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Hibukuro – Machiya House Features

This Japanese house has all of the quintessential features of a traditional machiya house – lattice windows, tsuboniwa garden, and traditional wooden beams and pillars. You’ll also notice that we’ve maintained the ‘hibukuro’ area, situated right above the kitchen. The “hibukuro” refers to the open-air space above the kitchen and wooden beams.

The ‘hibukuro’ serves as a space for smoke ventilation and fire prevention, and also provides additional light through the skylight. You’ll notice that for many traditional homes, as they are built close to neighboring homes, openings (windows & doors) could not be made on the right or left side of a house. Instead, skylights, large windows at the entrance, and inner courtyard gardens were installed to bring light and ventilation into the house.

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    ‘Kohaku-an’ Machiya House is just a 15 minute walk from Tofukuji Temple, with easy access to Kyoto Station, Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, Sanjusangen-do, and Fushimi Inari Taisha
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    The wood elements and high ceiling in this minimalistic Japanese living room makes this the perfect area to gather with family and friends.
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    The charming tsuboniwa garden of this traditional Japanese house lets sunlight and air into the machiya house.
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    The front entrance area was formerly used as a shop area in this Kyoto house. Now it is a spacious area with a desk where you can get on your computer or take a quick coffee break!
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    You can see the original machiya architecture of this traditional Japanese house in the wooden beams stretching across the ceiling,
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    Accommodating up to 6 guests, Kohaku-an is perfect for couples, and groups of families & friends who wish to experience the charm of an authentic traditional Kyoto house.

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