Read more about the history of Kyo-Machiya here
Happy Friday! Today I’m obsessed with the warm wood, beautiful design, and rich history of Japanese kyo-machiya, historic Kyoto townhouses. This one was built sometime before 1941, probably close to 100 years old.
Kyo-machiya typically have a lowered entry-way (to leave shoes in), a lightweight/garden in the back, and the home’s floors are typically covered by tatami mats- though his one has been renovated beautifully to show off the hardwood floors. It is full of adjustable wall panels to control the flow of light and air. The design feels homey and cozy to me.
This two-story home has two bedrooms plus an additional room upstairs, along with a generous living space, kitchen, and garden downstairs.
It is currently on the market for $336,000.
The dream: move to Kyoto and enjoy the traditional style of living in a kyo-machiya. Enjoy the beautiful colors of the natural wood and the sunlight streaming into this bright home. I can only imagine relaxing with a cup of tea and a book, cozy in this home full of good feeling and inspiration, in this historic center of Kyoto, Japan.