TOWA Kyoto

In 1972, my father established a Ryokan (traditional japanese inn) that he named “Ota Shinkan”. As time went by, the place was in dire need of a renovation.
The renovation ended up changing the entire inn and the need for a new name arose.
Choosing the name proved to be quite difficult and no name came to mind.
It was at this time that the 65th head priest of Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple had suggested that the inn be called “Towa(都和)”.

The word “Towa” means “relaxing in the capital”.

When I said the word “Towa” in my mind, I immediately felt a rush of clarity.
The fog that clouded my mind was gone.
I was at peace. It was the same feeling of tranquility that one may experience with a loved one.
Our desire was to create this same atomosphere with our inn. This is the story and message of “Towa”.
We want our guests to feel relaxed and at ease.

“If our guests are not full after the lunch, offer them dinner at an earlier time.”
“They want to go there? Take the Kyoto bus rather than the City bus.”

At the capital, at Towa,
I will welcome you when you arrive and be there to say goodbye when you depart.
This is something I will always do no matter what.

– message to the guests from the landlady,

About incense
Breakfast soymilk
Matcha green tea for our greetings

Matcha green tea for our greetings

Matcha green tea for our greetings

Upon your arrival, we welcome you with Matcha or Hojicha tea. The matcha tea is of Ippodo’s Akebono White. Handmade sesame Castella (Japanese cake) is served together with tea. The sesame seeds of Gion Murata are carefully ground, producing a unique fragrance.

Room picture

Room picture

Room picture

The pictures, which are decorated in the room, were received from Nishida of the drapery store.
The unique pattern of Kyoto makes the room quite elegant.

An amulet in the form of a small Japanese eggplantり

An amulet in the form of a small Japanese eggplant

An amulet in the form of a small Japanese eggplant

In this popular accommodation plan of “Miyako Seven Gods of Fortune”, you will receive an amulet from Rokuharamitsuji Temple (an amulet in the form of a good luck charm with the Seven Gods of Fortune).
The amulet that you can recieve after praying, can be picked up at Towa, or at Rokuharamitsuji Temple.

Ryokucha tea for the room

Ryokucha tea for the room

Ryokucha tea for the room

Depending on the season, Kuki (stemmed) Sencha tea, powdered Gyokuroko (high-quality green tea), or Genmai tea is mixed with Ryokucha (green tea), in which the mix of leaves are put into tea bags for you to enjoy in the room.
The teas are from either Ippodo or Koyamaen.