What are Kyo-machiya?
There are many types of machiya townhouses in Japan, but the townhouses of Naokonoza are called Kyo-machiya, the machiya of Kyoto, and they are authentic machiya that have strict rules governing them. In order for a machiya to be called authentic, there are many requirements: it has to have a wooden lattice that blocks the view from outside, a ceiling made of bamboo, among many others.
Steep stairsThe stairs to the second floor are narrow and steep. This is an interesting utilization of the limited space in machiya.
Inner gardenYou can feel the elegance of Kyoto in the lantern-illuminated inner garden and the tsukubai washbasin once used for purifying rituals.
Japanese antiquesTake a look at the hanging scrolls and other antiques - they're something you'll only get to see in a machiya!