Umenoki-an | 梅の木庵

Umenoki-an | 梅の木庵

479 Umemiyachō Higashiyama-ku Kyōto 605-0061

Machiya House

Wake up within a traditional Japanese house to the soothing sounds of the Shirakawa River. This machiya house has all the charming spirit of Kyoto in an idyllic location.







Northern Gion, Shirawaka River.

A river lined with the yanagi weeping willow trees, bright green in the spring, the flickering of fireflies in the summer, and  a blanket of white snow in the winter. Simple look out from the bedroom window to see the majestic changes in scenery through the seasons.

A famous bridge, known as the Furukawamachi Bridge (古川町橋) provides a picturesque background to the machiya houses that sit along the Shirawaka River. Take a brisk morning stroll, or walk along the gently lit path that will lead you back to Umenoki-an machiya house.



Found in a prime location, the work of countless skilled craftsmen has bestowed new life within this traditional machiya house.

Beautifully furnished with a low table made of natural red cedar wood, delicately thin papered doors, and tatami mat flooring that stretch across the room. Each material has been carefully hand-selected to embrace the original design and architecture. From the color to the texture of each design element, together it will inspire your time in Kyoto.



Known as an “Eel’s sleeping place” (うなぎの寝床), the layout of these machiya houses are unique in that while at first glance long & narrow, you will discover more the further you delve into the house.

Entrance (“kudo”):

In the past, these kudo areas functioned as not only an entranceway, but a kitchen. The design of this area allows you to enter with your shoes on (contrary to general Japanese culture), to seamlessly blend the architecture with the surrounding neighborhood.


A large kitchen countertop, and windows that cover the entire length of the wall — this airy & brights space is the perfect place for you to make light meals during your stay.  

Essentials: IH cookers, cookware, kitchen appliances, dining ware, plates, cups and cutlery – enough for 4 guests.

Japanese Room (1st Floor):

Look up towards the ceiling, and you will see a variety of materials (a mixture of texture and color), a large beam that stretches across the room, and wickerwork pattern that help in bringing a sense of warmth to the atmosphere.

*When more than 2 guests stay at this house, 2 futon bedding will be set in this room.


From the Japanese room, the window frames the quaint tsuboniwa garden. Featuring a traditional water fountain, Japanese moss, and lush greenery helps to bring liveliness and calm to the house.


Pass through the garden to find a private bathroom in the back. Maintaining the original layout & structure of the house, we have updated the bathroom facilities– this charming feature allows you to experience an outdoor “ofuro” (bath), and will be sure to relax and rejuvenate your body after a day of sightseeing.

*A separate toilet area is located on the 1st Floor

Japanese-Style Room

A small, and intimate room on the 2nd Floor. From the otafuku windows, you’ll have a picturesque view of the Shirakawa River trickling gently below. As this house is located within a quiet neighborhood, you’ll be able to truly appreciate the gentle sounds of the river as you relax in this bedroom.

*2 Japanese futon bedding will be set in this room


  • 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 1
  • Bathroom (1st Floor shower & bathtub)
  • 4 Futon mattress
  • Cookware / Dining ware
  • Plates, cups & cutlery (enough for 3 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

A 5-minute walk from Higashiyama Station, this machiya house is perfect for those who would like to explore Kyoto on foot. Close enough to the beautifully preserved streets of Gion, simply follow the Shirakawa River south to find yourself in the midst of Hanamikoji Street.

Head north, and you’ll discover not only countless temples & shrines, but the Kyoto Municipal Museum (that showcases amazing exhibits year-around), and Kyoto City Zoo.

Whether you are walking, biking, or taking city transport, you’ll have the best access to many of Kyoto’s most treasured attractions.



From Kyoto Station to Umenoki-an by Train
-Approximately 20 minutes by train:

  1. Take the Karasuma Line and get off Karasuma-Oike Station
  2. Transfer for the Tozai Line and get off at Higashiyama Station (Exit 1)
  3. Walk to Umenoki-an (Approximately 5 minutes on foot)
From Kyoto Station to Umenoki-an by Taxi
Approximately 15 minutes (Taxi fare is between 1000 yen to 1,800 yen)

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


479 Umemiyachō Higashiyama-ku Kyōto 605-0061
Address (in Japanese)
〒605-6001 東山区梅宮町479
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.

Furukawa Shotengai 古川町商店街

If you would like to truly explore the local neighborhood, there is no better way that heading to the neighborhood shotengai (a shopping arcade with markets, restaurants, and more).

A retro shotengai that is still flourishing, you’ll find supermarkets still managed by friendly shop owners for more than 50 years, fish markets, tiny eateries and more. There are several new additions, such as the craft beer bar, and a Kyoto beef hamburg steak restaurant — adding to the rich and colorful history of this neighborhood.

Local Info

① 懐石辻留 | Tsujitome

A two-star Michelin rated restaurant, which serves traditional cha-kaiseki Japanese course meals and lunch “bento” boxes for take-away (no eat-in dining is available). Each meal that has been delivered is prepared using seasonal ingredients, and beautifully arranged. How about ordering a bento box, and eating along the Kamogawa River or in the comfort of your machiya house? Lunch boxes are filled with saba sushi (mackerel), light tamagoyaki egg rolls, grilled meats, pickled vegetables and more.

② 味舌 | Mashita

Found at the end of an alleyway, and nestled in between machiya houses is a traditional kaiseki restaurant. This restaurant is small and intimate, and prides itself on using only the best season ingredients, traditional cooking methods, and handmade Japanese confectionary served for dessert. Experience an authentic Japanese meal at Mashita! Lunch courses start from 7,000 yen (9 dishes).

③ 祇園えもん | Gion Emon

Savor the dishes of a variety of seafood cuisine! From fresh sashimi & sushi, to shellfish and more that are grilled to perfection. The courses offered here will allow you to taste the best “umi no sachi” (海の幸) — translated as “treasures of the sea” — or simply, the best seafood. Course meals start at 5,000 yen or you can order individual plates of sushi platters, and more.

④ 江戸京本店 | Edo-Kyo

Walk down a flight of stairs and enter into a sushi restaurant that has been serving its locals for more than a decade. A quiet, counter-seating space that is a mixture of contemporary & traditional calligraphy art. You’ll not only be impressed by the taste, but the atmosphere. Toro tuna, sea urchin, and grilled eel, are only a few of the delicious sushi on their menu. They also offer a variety of other dishes a la carte such as grilled octopus, simmered scallops, steamed abalone and more.

⑤ ぎをん天婦羅 天宗 | Gion Tensou

A must visit for anyone who loves tempura (seafood & vegetable, battered & deep-fried)! Each tempura dish is made to order, and their courses consist of dishes that not only complement each tempura dish, but are delicious on their own, too. Tempura shrimp, tempura eggplant, sashimi, and ten-don (tempura rice bowls). You’ll leave this restaurant wonderfully satisfied no matter how many times you visit.

⑥ らぁ~めん京 祇園店 | Ramen Miyako

The name says it all –a ramen noodle shop located in Gion, Kyoto. In Japan, each city boasts their own type and style of ramen, and Kyoto is no exception. Kyoto-style ramen is usually made with a soy-sauce base soup that is thick & rich, with straight noodles. Topped with kujo green onions, soft-boiled eggs, and thick pieces of pork. We recommend eating ramen with a side of gyoza dumplings!

⑦ ルバカサブル | Le Bac a Sable

A quaint bakery shop, first established in 2014. Freshly baked in a stone oven, this baker offers everything from simple croissants & french bread, to apricot topped danishes, rosemary & olive rolls, custard cream-filled bread and more. Open daily from 7:00am~19:00.

⑧ pooh’s?・・・cafe

If you love sweets, we recommend stopping by this quirky cafe.  From 15:00, they serve freshly made waffles topped with fresh fruit, hot apple-cinnamon waffles, and more. If you’d like a quick lunch, try their daily pasta set or “taco rice” lunch sets. Their menu also includes a variety of tea and beer. Open from 11:00am ~ 19:00; closed on Wednesdays.

*Information last updated on January 27th, 2017


From 30,000 yen per night From 15,000 yen
per guest
 From  33,000 yen per night From 11,000 yen
per guest
 From  36,000 yen per night  From 9,000 yen
per guest

This machiya house can accommodate up to 4 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.