Nadeshiko Shirakawa | なでしこ白川

Nadeshiko Shirakawa | なでしこ白川

539-6 Minamikinomoto-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0015 Japan

"Nadeshiko Shirakawa"
Machiya House

The gentle sound of the Shirakawa River, the sight of numerous machiya houses, and a charming view of the stone-paved streets all await you in this historical neighborhood.







This is an area that cannot be described as anything other than enchanting: the Shirakawa River decorated by Sakura cherry blossoms in the spring, traditional Japanese restaurants that light up the streets at night, a historic bridge, shrines, and more are all elements that will allow you to experience everything Kyoto has to offer.




The interior of “Nadeshiko Shirakawa” has been designed meticulously – incorporating traditional designs and methods to create a welcoming space for guests.

Throughout the house, you will find that wooden frames, rather than modern-day material, encompass the glass windowpanes. The earthen walls utilize techniques perfected by Kyoto craftsmen, which allows an otherwise simple wall feature to take on a refined and polished, look and feel.



Designed with latticed windows and doors, the soft light radiating from the light fixture above the entrance awaits for you at this traditional machiya house. Quintessential characteristics found in many traditional Kyoto houses can be found here: shingled roof tiles, and the protective figure of Shoki-sama, a deity who helps ward off evil spirits.

Inner Room

The “居間” (inner room) features a plethora of differ types of wood, giving the space a relaxing and lived-in feel. From the interior veranda, you will be able to enjoy the “tsuboniwa garden” by peering through the “Yuki-mi Shoji” doors. A unique feature found in machiya houses, were you are able to slide up half of the shoji doors, to reveal a glass pane – from here you can enjoy the outdoor scenery no matter what the season.

★2 x futon beddings can be set here

★When more than 2 guests stay at this house, the living room will be converted into a bedroom


A fully functional kitchen is available for you at this house.

Modern appliances cooking utensils, and everything that you will need to make light meals during your stay will be available for use.


A separate toilet & shower/bath space is available in this house.

Washing machine is also available for use.

★1 x toilet

★1 x shower/bathtub


The “tsuboniwa garden” is a common feature found in traditional Japanese machiya houses. Greenery, typically found in Kyoto gardens, light up at night to offer you a different view of this beautiful garden. 


The bedrooms of this machiya house hold details and history unique to Kyoto – an example can be found in the floorboards. Kyoto is famous for its “Kyo-Yuzen” dyeing method, a process where craftsmen painstakingly hand-paint Kimono fabric. Providing a one-of-a-kind feature to this house, the wood used during this “Kyo-Yuzen” method has been reused to line the floors of the room.

★2 x Twin-sized beds available in this room.

When you push aside the “Shoji” (paper sliding doors), you will be able to enjoy what is reminiscent of the “hibukuro” (high chimney area). You can step out onto the veranda during the spring and summer to enjoy the cool breeze, or look out onto the city to appreciate the Kyoto scenery.



  • 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

Located at the end of a narrow alleyway, you will first need to pass through a wooden gate nestled between two machiya townhouses. As you move further along the path, you will discover just how steeped in history the location of this machiya is.

Figurines of deities to your left, “Nagaya” row houses, and remnants of an old-fashioned well can still be appreciated in this neighborhood. This renovated machiya embraces numerous elements that make these properties so unique, while still offering guests a space of relaxation with modern comforts.



From Kyoto Station to Nadeshiko Shirakawa by Bus
-Approximately 20 minutes by bus:

  1. Take bus No. 5, 100, or 206
  2. Get off at Higashiyama Sanjo
  3. Walk to Kyosyuku-an Nadeshiko Shirakawa (Approximately 2 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Nadeshiko Shirakawa by Taxi
– Approximately 17 minutes (about 3.8 kilometers)

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


539-6 Minamikinomoto-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0015 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-0015 京都市東山区南木之元町539番地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.

Step out of the narrow alleyway to find yourself within the heart of Kyoto’s modern & traditional cultural hub.

“Nadeshiko Shirakawa” is located in a neighborhood that offers more than just historic temples and shrines (Heian Jingu, Chionin Temple, Yasaka Shrine). You will discover that this area is as rich in modern culture as it is historic with its countless museums, art galleries, zoos, and more.

A supermarket,  convenience store, and numerous restaurants around the corner will allow you to experience living like a local.

Local Info

① Le bac a sable
Serving breakfast from 7am to 11 am, they also sell organic vegetables and eggs from Kyoto.

② Cafe Rocca
Popular with the locals, the salad served with their morning set is very popular. They serve breakfast from 10am.

 ③ Kisshokaryo
KyotoFeaturing Japanese sweets made with kinako roasted and ground there inside the store, they also have matcha dessert plates for the matcha lover.

④ Torisin
With the only menu item during lunch their “Oyako-don” using fresh eggs, this is the place to visit if you’re looking for somewhere reasonably priced to enjoy a meal in the Gion area.

⑤ Gion Yata
Yata is a machiya-style establishment, with the first floor dedicated to the restaurant, and the bar located on the 2nd floor. They have both course menus and a la carte menus.

⑥ Kyoto Kougetsu
You can enjoy Kyoto-style Kaiseki courses with seasonal vegetables. We recommend the sashimi and nabe dishes using hamo, or pike congers.

⑦Gion Emon
Not only can you enjoy sushi and other seafood cuisine here, they also offer a variety of Japanese sake and shochu, including local ones made in Kyoto, that would compliment the fish dishes.


Per night Per guest
From 26,000 yen per night From 13,000 yen per guest
From 29,000 yen per night From 9,667 yen per guest
From 32,000 yen per night From 8,000 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.