The Garden and Tsuboniwa (Courtyard)

−The garden and tsuboniwa (courtyard) are small sanctuaries of nature built into the Kyomachiya building.−

Both are indispensable to the Kyomachiya. In addition to entertaining residents and guests with seasonal flowers, plants, and stone lanterns, the garden and courtyard of the Kyomachiya also served the important functions of carrying light throughout the length of the building and bringing in fresh air. The “Machiya garden” at is modeled after the old-fashioned machiya, and can be found facing the annex lobby. There are “tsuboniwa”, or courtyards, in the rear of the lobby in the main building and adjacent to Room 1 (Sakura). There are also a number of other smaller gardens like “Tokusa Garden” adjacent to Room 101 (Hana) and “Senryo Garden” adjacent to Room 102 (Shiki). We hope you enjoy the colorful, seasonal expressions of the different trees and flowers. Our gardens were designed by the landscaping company, “Chofukan Suiteisha”.

Other Details in the Design

There are many other ways in which Kyomachiya Luck You Horikawa Gojo carries on the traditions of Kyomachiya design. Here, we’ll be introducing some of those characteristics.

A Message from

The Architect

−<Luck You> had our architectural designs done by Uchida Yasuhiro, an architect well-versed in Kyomachiya design.−

The faithful reproduction of the old Kyomachiya townhouse was made possible because of his expertise. Accordingly, we were able to realize our vision of combining an age-old tradition in craftsmanship with modern amenities. We hope you have a memorable experience immersed in the fine-tuned details of Mr. Uchida’s design.

Luck You Horikawa Gojo

The Amenities

Once you step past the “noren” and into the lobby and your room, you’ll find an interior design interspersed with traditional “Kyohanga” (Kyoto woodblock prints) and zabuton (sitting cushions) designed by “Rakuchu Takaokaya”, a zabuton manufacturer with a history spanning 90 years. The soft, warm lighting throughout the interior comes from lanterns built by “Miura Shomei”, a manufacturer that has been in the business for a little over 100 years. We put a great deal of care into designing the interior so our guests have an immediate way to interact with Kyoto culture. Air conditioning is also provided in every room to ensure the comfort of your stay. There’s also floor heating in every room and in the lobby on the first floor to keep the place warm even during the winter.