Tachibana-an | 滋野たちばな庵

Tachibana-an | 滋野たちばな庵

148-3 Kageyukoji-cho Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 600-0837 Japan

Machiya House

West of the Imperial Palace, in one of Kyoto’s most historical neighborhoods, lies a machiya house that reflects the traditional and charming features of Japan’s former capital.







“Tachibana-an” machiya house neighbours the old Imperial Palace (御所 Gosho), which had been a place of residence for the Imperial family for more than 1,000 years. Within the earthen walls that surround the palace grounds is the Imperial Palace Park – a sprawling area featuring lush greenery that can be enjoyed with the changing seasons.

You’ll find Japanese sakura in the spring, vibrant green trees providing cool shade during the summer months, & autumn featuring brightly coloured leaves of the maple trees.



“Tachibana-an” machiya house plays up the natural light that permeates the entire house.

From the soft light filtering through the lattice windows, the subdued glow reflecting off the garden’s greenery, to the flood of natural light coming from the skylight above the kitchen — “Tachibana-an” will provide you with a relaxing and airy space during your stay in Kyoto.



A few feet away from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, you will find a machiya house designed with dark, wooden lattice windows contrasting its white walls. Although small and modest at first glance, one step into “Tachibana-an” and you will find yourself in a spacious and airy traditional house.

Japanese Room (Entrance)

This tatami-lined area features custom-made washi paper (和紙; delicately thin Japanese paper) — designed with the concept of the “circle of life” in mind, this golden-hued washi gently reflects the light filtering through the windows.


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.

Dining Room

A dining table is available for you in this open-plan space. Ideal for guests who are not accustomed to the tatami floor seating — there will be cushion seatings, and 2 chairs available when sitting at the dining table.

“Tsuboniwa” Garden

Enjoy the traditional elements found in many Japanese gardens. A small, stone-carved pagoda, a Japanese water fountain known as “sozu,” and the rich green hues of the plants and trees featured within the “tsuboniwa”.


This bathroom has been designed using tiles resembling wooden planks and green & black ceramic detailing. At the foot of this spacious bathtub is a window– unwind after a day of traveling as you peer out into the “tsuboniwa” garden.

A separate toilet space is available on both the 1st and 2nd floor.

Living Room

During your stay, relax and unwind in this room after a long day of traveling around the historical city of Kyoto. When 6 guests stay in this machiya house, 2 futons will be set here.


Western-Style Room:

A large window gives backdrop to 2 twin-sized beds — providing plenty of light in the bedroom. An adjacent window looks down into the machiya’s “hibukuro,” a traditional chimney space that opens up from the 1st floor all the way to the rooftop. At the top of this hibukuro is a skylight– another source of natural light that opens up the space within “Tachibana”.

Japanese-style Room:

The Japanese tatami-lined room (traditional straw mats) incorporates western influences in design. 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 this machiya house. 2 Japanese-style futon bedding can be set here.


  • Complimentary WIFI Internet
  • 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 & 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

“The Beauty of Light & Shadow”

Known as an “Eel’s Sleeping Place” (ウナギの寝床)– long, and narrow entrances, which open up to a larger space the further you move within the house. From the first morning light, to when the last rays of the day disappear, you’ll be able to enjoy a different view of the garden throughout the day.
Separating the street and the quiet interior of the machiya is a “mushi komado” (蟲籠窓). Windows  designed with thin wooden latticework — allowing for the natural light to gently filter through the spaces in between.
A traditional machiya characteristic is the “hibukuro” chimney– a large opening that stretches from the first floor to the top. This “hibukuro” acts as another source of light that breathes life within the “Tachibana-an”.



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

  1. Take the Kyoto Subway (Karasuma Line)
  2. Get off at Marutamachi Station and leave the station from Exit No.2
  3. Walk to Tachibana-an (Approximately 8 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Tachibana-an by Taxi
Approximately 14 minutes (about 4.2 kilometers)

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


148-3 Kageyukoji-cho Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 600-0837 Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒600-0837 京都市上京区勘解由小路町148-3
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.

To the South is the popular Nishiki Market that is enjoyed by travellers and locals alike.

Head toward the North, and you’ll find Kamigamo Jinja — a shrine that participates in one of three main Kyoto festivals, “Aoi Matsuri”.

The East is where you’ll find Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. You’ll find countless ways to enjoy Kyoto’s four distinctive seasons.

Look towards the West for an area that has perfected the balance between historical and modern. You can also visit the grand Nijo Castle — home to many emperors of the past.

Local Info

1.Mendokoro Kouan
You can enjoy many menu items, including udon noodles, which use fresh Kyoto ingredients such as vegetables and fish.

With all seats located in private tatami rooms, you can relax and enjoy “Tsuyu Shabu” (soup shabu-shabu) at your leisure.

3.Marutamachi Jyunidanya
A restaurant close to Marutamachi Station, it originally began as an Ochazuke, or rice with tea poured over it, shop. You can enjoy many menu items from simple ochazuke to steaks and sashimi.

A Bakery located in front of the Kyoto Prefecture Second Sekijyuuji Hospital. As well as buying goods to take home, you can enjoy their freshly baked breads and sandwiches in their cafe space.

5.Point Pour Point
This sweets shop uses fresh and seasonal ingredients sent from farms across Japan in their cakes and baked goods.

An Izakaya, or Japanese style pub, specializing in yakitori, grilled skewered chicken, where you can gaze out into their inner garden while enjoying your meal.

7.Sushi Shigetomi
A sushi restaurant located inside an alley in Gosho Minami. The red lantern outside makes is easy to spot.


per night

per night
2 guests From 29,000 yen per night From 14,500 yen per night
3 guests From 32,000  yen per night From 10,667 yen per night
4 guests From  35,000 yen per night From 8,750 yen  per night
5 guests From  38,000 yen per night From 7,600 yen per night
6 guests From  41,000 yen per night From 6,833 yen per night

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.