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'Okudo-san' Style Kitchen - Machiya House Features

Cooking might be the last thing on your mind when traveling, but how could you not want to cook when you have a kitchen like this? The kitchen of this kyo-machiya house features a kitchen reminiscent of a Kyoto traditional “okudo-san” (cooking stove with hearth).


In the Kansai region of Japan, people often add “o” and “san” to nouns. A type of rice dish called inari becomes “o-inari-san,” beans known as ‘ma-me’ is renamed “o-ma-me-san,” etc. Hence the kitchen “kudo” is often called “o-kudo-san” only in the Kansai region of Japan!


To experience this “okudo-san” style kitchen in your own private traditional Japanese house, be sure to reserve a stay at ‘Shakudo-an’ Machiya House.

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    Shakudo-an Machiya House is located a short walk from the Higashiyama area in Kyoto, where you can find the famous Kiyomizu temple, Sannenzaka area, Sanjyusangendo Temple and more.
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    The stone of the kitchen counter, based on the "okudo-san" kitchen, contrasts with the copper light fixtures above in this private Kyoto house.
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    While staying at Shakudo-an Machiya House, enjoy your own private view of the tsuboniwa inner garden on the first floor of this traditional Japanese house.
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    Another fun twist to this Kyoto house is the small entranceway into the tea ceremony room on the second floor.
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    You can find many Japanese architectural details in the traditional Japanese living room, including the tatami mats, tokonoma alcoves, and sliding shoji doors.
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    This traditional Japanese house can accommodate up to 5 guests.

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