Traditional Japanese accommodation with a modern touch and the mood of an old sake brewery.
This is a guesthouse where traditional japanese style blends with contemporary design, providing customers with a unique resting experience. The guesthouse is located in Omihachiman City, an old merchant town bordering the waters of Lake Biwa. It was created within the rustic walls of a former sake brewery in the neighbourhood of Suwaicho, preserving the feel of an Edo-period townhouse.
While at Machiya Inn, guests have the option of staying in two large tatami rooms overlooking a serene Japanese garden or in western style accommodation that still maintains the feeling of an old countryside home. The tatami rooms are best-suited for groups ranging from 5 to 10 people. Single guests are more than welcome to stay but the price only varies slightly, making it a costly proposition for lone travelers. There is access to a common kitchen, a dining area, and to a common bath which happens to feature a beautiful wooden tub overlooking the garden. The tub is perfect for recharging your body just as the local people would. The cozy mood created by the decor and the architecture is a common feature of Machiya Inn.
Machiya Inn’s location is ideal. The quaint streets of Suwaicho were the gathering quarter
for traders and merchants. This atmosphere still prevails through the variety of shops surrounding the guesthouse. Only a few feet away you will find an art gallery, a couple of cafes and several restaurants. By collaborating with local restaurateurs, guests can actually try out the local cuisine from the areas best restaurants. When booking your accommodation you will be given the chance to select your meal preferences. A couple
blocks down Demachi Dori, is the Hachimanbori district which is one of the city’s most
beautiful spots. At Machiya Inn guest have no curfew. You will get a key to the building and your own room, giving you the freedom to explore the town at your own pace and leisurely schedule. This is not as common in guesthouses around the country and is an added bonus here.
Another reason to stay at Machiya Inn is the common area that used to be an old brewery.
The long warehouse preserves the look of the brewery with sake tanks and antique materials carefully placed throughout the space. At times it feels like you are wandering through a historic museum, so much so, that this area has been used as the movie set for an Edo-era inspired film. The owners are avid supporters of local artists, using this space for art exhibition and other cultural events.
Machiya Inn, is less than an hour away from Kyoto Station via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line and the public bus service. If you have decided to explore Lake Biwa and have chosen Omihachiman City as your destination, a unique guesthouse experience awaits. Here you will get a taste for traditional Japanese lifestyle, without sacrificing the present-day hospitality services, within the quaint surroundings of this old merchant town.