Kyoto / Kyoto
BLJ Tips & Insights
A discreet oasis of calm is designed to inspire rest, reflection and a deep dive into the storied quarters of historic Kyoto The enduring charm of the former imperial capital is most acutely felt in its numerous shrines and temples, and along the narrow, cobblestone-paved alleyways lined on either side by traditional wooden buildings with secret doors and muted screens. In the particularly atmospheric neighborhoods of Gion and Yasaka, the endlessly elegant Sowaka brings to life the experience of suki, or the sense of refinement and taste synonymous with court life. Each of the 23 guestrooms across two buildings — the hundred-year-old main building, formerly a traditional Japanese restaurant, and the more recently built annex — showcases natural materials such as fragrant timber, finishing details that spotlight Kyoto’s rich artisan traditions, and an overall sense of masterful craftsmanship. A perfect, tone-setting home base for exploring the rest of this storied city.
Garden View Suite
This suite was formerly called the “Horagaino-ma" (“Conch Shell Room”), in reference to the vivid design of the conch shell-shaped door handles. Opening the sliding door, you can find yourself in an open and luxurious bedroom surrounded by the traditional clay walls skillfully finished with a delicate touch. The room boasts the beautifully serene view of the main garden, Sowaka’s heartful pride.
Double rooms from 45,000 JPY
1 restaurants( "La Bombance Gion")
3pm / 11am
From Kyoto Station
\[Taxi\] Approximately 15 minutes
- 10 mins walk from the station of "Gion Shijo"