Sanbo Nishinotoin-cho Machiya

Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Japan


  • Authentic machiya townhouse built in early 1900s.
  • Onsen-style Japanese Cedar bathtub.
  • Walking distance to cultural hubs of Gion and Miyagawa-cho.
  • Air-conditioning and heating system including underfloor heating.

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Please Note

- Rates shown are nett, inclusive of service charge & taxes.
- Minimum stay of 4 days on low season and 5 days on peak season
- Rates displayed about are in USD

Check-in: 2 pm

Check-out: 11 am


The Short & Sweet

  • Who. Perfectly suited for families or groups of up to 6 guests looking for an authentic ancient Japanese lifestyle experience and a glimpse into the old city life of Kyoto.

  • What. Machiyas are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan and typified in the historical capital of Kyoto. This 3-bedroom machiya features spacious living areas, ideal for entertaining guests or relaxing over a book. Downstairs, an enormous cedar bathtub looks out over a private garden enclosing a small household shrine. The Sanbo Nishinotoin-cho machiya has its own tea ceremony room on the first floor, and a private back garden. Radiant underfloor heating is installed throughout the house.

  • Why. First-hand experience in historical Japanese living, located in the heart of Kyoto, and surrounded by traditional Japanese culture. The street frontage of the property is occupied by Koyama-en, one of Kyoto's finest tea shops, serving green tea and traditional sweets.

What We Love

  • Release. Soak and relax in the warm Cedar wood bath and experience the feeling of a Japanese onsen in comfort and privacy.

  • Experience. Within easy walking distance, Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.

  • Explore. Visit the Nijo-jo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1603 as the residence and symbol of power of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, famous for its squeaking 'nightingale' floorboards.


  • Most of Iori's machiya were built approximately 100 years ago and still retain their original structures and unique architectural features.

  • Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property.

  • The machiya bedroom is Japanese-style, with plush futon mattresses spread on tatami flooring.

  • Down quilts are provided for sleeping comfortably in winter.

  • There are no televisions, telephones, or CD players in the machiya.

  • Partly for fire safety reasons, and partly because Iori machiya are equipped with only basic cooking facilities, guests are asked to refrain from cooking more than simple breakfasts in the houses.

  • The staff will be happy to book a table for you at the best local restaurants, or order in dinner from a choice of Kyoto's top kaiseki restaurants, allowing you to enjoy the finest local cuisine served on lacquer trays in the comfort of your own room.

  • There are 24-hour convenience stores within a 5 minutes walk of each Iori machiya.

  • Unaccompanied minors aged 20 or younger are not allowed to stay in Iori machiya. Adult supervision is required for all student groups.

  • As the machiya are historic wooden buildings decorated with antiques, for preservation and fire safety reasons, Iori maintains a strict non-smoking policy on the premises of the machiya.

  • Pets are not allowed in Iori machiya.

  • Machiya are built on limited space with houses standing side by side, so one's neighbours are never far away. Iori machiya are in quieter locations, where guests can expect an appropriate level of respect and consideration of their privacy.

Amenities & Services

  • Garden
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • WiFi - Throughout Property
  • Heating
  • Under Floor Heating