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.
Stay in a traditional Japanese townhouse (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan.
Rent a private machiya holiday house – perfect as a short term or long term vacation rental.