TOPMachiya & Kyoto GuideKoshi Wooden Lattice – Machiya House Features

Koshi Wooden Lattice - Machiya House Features

Inviting kyo machiya (Kyoto machiya) entrances. Walk through the streets of Kyoto and you will without a doubt come across wooden architectures known as machiya (町家・町屋), which make up most of Kyoto’s historical townscape. Not only were these traditional architectures a place to live, but they also functioned as storefronts for many families.


Whilst there were no large and flashy signs, customers were able to determine what each store sold either by looking at the ‘kanban’ store signs (when available) or just by looking at the koshi wooden lattice designs.

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