3-8 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Sennyūji Suzumegamorichō 〒605-0975

Machiya House

Located in the Higashiyama area, where many of Kyoto's cultural heritage sites remain is a traditional 80 year-old townhouse, “Kohaku-an”. Rare cultural heritage sites, and little-known spots frequented only locals will allow you to re-discover Kyoto.







Kohaku-an is in an excellent location with easy access to popular sightseeing spots such as Gion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangen-do, and Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, and is just one station away from Kyoto station.

Take a morning stroll towards Tofukuji Temple, a 15 minute walk away from the house. This temple that is famous for its brightly colored maple leaves during the autumn season, and lush, vibrant greenery during the spring and summer months.



The name ‘Kohaku’ refers to amber, while ‘an’ refers to a cozy retreat. This machiya house has been designed to provide a space suitable for both large groups of family and friends, to smaller groups & couples looking for a spacious hideaway.

The rich, golden hue of amber is reflected throughout the house – creating a warm & inviting atmosphere that is perfect to retreat to after a day of exploring Kyoto. With an open floor plan on the first floor, you will also have the opportunity to appreciate the architecture & details of the traditional machiya house.



An open, and airy entrance way will welcome you into the house as you open the wooden doors. From here, the natural light peeking through the latticed doors and windows, along with the warm glow of the amber-colored light fixtures will lead you further into the machiya.


A self-contained kitchen with all the conveniences and facilities found in a modern home, we invite you to use these facilities and more during your stay. Stop by the nearby “shoutengai” (a long street lined with various markets and stores) to pick up some locally grown vegetables, and experience life as a local as you cook a delicious meal.

“Tsuboniwa” Garden

The Japanese maple tree at the center of this “tsuboniwa” garden reflects the changing seasons of Kyoto. “Tobi-ishi,” or small stepping stones, surround the small water basin to provide you with a private & serene space.

Living Room/Kitchen

The heart of the Japanese home. The living space is fitted with quintessential tatami flooring, while the kitchen features a high ceiling known as a “hibukuro” (originally served as a chimney). All of the furnishings have been custom-made by Kyoto’s finest craftsmen.

When more than 4 guests stay at this machiya, 2 additional futon bedding will be set on the 1st floor.


Dark, wooden fixtures decorate the washroom and bath area to perfectly complement the natural greenery of the “tsuboniwa” garden, which can be seen through the window. Soak in a relaxing bath, and look out towards this point of calm and beauty.

2 toilet areas located on the 1st floor.


Western-Style Bedroom

A set of stairs will lead you to a Western-style bedroom, and an intimate lounge area. Large windows allow for the natural light to bathe the bedroom with warmth to perfectly complement the golden and orange hues that decorate this machiya.

The Western-style bedroom has 2 single beds and a dressing table. The ceiling features all of the original wooden framework so that you may appreciate the structure and history of Kohaku-an. The “fusuma,” or sliding doors, in this room has a golden color scheme to reflect the name of the house.


From the tatami-lined floors, to the antique furniture detailed with images of bamboo trees in the corner, it is the perfect place for you to reminisce about your day. Although the lounge room is minimalistic in appearance, you will find it to be full of character and warmth.

An additional 2 futon bedding can be set in the lounge area for larger groups.



  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine (Clothes Dryer function included)
  • Washing detergent
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner (each room)
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 2
  • 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

Kohaku-an can be found in an excellent location with easy access to popular sightseeing spots such as Gion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangen-do, and Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, and it is just one station away from Kyoto station.

There are numerous bus stops surrounding the property– take these buses North to visit the famous Silver Pavilion and wander along the “Philosopher’s Path”. Take the JR Nara Line to visit Uji, a city South of central Kyoto famous for Byodo-in Temple & “matcha” green tea.



From Kyoto Station to Kohaku-an by Train
-Approximately 10 minutes by Train:

  1. Take the JR Nara Line to “Tofukuji” Station (One Station away)
  2. Walk to Kohaku-an (Approximately 8 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Kohaku-an by Taxi
– Approximately 8 minutes

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


3-8 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Sennyūji Suzumegamorichō 〒605-0975
Address (in Japanese)
〒605−0975 京都市東山区泉涌寺雀ヶ森町3-8
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.

Located in Higashiyama– an area of Kyoto where many cultural heritage sites remain. Walk around Kohaku-an’s neighborhood to find the local shopping arcade, enjoy the downtown area, and experience a different side of Kyoto.

There are also rare cultural heritage sites and secret spots for great scenery in the proximity of the machiya house that are only known to selected few–an area where you can re-discover this beautiful city.

Local Info

① Otanien Chaho
A tea store specializing in Uji green tea and has been in business for over 80 years. They sell wide variety of green tea from Uji district, and enjoy fresh Uji green tea and homemade green tea sweets in the cafe.

② Otowa-ya
Located on the same street as Kohaku-an, and their storefront is filled with large range of pretty Japanese traditional sweets.

③ Kyo-ya
A “korokke” specialty shop (Japanese-style deep-fried potato croquette)that sits directly opposite on the road from Kohakuan. This shop is extremely popular amongst the locals, and will often close when the “korokke” are sold out.

④ Gebekken
A popular bakery among locals. It is strongly recommended to try their custard bread buns, where homemade cream is embedded inside soft dough. Drop by when you feel like eating something western.

⑤ Sohonke Sawamasa
An old-established store where Japanese-style cookies made from Soba noodles called Soba-Boro, originated. There are 5 flavors such as green tea flavor for you to enjoy.

⑥ Nishida-ya

A store that sells tasty Japanese pickles known to only a selected few. Japanese pickles are often eaten as a popular side dish to rice. Why not try these exquisite, one and only pickles available only at Kyoto?

⑦ Kokohana Cafe
A 100-year old Machiya refurbished into a cafe. This cafe offers various homemade sweets and dishes using organic produce.

⑧ Kyoto Sushi -Izumatsu-
A sushi restaurant specializing in mackerel sushi (“saba” sushi). Taste the authentic mackerel sushi made by the owner whom once worked for a famous sushi restaurant in Kyoto.

⑨ 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.

⑩ Tanba-ya
A shop where you can enjoy the flavors representative of Japanese sweets: “manju” and “odango”. It is located just 1 minute away from Kohakuan, so you can buy some sweets for an evening snack or eat them right away.


Per night Per guest
2 guests From 23,000 yen per night From 11,500 yen per guest
3 guests From 26,000 yen per night From 8,667 yen per guest
4 guests From 29,000 yen per night From 7,250 yen per guest
5 guests From 32,000 yen per night From 6,400 yen per guest
6 guests From 35,000 yen per night From 5,833 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.