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'Unagi No Nedoko' - Machiya House Features

This is a traditional Japanese house located right along the Shirakawa River.


This Kyoto house is built long and deep, with a narrow frontage. From the kitchen area, you can see how far the rooms stretch back. These styles of Japanese houses are compared to a specific animal.

This architectural style is known as “unagi no nedoko” – which can be translated to a bed for an eel. Many houses were built in this style, as there was limited space in Kyoto. In addition, during the Edo period, townspeople were taxed based on the size of their home’s frontage, so as a way to avoid paying high tax, they simply built homes that were long.

Rent this entire house during your next visit to Japan!

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    Located near Gion and Hanamikoji Street, Umenoki-an is able to accommodate up to 4 guests.
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    Known as an “eel’s sleeping place”, the layout of this type of traditional Japanese house is long and narrow, allowing you to discover more as you move further into the house.
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    The intricate woodwork make the Japanese room with tatami mats a warm and inviting space in this private Kyoto house.
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    While staying in this private holiday house in Kyoto City, you will be able to enjoy your own tsuboniwa inner garden.
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    The stone bathtub and shower of this Kyoto house is perfect to relax in after a day of sightseeing.
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    From the second floor windows, enjoy a peaceful view of the Shirakawa River.

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.

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