4 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

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Its vermillion colored “Torii” Gates have been featured in countless travel books and magazines. Thousands of the torii gates, lined up one after another, wind up and down the hills of Inari Mountain.

Take a morning stroll to view the sunrise at the top of the mountain, or enjoy a cool evening walk to experience a completely different atmosphere. This beautiful shrine is only a 20 minute walk away, or 1 train stop away from Hotei-an machiya house.



From Kyoto Station to Hotei-an by Train
-Approximately 9 minutes by Train:

  1. Take the JR Nara Line
  2. Get off at “Tofukuji” Station (1 Stop from Kyoto Station)
  3. Walk to Hotei-an (Approximately 1 minute by foot)
From Kyoto Station to Hotei-an by Taxi
– Approximately 8 minutes by Taxi (about 1.5 kilometers)

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


222-9 Honmachi 12-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0981
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-0981 京都市東山区本町12丁目222-9
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.

Numerous local restaurants and cafes line the streets leading up to HOTEI-AN.

A 5 minute walk east of this machiya is a “shoutengai” (outdoor shopping arcade), where you will find all of the locals favorites. From long-standing restaurants serving traditional dishes, to little shops selling Japanese-style sweets, croquettes, and sweet bread.

Stop by the local supermarket to pick up local produce, and cook a light meal using the fully functional kitchen available at the house. Hotei-an machiya house can be found amongst a street lined with other machiya houses that have stood here for hundreds of years — you will be able to truly experience the local lifestyle at this traditional townhouse.

Local Info

① ここはな (Kokohana)
A 100-year old Machiya refurbished into a cafe. This cafe offers various homemade sweets and dishes using organic produce.

②松いち (Matsu Ichi)
Every morning, the owner purchases fresh seafood at the Kyoto fish market and, among others, uses it for the sushi set menu (reservation needed). The Izakaya is laid out on 2 floors and also offers private rooms.

③ 明記大陸食堂 (Meiki Tairiku Shokudo)
Located a 10 minutes’ walk from Hotei-an, this red and orange color themed Chinese restaurant offers reasonable priced dishes. We recommend to try their ramen+ fried rice or gyoza (dumpling) set.

④ がんち (Ganchi)
Tasty Tonkatsu (Japanese deep-fried pork) restaurant located in a side alley from the main road. It is a restaurant with only 8 seats by the counter, and deliciously prepares the tonkatsu in front of your seat.

⑤ わらび奄 (Warabian)
We highly recommend trying their Warabimochi set (Japanese sweet made from bracken starch) with their homemade black bean sauce for the topping. The traditional café puts importance on using domestics’ products only.

⑥ 京菓子司 末廣屋 (Suehiroya)
You can buy traditional Kyoto wagashi (Japanese sweets) at this long established confectionary store. Their Castella (sponge cake) is also very popular. The store is closed on Wednesday.

⑦ いづ松 (Izumatsu)
This sushi restaurant specializes in mackerel sushi (“saba” sushi). Taste the authentic mackerel sushi made by the owner whom once worked for a famous sushi restaurant in Kyoto.


Per Night Per Guest
From 24,000 yen
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 From 36,000 yen
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 From 6,000 yen
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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.