Masarigusa | 東山三条 京のやど 優り草

Masarigusa | 東山三条 京のやど 優り草

109 Sakyo-ku Okiku-cho Kyoto 606-8376 Japan

Machiya House

Artfully renovated with an interior that perfectly complements its historical neighborhood, this machiya is a luxurious retreat designed to be your home during your stay in Kyoto.







Found to the east of the Kamogawa River, and with convenient access to some of Kyoto’s most well-known and hidden gems throughout the city.

This Kyoto-style machiya house, built over 100 years ago, captures the tradition and unique history of the city. By carefully renovating the architecture, and incorporating both traditional and modern elements, the charm and design of Masarigusa will provide you with a serene space within the bustling city.



Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, was spared from any major destruction during the second World War — allowing for traces of its past and history of the ancient capital to still be revered and marvelled at today.

The 京町家 (kyo-machiya house) is just one of many cultural wonders that still remain within Kyoto to this day.



Found along Nioumon-dori Street, its distinct mushikado windows & tsushi-nikai architecture allow this machiya house to stand out. Restored with ichimon-kawara roof tiling (named for its resemblance of the kanji-chacter “一” ), which only the most skilled craftsmen can replicate, and intricately-designed kiku-kawara (“masarigusa” is also known as “kiku”).


Cleverly utilizing space, the area beneath the stairs has been converted into the kitchen. With updated facilities, and all of the essentials available, you’ll be able to comfortably cook and enjoy your meals during your stay.

*Floor heating available in this room

Dining Room:

An abundance of natural light filters through the large mushikado & lattice windows to reveal a large, expansive space. Traditional paper lanterns, decorated with gold & silver leafing, provide an ethereal light and calming atmosphere. A large wooden table with 6 chairs are perfect for when you gather for a meal after a day of exploring and sightseeing.

*Floor heating available in this room

Japanese-Style Room (1st Floor):

Separating the washitsu and dining room is a papered sliding door decorated with masarigusa decals. The earthen walls have been finished using the 掻き落 technique, to play up the light and shadow. This room encapsulates both modern & traditional elements, and is large enough to comfortably relax even with a large group of family and friends.

**The Japanese low table includes sunken-floor seating, allowing you to stretch your legs out.

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


Walls covered in slate-colored tiling is complemented by the inviting wooden bathtub. Take in the sight of the tsuboniwa garden as you soak in the bath. Modern, yet reminiscent of a traditional space, this relaxing space will provide you with another reason to spend your day within this beautiful machiya house.

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

Tsuboniwa Garden

Taking inspiration from Hasegawa Tohaku’s ink-painted “Pine Trees” (Hasegawa, a well-known painter of the early Edo period) this garden uses an abundance of Japanese red pine to create a beautiful and serene garden. The stone tiling embedded in the ground are from when the house was first built.

Japanese-Style Room

This tatami-lined bedroom, with paper-sliding doors feature Kyo-karakami paper (delicately thin, handmade paper with traditional design). From the ceiling hangs artwork reminiscent of a kamidana (Shinto altar), which is both playful and mysterious. A soft light from the paper lantern further emphasizes the room’s tranquility.  

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

Western-style Room

Pass through the exterior corridor to enter the Western-Style room.

With its hardwood flooring, and kamikara paper covering the entire length of one wall, this room will evoke a sense of nostalgia. Woodblock prints of flowers & a striking circle & triangle design, combined with the traditional architecture of the machiya house provides a different atmosphere from the Japanese room.

2 Twin Beds will be set in this room.


  • 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

Masarigusa Machiya House is a short 5 minute walk away from Sanjo Station.

To the east is Nanzenji Temple, and to the west is Kamogawa River. Visit Nijo-jo Castle, Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion), and the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple– all within a 20 minute bus ride away.



From Kyoto Station to Masarigusa by Train
-Approximately 18 minutes by train:

  1. Take the Karasuma Line and get off at “Karasuma Oike” Station
  2. Transfer for the Keihan Line and get off at “Sanjo” Station
  3. Walk to Masarigusa (Approximately 4 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Masarigusa by Taxi
Approximately 15 minutes (Taxi fare is approximately 960 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)


109 Sakyo-ku Okiku-cho Kyoto 606-8376 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒606-8376 京都府京都市左京区大菊町109番地
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.

Walk to the beautifully preserved Gion area, explore the streets of Ponto-cho, and marvel at all of the culinary delights that are offered at Nishiki Ichiba Market (a lively outdoor market). You’ll also find the impressive Kyoto Imperial Palace, Heian Jingu Shrine, and Yasaka Shrine all within a walking distance of 15 minutes.

In addition to historical sightseeing attractions there are also plenty of opportunities for you to learn about modern-day culture with Kyoto’s numerous museums, aquariums, and zoos.

Local Info

① 未在 (みざい)Mizai
Situated within Maruyama Koen – a park famous for its cherry blossoms – is the famed Kyoto cuisine restaurant “Mizai”. This three Michelin-starred restaurant offers exquisitely prepared “Cha-kaiseki” courses (dishes traditionally served before tea ceremonies). Limited to 10 counter seats, each dish is prepared with colourful and seasonal flavours. Amongst others, enjoy an array of gorgeously presented appetizers, the finest Wagyu beef from Okuizome, and Matsuba snow crab, a special delicacy that can only be enjoyed in the winter.

② 祇園 大渡 (おおわたり) Gion Oowatari
This machiya-style restaurant, tucked away within the backstreets of Gion, offers traditional Japanese cuisine and accepts a limit of 2 groups per day. The restaurant’s offers one course (13,000 yen), which consists of 10 unique & delicately-made dishes — from rice cooked on a traditional charcoal-fueled stove, to warabi-mochi (Japanese confectionary made from bracken starch) and matcha tea. Each dish perfectly represents the unique flavours of Kyoto not only in taste, but in its beautiful presentation.

③ 炭火割烹 いふき Sumibi Kappo Ifuki
“Sumibi Kappo Ifuki” is located a 6 minutes walk from Gion Shijo Station. Popular amongst both visitors & locals alike, an advanced reservation is required if you would like to taste the cuisine offered by this restaurant. A large traditional furnace with surrounding counter seating is situated within the centre of the restaurant– a well-known trademark of the restaurant. Using the finest seasonal ingredients, in addition to the exquisitely prepared charcoal-grilled fish & variety of seafood dishes, savour the exceptional meat dishes that are not to be missed.


④ 祇園川上 Gion Kawakami
Located only a 4 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station, “Gion Kawakami” is located inside a renovated traditional townhouse — offering a serene atmosphere brimming with history and tradition. Appreciate the taste and experience of an authentice  Japanese cuisine, which has been prepared using carefully-selected, local ingredients from Kyoto. We highly recommend their lunch box “Chouchin Bento” for 4,100 yen.

菊乃井 本店 Kikunoi Honten
A long-established restaurant located within the Kawaramachi district, “Kikunoi” is three Michelin-starred and revered by many. This restaurant offers innovative dishes sure to inspire and surprise you, no matter how many times you visit. From yamaimo yam with sea urchin, sea bream fish wrapped in bamboo leaves, tilefish and green tea soba noodles, the unexpected harmony of wasabi and strawberry sorbet, to the freshly caught salt-grilled ayu– these are only a sampling of the many dishes offered here.

岩さき Iwasaki
An elegant exterior and equally remarkable interior are a few characteristics of this traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant. Iwasaki stands out amongst other famed haute cuisine restaurants in Kyoto not only for its taste, but its presentation. Priding itself on serving 「美食」(bishoku; gourmet cuisine),  the exquisite taste and excellent service keeps customers coming back. Each Kyoto-style dish has been uses the finest seasonal ingredients, and is prepared right before your eyes. From hamo  (sea eel) and aigamo duck dishes, to freshly prepared sashimi, you will be able to taste their kodawari (devotion & commitment) in preparing the best cuisine in Kyoto.  Due to its popularity and limited seating (3 groups per day only), advanced reservation is a requirement.

*Please feel free to contact our friendly staff members if you would like assistance in making a reservation at any of the above restaurants. (Information last updated December 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.