Former Tea House Kyomachiya near Yasaka St.

八坂通近く 元お茶屋の京町家(京都市東山区小松町) 八坂通近く 元お茶屋の京町家(京都市東山区小松町)


A Kyomachiya with strong traces of a former tea house

Nestled in the heart of the Higashiyama Kiyomizu area, one of Kyoto's prime tourist destinations, you'll discover a wealth of history, a multitude of historic shrines and temples, and stylish restaurants offering gastronomic delights that are Instagram-worthy. Moreover, the neighborhood is enriched with essential public facilities like elementary and junior high schools, libraries, ward offices, and police stations, ensuring a convenient and comfortable lifestyle.

  • Entering the front door, you'll be greeted by a truly unique feature – the "Funazoko" ceiling adorned with reeds and rounded logs, giving it a bottom-of-boat-like appearance. As you proceed past this distinctive entryway, you'll find a 2-Tatami mat-sized traditional Japanese room with intricately designed sliding doors on all 4 sides.

  • The 2nd floor boasts a wide balcony with beautifully crafted handrails. The attention to detail in this property is exceptional, with intricate carvings on sliding doors, transoms, handrails, and more, all carefully preserved. This Machiya is indeed a precious architectural gem.

  • Adjacent to the property is a school for Maiko (apprentice Geisha). On occasion, you may even hear the melodic sounds of the Japanese Koto, adding to the cultural charm of the neighborhood.


The building is perched atop a stone wall constructed with natural stones. The 1st-floor eaves are adorned with copper roofing with decorative materials reflecting the design reminiscent of a tea ceremony architecture. A characteristic of Kyomachiya that exudes a subdued yet elegant atmosphere.

Upon ascending the staircase, located in an unconventional position on the front side of the building, you'll notice touches that are thoughtfully arranged to welcome guests - such as a display shelf that adds a welcoming ambiance before entering the 2nd-floor Tatami room.
The 2nd-floor Tatami room features a "Biwa-doko" (an elevated platform) and "Shoin" (a study) of the traditional Tokonoma alcove. As guests sit facing the alcove, their gaze is met by a set of 8-panel Fusuma slide-door paintings depicting a mountain landscape. This space offers a glimpse into the refined essence of Japanese culture, as cherished by the Geisha district.

This Machiya stands as a witness to the elegance of a bygone era when the Geisha district was in its vibrant prime. It not only serves as an accommodation facility to experience traditional living but also presents an opportunity to preserve and utilize this unique ambiance for new ventures.



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Property Price 128,000,000 JPY (Approx. USD *1JPY= USD)
*Oct 19, Under Offer
Type & Conditions Used House (Kyomachiya)
Location 572-7 Yamatoojidori-Shijosagaruyonchome Komatsucho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Transportations approx. 9 min. walk from Keihan mainline "Gion-Shijo Sta." Exit 1
approx. 5 min. walk from Kyoto City Bus "Kiyomizumichi Stop"
Land Area 【Registered】57.05sqm
【Actual/Tape measured】approx. 64.43sqm
Private Street Area Included approx. 9.31sqm
Floor Area 【Registered】1F: 35.37sqm, 2F: 43.64sqm, Total: 79.01sqm
【Actual/Tape measured】1F: 48.27sqm, 2F: 44.24sqm, Total: 92.51sqm (approx. number)
※Including unregistered area
Building Structure Two Storey Wooden House
Building Date Unspecifiable (the earliest record according to the house evaluation report is 1922)
Size 6 Rooms + Kitchen + Garden
Adjoining Street Street width: 3.52m, Frontage: 5.29m, Direction: West (approx. number)
Public Utility Electricity, Water Plumbing In/Out, City Gas
Land Use District Neighborhood Commercial District
Legal Restrictions 15m / Category 3 Height Control District, Old Urban Type Aesthetic District, Close View Preservation Zone, Distant View Preservation Zone, Outdoor Advertisement Category 3 Regulatory District, Urban Function Attraction Area, Residence Attraction Area, Established Urban Area, Quasi-Fire Prevent District, Prior Consultation Zone
Handover Immediately
Current Situation Vacant
Building Coverage Ratio 80%
Floor Area Ratio 240%
Land Category Residential Land
Geographical Features Flatland
Land Tenure Title
Notification According to National Land Utilization Law N/A
Elementary & Junior High School Kaisei Elementary & Junior High School (approx. 4 min. walk/300m)
City Planning Act Urbanization Promotion Area
Remarks ※approx. 1.28sqm setback
※New owner needs to renew inn business licenses before starting the operation as a lodging facility.
※The property will be handed over as is.
※This property has obtained Kyomachiya Karte.
Transaction Terms Hachise as a Broker (Agent commission required when concluding contract)
Sales Representative Boa Zhang
Information Updated Dec 11, 2023
Information will be Updated Dec 18, 2023