332-6 Kagiyachō Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi 600-8178

Machiya House

This machiya townhouse sits quietly on a tiny side street within a peaceful neighbourhood, offering you an experience that will allow you to take in the lifestyle and atmosphere of the local residents of Kyoto.







Tucked away within a small alley in an old-fashioned part of town lies “Tokiwa-an” machiya house. One stop away from the main Kyoto Station, this traditional Japanese house will provide you with a relaxing home during your stay in Kyoto.

The restored lattice frameworks and “mushikado” windows, a style inspired by children’s insect cages, perfectly complement the Japanese shingles—a distinctive feature of many traditional machiya. Gas lamps that reflect the historical nature of this house light the pathway that lead you towards this charming machiya house.



A machiya house lined with tatami flooring (traditional straw mats)– the entire house radiates with a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Utilizing natural materials throughout the house, this machiya house showcases a multitude of antique fixtures & traditional design elements, which will evoke a sense of history and time that has stood still.



A machiya house that boasts many traditional characteristic features — the exterior makes use of the “Ichi-monji” roof tiling, retro-style gas lanterns, and lattice windows.

Traditional machiya are often fitted with the ichi-monji ceramic roof tiles, named after its visual representation of the Chinese character “一” (ichi), where tiles are gathered straight without any space.


Take a step inside, and you will find ceilings and walls made from “jyuraku” (a process where earthen plaster is applied to a bamboo lattice; often used by craftsmen at Japanese temples and shrines), tatami flooring, and old-fashioned beams decorate the ceilings. Antique wooden fixtures and furnishings are tastefully displayed in the welcoming living room making you feel right at 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.


The kitchen space is hidden behind wooden, sliding latticed doors. Behind these doors, you will fully functioning kitchen, where you will be able to cook light meals with ingredients from the local supermarket.

A high open ceiling, which was used to ventilate smoke from the furnace and kitchen and was an essential part of every machiya has been constructed allowing natural light from above to pour in.


There are 2 toilets, 1 bathroom, and 1 washroom found on the 1st floor. A modern, cedar wood-lined bathroom will allow you to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing.

From the bathtub, a window looks out into the small garden to offer guests a sense of serenity.


Gardens found in a machiya are not only visually appealing, but also function as a practical design of the house. “Tsuboniwa” gardens were constructed to funnel the wind, and cool down the inside of the machiya during the hot summer months.

The rafter of the veranda that overlooks the garden is made from Kyoto cedar, which is often used at shrines and temples throughout the city.

2nd Floor Bedroom:

High open ceilings and a staircase will lead guests up to the bedroom of Tokiwa-an.

Western-Style Bedroom:

This environmentally friendly bedroom is made from natural materials including floors made from Japanese cedar, & traditional mud plastered walls built by craftsmen.

You will find 2 twin-sized beds in this area of the bedroom. Complementing this modern design is the traditional Japanese-style bedroom area.

Japanese-Style Bedroom:

2 Japanese futon bedding can be set in the room where floors are lined with tatami (Traditional flooring made from reed). The ceiling’s high, wooden beams not only reflect the historic nature of this place, but give the bedroom an airy feeling, a perfect place for guests to relax.



  • 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 & 3 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

With all of Kyoto’s transportation options at your fingertips, travelling around the city to visit the most popular, and not as well-known sight seeing attractions has never been easier. This machiya house is short walk away from the Kyoto City Subway line, one stop away from the main Kyoto Station, and is surrounded by several bus stops.

If you would like to visit a temple during your early morning walk, take a 5-minute stroll to the grand Higashi Honganji Temple, or Shosei-en Garden.



From Kyoto Station to Tokiwa-an by Train
-Approximately 6 minutes by Train:

1. Take the Subway Karasuma Line
2. Get off at “Gojo Station” and leave the station from Exit No.6
3. Walk to Tokiwa-an (Approximately 1 minute on foot)

From Kyoto Station to Tokiwa-an by Taxi
– Approximately 3 minutes by Taxi (about 1.2 kilometers)

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


332-6 Kagiyachō Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi 600-8178
Address (in Japanese)
〒600-8178 京都市下京区鍵屋町332-6
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.

“Tokiwa-an” truly lets you experience life as a local.

A neighborhood supermarket located just around the corner will provide you with fresh local produce for you to use in the fully function kitchen. Get lost exploring the neighborhood, and you will discover a multitude of restaurants and cafes frequented by your neighbors. Come and explore a different side of the city by staying in this quaint machiya house.

Local Info


An Ohagi specialized store established in 1897, Imanishiken’s ohagi are a famous and coveted souvenir of Kyoto. Not too sweet, their ohagi are a perfect snack or gift.


This restaurant offers an innovative and fresh approach to Japanese cuisine. Located inside a renovated machiya, guests can enjoy the ambience of Kyoto while eating. We recommend trying their daily lunch special, packed with volume at only 850 yen.


A Japanese restaurant offering reasonably priced lunches. Operating as an Izakaya during the night, the many customers lend themselves to the lively and fun atmosphere. They also offer boxed bento meals to take home.


A small and casual Italian eatery open both during lunch and at night. Their menu primarily offers dishes from Tuscany, Italy.

5.à peu près Kyoto
Located in a machiya house, this small french restaurant has many fans among both locals and tourists alike for their ability to bring casual style french dining to guests. We recommend making a reservation ahead of time if you are planning a visit, both for lunch and dinner times.

A small and casual restaurant located near the Higashi Honganji Temple. Their theme of “French cuisine you can eat with chopsticks” perfectly conveys their blending of French and Kyoto style cuisine into their dishes.


Per Night Per Guest
From 24,000 yen
per night
From 12,000 yen
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From 27,000 yen
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From 9,000 yen
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From 30,000 yen
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From 7,500 yen
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From 33,000 yen
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From 6,660 yen
per night

This machiya house can accommodate up to 5 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.

*Reservations at this machiya house are accepted from 3 NIGHTS or more.