34-4 Kamei-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0803 Japan

Machiya House

SEIJI-AN is the perfect machiya townhouse for those looking for convenient access to Kyoto’s most popular districts (Kawaramachi & Gion), as well as peace and quiet during their vacation.







“Seiji-an” evokes a sense of adventure.

An epitome of refinement — Just take a small journey into a small backstreet to find this Kyoto machiya with its lattice windows and traditional entranceway curtain.

The famous Minamiza Kabuki Theatre is around the corner, while the picturesque & historical street of “Hanamikoji” is a 1 minute walk away.



This machiya’s name “Seijian” is derived from the term “seiji” or the blue-green pattern found in many Japanese pottery. With this in mind, the wallpaper, which decorates the living room walls, represents this same hue through design.

The “yukimishouji,” or sliding paper doors, can be pushed upwards to allow you to enjoy the interior garden with every season. Enjoy the interplay of light as it reflects throughout the house to truly appreciate the traditional architecture of the machiya house.



With its lattice windows and wooden doors, and traditional entranceway, Seiji-an is the epitome of refinement. Although located in the middle of one of the most popular tourist locations in Kyoto, simply take a small journey through a small alleyway, and you will find yourself a world away from the busy Gion streets.


In contrast to the narrow entrance of the house, the ceiling stretches up two floors to create an open and airy atmosphere. The luxurious black stone flooring will lead you to three different areas of the house.

Living Room

The name, “Seiji-an,” derives from the term “seiji,” a blue-green pattern found on many Japanese potteries — this calming blue hue has been incorporated in the wallpaper that decorates the 1st floor living room.

Enjoy the different views and patterns as the natural light and paper lantern lighting reflects off of this beautiful wallpaper. Push aside the “ukimishouji” or sliding paper doors, to view the interior garden — a distinct feature of the machiya house.

Tea Room

Walk under the low rounded doorway to enter the gently lit-up two tatami room. This tearoom was designed as a way to create a harmonious flow between the living room and entranceway. It is a cozy space for you to unwind in and have a sense of peace by yourself.


The kitchen is fitted with a sleek, black counter top and modern kitchen fixture. With enough space for you to prepare your own meals using ingredients picked up from Nishiki Market or the local supermarket, you will be able to cook a Kyoto-inspired home cooked meal any time.


Small touches have been put into place for our guests’ enjoyment, including a large mirror above the sink and charming decorative shelves installed along the wall from the living room area. From the large bath you can gaze out into the garden while taking a relaxing soak. It is a quintessential Japanese experience that will help you forget about your everyday life.

1 toilet space on the 1st floor & 2nd floor.

2nd Floor

Western-style Bedroom

The warm sunlight that shines from the skylight window in the hallway leads to a bedroom with orderly lattice sliding doors and a beautiful sloping ceiling. There are 2 twin-size western beds in this room.

Japanese-style Bedroom

For guests of more than 2, and additional 2 futon bedding will be set in the Japanese room on the 1st floor. Here, the contrast of the clean and immaculate white walls and dark-wooden antique furnishings offers a comfortable space for guests to unwind in after a day of sightseeing.



  • 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 2
  • 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

Gion, Kyoto.

One of the best historically preserved areas of Kyoto city — with traditional houses and shops lining the streets, paper lanterns lighting up the night, and home to wonderful restaurants and sightseeing attractions.

“Seiji-an” can be found in this area, at the end of a hidden alleyway. Although this machiya can be found in one of the most popular districts of Kyoto, you’ll be transported a world away during your stay in this machiya house.




From Kyoto Station to Seiji-an by Train
-Approximately 17 minutes by Train:

  1.  Take the Subway Karasuma Line
  2. Get off at “Shijo Station”
  3. Transfer Hankyu Line and get off at “Kawaramachi” Station
  4. Walk to Seiji-an (Approximately 6 minute on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Seiji-an by Taxi
– Approximately 10 minutes by Taxi (about 2.3 kilometers)

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


34-4 Kamei-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0803 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-0803 京都府京都市東山区34-4
Phone (Domestic)
075 708 5610 (10:00~19:00)
Phone (International)
+81 75 708 5610 (10:00~19:00)
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 an early morning stroll along the Kamogawa River, a short 5 minute walk away. In the spring, the river will be lined with the beautiful sight of pink cherry blossom trees, while summer offers cool shade of the lush green trees.

At night you can relax and enjoy Gion’s nighttime scene, as paper lanterns light up the stone-cobbled streets — offering you a completely different side of this beautiful city.

Forget about time as you take in the atmosphere, and enjoy every moment of your Kyoto trip.

Local Info

① Chitose

A restaurant where you can enjoy elegant and refined Kyoto style cuisine that makes the best of ingredients from season to season.

② Kushiyasu

A popular drinking establishment where you stand at counters while eating and drinking, with a plebeian atmosphere.

③ Kazuhira Tea House

An elegant and old style type of store where the steamed turnip dish is famous.

④ Ikariya Eatery

A bistro located in a renovated machiya that is about 100 years old. During the summer, you can drink wine while enjoying the scenery from the raised platform on the bank of the river.

⑤ Kanoko

A restaurant where you can eat sukiyaki. You can enjoy the simple, yet profound, flavor of the sugar and soy sauce seasoning.

⑥ Momo-Niwa

A Chinese restaurant located in a 100 year old machiya. You can enjoy genuine Beijing cuisine here.

⑦ Shouan

A restaurant almost hidden away, as if to avoid being seen, in a thin alley. You can enjoy dishes using fresh, organic vegetables obtained in Kyoto.

⑧ Hana Kitcho

A traditional Japanese course restaurant that remains modern while prizing traditional Japanese cuisine. While the food is certainly worthwhile, the arrangement of food is also a thing of beauty.

⑨ Chihana

A well-established shop, serving traditional Japanese meals brought in courses, which received 3 stars on Michelin.


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.