−"Koushi" are an integral piece of all Kyomachiya townhouses.−
When it comes to the traditional “machiya”, the lattice patterns of the “koushi” windows are a trademark feature. Koshi windows are said to have been first devised during the Onin War (1467-1477) as a means of defense. Each store would have a unique lattice pattern, and some of the common designs included the “itoya-koushi” and the “sakaya-koushi”, which were specific to the string seller’s shop and sake brewery respectively. The windows are easy to see out of while opaque from outside
There are many other ways in which Kyomachiya Luck You Horikawa Gojo carries on the traditions of Kyomachiya design. Here, we’ll be introducing some of those characteristics.
The retractable “battari shogi” out front is only unfolded when in use.
The “inuyarai” are short-arched fences that create a partition between the building and the street while also protecting the walls from mud and dirt
The “mushikomado” is a plaster-covered window used on the second floor for ventilation and natural lighting.
The “Shoki” is a statue placed just under a building’s eaves to protect the home from disaster and harm
The open clearing left above the kitchen area is called the “hibukuro” in Kyoto townhouses.
Making use of the space underneath the stairway is also a machiya custom.
Ajiro Tenjo (Wickerwork Ceiling)
The ajiro ceiling is made by weaving together strips of cedar
The tori-niwa is a hallway leading from the entrance of the building to the very back of the townhouse, and a rare indoor area where shoes are allowed.
The lobby is a place to relax while taking in the adorable and carefully pruned Japanese garden
Hifumi-Ishi (One, Two, Three Stones)
“Hi, fu, mi”, or “one, two, three”, refers to a specific placement of stones which are embedded into the floor in groups of one, two, and three.
The “tokonoma” is a recessed space in Japanese rooms typically used to display seasonal flowers and kakejiku (tapestries).The “tsuridoko” is a simplified form of the the “tokonoma”.
The “shoin”, or study, is a type of decorative space similar to a bay window built next to the “tokonoma”. The room also faces outdoors.
Shoji refer cumulatively to the lattice-framed doors, sliding doors, or partitions covered with translucent sheets. The Yukimi shoji is a specific type of shoji that offers a view of the scenery outside.
The Garden and Tsuboniwa (Courtyard)
The garden and tsuboniwa (courtyard) are small sanctuaries of nature built into the Kyomachiya building.
−<Luck You> had our architectural designs done by Uchida Yasuhiro, an architect well-versed in Kyomachiya design.−
The faithful reproduction of the old Kyomachiya townhouse was made possible because of his expertise. Accordingly, we were able to realize our vision of combining an age-old tradition in craftsmanship with modern amenities. We hope you have a memorable experience immersed in the fine-tuned details of Mr. Uchida’s design.
Once you step past the “noren” and into the lobby and your room, you’ll find an interior design interspersed with traditional “Kyohanga” (Kyoto woodblock prints) and zabuton (sitting cushions) designed by “Rakuchu Takaokaya”, a zabuton manufacturer with a history spanning 90 years. The soft, warm lighting throughout the interior comes from lanterns built by “Miura Shomei”, a manufacturer that has been in the business for a little over 100 years. We put a great deal of care into designing the interior so our guests have an immediate way to interact with Kyoto culture. Air conditioning is also provided in every room to ensure the comfort of your stay. There’s also floor heating in every room and in the lobby on the first floor to keep the place warm even during the winter.