Machiya Inn
welcomes you to historic Omihachiman

Classic Style & Modern Comfort

Welcome to Machiya Inn, a cozy B&B style guesthouse 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

Machiya Inn supports our local arts community, displaying works of local contemporary artists around our facilities, and in our neighboring gallery space.

A Look Inside

  • Machiya Inn Facilities

    Our 1st Floor includes a common room, communal kitchen, bath and shower rooms, toilet, and 2 guest rooms. The 2nd Floor includes one guest room and a half bath (toilet and wash basin). Machiya Inn’s three guest rooms share common bath, toilet, and kitchen, all of which were newly remodeled in 2016.

    Wi-Fi is freely available throughout the Inn.

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

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Machiya Inn Guest Rooms

Note: All room rates priced per room, not per person.

Tatami Room 1 from ¥32000/room

This large, traditional 14 mat “kyoma” tatami room allows sleeping space for up to 10 guests. Opposite ends of the room both open out to our private gardens.

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Tatami Room 2 from ¥21000/room

The smaller of our two tatami rooms, at a size of 7.5 mats, it allows sleeping space for up to 5 people. One side opens to our private garden, shared with the other tatami room.

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Bedroom 1 from ¥32000/room

2nd floor loft bedroom in the traditional architectural style called zushi-nikai with ceiling sloping down toward the street. Fairly large 10.5 tatami mat size room sleeps up to 4 people with two beds.

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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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