Sumire-an | 二条すみれ庵

Sumire-an | 二条すみれ庵

172-8 Kaji-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-8267 Japan

"Nijo Sumire-an"
Machiya House

Found in the backyard of Kyoto’s beautifully preserved Nijo castle, a stone-paved path will lead you towards a machiya that has witnessed countless events throughout this historically-rich city.







Located in Nakagyo-ku (中京区), which refers to the central area of the city, this particular area of Kyoto will offer you countless opportunities to visit the city’s most famous attractions.

From Sumire-an, you will be a short walk away from Nijo Castle (which was home to the powerful Tokugawa family shoguns roughly 150 years ago), Mibu Temple, Nishiki Market, the Shinsen-en Garden, and more.

The popular Gion area is also easily accessible from Sumire-an. Take a 10 minute bus ride, and head East towards this beautifully preserved historical neighborhood.

In addition, Nakagyo-ku is home to numerous modern attractions: the Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto Art Center, and is a 20 min. walk to Kyoto’s popular shopping and dining area.



A playful machiya that utilizes a variety of different wood native to Japan, each area of the house exquisitely melds together elements of rich, dark brown wood to the lighter and softer impression of the Japanese Cypress wood. This particular characteristic helps transform the minimalistic design of the traditional machiya townhouse to bring a sense of warmth and relaxation.



Lattice windows filters natural light within the machiya while offering its residents a place of privacy. Sumire-an is one of the many machiya houses lining this charming neighborhood — complete with a stone-paved street.


A fully functional kitchen can be found on the 1st floor. Because all of the basic kitchen necessities are available, you will be free to use the kitchen to make light meals during your stay.

Inner Room

The warm & inviting atmosphere of the earthen walls perfectly balances out the distinctive wooden beams that stretch across the ceilings.

The “Yukimi Shoji” sliding doors looking out into the garden allow you to appreciate Japan’s beautiful seasons all year around.

“Tsuboniwa” Garden

This garden has features the Japanese maple tree – lush, and a vibrant green during the spring and summer. The stone-paved path surrounding the tree will provide the perfect backdrop to these leaves as they turn a bright, crimson color in the autumn.


The bathroom not only features a Japanese Hinoki wood bathtub– which gives off a distinctive warm, lemon scent – but the entire room is enveloped in this traditional machiya house feature.

There is a separate toilet space on both the 1st and 2nd floor.

Living Room

During your stay, relax and unwind in this room after a long day of travelling around the historical city of Kyoto. A “horigotatsu” table (Japanese-style low table, with sunken flooring) can be found in the Japanese room. This table is perfect for guests who would like to experience sitting down on tatami-flooring, but are not used to sitting with their legs tucked underneath. You’ll be able to relax in comfort while looking out into the “tsuboniwa garden”.

*When 6 guests stay in this machiya house, 2 futons will be set in the Japanese-style room.

2nd Floor

Western-Style Room:

The windows of this room provide plenty of natural light, and light from the “hibukuro”– a traditional Japanese machiya feature, which acted as a chimney in the past. You will also be able to appreciate the architecture of these Kyo-machiya as you look up towards the wooden beams that support the open ceiling. There is also an additional washbasin, and a large mirror in this bedroom for your convenience

*2 Western-style twin beds will be set in this room.

Japanese-style Room:

The sloped ceiling of this tatami-lined room (traditional straw mats) also features a skylight. With the warmth of the natural light flooding the room, you will be able to experience a tranquil atmosphere that can only be experienced in a machiya house.

*2 Japanese-style futon bedding can be set here.


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine (Clothes Dryer function included)
  • Washing detergent
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner (each room)
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 2
  • Bathroom (Separate shower & bathtub)
  • 2 Twin beds & 4 Futon mattress
  • Cookware / Diningware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 6 guests)
  • 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

With the grand view of the historical Nijo Castle just a couple of blocks away, take a leisurely stroll from this popular World Heritage Site to find yourself in front of this quaint little machiya house.

This machiya neighbors another one of our popular machiya, Akane-an (あかね庵). When both houses are reserved, up to 10 guests can stay in this charming neighborhood.

Please take a look at the following link for more information regarding the neighboring machiya house :  Akane-an | Machiya Residence Inn Kyoto



From Kyoto Station to Nijo Sumire-an by Subway
-Approximately 16 minutes by Subway:

  1. Take the Kyoto Subway (Karasuma Line)
  2. Transfer at Karasuma-Oike Station to Tozai Line
  3. Get off at Nijo-jo Mae Station
  4. Walk to Sumire-an (Approximately 6 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Nijo Sumire-an by Taxi
– Approximately 15 minutes (about 3.5 kilometers)

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


172-8 Kaji-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-8267 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒604-8267 京都市中京区鍛冶町172-8
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.

Despite being located near the famous sight seeing attraction, Nijo Castle,  turn down the stone-paved path to find yourself in a place of serenity.

Its close proximity to a lively local 商店街 (“shoutengai” – long street lined with various markets and eateries), will allow you to shop and dine as the locals do. Explore a side of Kyoto that is hidden from the guide books to make your stay in Kyoto an unforgettable experience.

Local Info

① Yubi Café
A fashionable machiya style cafe. Besides the delicious okayu lunch (traditional Japanese-style rice porridge), you can also enjoy cakes and desserts.

② Chiroru Café
A retro cafe with a nice atmosphere.

③ Laterner Café
A restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast from 9am to 11am, and lunch from 11:30am to 14:30pm.

④ Ranhotei
A machiya style cafe. You can experience and take part in a sado tea ceremony by making a reservation.

A cafe where you can enjoy delicious tea while enjoying view of the garden. Breakfast is from 8am to 11am, lunch is from 11am to 15:00pm, and dinner is from 17:00am.

⑥ Coffee Teramachi
A machiya style cafe known for their delicious coffee.

⑦ Le Petit Mec
A bakery famous for having delicious bread as well as sandwiches. Open until 8pm, it is a convenient place to stop in for just a few things.


Per night

Per guest
2 guests From 29,000 yen per night From 14,500 yen per guest
3 guests From 33,000 yen per night From 11,000 yen per guest
4 guests From 37,000 yen per night From 9,250 yen per guest
5 guests From 41,000 yen per night From 8,200 yen per guest
6 guests From 45,000 yen per night From 7,500 yen per guest

This machiya house can accommodate up to 6 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.