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

  • 2022.05.27

    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.

  • 2021.04.21

    Dear guest 

    We are delighted to welcome you to SOWAKA.

    With the global pandemic affecting many countries, we would like to reassure our guests that we take their health and safety as of the utmost importance and have in place a strict and effective hygiene policy. 

    Please see below our Covid 19 reservation policy


    • For guests with existing reservations for any future arrival date and for guests making new reservations, full changes or cancellations are permitted at no charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival (up to and including December 31st 2022)
    • Please note that changes to reservations will be subject to availability
    • There will be no additional charge for any room rate differences.



    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

    All SOWAKA employees are looking forward to your arrival.

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 the COVID-19 situation continues to dominate headlines around the world, we wish to send a message of encouragement to all those still affected by this pandemic.
The safety of our guests and staff is our top priority – which is why we continue to strive to improve our safety standards. We are constantly reviewing and implementing new cleanliness protocols, as well as following the Japanese Government's, and the World Health Organization's guidelines.
For more information, please visit this link.

We are always looking forward to be able to welcome our international Guests as soon as possible.
Until then, please stay safe.


Taisuke Yajima
General Manager, SOWAKA