Experience high luxury and artistic beauty at Rinpa - a one-of-a-kind accommodation in Kyoto

Experience high luxury and artistic beauty at Rinpa - a one-of-a-kind accommodation in Kyoto


A machiya is a traditional wooden townhouse typical of Kyoto, seen in parts of downtown Kyoto. The House of Rinpa is a new exclusive two-story machiya house that has been beautifully furnished with Japanese art and design, with only one reservation available per day.

  • An indoor Japanese garden is one of the special interior furnishings of Rinpa

    Although Rinpa is located in the bustling city center of Kyoto - Shijo Karasuma - the peaceful atmosphere of the machiya townhouse allows you to embrace the Kyoto way of life.

    One step inside, a feeling of anticipation escalates as you find a staircase adorned with bamboo decor, a flowing stream, and a small Japanese garden. The view from the luxuriously furnished bathroom is a courtyard designed by one of Kyoto's most famous garden designer.

    The ground floor recreates natural scenery important to Japanese aesthetic, and the second floor is based on an oriental-spiritual atmosphere. The architectural design is original and innovative, and the decor used throughout the building is a form of traditional Japanese art called rinpa.

  • Personal concierge service

    While only one booking is available per day and privacy is secured, there is a concierge service that is available 24 hours. A highly trained English-speaking concierge staff will help you with anything from arranging transportation, renting a bicycle, reserving a restaurant, to helping you find a Japanese cultural experience to make your trip special.

  • Japanese sweets and drinks

    A wide range of beverages including beer, fruit juice, wine, as well as snacks, have been personally taste-tested and selected by the concierge, for each Rinpa guest. The selection of snacks includes offerings from the local candy company Crochet; a premiere rice cracker from Akasaka Kakiyama; and a matcha cake from a local manufacturer that has been making red bean paste for over 60 years.

  • The ultimate bathing experience

    The bathtub is made from the Towada stone - which turns blue when wet and is soft on your skin – is rimmed with wood from the Japanese cypress, which has a relaxing aroma. Bath amenities are provided by Yojiya, a local Kyoto shop popular for their souvenirs, and Leaf & Botanics body care products are also available.

  • Details

    Rinpa official website

    Rinpa address
    218-5 (Bukkoji Dori Shinmachi Higashi-iru) Itoyacho Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8432 


    TEL: 050-3786-2009 (Business hours: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm)

    *Maximum of four guests. This entire house is non-smoking. Please inquire about charges.
    *Snacks, drinks, cosmetics and bath amenities are subject to change depending on availability.


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