Retaining elaborate design and a Japanese atmosphere
Tawara-an East: High-grade Traditional Townhouse Accommodation

The Goshominami area once flourished as the center of ancient Kyoto. To the north, the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, containing the Kyoto Imperial Palace, spreads out. To the east runs the Kamo-gawa River, which serves as a place of relaxation for local residents. As the Shijo Karasuma and Shijo Kawaramachi areas with numerous commercial facilities are within walking distance, the location is popular as the leading residential area in Kyoto.

In one corner of this Goshominami area lies Tawara-an, which comprises Tawara-an West and Tawara-an East, both located on Tominokoji Street. The locations were once traditional townhouses that combined living and retail spaces in once, and their dignified appearance is reminiscent of the luxury of bygone days. Even the scrolls of Kaishu Katsu were once housed here.

Tawara-an East is located near the entrance gate. The first floor makes use of the original Japanese room, and includes a newly installed sunken kotatsu (foot warmer under a table) that makes it comfortable for elderly and foreign guests. Alongside this room is a luxurious umbrella pine bath. Guests can relieve the fatigue of travel in the relaxing bathtub. The second floor has two bedrooms, a Western room with a Simmons bed and a Japanese room. This authentic machiya townhouse will allow you to fully experience the atmosphere of a townhouse down to the fine details.

A rare machiya townhouse retaining its original craftsmanship in every corner

This outstanding residence retains its original carpentry, which is difficult to recreate today. Those authentic designs can be seen at every turn. The Japanese room on the first floor is one such example. The floor underneath the tatami mats is covered with boards of cedar, producing a construction designed for warmth and durability. The uniquely shaped wood from crape myrtle used in the alcove is also precious. In addition, the rounded wood in the pillars is made from costly red cedar, with the lower portion of the pillars carved away to reveal the annual rings inside the wood. Another unseen part of the structure is the use of hooked nails crafted individually by hand, some of which continue to be used without modification. Guests can think about the lives people led at the time while enjoying a stay in a charming traditional townhouse.

Rented based on each building (100 square meters)
Capacity: 2 – 10 guests
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Smoking is prohibited / Bathroom and toilet are separate / Lavatory is equipped with a washing area and a bathing area / Washing machine / Dryer
Internet (Wi-Fi) is available for free.