Tsukikusa-an | つき草庵

Tsukikusa-an | つき草庵

440-8 Nishigomonchō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0816, Japan

Machiya House

“Tsukikusa-an” is a kyo-Machiya (traditional Japanese townhouse) that is nothing short of intrigue. You will be able to rent out the entire house all for yourselves.








Many geisha, or geiko, have spent their youths in these hanamachi districts practicing and perfecting their skills in Japan’s traditional and high-class form of entertainment – singing, dancing, musical instruments, and more. You can find subtle reminders of this colourful past throughout the house.

This particular kyo-machiya is owned by a former geisha, also known as geiko or maiko, who worked at one of the many お茶や(O-cha-ya) found in Kyoto’s hanamachi districts. Although o-cha-ya can quite literally be translated as “tea house,” it holds a history much more rich and complex than what the name suggests. Even today, O-cha-ya are establishments where these geiko and maiko go to perform high-class entertainment for its patrons.



“Tsukikusa-an” is located in Miyagawa-cho, right next to the famous and historical Gion.
Both Miyagawa-cho and Gion are two of five famous Hanamachi districts (flower districts) of Kyoto.

You and your guests (up to 6 guests can be accommodated) will be able to rent out this entire Machiya townhouse all for yourselves.

Despite this property being located in the middle of one of Kyoto’s most popular and exciting areas, take one step inside this Machiya and find yourself a world away from the busy city life.



Walk towards the end of a narrow alley to find Tsukikusa-an, where you will be greeted by a bright red paper lantern, and traditional lattice doorways.

 Dining Room:

Slide open the door to reveal an inviting and spacious dining room – a large wooden table that can seat up to 6 — that is perfect for when you want to enjoy a simple breakfast in the morning or a relaxing dinner at night. The natural light filtering in from the glass-paned entrance doors, and soft light from the shoji screens (paper sliding screens) of the living room creates the perfect atmosphere for you to feel at home in. This space is ideal for guests who may not be accustomed to sitting on tatami floor as many Japanese people do.

Living Room:

However, when you would like to experience a more traditional side of Japan, the adjacent 和室 (wa-shi-tsu; Japanese-style) living room is available for you to utilize. Look out into the garden, which is filled with greenery quintessential of Japanese gardens that can be appreciated during all seasons.


Sharing the same space as the living room is the kitchen. Although designed with the traditional machiya in mind, Rikyu-an successfully blends the traditional with the modern by utilizing a jet-black counter top and retro sink fixtures. We invite guests to use this fully functional kitchen to prepare light meals during your stay.


A small and intimate bathroom area, with a bathtub reminiscent of a traditional Japanese “goemon-buro” awaits for you to unwind in. The walls are lined with “hinoki,” a type of wood that has long been rooted in Japanese history. Used as material for building temples, shrines, and even castles, the “hinoki wood” is significant to Japanese life. The bathtub found at Tsukikusa-an reflects the traditional “goemon-buro” bathtub, but with a modern twist.

Look out into the Japanese garden as you relax after a day of exploring the city, and allow the serene atmosphere to wash over you.

First Floor x 1 toilet space   /    Second Floor x 1 toilet space

2nd Floor

Western-style Room

The western-style room : High ceilings, and a large window covered by a shoji screen transform the bedroom into an airy and calm space. An old-fashioned beam that has supported the house from when it was first built serves as a reminder of Tsukikusa’s history. This western-style room has 2 twin-sized beds.

2 Western-style twin beds can be found in this room.

Japanese-Style Room

Adjacent is a tatami-lined room large enough to set 2 futon bedding. A large window opens up to a balcony from where you can look out towards your surroundings. For groups of more than 4, two additional futon bedding will be set in the Japanese-room found on the 1st floor.


  • 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 & 4 Futon mattress
  • Cookware
  • Plates, Cups & Cutlery
  • Kitchen cloth & Sponge
  • Kitchen Detergent
  • Floor heating on the 1st Floor


  • 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

“Tsukikusa-an” is located in Miyagawa-cho, right next to the famous and historical Gion.
Both Miyagawa-cho and Gion are two of five famous Hanamachi districts (flower districts) of Kyoto, and are considered to be the most well-preserved historical districts of Kyoto.

You’ll find yourself a world away whilst walking amongst the stone-cobbled streets and traditional Japanese architecture.



From Kyoto Station to Tsukikusa-an by Train
-Approximately 15 minutes by Train:

  1. Take the Keihan Line
  2. Get off at “Gion Shijo” Station
  3. Walk to Tsukikusa-an (Approximately 5 minutes by foot)
From Kyoto Station to Tsukikusa-an by Taxi
– Approximately 12 minutes by Taxi (about 2.8 kilometers)

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


440-8 Nishigomonchō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-0816, Japan
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-0816京都市東山区 西御門町 440-8
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.

There are numerous restaurants that serve traditional and modern Kyoto cuisine, some of Kyoto’s most well established shops, and the city’s best sightseeing spots surrounding this Machiya.

A 5-minute walk will lead you towards two other famous Kyoto “hanamachi” districts: Gion, and Ponto-cho. Walk a little further towards the Kamo River and find yourself at Shijo-Kawaramachi – Kyoto City’s exciting shopping, dining, and nightlife area.

Local Info

1. KAMI-CHA-TANI 上茶谷 (Izakaya Restaurant)

An izakaya dining within a relaxed atmosphere — a variety of traditional Japanese cuisine (sashimi, oden, yakitori, etc.), and Japanese sake and shochu is available for you to try.

2. Miyagawa-cho Oumi (Wine & Bar)

Have a taste of some of the best hand-picked wine in a traditional atmosphere while enjoying the companionship of a geiko or maiko.

3. Shin-ki-ro 蜃氣楼 (Izakaya; lunch also available)

A former O-cha-ya, here,you can enjoy Japanese dishes that use some of Kyoto’s finest local ingredients.

4. Meigetsu-do 名月堂

A Kyoto traditional sweets shop (wa-ga-shi) — hand-made sweets, with a menu that changes along with the season – makes for the perfect souvenir for you to bring home or taste during your stay at Tsukikusa-an

5. おやじ(O-ya-ji)

“Yaki-soba” is a noodle dish that is loved by both young and old – this dish is made on a “teppan,” which means that it’ll be cooked right before your eyes.

6. 日曜日のパン屋さん (nichi-you-no-pan-yasan)

A bakery shop that is only open on Sundays – if you’re lucky enough to be staying at Tsukikusa on a Sunday, you’ll be able to savour the taste of some delicious, fresh-baked bread


Per Night Per Guest
2 guests From 27,000 yen per night From 13,500 yen per guest
3 guests From 30,000 yen per night From 10,000 yen per guest
4 guests From 33,000 yen per night From 8,250 yen per guest
5 guests From 36,000 yen per night From 7,200 yen per guest
6 guests From 39,000 yen per night  From 6,500 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.