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京都 六花庵について

Rokka-An is a traditional machiya with history renovated for
travelers who wants an unique travel experience as accommodation.

Renovation of a historical house in not easy, we have put in a lot of effort to preserve the features
of the house and at the same time, provide a comfortable and cozy place to visitors who
appreciate the culture and the peaceful atmosphere in Kyoto.

Rokka-An has obtained a "Kyoto traditional machiya certificate".


Kyo Machiya are traditional wooden townhouses that were popular with Kyoto merchants and craftspeople from the Edo Period (1603-1867) and construction of new machiya was prohibited since the end of World War II (WMF). The machiya changes its expression and atmosphere with the seasons, and its beauty is attributed to the building materials carefully selected to meet the peaceful living standard of the owner and the workmanship of the experienced builders.

Kyo Machiya is becoming valuable these days as it is rapidly disappearing due to the difficult and expensive to maintain. We have a first sight of love when we see this Machiya and decided to preserve and share the beauty of the history with visitors travel to Kyoto.

Under renovation
  • BEFORE / The entrance
  • BEFORE / The bath
  • BEFORE / The veranda
  • BEFORE / The entrance
  • AFTER / The entrance
  • BEFORE / The tea room
  • AFTER / The tea room


  • Ecological Lightning

    The tenmado skylight is a source of light and a means of releasing heat.
    The opening and closing of Skylights not only transmit light from the roof but can also provide fresh air and lower the temperature of the house by releasing heat.

  • Structure Column and Beams

    A Kyoto machiya is full of vertically and horizontally crossed pieces of wood, from lattices, shoji sliding doors, and the takekomai laths used for earthen walls to the columns and beams that form the basic frame of the house. There are almost no diagonal bracing materials.

    The use of columns and beams without diagonal bracing creates a peaceful and organized interior.

Inner and Outer communication

  • Unagi no nedoko

    Kyo machiya are often referred to as unagi no nedoko (literally, “eel’s nest”), given their narrow frontage and deep, thin interiors. This style evolved during the Edo period, when property taxes were levied on the width of the front of the building.

    Tsuboniwa garden

    The storefront side facing the street was the point of contact with society, while the back of the building, with its inner courtyard, provided communion with nature.

  • Shoji

    The use of natural materials can make us more alert to subtle sounds and plays of light and shadow, helping us attune to the gentle light filtering in through the shoji, the warmth exuded by the earth walls and exposed pillars, the wooden floor polished to a lustrous sheen, and the cool feel of the tatami in midsummer.

  • The Lattices

    Lattices allow light to pass but keep probing eyes out. The latticework does not reach the ceiling so that sunlight can pass through.