240 Eiyoji-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto 600-8463

Machiya House

By seamlessly blending traditional and functional design elements, this machiya will allow you to experience the “harmony and beauty" of an authentic Kyoto townhouse.







Named after the color of the Japanese iris, a deep violet-hued flower, your stay at “Shobu-an” will without a doubt become a highlight of your visit to Kyoto. Located slightly South of the main city center, this machiya house is ideal for families and larger groups of friends and family.

To the East is the beautifully preserved Gion District, while a short trip up North will introduce you to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Take a bus further up North to visit the Silver Pavilion and the “Philosopher’s Path” — a picturesque road that is beautiful with every changing season.

When you reserve “Shobu-an”, and its neighboring house “Suo-an, up to 14 guests can be accommodated at the same time.





Whilst maintaining the traditional appearance of a Kyo-Machiya, with its paper lanterns, earthen floors, and open-timbered ceiling, this accommodation facility has been converted into a comfortable area decorated with modern Japanese “Wa”-style design. Kyoto machiya illustrate the architectural design of old-fashioned Japanese residences — which appear small from the outside but extend further back.



Contrary to its seemingly compact outward appearance, one step into its long and spacious interior perfectly demonstrates the distinctive feature of a Kyo-Machiya. Locals have affectionately coined this long and thin rectangular design, which can stretch back as far as 20 m, as “unagi no nedoko” – which translates literally as an “eel’s sleeping space”.)


A long and narrow entrance way will lead you to the kitchen tucked away in the back. To the right, you will find 2 Japanese-style rooms with enough space for you to relax comfortably.

Lighting fixtures offer a updated, modern atmosphere, while the long kitchen, high open ceilings, and Japanese garden offer a glimpse of Japan from years past.


The kitchen is fitted with sleek, black counter top and modern kitchen fixtures. 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.

A high, open ceiling known as “hibukuro,” once used to ventilate smoke from the furnace, and modern appliances round out the kitchen space.

Living Room

The interior of Shobu-an features clean white walls with contrasting dark wooden accents, traditional tatami flooring, and latticed wooden designs throughout the house.

The window found in the entryway is designed with a wooden latticed screen, which allows for the natural light to subtly fill the room and bring warmth to the space. This room is also furnished with a low table, chairs, and TV.

When more than 4 guests stay at this house, additional bedding will be set in the 1st floor Japanese room.

“Tsuboniwa” Garden

Open up the latticed sliding doors to reveal the traditional ‘tsuboniwa’ garden. This Japanese style garden, lit by round lanterns, and designed with stone steps and plants native to Japan, blends harmoniously with the modern interior. Take a moment to enjoy this Zen-like and serene space during your stay.


On the 1st floor, you will find a glass paned bathroom lined with black granite and cypress wood. The play with dark and light colors adds a touch of sophistication, which will allow you to relax in luxury. Known as “Hinoki wood” in Japanese, Cypress is a lemon-scented wood that is often used when building temples, shrines, and castles.

Relieve yourself of any travel fatigue as you peer out toward the garden from the bathroom window.

2 separate toilet spaces can be found on the 1st floor.

2nd Floor

From the 2nd floor lattice openings, you are able to peer down onto the 1st floor – a design feature unique to machiya houses. The view from this opening will allow you to fully appreciate the traditional architecture and high, open ceilings of this property.

Western-Style Bedroom

A spacious room that is fitted with 2 double size beds, you will be able to relax in luxury during your stay. The light fixture found within this room provides a modern take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern. In addition, you will find a dressing table and mirror, perfect for when you are readying for the day or preparing to wind down after a day of traveling.

Japanese-style Bedroom

2 futon beddings can be set in this room. Wooden beams line the ceilings while tatami flooring allow guests to experience another traditional characteristic unique to authentic machiya houses.


  • 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 Double-size beds (sleeps up to 4 guests) & 4 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

“Shobu-an” machiya house is an 8 minute walk from the Shijo-Karasuma Station, Kyoto’s bustling city centre, and a 10-minute walk from Higashi Hongan-ji Temple.

Conveniently located with easy access to Kyoto Station, and sightseeing areas such as Gion and Kawaramachi, and Nijo Castle. There are numerous bus stops located near “Shobu-an” that will allow you to visit even the furthest sightseeing attractions with ease. Jump on a bus to visit the famous Golden Pavilion, an approximately 25 minute bus ride. Or take the Kyoto City subway north to visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace (2 subway stops away).



From Kyoto Station to Shobu-an by Subway
-Approximately 15 minutes by Subway:

  1. Take the Karasuma Subway Line
  2. Get off at “Shijo Station” and leave Exit No. 6
  3. Walk to Shobu-an (Approximately 8 minutes by foot)
From Kyoto Station to Shobu-an by Taxi
– Approximately 10 minutes by Taxi (about 3.8 kilometers)

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


240 Eiyoji-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto 600-8463
Address (in Japanese)
〒600-8463 京都市下京区永養寺町240番
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.

For dining out, head towards the main “Shijo” street to find numerous restaurants within short walking distance. From traditional Kyoto-style cuisine, to family-friendly restaurants, “izakaya” Japanese bars, and Western-style restaurants — there is something for everyone. If you would like to make a meal using the kitchen, we recommend stopping by “Nishiki-Market”, an outdoor food market located a 10 minute walk away. Pick up local produce, fresh meat and fish, and small side-dishes that will allow you to taste some of Kyoto’s best cuisines.

In addition, located behind Shoubu-an is another machiya, Suo-an. For larger groups of guests, we recommend reserving both properties where up to 14 people are able to stay when both machiya are combined.

Local Info

1.KITCHEN Yoshida

Popular with both locals and tourists, you can enjoy authentic Kyoto-style home-cooking at this restaurant. It is operated by the elder sister of the man who produced the Yoshida Sauce, a Mirin and Soy Sauce based sauce currently popular in America, so the various dishes contain the popular sauce in creative ways.

2.Grill AOI

A western-style restaurant located in a quiet neighbourhood.Open both during lunch and dinner, there are table seats as well as counter seats where you can watch the chef cook your meal directly in front of you.


A first class restaurant serving the finest Kyoto cuisine. With a history of over 70 years, each ingredient and each dish is carefully selected for your enjoyment.


Containing only 10 seats, this small sushi restaurant is located a 7 minute walk from Shijo Karasuma Station. It is easy to see why the restaurant is popular with its reasonably priced yet delicious sushi. We recommend making a reservation before hand.


Serving genuine Italian dishes, the owner-chef is a certified sommelier. Boasting over 70 different types of wine as well as various courses and à la carte dishes to choose from, you can also enjoy live jazz music at this quiet and relaxed restaurant.


A Japanese style Izakaya, or pub, located inside a Kyoto Machiya.
With a menu brimming with Kyoto-style home cooking, this is a relaxed restaurant with Kyoto charm to it.We recommend trying the Japanese style clam ramen to finish off your meal.


A cafe famous for Kakigori, or shaved ice. With various flavours and toppings to choose from, it is perfect for a break during the hot summer season.


Located inside a Kyo-Machiya, you can enjoy reasonably priced set meals at this restaurant, making it a popular destination for locals. With a menu that takes into special consideration into the ingredients used as well as the health of the customer through a well balanced meal, we recommend this for tourists as well.


Per Night Per Guest
From 33,000 yen
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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.