378-6 Mukadeya-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-8214 Japan

Machiya House

A soft light born of tradition

“Washi”, or Japanese paper, is registered with UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of Japanese folk-craft. By tastefully using washi throughout the machiya, you can feel the soft and warming light that envelopes the house.







Kyoka-an, built during the Taisho period nearly 100 years ago, is a Kyoto-style machiya house available for rent, located 7 minutes from the intersection of Shijo-Karasuma.

This machiya house is located within walking distance to Kawaramachi, Gion, Ponto-cho, and other popular sight-seeing locations. Found along a quiet alley amongst other historic row houses, rented out entirely to only one group at a time, this machiya house can comfortably sleep up to 4 adults.



From Shijo-dori street to Shinmachi-dori street, down a narrow alley at the final destination of the famous Gion Festival’s Yamaboko, or festival float, you’ll find Kyoka-an.

Enjoy the unique history of this house — details and features still remain from when the house was first built — while relaxing within this renovated machiya house that will provide you with modern comforts.

Experience the atmosphere of a Kyo-machiya that can’t be found in any other ordinary accommodation.



Kyoka-an, bathed in white plastar, is at the end of an alleyway with red fencing. By leaving sooty and time-worn lattice doors and the copper newspaper container in the entrance, we have managed to preserve a taste of a period before the war, providing for a deep and tasteful Kyoto-style machiya for you to enjoy.


The entranceway boasts and elegant tenor. The clay walls compliment the hard-packed floor. The cat-necked lamp bathes the walls in a soft light. The floor boards in the entrance room reflect a dynamic and unique craftsmanship, providing a pleasant visual and feel.

Living Room:

Covering the walls in the living room is “Washi”, or Japanese paper. The main light fixture is by Hiyoshiya, a long-established artisans shop renowned for their Japanese parasols, which compliments the Yamato ceiling, a traditional and important part of a Kyoto-style machiya.
The light, papered in washi as well, gives off a soft and warm glow. Used during the Showa-era about 60 to 70 years ago, the antique table and television board adds a distinct flavour to the room. At the far end of the room light flows in through the inner garden, a distinct feature of machiya row houses located deep in the streets of Kyoto.


Kyoka-an, where you can “stay as if you are living here”, has a small kitchen, sink, electric stove and refrigerator for guests. With the famous fresh produce of the Nishiki market close by, we have prepared cookware, tableware, and cutlery, in case you would like to prepare a meal at your own pace, enjoying the machiya as if it was your own residence.


The scent of Japanese cypress trees, used on the walls and ceilings, hang in the air around the bath. Relax after long-days of sightseeing and restfully lounge in the bathtub while viewing the inner garden from the small window.
The restroom is modern, equipped with the latest Japanese toilet facilities. The counter, made of a single plane of Japanese cedar and a Shigaraki ware bowl, exudes peace and Japanese atmosphere in the space.


The inner garden is a characteristic space within a Kyoto-style machiya. It is a space that delivers light and wind to the indoor space, and while small, it allows you to enjoy peace and tranquility. In this garden there is a Japanese maple planted on an elevated moss hill, alongside stones and garden lanterns to create a subdued mood. The atmosphere changes again at night, where lighting creates a uniquely Kyoto garden scene.

2nd Floor Bedroom:

You is able to feel the soft light of Washi, or Japanese paper at the staircase, as the light fixtures on the wall are wrapped in it. The banister has been crafted from pure wood, providing warmth and original accents when touching the railing.

Western-Style Bedroom:

You will find a western bedroom furnished with two beds behind the antique sliding doors adorned with geometric patterns. The ceiling, revealing the inclined form of the roof, boasts the original beams from the machiya’s construction. The ceiling is decorated with expressive reeds and an original Japanese umbrella light fixture, created by Hiyoshiya-san, for an authentic atmosphere.

Japanese-Style Bedroom:

Two sets of futon mattresses are offered in the Japanese bedroom, characterized by its striking scarlet wallpaper doors. The original decorative alcove crafted from cherry tree, surrounded by authentic decorations and fittings, creates an unmistakeable and comfortable Japanese bedroom space that is truly Kyoto.


  • 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

Easy access to the best sight-seeing attractions

7-minutes from Shijo-Karasuma, an intersection at the heart of Kyoto, from where there is easy access to most all notable sight-seeing locations. The area boasts several shops famous for traditional Japanese items, as well as several restaurants that provide menus filled with Kyoto cuisine.
Despite its central location, Kyoka-an is located within a quiet alley creating a relaxing atmosphere for you to rest during your travels.



From Kyoto Station to Kyoka-an by Train
-Approximately 4 minutes by Train:

1. Take the Subway Karasuma Line
2. Get off at Shijo Station and leave the station from Exit No.2
3. Walk to Kyoka-an (Approximately 8 minutes on foot)

From Kyoto Station to Kyoka-an by Bus

-Approximately 14 minutes by bus:
1. Take bus No. 26
2. Get off at Shijo Nishinotoin
2. Walk to Kyoka-an (Approximately 4 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Kyoka-an by Taxi
– Approximately 11 minutes by Taxi (about 3.0 kilometers)

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


378-6 Mukadeya-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto  604-8214 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒604-8214 京都市中京区百足屋町378-6
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.
 A lodging style that is entirely your own

Kyo-machiya are said to have been first designed over a 1000 years ago. Located in Shinmachi-dori, down a small alley, Kyoka-an will offer you a unique experience that cannot be matched by an ordinary accomodation.
By renting out the entire house, with living room, bathroom and two bedrooms, to one group at a time, you are able to freely use all the rooms in the house at their leisure.

Local Info

① Ogata
A quiet and modest restaurant where you can enjoy Kyoto-style cuisine, boldy arranged using seasonal foods.

② Wagokoro Izumi
Serving the Japanese food the world boasts about, we hope you will enjoy the look and taste of each intricate and exquisite dish.

③ Taro-ya
Enjoy Kyoto-style home cooking in a relaxed Kyo-machiya.

④ Nikomiya Gaku
A restaurant where you can enjoy Kyoto-style home cooking and stew dishes in a quiet atmosphere.

⑤ Sugari
Situated inside a Kyo-machiya, we recommend trying their dipping noodles made from whole wheat flour.

⑥ Ajizen
Enjoy genuine soba inside an old-fashioned store. We highly recommend the duck broth buckwheat noodles.

⑦ Kyo Manzara Kasane
A modern style restaurant with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet. You canmake reservations for large groups or parties as well.

⑧ Iemon Salon
A Japanese tea store, you can also enjoy breakfast and tea time here while drinking the delicious tea.


Per Night Per Guest
From 28,000 yen
per night
From 14,000 yen
per night
From 31,000 yen
per night
From 10,333 yen
per night
From 34,000 yen
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From 8,500 yen
per night

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.