sowaka Nostalgic yet new.
A new hotel in Kyoto’s Gion district
where you can truly relax.

Sowaka is a Sanskrit word meaning “happiness” or “wellbeing.”
It is a word of blessing, often spoken at the end of the Buddhist sutras
that echo through the innumerable temples of Kyoto.

Once across the stone threshold, you are instantly transported to an oasis of calm.
Relax in one of Sowaka’s 23 individually designed rooms, listening to gentle breezes blow through the green and tranquil courtyard.

Situated in the charming neighborhood of Gion and Yasaka,
the hotel effuses ethereal elegance in its luxurious space combining nostalgia with modernity.

Enjoy creative, distinctive Kyoto cuisine at La BOMBANCE Gion, the latest outpost of the award-winning Tokyo restaurant.
Meanwhile the ancient streets and charming neighborhoods of Kyoto are just outside your door.

“Sowaka” represents the very best wishes to our beloved guests.
May you enjoy an abundance of blessings.

(*Uchimizu is the custom of sprinkling water in gardens. People see uchimizu as a practical way of cooling the breeze while continuing an aesthetically pleasing and courteous custom.)

Latest News

  • 2022.10.12

    Dear Guests,

    Due to the current nationwide travel momentum,

    our reservation processing system is experiencing a major error.

    We will be temporarily suspending reservations

    through all travel websites until the system is repaired.

    We are still accepting reservations through our own website and by phone,

    so please make your reservations at the phone number below or by e-mail

    when you need to make a reservation.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    TEL +81-75-541-5323


    General Manager Taisuke YAJIMA

  • 2022.05.27

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    From today, credit card information is required

    to make a reservation on the SOWAKA website.

    We apologize for the inconvenience,

    and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

    Thank you.


    General Manager, Taisuke YAJIMA

  • 2021.10.21

    SOWAKA was selected for the

    GOOD FOCUS AWARD [Design of Technique & Tradition]

    in the 2021 GOOD DESIGN AWARD.

    In August, we also won the 9th Kyoto Architecture Award for the Best Architecture.

    Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their support.

Guestrooms A space of hospitality
where you can feel
the spirit of “suki”

MAIN Room details here
ANNEX Room details here

RestaurantLa BOMBANCE Gion Kyoto cuisine gets a modern
update from the team
behind the award-winning
La BOMBANCE Tokyo and Hong Kong

Tailored Experiences Specially tailored tours of some
of Kyoto’s most unique attractions
make for a truly memorable stay

Local Attractions Discover the spirit of Kyoto,
just steps outside your door


Important notice

Dear Guest,

As fall foliage season is nearing in Kyoto, we hope this message finds you well.

Kyoto is rapidly regaining its energy and vitality, as evidenced by the increasing number of foreign visitors on Shimogawara-dori, the street on which SOWAKA is located.
It has been an arduous three years, but we are delighted to finally say "Welcome back" to our international Guests.

If you have any questions regarding our Rooms, or need any assistance in making a reservation, please do not hesitate to contact us directly (TEL: +81-(0)75-541-5323).


Taisuke Yajima
General Manager, SOWAKA