History & Culture

Guest House hachi is located in Shimabara, the oldest Geisha district dating back to 1641
which had a strong influence on the history and culture of Kyoto.
Many historical buildings still offer visitors a glimpse of what life was back then.
Enter through the picturesque big gate of Shimabara and you will find yourself in the old entertainment district. 
Visit the Sumiya Omotenashi Museum, as the last surviving example of ageya architecture
where the Shinsengumi met during the Tokugawa regime and
pass by the only tea house that still operates in the neighborhood, the Wachigaiya.

In contrast to the traditional Shimabara area, the Central Wholesale Market is a whole different world.
Since the Taisho Era, the market provides food to the people of Kyoto. 
From the early mornings lively auctions are held on the market grounds, 
whereas in the afternoons you will find yourself in an almost empty area full of Showa Era retro-chic buildings. 

Scattered around the Central Wholesale Market, many small restaurants serve fresh and delicious food.
We at Guest House hachi will help you to explore the two very different areas of Kyoto.


Several old Kyomachiya (Kyoto townhouses) from the Edo Period have been converted to cafes and galleries to preserve the old architecture and offer visitors the opportunity to see the architecture from inside. In addition visitors can find small authentic restaurants and an old tea house.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Yearly festivals of the market like the summer food festivals or events such as Kyoto Graphie encourage visitors to explore this secret area of Kyoto. The many restaurants, usually catering to workers of the market, are a great way to enjoy seafood and other food off the beaten track. 

Bath Houses, Sightseeing, etc.

From ancient temples like Nishi Honganji and Toji visitors can also find newer spots like the Kyoto Railway Museum and the Kyoto Aquarium within walking distance. The Umekoji Park with flea markets and other events are great to get in touch with the locals. Whereas public bath houses are great for relaxation after a long day.