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'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!

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    ‘Gion Shirakawa Kouki’ Machiya House is a renovated machiya accommodation located in Kyoto, just steps from the Shirakawa River in the historical Gion area.
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    From the unique entranceway, the corner alcove displaying art, to the wooden pillars and more, this space showcases every detail of a traditional tea ceremony room. The best part is that you have the space all to yourself while staying in this Japanese holiday house in Kyoto.
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    You can find the small entrance to the tea ceremony room just after you enter the traditional Japanese machiya house.
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    Another highlight of this machiya house is the beautiful painting in the dining and kitchen area, depicting a river scene with birds.
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    You can also enjoy a private tsuboniwa garden from the engawa off of the traditional living room while staying at Gion Shirakawa Kouki Machiya House.
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    There is a Japanese-style bedroom as well as a western-style bedroom n the 2nd floor of this machiya house. Futon beds can also be laid out in the Japanese room on the 1st floor, making it possible for up to 7 guests to stay in Gion Shirakawa Kouki.

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