'Nijiri-guchi' and Tea Rooms – Machiya House Features
This traditional Japanese house features a tea room within! The square opening that you see is an actual doorway that was once used. It looks like it could be a hidden doorway for a ninja, but it was the entranceway for tea ceremony guests.
Known as a ‘nijiri-guchi,’ it requires guests to crawl through in order to enter the room. It not only allows tea ceremony guests to feel as if they have entered a new atmosphere, but it showed that everyone who entered was of equal rank. (i.e. Even if you were a high-ranking samurai warrior, you wouldn’t be able to enter without removing your sword)
This room can now be used as a place to relax or an additional bedroom when you stay in ‘Gion Shirakawa Kouki’ Machiya House!
Stay in a traditional Japanese townhouse (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan.
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