Sumitsugu | 清水五条 墨継ぐ

Sumitsugu | 清水五条 墨継ぐ

32-14 Gojōbashihigashi 2-chōme Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0846

Machiya House

Within a city that preserves its old customs while simultaneously embracing a more modern culture lies a machiya house embodying this idea in both name and design.







Gojo Ohashi Bridge

Kyoto is famous for giving birth to numerous stories and legends that paint a picture of its rich history. Gojo-Ohashi Bridge is just one of numerous historical places only a few minutes walk away from Sumitsugu machiya house.

This famous bridge is where the legendary battle of Benkei (a Japanese warrior monk) & a young Yoshitsune (a future military commander) took place. In addition to being a historical site, this area is home to rows of Japanese cherry blossoms that bloom pink & white in the spring, and display vibrant colors during the autumn months.




A city where old embraces new, and new embraces old.

Sumitsugu machiya house derives its name from 「墨継ぎ」(sumitsugi), the act of refilling a brush with new sumi-ink and continuing one’s calligraphic art. Playing upon the kanji characters of 「墨継ぎ」is「住み継ぎ」– which can also be read as sumitsugi — and refers to the act of continuing the way of life.

By continuing the traditions and memories passed on between generations, and incorporating new elements within the space, you’ll be able to fully experience both past and present within Sumitsugu machiya house.



Venture down a narrow alley way to find yourself surrounded by architecture that evoke images of a traditional Japan. The lattice windows of this house were designed to specifically allow for plenty of natural light to enter the interior.


When you step into the machiya house, a charming figure of an ox-drawn carriage welcomes you. Look up to find an open space that stretches above to the floor above — an elegant and spacious atmosphere.


A fully functional kitchen — that will provide you with all of the essentials during your stay– is tucked away beneath the wooden stairs. From induction heating cookers, toaster, microwave, and more. Feel free to use the space as if it were your own home to cook light meals during your stay.

Living Room:

A living room that presents the perfect harmony between modern & traditional, and Japanese & Western. With traditional elements such as Shoji (paper-sliding doors), to the lively and colorful painting donning the wall, relax on the inviting sofa as you look out into the tsuboniwa garden.

*Floor heating provided to help combat the colder months.

*Bluetooth Speakers are available on the 1F for you to use during your stay.


The tatami-lined room adjacent offer another space for you to unwind after a day of exploring the city. The low-table (kotatsu), a typical feature in Japanese houses, allows creates plenty of space to leisurely relax — for groups both large and small.

When more than 5 guests stay at this house, up to 3 Japanese-style futon bedding can be set here.

*Floor heating provided to help combat the colder months.


A bathroom that features marble floor, glass doors, a large window looking out into the tsuboniwa garden, and an overhead shower will allow you to truly relax in luxury.

A separate toilet space can be found on the 1st floor; a separate toilet & shower room can be found on the 2nd floor.

Western-style Room:

Appreciate and marvel at the unique architecture of the traditional machiya in this room. This room features an open ceiling that reveals the attic & a large, wooden beam that has supported the house for many years. The walls also reveal Sumitsugu’s history, as the house’s original foundation is purposely incorporated within the design.

2 Twin Beds will be set in this room.

Japanese-Style Room:

Unwind in this traditional Japanese room, which is enveloped by natural sunlight in the afternoon. Push aside the Shoji windows to peer down into the first floor, and to create a more spacious atmosphere. At night, the light fixtures present another charming atmosphere for you to enjoy and relax within.

Up to 3 Japanese-style futon bedding can be set here.


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • Bluetooth Speaker (1st Floor)
  • Plasma TV
  • Washing machine
  • Washing detergent
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner (each room)
  • Induction Heating Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Rice cooker
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Toilet x 2 (1st Floor x 1; 2nd Floor x 1)
  • Bathroom (Separate shower & bathtub)
  • 2 Twin beds & 6 Futon mattress
  • Cookware / Diningware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 8 guests)
  • Kitchen cloth & sponge
  • Kitchen detergent
  • Floor Heating (1st floor Living Room/Japanese Room area)


  • 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

Sumitsugu machiya house is located near Gojo Dori, a street lined with shops that display the well-renowned Kiyomizu-yaki pottery and porcelain.
Follow the street east to find yourself at Kiyomizu Temple. Travel north to find Kennin-ji Temple, and the historical neighborhood of Gion & Ponto-cho.



From Kyoto Station to Sumitsugu by Train
-Approximately 13 minutes by Train:

  1. Take the JR Nara Line and get off at Tofukuji Station
  2. Transfer for the Keihan Line and get off at Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
  3. Walk to Sumitsugu (Approximately 5 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Sumitsugu by Taxi
Approximately 10 minutes (Taxi fare is approximately 960 yen to 1,500 yen)

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


32-14 Gojōbashihigashi 2-chōme Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0846
Address (in Japanese)
〒 605-8376 東山区五条橋東2-32-14
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 8pm.

Much like Sumitsugu itself, this machiya house can be found within a neighborhood that is home to both traditional and modern. This machiya house is perfect for those who are looking to experience Kyoto by exploring the backstreets, and wandering throughout the city to discover all of its hidden gems.

Local Info

① エフィッシュ efish

A cafe, gallery, and shop located along the Kamogawa River. This cute cafe is perfect for a rainy day, or a lazy afternoon. Look out of the big window to enjoy a beautiful view of Higashiyama mountains and the Kamo river. They offer everything from sandwiches, cakes, curry, coffee, to alcoholic beverages. We recommend trying their daily special soup and cake. Open daily from 11:00am ~ 10:00pm

②枝魯枝魯ひとしな Giro Giro Hitoshina

If you are looking for some casual Kaiseki (traditional multi-course dinner) with a modern twist, then we recommend trying this restaurant. A small and intimate dining space, there is only one menu course menu available– changing on a monthly basis. Each dish is created using fresh seasonal ingredients, and innovative in both taste and presentation. Course meals are under 5,000 yen a person, and reservations are a must!

③ 茶房「半兵衛」Hanbeifu

A famous traditional restaurant that was first established more than 320 years ago, Hanabeifu serves a variety of dishes using “fu” (麩; wheat gluten made from soybeans) and “yuba” (tofu skin). Tofu baked and coated with miso, “nama-fu” (raw fu), fried yuba, desserts, and other specialties are offered here. This restaurant is perfect for vegetarians looking to try traditional Japanese cuisi ne, but is sure to satisfy non-vegetarians, too! Please ask our staff members if you would like assistance in making a reservation.

④ 辨慶 東山店 Benkei

A restaurant whose name is inspired by the famous tale of a warrior monk. This long-established udon noodles restaurant is located down the road of Gojo Oohashi. They serve simple, traditional-style udon noodles, in addition to other variations served with tempura an curry. Curry udon noodles are t heir most popular dish – we guarantee that you will not get tired of their tasty flavored dishes no matter how many times you go!

⑤京懐石はり清 Harise

Harise was first established during the Edo Period, and is currently run by the 12th generation owner/chef. Seasonal Kaiseki dishes (Kyoto Cuisine), with each dish carefully wonderfully made and presented before you. You can also buy Chirimen Sansho (topping often eaten together with rice) as a souvenir, or participate in their traditional Japanese cooking class! (Lunch: courses starting at 8000 yen, for dinner courses a reservation is required)

⑥ 蜃気楼 Shinkirou

How about lunch at a restaurant that is loved and frequently visited by maiko and geisha? Located within Miyagawa-cho and a former ochaya (where maiko and geiko live and work), this eatery serves casual dishes that are reminiscent of Japanese home cooked meals. We recommend trying their tempura lunch plate or one of their daily special lunch sets.

⑦東山茶寮 Saryou

The Japanese sweets at this store are a must-try if you are in Kyoto. A sweets store that serves yo-fu wagashi (洋風和菓子; Japanese-Western fusion sweets). Using ingredients such as Uji green tea, and infusing it in Roll cakes, Japanese purin (custard pudding), and more. We highly recommend to try their Uji Green Tea parfait, using high quality green tea from Uji.

*Information last updated on December 10th, 2016


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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.