Kyomachiya Ginkaku is located just off the road that leads to Ginkaku-ji Temple, the silver emblem of Higashiyama culture. Just down the road from our machiya (traditional tradesman’s house) is the Philosopher’s Walk, where guests can stroll through a part of Kyoto that exhibits the city’s simple beauty and refined history. Our machiya is also a good place for seeing the gozan-no-okuribi (bonfires on five Kyoto mountains) that punctuate the obon summer holiday. Please enter the gateway to a world of subtle and mysterious elegance.
*Kyomachiya Ginkaku is a one-story rented house. The latticed door opens to reveal a suikinkutsu (a musical water feature built with a buried earthen pot), whose soothing tones pluck at your heartstrings.
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The Nishijin-ori (Nishijin weaving) tapestry and soothing tones of the suikinkutsu (a musical water feature built with a buried earthen pot) welcome guests.
You can enter at any time from 15:00 on A greeter awaits you.
16:00: Walking, Shopping
Put on a pair of geta wooden sandals from the entrance and take a short stroll! The Philosopher’s Walk is just 30 seconds away. Let the end of the day envelop you as the sun sets along the path. Stores are still open at this time.
You can buy Kyoto vegetables and other ingredients at the supermarket for cooking at home, or explore coffee shops and restaurants offering various cuisines from around the globe. We recommend the udon noodles at Omen, a famous restaurant located on the Philosopher’s Walk.
Wash away the hustle and bustle of the day in the bathtub. Soak in the world of simple beauty and refined tradition as you gaze out the window at the inner garden.
Make plans for the next day before settling down for the night. What places will you tour? What foods will you try? Slip into a world of subtle and mysterious elegance as you make plans by lantern light.
7:00: Walking Before Breakfast
You can stroll around Ginkaku-ji Temple or along the Philosopher’s Walk before anyone else is out, or press on further to Eikando Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple and other sights.
You can enjoy a breakfast deal at a fancy coffee shop, head toward Omen and try raw food at Cacao Magicin the white building, or show off your cooking skills in the IH kitchen.
Ginkaku-ji Temple, the Philosopher’s Walk, Eikando Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple go without saying. Hachi-jinja Shrine houses the chinjusha, which is a patron spirit that protects the area. Add in Honen-in Temple and other sights, and you will have an area so packed with sightseeing spots that is impossible to tour it completely in a single day.
Postal Code 606-8403 Japan
6 Jodoji Minamida-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access from JR Kyoto Station
By Kyoto City Bus
・Take a #100 bus (bound for Kiyomizu-dera Temple/Ginkaku-ji Temple) from the boarding area in front of Kyoto Station. Ride for 25-50 minutes (depending on traffic) →Get off at the Ginkakujimae Bus Stop →Walk roughly 4 minutes
・Take a #5 bus (bound for Ginkaku-ji Temple/Iwakura) or a #17 bus (bound for Shijo Kawaramachi/Ginkaku-ji Temple) from the boarding area in front of Kyoto Station. Ride for 25-50 minutes (depending on traffic) →Get off at the Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop →Walk roughly 8 minutes
By Subway and Kyoto City Bus
・Take the Karasuma Line (bound for Shijo/Karasuma Oike/Kokusaikaikan). Ride for 10 minutes →Get off at Imadegawa Station (Exit 3) →Take a #203 bus (bound for Ginkaku-ji Temple/Kinrin Shako). Ride for 15-25 minutes (depending on traffic) →Get off at the Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop →Walk roughly 8 minutes
・From Kyoto Station (Karasuma-dori side)
7.5 km (Roughly 28 minutes without traffic)
・From Kyoto Minami IC
11 km (Roughly 35 minutes without traffic)
*We do not have parking space for guests. Please park at a nearby parking facility.
・20-40 minutes from JR Kyoto Station (depending on traffic)