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

  • 2020.02.18


    We would like to remind all guests
    that their safety and comfort is our top concern.
    While the spread of Covid-19 in Japan has been limited,
    we are monitoring the situation
    closely and complying with
    all government health & safety recommendations.
    Meanwhile we continue to maintain
    SOWAKA to the highest standards of
    cleanliness and hygiene.


    More information is available here :

  • 2020.01.30

    The private view of Kodaiji, which was very popular last year,

    is available only on March 28.

    Kodaiji is usually visited by many tourists, but you can see

    cherry blossoms and light up in silence.


    We accept reservations from the following.

  • 2019.10.11

    SOWAKA was honored to be featured in the Kyoto and Osaka 2020 Michelin Guide.

    With this honor as our cornerstone, all of our employees will strive to further improve our service.

    We look forward to your continued support and encouragement.

    General Manager, Taisuke YAJIMA

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


Dear Valued Guest,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to dominate headlines around the world, we wanted to send you a message of commitment, trust and hope.
The safety of our guests and staff is our top priority – which is why we are doing everything we can to ensure best possible practice as well as flexibility in these difficult times. And to ensure our guests enjoy the impeccable service and experience that we have become known for. The hotel is still open and continues to welcome guests.
As countries around the world implement measures to safeguard their people and communities, we at Sowaka are also doing our part. We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health agencies for the latest developments related to COVID-19. And have put in our own strongest steps to guarantee the wellbeing of our guests and staff. Specifically,
we are:
* Checking employee health, wearing masks as much as possible, deep cleaning, as well as additional sanitary measures
* We will accept booking modifications and apply cancellation waivers for guests with reservations at our hotel with immediate effect until end of April 2020.

For reservations made via online travel agents or other third-party travel professionals, please contact your booking provider for information on their cancellation policies.

Please do contact us if you have any specific requests or concerns.


Taisuke Yajima
General Manager of Sowaka