Sowaka’s guest rooms contain carefully selected furniture,
fixtures and amenities, all of which are closely connected to Kyoto.
You can get a feel for these special things that complement the design of your room during your stay.
High-grade Natural Wool Mattress from “Iwata"
It has been the purpose of Iwata to provide comfortable bedding since its establishment as a futon shop in Kyoto’s Sanjo district in 1830.
The bed mattresses in our guest rooms are Iwata’s “Larkowl” high-performance mattresses.
These mattresses, luxuriously made with high-grade natural wool such as cashmere and camel hair, don’t move around like steel wire spring mattresses or become musty like urethane mattresses.
Because of their nice cushioning quality, it’s easy to turn over in your sleep on these mattresses, which make for a comfortable sleep.
“NENRIN” Speakers Made of Kitayama Cedar
These uniquely shaped Bluetooth speakers are Kyoto Natural Factory’s “NENRIN” speakers.
The Kitayama cedar grown in the northern part of the city of Kyoto has long been used for alcove posts in tea ceremony rooms and Japanese-style houses.
The wood, cut into cylinders without splitting the logs, is used for the speaker body.
These speakers are handmade one by one by craftsmen of Kyoto.
We hope you enjoy their warm tone, produced by a full wood body and wood cone.
Bath Amenities from Kazurasei Shinise
Our bath amenities, including soaps, shampoos and skin care products, are from the old-established Kazurasei Shinise shop.
Opened in 1861, Kazurasei Shinise is known for its hair ornament products such as pretty boxwood combs and ornamental hairpins.
Camellia oil has long been used for fixing hair in Japan.
Kazurasei Shinise’s hair care and skin care products are made with 100% organic camellia oil extracted by the shop’s unique manufacturing method.
This pure oil, rich in beauty ingredients, moistens the hair and skin.
Underground Water from the Kyoto Basin
Our hotel uses water drawn from the ground beneath our site.
The ground beneath the Kyoto Basin, surrounded on three sides by mountains, contains an abundance of water.
Having benefited from this water for ages, the people of Kyoto have made it part of the culture.
This includes many examples of famous water said to have spiritual power, including the water of the Otowa-no-taki waterfall of Kiyomizu Temple and the sacred Gion water of Yasaka Shrine, both of which are located near the hotel.
This soft underground water, which is of an extremely low degree of hardness, is distinguished for its pure, smooth taste.