Shimabara Kaiden | 島原懐傳

Shimabara Kaiden | 島原懐傳

1-9 Shimogyo-ku Kosakacho Kyoto, Japan 600-8821

"Shimabara Kaiden"
Machiya House

Located near Kyoto Station, within a former “Hanamachi” district, lies a spacious machiya house that brings a sense of nostalgia through its playful architecture and design.







Shimabara, Kyoto.

Once a flourishing Hanamachi District, this neighborhood still retains the charm and allure of when it was a bustling area for locals and travelers alike.

Kyoto is a city famous for its Hanamachi Districts — areas in which geiko and maiko girls lived and perfected traditional song, dance, and entertainment for customers. Although no longer an active Hanamachi District, Shimabara has now transformed into a neighborhood with hidden treasures and historical gems with every corner you turn.




A traditional machiya house, exceptionally renovated, celebrates the nostalgic culture and past of Japan.

By incorporating traditional folk art and displaying nostalgic figurines throughout the house, Shimabara Kaiden restores a rich culture, while adding a touch of whimsicality to your stay in Kyoto.



The 1st floor features a degoshi, protruding lattice window, which allows for sunlight to filter into the house. The 2nd floor is decorated with sudare, a typical Kyoto machiya house feature, to create an understated elegance.


From the entrance way, enter into an open space that will draw your eyes to the large, open space that extends from the 1st floor all the way up to the 2nd floor。

A compact kitchen to your left with everything that you will need to make light meals during your stay. There are enough cutlery, dining ware, cups for 8 guests.

Dining Room:

A large, wooden dining room table designed from natural wood & 6 chairs are available to seat both small and large groups. Look up towards the open ceiling to find three koi fish swimming above — colorful and unique lighting that perfectly captures the essence of Shimabara Kaiden.

Living Room:

A low sofa seating that utilizes fabric featuring a design reminiscent of traditional folk art surrounds a small table. Bask in the natural light that floods in from the skylight windows from above, as you relax after a day of exploring the city.


When the shoji doors are closed, a soft light brings warmth to this traditional Japanese room. With Tatami flooring, and a washi-papered closet door, this room is both simple and striking. Push aside the papered doors to reveal a dramatic and eye-catching Japanese Garden.

From greens to reds, and trees that represent the four seasons of Kyoto, you’ll be able to enjoy a different scenery with each stay.

When more that 5 guests stay at this house, 3 futon bedding will be set in this room.


For your convenience, this house has been fitted with 2 bathrooms ideal for groups both large and small. The bathtub on the 1st floor also features a “mist sauna,” perfect for when you want to relax after a day of exploring the city or to warm up during the colder winter months. 

A separate toilet space can be found on the 1st floor; a separate toilet & shower room can be found on the 2nd floor.

Western-style Room:

The sloping ceiling and large wooden beam reveals the unique architecture of this traditional machiya house. Contrasting the colorful design and playful details found on the 1st floor, this bedroom reveals a calming atmosphere through its use of light and plethora of materials/texture.

Japanese-Style Room:

Simple in design, and this bedroom provides a calming ambiance. A warm glow from the paper lantern, that melds both a traditional idea with a playful & modern design, you’ll be able to relax in luxury in this private space.

Up to 3 Japanese-style futon bedding can be set here.



  • 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 2 (1st Floor x 1; 2nd Floor x 1)
  • Bathroom (1st Floor shower & bathtub; 2nd Floor shower only)
  • 2 Twin beds & 6 Futon mattress
  • Cookware / Diningware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 8 guests)
  • Kitchen cloth & sponge
  • Kitchen detergent
  • Floor Heating (1st floor Kitchen/Dining Room area)


  • 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 takes advantage of its location and original architecture to create an dramatic yet calm atmosphere. Constructed using the finest materials & craftsmanship, the main source of natural light comes from the large windows, which take up the entire length of one wall.

Forget about time as you look out towards the impressive garden, and allow for the relaxing atmosphere to wash over you.



From Kyoto Station to Shimabara Kaiden by Train
-Approximately 8 minutes by train:

  1. Take the JR San-in Line and get off at Tambaguchi Station.
  2. Walk to Shimabara Kaiden (Approximately 4 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Shimabara Kaiden by Taxi
Approximately 12 minutes (Taxi fare is approximately 800 yen to 1,000 yen)

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


1-9 Shimogyo-ku Kosakacho Kyoto, Japan 600-8821
Address (in Japanese)
〒600-8821 京都府京都市下京区小坂町1-9
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 8pm.

Kyoto Chuo Oroshiuri Ichiba (Fish Market, Auction, & Restaurants) 京都中央卸売市場

Wake up early enough and experience the Maguro Tuna auction that begins at 5am! A 5 minute walk from Shimabara Kaiden house, this is Kyoto’s version of the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Although more compact in size, the Kyoto Oroshiuri Ichiba is still a bustling & exciting market –view the freshly caught fish displayed in a row, buyers scrambling to get the best catch of the day, and more!

There is also an area for seasonal fruits, and kyo-kasai (Kyoto-grown vegetables) in addition to food stalls and restaurants.

Local Info

 京都中央卸市場 Kyoto Chuo Oroshi Market

Kyoto’s version of the Tokyo Tsukiji fish market is located just a few minutes walk away from your house. Experience the famous tuna auction at 5am in the morning, where the chefs of Kyoto’s gourmet restaurants are present, too. You will find restaurants tucked away in between fish stalls, which use the fresh seafood purchased during the auction and market. In addition to seafood, there is an area for local vegetables (Kyo-yasai), pickled vegetables, and various seasonal fruits, too.

② 井政 Imasa

This established kaiseki restaurant (traditional Japanese multi-course cuisine) has a history spanning more than 100 years. They offer various traditional courses, all colorful and appealing for both your eyes and palate, starts from 7,560 yen — a delivery service is available, too! We recommend trying their Chafukubako, which is an assortment of Imasa’s most popular dishes packed in a two-tiered wooden lunch box (starting from 3240 yen). Closed on Tuesdays.

③ 島原 乙文 Shimabara Otobun

After taking off your shoes on the first floor, you will be guided towards the upstairs dining area. As this restaurant is located near the Kyoto Chuo Oroshiuri Market, every dish is made with fresh seafood caught daily. Besides their excellent sashimi and sushi, we highly recommend to try their Sabazushi (lightly pickled mackerel sushi), which is yet another quintessential ‘Kyoto’ culinary experience.

坂安 Sakayasu

Located near Nishi Honganji Temple is a Kyoto traditional restaurant sure to please everyone. Using only the best seasonal ingredients, this charming and elegant kaiseki restaurant features high-quality food. With a course menu that showcases the inventiveness of the chef, each dish is more impressive than the last. As weekends can get busy, we recommend making a reservation.

⑤ 魚河岸 Uogashi Miyatake

Located in a hidden and quiet residential area approximately 5 minutes from Tambaguchi Station, is a Japanese restaurant is known for the fresh seafood used in their dishes.  With counter seating, and an open kitchen, you’ll be able to see the chef prepare sashimi platters, sushi, tempura, grilled fish, and more. Try the course menu, hand-selected by the chef and change seasonally, so that you can taste an array of different dishes. Dinner courses start from 4,500 yen per person.

⑥ 京料理 八清 Hachise

This authentic Kyoto-style restaurant prides itself on serving dishes using only the finest seasonal vegetables and ingredients. From fugu (pufferfish; a Japanese delicacy) hotpot courses, an assortment of tempura vegetables,  to sashimi platter, and desserts — each dish has been carefully prepared. Lunch courses start from 2,000 yen; Dinner courses start from 6,000 yen.  Closed on Mondays, we recommend making a reservation.

⑦ Hygge

Open from 11:30am to 22:00pm, this cafe makes the most of its atmosphere by combining the ambiance of a machiya house with dim lighting to create an intimate space.  Stop by to try their hand-dripped coffee, or assortment of tea. They also offer shaved ice desserts in the summer (with unique flavours such as Kuromitsu-Kinako), baked donuts for an afternoon snack, curry rice plate, and more. This cafe is perfect for when you want to relax after a day of exploring the city. 

⑧ 丸勝ラーメン Marugachi Ramen

A perfect stop for when you want a quick bite at a reasonable price –this ramen noodle restaurant is open until midnight every day (Open until 2:30am on Saturdays). In addition to ramen, they offer other dishes such as gyoza, karaage fried chicken, fried rice, and more.

*Information last updated on December 26th, 2016


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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.