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

  • 2019.03.24

    The restaurant “La Bombance” will be closed for dinner on Mar.26.

    We apologize for any inconvenience, thank you for your understanding.

  • 2019.03.01

    Grand Opening 20% discount offer

    To celebrate Sowaka’s Grand Opening, we will offer discounts of up to 20% on room rates from April 20 to May 31. Please stay with us in the beautiful, green season of spring.

  • 2019.02.22

    On April 28 and May 1 only, Sowaka guests can enjoy an exclusive private tour of Kyoto’s famous Tairyu-sanso gardens, led by a master gardener from one of the area’s most famous traditional landscaping organizations.

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

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

Things to do and see Discover the spirit of Kyoto,
just steps outside your door