Our name, Machiya Inn Omihachiman, has been changed to Machiya Club – Culture & Stay, Omihachiman.

Relax and Enjoy
Local Life & Tradition

Classic Style & Modern Comfort

Welcome to Machiya Club – Culture & Stay, Omihachiman, a cozy inn in the heart of Omihachiman City’s historic downtown district. Our town and the inn itself both have rich histories that we invite you to explore at your leisure!


A machiya is a traditional Japanese townhouse. Our newly restored house is from the late Edo period, originally part of a sake brewery, and our area has many such historic structures.


The seasonal cuisine of local Omihachiman is a treat that you’ll only find around Shiga’s freshwater ecosystem of Lake Biwa. We offer a selection of local cuisine for dine-in meal options.

Art & Culture

Stay and enojoy the culure of our region. We display works of local contemporary artists around our facilities, as well as supporting traditional artists and craftspeople.

A Look Inside

  • Machiya Club Facilities

    Machiya Club – Culture & Stay, Omihachiman consists of our main facility as well as a second annex location. The main facility is a historic machiya style building. Once an Edo-period sake brewery, it is newly renovated and now features two guestrooms.

    Main Facility: Guest rooms are on each of the 2 floors, and both include a private bath and toilet. The building was newly remodeled in 2016.
    *The main facility building is a national registered tangible cultural property.

    Annex Kolmio: The annex building, called Kolmio, is also a recently remodeled traditional building, over 100 years old, now featuring three suite rooms with contemporary interior style. Each of the rooms are equipped with full restrooms and baths.

    All 5 rooms are equipped with private bath, toilet and wash basin. Aside from the entrance and self-service drink counter, you will not share the space with other guests.

    Wi-Fi is freely available throughout the Inn.

    Check-in between 3pm and 6pm, and check-out is 10am.

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Machiya Club Guest Rooms

Hachiman-no-ma (Tatami Room with Private Bath, Main Buildiing)

Two large, traditional “shoin-zukuri” tatami rooms with a high-ceiling living room. Recommended for up to 6 guests. The opposing ends of the room both open out to our private gardens. Relax in this authentic Japanese space that has been standing here since the Edo period.

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Azuchi-no-ma (Western Style Bed Room with Private Bath, Main Building)

2nd-floor loft bedroom in the traditional architectural style called zushi-nikai with ceiling that slopes down toward the street. Fairly large room sleeps up to 4 people with two twin beds and two sofa beds, and the guest space also includes 1st floor living room with a rocking chair.

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Kura-no-ma (Duplex Room with Private Bath, Annex Kolmio)

This historic kura warehouse, built more than 100 years ago, has been converted into a cozy suite, featuring a twin bedroom on the 2nd floor, and full private bathroom on the 1st. Sleeps 2 guests maximum. (no children under 6 due to architectural design)

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Bengara-no-ma (Western Style Bed Room with Private Bath, Annex Kolmio)

2nd-floor room overlooking the street through traditional bengara lattice windows. The western twin bedroom is paired with a tatami living area. Only the toilet is located on the 1st floor. Sleeps 3 guests.

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Hanare-no-ma (Duplex Suite Room with Private Bath, Annex Kolmio)

Suite room housed in a renovated machiya style building. The 1st floor includes a living room connected with a bathroom building, and the bedroom is on the second floor. Sleeps 4 guests.

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Where We Are

Omihachiman City

photo courtesy of Omihachiman Tourism Association

We are located in the heart of this beautifully preserved Edo period historic merchant district that is a popular tourist destination. The town is still very much alive as many of the traditional buildings now hold cafes, small museums or other arts, crafts, and souvenir shops. Local events and festivals also include the Biwako Bienalle, a biannual contemporary art exhibition with installations integrated into the neighborhood buildings, as well as several local traditional festivals often centered at the nearby Himure Hachimangu Shrine. We’re also a great central location for other sights around Shiga, and less than an hour by train to Kyoto. Shiga offers a great mix of historical attractions and simple down to earth culture.


Access and Directions

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