Feel a distinctive sense of beauty at a modern Machiya.

Text : Keiko Kimura


  ‘Shiorian’ is a museum of Juban (underwear of Kimono) and Machiya (traditional Kyoto townhouse style) as well as a Tangible Cultural Property Designated by Kyoto City. Combining tea room and salon with a traditional Kyo-machiya, and you are able to enjoy its traditional atmosphere through its modern architecture.

   Simple and unwasteful structure. It is very much worth to see their Tsukeshoin (a built-in table), Tokonoma (Japanese style alcove), and dignified Japanese rooms with a clear air around. There is Ranma (an openwork screen above the sliding partitions between two rooms) between a guest room and an altar room and it is created by Seiho Takeuchi, a Japanese-style painter. A beauty of a straight-grained foxglove tree with a motif of ‘Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo’ (36 mountain range) will catch your eyes immediately.

  On a second floor, there is an interesting room with 20 tatami mats sized western salon. A fireplace, stained glass, and chandelier, Taisho Roman style structure and furnitures around and you can feel a luxury moment of back in that time.

  One of the highlight place to see at Shiorian is Kyo-juban which is exhibited at a hall on second floor. Juban means that it is a part of underwear for Kimono. Even though it is considered as underwear, but it also has a role of showing some little bit outside, so that you can see some fashionable parts for woman.


  They exhibit Orimono (woven fabric) such as Kinshaori and Furuhama chrimen, Kyo-juban created through Yuzen with embroidery work, and rough sketches. Juban design from Meiji and Taisho era, they are delicate and gorgeous. Such a beauty to make you sigh of aspiration.

  When you hear about festival in Kyoto, it is absolutely ‘The Gion Festival’. However, there is not only its famous Yamahoko-junko event on July 17th every year, but also ‘Byobusai’, showing beautiful Byobu (traditional Japanese folding screen) inside of Machiya in Yamahoko-cho, is famous as well. I would like you to feel a sense of beauty in Kyoto inside of Machiya architect with Byobu screen and Juban together.




ADDRESS : Shinmachi-dori Rokkaku agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City (MAP)

PHONE : +81(0)75-241-0215

HOURS : 10:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. (entry is no later than 5:30 p.m.)

CHARGE : Adult 800 yen, Junior and high school students 350 yen, children under elementary school students are free (All children must be accompanied by parents)


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★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature