293-7 Shimogyō-ku, Shimizuchō Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi 600-8025

Machiya House

Situated in the heart of Kyoto is a stylish and innovative machiya house. This machiya house is located on a backstreet near the Takasegawa River, one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Kyoto, and a short walk away the popular Gion area.







This traditionally 90-year-old townhouse can be identified by its dark, purple-hued “noren” decorating its entranceway.

While many machiya often feature details brown wooden exteriors, and latticework windows and doors, Shikoku-an represents a innovative take on the traditional machiya house. This machiya house retains many traditional components while expressing a sense of modernity through its contrasting white and black, wooden exterior walls. Stay at this beautifully renovated house to experience and uncover a different side of this historical city.



A machiya house full of history and character, Shikoku-an will offer you a unique experience during you time in Kyoto. From the “Shoji” doors (delicate paper-lined sliding doors), tatami mat flooring, to the dark wooden framework found throughout the house –allow yourself to be enveloped by the atmosphere of Shikoku-an.

This machiya house is perfect for smaller groups of guests looking to explore not only the main sightseeing attractions found throughout the city, but for those who are looking to explore the hidden streets that weave through the neighborhood surrounding this house.



A machiya with an exterior not commonly associated with the traditional machiya style — its white walls are coated with “shikkui,” or stucco, which is often used by craftsmen to coat the walls of temples, shrines, and traditional houses. Contrasting the black and white exterior, one step inside this property and you will find that Shikoku-an will welcome you with the warmth and glow of an inviting home.

Living Room:

Much of the interior is made from Japanese cypress and other natural materials native to Kyoto. The rooms are finished with a classic clay wall and plaster techniques– all combined to create a space where you can feel the warmth that is friendly to both the people and environment. This tatami room is reminiscent of a time when people used to sit around the “iori,” or hearth, to spend time with family or close friends.


Hidden behind a set of sliding “shoji” doors is a fully functioning kitchen, where you will be able to cook light meals with ingredients from the local supermarket. This kitchen opens up into the living room to allow any number of guests to cook and dine together within the same space.

A smaller Japanese room to the right of the kitchen also allows for additional natural light to illuminate the area.

Garden/Smaller Japanese Room:

This smaller tatami room has a clear view of the “tsuboniwa,” or Japanese garden.When groups of more than 3 stay at this house, 1 futon bedding will be set in the 1st floor Japanese Room (small).  There is also a computer with Internet access you are welcome to use during your stay.


A modern and stylish bathroom with a Japanese “wa” twist, you will be able to relax in luxury. Enjoy bathing in a “Hinoki buro,” a bathtub designed and crafted using the Japanese cypress wood. The golden hue of the Hinoki wood radiates warmth that will allow for you to refresh after a long day of sightseeing.

There are 2 separate toilet spaces on the 1st floor.

2nd Floor Bedroom:

Western-Style Bedroom:

This bedroom has two single beds and a dressing table, convenient for when you are preparing for a day of travels. The wooden floor is made of pinewood, and painted dark brown using the renowned “fuki-urushi” technique. This traditional technique involves painting and wiping off “urushi,” or Japanese lacquer, multiple times to make the grain glossy and smooth. Above the bed you will see a lamp cover, made by a local craftsman who specializes in making traditional umbrellas for geisha. This unique lamp gives the room a soft, lavender glow when turned on.

Japanese-Style Bedroom:

A lounge room can also be found on the second floor. Lined with tatami flooring, and encased by traditional mud walls (‘jyuraku kabe’), this room showcases another aspect of the “washitsu” (Japanese-style room).

1 additional futon bedding can 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 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

Shikoku-an is conveniently located near several main streets that offer numerous transportation options and walking distance to many sightseeing attractions. Take the subway and head towards Nijo Castle, an impressive compound with an inner palace that was once the home of many powerful “Shogun” leaders. Or jump on a bus and visit the Arashiyama area, famous for not only its bamboo forest, but impressive mountains which provide a colorful backdrop during the autumn months.

Shikoku-an is the perfect place to feel the energy of both a modern and traditional Kyoto.



From Kyoto Station to Shikoku-an by Train
-Approximately 15 minutes by Train:

1. Take the Subway Karasuma Line to “Shijo Station”
2. Transfer to the Hankyu Line.
3. Get off at “Kawaramachi” Station
4. Walk to Shikoku-an (Approximately 6 minutes on foot)

From Kyoto Station to Shikoku-an by Taxi
– Approximately 10 minutes by Taxi

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


293-7 Shimogyō-ku, Shimizuchō Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi 600-8025
Address (in Japanese)
〒600-8025 京都市下京区河原町松原上る清水町293番7
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 machiya house located within walking distance of Gion — where kimono-clad “maiko” and “geiko” are frequently spotted on Hanamikoji Street, and the traditional cobbled streets of Ponto-cho. These streets are lined with bustling restaurants and bars, as are the popular shopping centers on the corner of Kawaramachi and Shijo streets and the exciting Nishiki food market.

Both the Takasegawa River and Kamogawa River flow between these streets. During the spring, the cherry blossoms trees that line the river are lit up at night, while in the white veils of snow create an enchanting sight in the winter.

Local Info

① Takashimaya (Department Store)

It is one of the most popular department stores located at the corners of Kawaramachi and Shijo Streets. There are also varieties of restaurants available on the 7th floor.

② Bar Jyozou-tei (Bar)

Located right beside the Takasegawa river, this bar has more than 60 selections of sake, 80 selections of Italian wine, beers and other liquids. It is a nice “hideaway” bar to enjoy at night.

③ Takasebune (Tempura)

This is a nice and reasonable local Tempura restaurant run by a Tempura chef and his wife. Lunch from 1,000 yen / dinner from 3,000 yen.

④ Daiden-gekken (Chinese)

Just around the corner from Shikokuan This is a Beijing style Chinese restaurant. Dinner from 6,000 yen.

⑤ Kanoko (Sukiyaki)

Located right beside the Kamo river, This is a popular sukiyaki restaurant among Japanese. In summer time they put the “Kawadoko” or extended floor outside the restaurant to enjoy meals with a nice view of the Kamo river flowing peacefully. (pre-booking is necessary) Dinner from 6,000 yen per person

⑥ Ajisho Tearaoka (Kyoto’s family cuisine)

You will enjoy Kyoto’s family cuisine is called “Obanzai”. Each dish is served for a entire size and they are processed dishes made from fresh ingredients of Kyoto. Lunch from 1,500 yen / Dinner from 5,000 yen

⑦ Keitei (Tonkatsu)

If you are a big fun of “tonkatsu” or pork cutlet, you will love this restaurant which has a homelike atomoshphere. Lunch from 1,000 yen / Dinner from 2,000 yen


Per Night Per Guest
2 guests From 28,000 yen per night From 14,000 yen per night
3 guests From 31,000 yen per night From 10,333 yen per night
4 guests From 34,000 yen per night 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.