Kumashu-an | 熊秀庵

Kumashu-an | 熊秀庵

347-3 Furushirochō Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto 604-0045

Machiya House

A traditional Japanese townhouse tucked away within a quiet neighborhood-- immersing you within this beautiful city is an exquisitely renovated machiya house, which takes inspiration from the past to bridge the centuries of rich history.







Kyoto — the former capital of Japan — is not only known for its unique history, but the cityscape and layout of the city itself.

When exploring the streets, and navigating your way through the city, you will notice that the streets have of Kyoto have been designed in a grid pattern. Each road runs North & South, or East to West, with the Imperial Palace located within the heart of the city.

Hidden amongst these streets is Kumashu-an machiya house, a private & quiet retreat during your stay in Kyoto. 



This charming machiya house can accommodate up to 4 guests. From the tsuboniwa garden, to the hibukuro chimney — each detail of this house has been carefully preserved to illustrate the beauty of the kyo-machiya house.

The exterior boasts lattice windows, while the interior features tatami mat flooring and earthen walls to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. This house is ideal for smaller groups of family and friends looking for an intimate and relaxing space during your time in Kyoto.



Walk down a narrow alleyway and find yourself greeted by a row of traditional machiya houses. The lattice wooden frames, which surround the windows of Kumashu-an allow for natural light to brighten the interior.

INNER ROOM (Living Room)

A large, and comfortable table with 4 seating, while a traditional paper lantern fixture hangs above awaits you in the living room. Reminisce about your day as you relax and enjoy a cup of tea, or look out towards the tsuboniwa garden.

When more than 2 guest stay at this house, up to 2 futon bedding will be set in this room.


A fully functional kitchen can be found on the 1st floor. Because all of the basic kitchen necessities are available, you will be free to use the kitchen to make light meals during your stay.

ESSENTIALS: refrigerator, microwave, rice cooker, kettle, toaster, Induction Heating plates, kitchen utensils, and enough cutleries and dining ware for 4 guests.


A tiled bathroom, that features a ceiling of cyprus wood is available for your to rejuvenate in after a day of traveling, or pamper yourself as your ready for the day. A separate toilet area is located on the 1st floor.


The “tsuboniwa garden” is a common feature found in traditional Japanese machiya houses.

2nd Floor

Follow the wooden stairs to the 2nd floor to find a sitting room, and the Western-style Bedroom.

Sitting Room – 2nd Floor

The floors are covered by Japanese sugi wood, which reveal the natural characteristics. There are 2 chairs, and a coffee table in this room — the ideal space for you to relax in comfortable during your stay.

Western-Style Bedroom

Push aside the shoji doors — a calming blue color — to reveal the bedroom. Illuminated by traditional paper lanterns, a soft glow that radiates throughout this space creates a calming space for you to retreat to after a day of exploring the city. 2 inviting Western-style beds will be set in this room.


  • 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 & 2 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

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nijo Castle (二条城)

A short 10 minute walk away from your house lies the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate family. An impressive complex with its white walls, large gardens, and moat — Nijo Castle has seen the rise and fall of many imperial leaders, and history of Kyoto City itself.

Kumashu-an lies within the same historical neighborhood as this beautiful castle — the perfect location to begin your exploration, and for you to discover everything this city has to offer.



From Kyoto Station to Kumashu-an by Subway
-Approximately 15 minutes by train:

  1. Take the Karasuma Line and get off at Karasuma Oike Station
  2. Exit from Exit 2 (出口2)
  3. Walk to Kumashu-an (Approximately 10 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Kumashu-an by Taxi
-Approximately 15 minutes (Taxi fare is between 1200 yen to 1,500 yen)

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


347-3 Furushirochō Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto 604-0045
Address (in Japanese)
〒604-0045 京都府京都市中京区古城町347-3
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.

Take the Kyoto City Subway to the west, and find yourself in Arashiyama. You’ll be able to explore the lush green bamboo forests, marvel at the mountains that surround the city, and appreciate the Tenryuji Temple and gardens.

Head east of the house to find yourself in Gion, and the Higashiyama Area — where each street you explore, and corner you turn is filled with shrines, stone cobbled streets, and rows of traditional machiya houses welcoming you to the city.

Venture north of your machiya house to find the Kyoto Imperial Palace — the heart of the city, and with impressive ground filled with cherry blossom & plum blossom trees, which change and bloom with each changing season.

Local Info

① Furuta ふる田
Having a classical Japanese house as the setting, you can enjoy charcoal grilled dishes carefully cooked on the owner’s specialty grill, along with authentic Kaiseki. Keep in mind that a reservation is required (only open from 17.00pm to 20.30pm).

② 鉄板ななめ焼 KOKKO
The owner of this Yakitori (skewered chicken) restaurant used to be a bartender, thus they offer an excellent drink menu. The atmosphere is casual and this is a great place to go when you want to be satisfied with delicious foods that suit your budget. Opens at 18.00pm – closed on Tuesdays.

 ③ Alpha foods&drink
Opened in October 2015, this café has been featured in a lot of magazines due its popularity and uniqueness of their “cotton candy raincloud coffee” and “flowerpot cake”. It is not rare to find a long queue in front of the café on weekends.


④ しろはとベーカリー Shirohato Bakery
This bakery opens at 07:00am and is highly popular among locals. The owner uses mainly brown-rice flour in his bread. We recommend trying their bagel sandwiches. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

⑤ 岩さき Iwasaki

A Michelin ranked restaurant just a few minutes from your machiya house. Watch Chef Yoshinori Iwasaki masterfully prepare your kaiseki from the comfort of your counter seat, but be sure to make a reservation ahead of time as space is limited and demand is high. Lunch courses start from 5000 yen, dinner courses from 10,000 yen. Closed on Sundays.

⑥ 丸久小山園 Marukyu Koyamaen

Marukyu Koyamaen ranks among the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan. Facing a small Japanese zen garden, the café gives a very relaxing and elegant feeling. We recommend trying their Matcha roll cake set including a tea of your choice for 1200 yen. (English menu available)



Per night Per guest
From 27,000 yen per night From 13,500 yen per guest
From 30,000 yen per night From 10,000 yen per guest
From 33,000 yen per night From 8,250 yen per guest

This machiya house can accommodate up to 4 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.