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MACHIYA RESIDENCE INN accepts reservations up to 6 months in advance (which includes the current month).
Please check back on our website on the 1st of every month to see the new reservation openings of our traditional Japanese holiday homes!

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'Fusuma' Sliding Doors - Machiya House Features

Red fusuma sliding doors in our Kyo-machiya (Kyoto-style machiya house).


The history of fusuma (sliding doors) dates back to the Heian period (794-1185). During this period, traditional futon beddings were once called “fusuma” and bedrooms called “fusuma-dokoro”. As these partitions were most often used in these bedrooms, the sliding doors soon came to be called “fusuma.”

The fusuma is a combination of thick Japanese karakami paper and wooden fittings. In addition to functioning as a room partition and regulating a room’s temperature, the fusuma is also a space to showcase art. As beautiful hand-drawn designs and patterns were often featured on the fusuma, they quickly spread in popularity amongst the aristocrats.

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    The entrance to ‘Tasokare’ Machiya House, a 5-min to Kyoto's lively downtown area of Shijo, and a short walk to the centuries old Nishiki Market.
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    Tasokare is a traditional, private machiya house which evokes the atmosphere of the Heian period, a time noted for its culture that prized beauty and elegance.
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    You can find beautiful ‘fusuma’ sliding door-inspired window blinds in the western style bedroom of this traditional Japanese house.
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    The vermillion hues and tatami mats create a tranquil Japanese room to relax while staying in ‘Tasokare’ Machiya House.
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    If the season is right, you can enjoy flowering trees in the tsuboniwa garden of this traditional Japanese house.
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    The spacious kitchen-dining area of this Kyoto house is perfect for enjoying breakfast or a snack during your stay.

Looking for the best place to stay in Kyoto? Stay in a traditional Japanese house (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan.
With MACHIYA RESIDENCE INN, you can rent a private traditional Japanese house – a great alternative to a Kyoto hotel that is perfect for short or long stays!

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