History of Machiya

A Machiya is a traditional townhouse. Began in the Heian period (794-1185) and has been changed to suit the lifestyles and fashions of the modern day.

There are currently about 50,000 Machiya houses in Kyoto, most of which were rebuilt in the Meiji and Taisho periods and are said to be 50 to 100 years old. The number of Machiya’s are decreasing at a rate of approximately 800 houses per year, but recently there has been a growing movement towards preserving the Kyomachiya. 

The unique features of Kyomachiya are their narrow frontage and long, narrow shape in the back, called “eel beds,” and their unique exterior walls with Komayose and Mushikomado and others.


Special Promotion

Stay 2 Nights or More and Get 1 Night Free!

Take advantage of this opportunity and make your reservation now. Experience the ever-changing beauty of Kyoto, 
Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Immerse yourself in the charm of Kyoto’s four seasons by staying in a traditional Machiya.

Promotion period: Till 20 March 2024

Promotion Code: SGFN01

Winter Camapign

Machiya Kyoto Winter Campaign

The ancient capital city Kyoto in winter, with its serene atmosphere and crisp breeze is even more charming with the snow-covered streets, facinating temples and buildings. A unique winter experience living in a Machiya and enjoy fresh delicacies from the Sea of Japan only available during this season.

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Alternatively, you could win a luxurious,
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