| by Kenneth Chase | 99 comments

Living in Traditional Japanese Townhouses: Kyo-machiya


Hello world, In Japan’s former capital city, Kyoto, these are the homes that for a time most lived in Kyo-machiyas What does the word “Kyo-machiya” mean? It’s a blend of Kyoto and machiya Kyoto, the city, and machiya, meaning townhouse. There are actually a ton of different types of dwellings that fall under the Kyo-machiya categorization. But in general, they have to be build before the 1950s, because of a building standards law that came into place that time and the wooden homes need to be put together without nails. So the question I feel this video needs to answer is what’s so special about Kyo-machiyas and why I live in an old Japanese townhouse? Because I mean, if you’re like me, you might have heard that old Japanese home are poorly build with no insulation. You can hear your neighbors, they’re cold in the winter and tough to maintain. And what about earthquakes? Isn’t there a reason for that building standards law? Isn’t it is a good thing that these old places are getting replaced by modern buildings? To answer those questions, I visited four different families, as well as stayed in a guest house, and even saw a vacant traditional Kyo-machiya. So this is our house. Yeah, I’m Richard. I’m Masami. And while they lived many years oversees from Africa to the Philippines, they are Canadian and Japanese. Sorry, I’m Bryn and originally from Canada. Since I saw the photos online I just thought yeah this looks absolutely perfect. My name is Cecilia and I’m from Mexico. For a period of maybe two years. She searched and finally find the Kyo-machiya that she wants to renovate. -She’ll also be
-Building everything with the use of natural materials. I’m Vincent and I’m French. Hi, I’m Ayu, I’m Indonesian. We wanted to live the Kyoto experience and to be in a traditional house but at the same time we wanted something quite comfortable because we are living with two kids of 3 and 6 years old. The factor that it’s a beautifully made wood house I think was one of the key attractions. So these are the Oshiires. It’s a traditional sliding partition door. The idea behind that was particularly in the hot summers. That’s wind below throughout the house while giving each of the room privacy. These are actually the flowers from the thousand yen note. and which is a trademark of the maker. We also asked him to make these, this is a heron. This is actually my family crest. For this week we keep it a very minimalist, we keep it in a traditional Japanese bedroom sense. So we just have the tatami mats, store the futons everyday in the cupboard. Probably not done the traditional Japanese way. -But that’s not simple, right?
-Yeah. We really like about the upstairs here is high to the ceilings. So, you can see these are the original beams form the house. This is supposed to be my pottery studio. But because of the Tatami, it’s kind of difficult. Then I can move this one over there So something that {i1}big things, I can bring to the front.{i0} So this is the 坪庭 Traditionally in a machiya, this would be in the center of the house, you have a long house and it would be in the center. And the reason they had them. They have an open area would actually let light into the house. This one is actually one of my 盆栽 So this comes form ____ 盆栽 group. I can not play. This one is belong to my grandmother who was from Kyoto, originally. And then, probably this is about 100 years old. Modern homes, they are beautiful, they are functional. But they don’t really reflect the culture. Whereas the people living in Machiya, I think really reflex the culture. Yes, so there’s three Machiya here. The guys beside me is a guest house and then it’s a family next door. And then there are some businesses across the street and some families as well. Just looking at it, it feels like a modern where you can find in any Japanese home. Exactly. -Every once in a while,….
-Oh yeah, that’s right, there’s a hole. Yeah that’s really cool! I like that. So stairs are pretty steep. They are steep, but I don’t think that’s really unusual for Machiya. And this is the laundry, the temple, they’re really nice And this belongs to temple as well. And then this is my daughter’s room and.. probably not that clean. This is just looking down to the kitchen from upstairs. Natural beauty Machiya absolutely love. The alternates in Kyoto for me are just so unappealing. really really horrible, kind of cookie-cutter homes and kind of emulate western styles in a way. And they’re absolutely devoid of soul. I know what he’s talking about, my house. Yep, I bought it 3 years ago and it’s completely cookie-cutter. And nope, I wouldn’t describe it as beautiful. Although, I do find it very practical for my family’s needs. So this is our bathroom. And yeah, as you know, we have Japanese toilet. Please come here. This is my favorite palace. You know, it’s a bath time. And in the center we can see the beautiful garden. We love to cook and it’s important for us also to have a big kitchen. So we decided to put the kids upstairs. This looks really fun place. We enjoy the fact of being just near the river. Let’s go to kamogawa This is the neighbor’s wall. -That’s the neighbor’s wall?
-Yeah. So this is the back of the wall of the authentic wall Okay. And here of course, it needs to be repaired. Okay, and so when you renovate it, you keep the same style? Yes. The walls are composed of a straw and mud mixture, both which used to come from rice fields. That’s bamboo, yes. It’s the base for putting the first layer of soil. So the first three layers are quite rough and then the last layer would be the finish. and this is what I really like about these old places, you can see the history. Since Cecilia was so passionate about Kyo-machiyas I asked what she most liked about them. Everything. The materials, how it’s build, and also the part of the conservation Because it’s not just conservation of the architecture, but it’s also conservation of the urbanism of Kyoto. Emmm, wood structures, just everything. Okay, so let’s have a rundown of a basic Kyo-machiya. First off, they’re often called うなぎの寝床 or eel beds. There’re two popular theories as to how the name came about. One theory states that as taxes were determined by the width of the building’s entrance. The portion of the building that face the street became narrower and the building’s length increased. Another theory posits that land plots were divided up into small units to bring as many merchants as possible to help make the city thrive. So the front part is called 店の間 or shop space. It’s where crafts man might put together kimonos, like Cecilia’s place or sell goods, like Bryn’s neighbors place. A really friendly guy by the way. So they often had dual purposes. Long before live were condos were all the rage. Along the whole side of the building would be the 通り庭 which is an earthen floor corridor. This is also where the おくどさん, the kitchen was located. And this is what the traditional cooking equipment looked like. Because it was earthen floors, footwear would be worn in this area. If you looked up, you’d noticed a double height ceiling called the 火袋. This place acted both as a chimney for the smoke form cooking and as a sky light. Behind the shop space, there would be the 居室部, or the living space. That’s where you could host guests, or simply eat your meals. At the end of the house would be the 縁側 this is the wooden veranda and to me its very iconically Japanese. That all feature a double set of sliding doors. Based on the weather and the desire amount of the wind or light you wanted, you could open and close them to transform the room. There’s even these cute little ones above. And 縁側 will have a little courtyard garden called 坪庭. Many Kyo-machiya are right on the street so gardens up front were rare. So on the back, this is where you could have some greenery and let some light in. In quite a few these house designs I’ve seen, this is also where you’d have your bath. If you go upstairs, the second floor, you might notice a 箱階段, which literally means box stairs. With the lack of space, it’s a practical way of putting in extra storage. At the top is generally where sleeping quarters would be. Tatami rooms with closets where you can storage your futons, which you’d put out at night to sleep in. While a new Kyo-machiya can be built from scratch, due to time, money and skill restraints, it is rarely done. As a result, their numbers are decreasing at a whirring rate. roughly 2 or 3 kyo-machiya is being demolished each day. The current stock around 40000 that means by 2050, there will be very few left. So that one of a very big kinda mission we want to accomplish. To preserve as much as we can. Increasingly, people are coming together to keep these historical buildings as well as being creative with these spaces. For example, the four families I visited purchased or rented their home though Hachise ensuring they are preserved. Other uses for Kyo-machiya, include gust houses, shops and restaurants just to name a few. Hachise is a 64 years old real estate agency, mainly deal with Kyo-machiya. We help foreign customers to buy their own house or a future investment. And also we help… we have monthly rental. A good thing is that while it’s quite difficult to get Kyo-machiya build from scratch renovating an exist one is much simpler especially if you not changing the structure. And I find that sometimes the constraints can be a creative boon where people find such fascinating ways of designing around and living within the limitations given. These are a group of Kyo-machiya that have been renovated. There are three houses in this complex and they all have their own unique styling. As traditional as Kyo-machiya may seen they have gone through generations of change. So you shouldn’t feel that you can’t switch up some elements. While the works are often done by local craftsman and use local materials the results can widely vary. This Tatami room was transformed into a meditation/yoga room with the wall covered in washi or Japanese paper. Here you can see the original wooden beams up top and some added windows below along the stairway. And an example of choice you can make is whether to go with hard wood floors or tatami mats. This one, actually has both in a same room. And sleeping on the floor, you can do that at certain places but western style beds can also be had. One thing I’ve seen with all places is that they choose to have modern kitchens and bathroom facilities. To get an idea of renovations that can be done, let’s start off by taking a look at Richard and Mmasami’s house. Another additional that we made is a fitted kitchen. Oven, grill and dishwasher. We have these blinds witch you can bring down if you want to cover the kitchen. So this side of the machiya is really fun, actually the design face. What you want, how you want things hidden, what you want highlight and so on, this is really fun. So this actually turns out to be quite nice place to sit, read a book. I’ve had the dream to build up my own sports bar in my house so I… one of the first projects I did. And also here we have it at the matchwood the contractor who built the house help we find the natural solid piece for the top. So the first upgrade we requested before moving in was a heated floor. I think that are fully recommend. Speaking of temperature control, this seems like a good time to address common concerns people have about living in a Kyo-machiya. We were a little bit afraid before because we are afraid to be like so cold in the winter and so hot in the summer. Everybody told me not to choose the machiya because it’s too cold and too difficult to live in. But ___ the winter is almost over, and we survived. The construction you know, -The heating floor.
-Yeah, the heating floor, it’s really warm in the winter There’s one aircon here and one aircon upstairs. They’re heavily used. Just a quick note, renovating Kyo-machiyas are often upgraded with both isolation as well as heating and cooling equipment such as double pane windows heated floors and aircon units. Usually the machiyas are quite dark. A new window will be here on this walls. There are a couple reasons as to why machiyas on the ground level are dark. One is that they are long and narrow townhouses which means unless they’re on a corner lot, there’s no windows on the side walls The second is that front windows are usually covered with 格子 which means lattice. They are supposed to still let in light but it’s not the same amount that you’d get from a completely clear window. In Cecilia’s case, there’s no longer a building on the other side of the wall, so she can put a window in as the latest building codes ensure a new house can never be put up right against it again. And talking about building codes, how would Kyo-machiya hold up in an earthquake? The building methods used are the same ones that temples use which is placing wooden posts on rocks that can slide in the event of an earthquake. Instead of trying to make the structure stay put it instead focus on letting it shift. Despite numerous earthquakes, there are temples that lasted over hundreds of years. That being said, due to geography, the city of Kyoto hasn’t historically received earthquakes as large as other parts of Japan. I’ve read some recent small scales studies, showing that earthquake resistance of Kyo-machiyas are greater than previously thought. But hey, I’m no engineer or architect. So, how do you get your self into a Kyo-machiya of your own? If you are purchasing with cash, then there are basically no problem. Even as a foreigner. That’s right, if you have the cash, it doesn’t matter who you are, you can buy. But if you don’t, there are loans available, although you most likely need to be a permanent resident to go this route. My initial thoughts were to be unaffordable but actually price-wise, it was also very surprising how affordable they were compared to properties let’s say the Vancouver. Actually that’s not too surprising the Vancouver housing market is terribly unaffordable. But I get his point. For a historical building in a world-class City it’s not as costly as you would think. In Kyoto with Kyo-machiyas there are many subsidies. For example, if you are renovating the earth walls, you get some subsidies to refurbish them also structure, you can get help from Kyoto city. Now not everyone can buy a one or wants to buy a one, but you can certainly temporarily stay in one. Whether it’s as a tourist for a night or two in a guesthouse or perhaps as a visiting professor who needs a fully furnished monthly rental. What I enjoyed most by making this video was seeing how people are connecting to the culture of Tokyo, Through not only the buildings but the crafts man they met the traditional items they purchased from them and the locals they joined with to preserve long-standing tradition. The one activity I got involved with actually though a group in a local 焼き鳥 restaurant, that was the 神輿 It’s very heavy. Each shrine is 2 tons and then you carry on two poles So now when I walk around the community, they recognize me, they thank you for being involved for carrying this thing, it’s heavy. はい チーズ I cut so many interesting things out of the video, like this little guy on the roof, syoki san, that protects the house from demons Special thanks to Hachise for sponsoring this video they will help get you into a Kyo-machiya, whether it’s buying one or only staying a night This is actually one of those special occurrences where having a sponsor made the video much much better as I got access to so many different Kyo-machiyas as well as to the kind people who let me into their homes. Thanks for watching, see you next time, bye! What are traditional houses like where you are from?

99 Comments

steve gale

Jul 7, 2019, 7:21 pm Reply

They are messy people. No pride.

szorohov85

Jul 7, 2019, 7:55 pm Reply

wood=humidity=mold

T.L. Watkinson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:52 am Reply

Interesting craftsmanship and well preserved buildings. Good exhibition of the subject.
Like Japanese food – a visual treat.

Katy Out n About

Jul 7, 2019, 10:16 am Reply

Correct me if i’m mistaken, but i believe the government encourages the new buildings, which are less likely to catch fire than traditional wood buildings, and also proven to be able to withstand a 7.0 earthquake. Traditional japanese buildings are not up to code and so the government wants to ween them out over time… hence as to why the declining numbers.

Its all in the name of safety, not history.

georgewu5

Jul 7, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

Madame Butterfly ? George Wu, A.I.A., 2019-7-18

Lynatik Noch

Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

wooow..!!!!! that is one of my aim – to live in the traditional japanese house. somewhere in Kyoto, maybe near Shinto shrine.. ohh I love so much all these things… <3 <3 <3
Thank you Greg for all your videos, they inspire me and I am so happy to watch about everything japanese. In a ten years I will study at the Kyoto Uni at PhD degree and live in the Kyo-machiya ,then I will met you and tell this story)

LfunkeyA

Jul 7, 2019, 6:20 pm Reply

cute, but this is the kinda stuff that asia does which puts restrictions on wood.

La Roy Cotton

Jul 7, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

がいじん

Derek Goddard

Jul 7, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

No mention of actual prices ??? what is the point in that ??

Elena Migliorini

Jul 7, 2019, 7:29 am Reply

It looks the children can totally destroy the house

Mariyeen Acheege

Jul 7, 2019, 9:14 am Reply

Yellow fever is gross.

Robin Groenbech

Jul 7, 2019, 9:57 am Reply

99% of all foreigners living in japan don't do it for the culture, nor do they do it for the right reasons, they try to hard to stay traditional when traditional is following the flow like in any other country. Foreigners especially americans are so full of themselves when they live in japan. They live there for all the wrong reasons and don't really take in the culture of japan, nor embrace every single detail of how roadsides, houses, scenery is so unique and socially constructed.

You can never really be traditional as a foreigner in the sense that it requires your race to be of the descent the tradition bares roots from, in a materialised, superficial sense you can follow traditional ways but as a foreginer you will never be traditional. But the thing is they try so hard to convince people that they are. And most of the time people moving to japan are usually the most smug people and horrid people.

I respect people who move to japan embracing its culture, and scenery, and truly embrace it, sadly not many really do, again its materialistic to them in a sense. But as a closing statement, the japanese are so lucky to have such scenery, the architecture, the way of life, how the trees look, how the flowers look, how the people who build society made a comfortable, beautiful scenery for all to see. In any other country its very bland, and grey. There's so much more nuance, joy, excitement to how bushes, tree's rock formations everything in japan looks, and the architectures knew how to fit in human resources into such beautiful scenery.

Karma

Jul 7, 2019, 1:48 pm Reply

Their gardens are one of my favorite things about their culture.

Frech Studios

Jul 7, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

Always take shoes off at the door.

tm502010

Jul 7, 2019, 4:33 pm Reply

The aesthetics of these homes is amazing. Love the wood, and the organic look of everything. The exposed beams are lovely!

tm502010

Jul 7, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

Please do more about these extraordinary houses. They are truly lovely.

Ainsley Harriott

Jul 7, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

I would love to live in one of those houses with an infinite food and drinks supply and never have to interact with a person again. That would be the dream. That guy with the beard is really lucky to have scored such a perfect home.

Daniel Murúa Martínez

Jul 7, 2019, 10:00 pm Reply

¡México!

kairon156

Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

If I was a billionaire I would love to preserve homes like these and fund projects to build new ones.
Also, This is a very cool video. I'm glad YouTube shared it with me And I would love to stay in a place like this.

II live in Newfoundland Canada and traditional houses look really cool but can suffer from poor insulation. I guess people in the early 1900's didn't care about heating comfort/cost.

Craig Wilson

Jul 7, 2019, 6:17 am Reply

So how much $$ should I have to buy a Kyo-machiya in the mid price range?

MrSifaperdire

Jul 7, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

absolutely lovely architecture and tradition

Shawna Dyment

Jul 7, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

The Vancouver real estate shade is tooooo relatable. I wonder if this is why I'm watching videos about houses in other parts of the world ha. I'll never own a home or have a family while I live in Vancouver yikes.

Sergio Díaz Nila

Jul 7, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

well you can always take the old vernacular techniques and adapt them to modern standards, you can even learn from other vernacular techniques like Pagodas to withstand earthquakes, add standards for the clay used in the mix of the daub, etc.

scubathehun

Jul 7, 2019, 5:09 am Reply

This is sooooo cute! Well done!!

elseekor

Jul 7, 2019, 5:25 am Reply

Such beautiful houses ? But i cant seem to get my head off this question. What about fire hazard prevention? Electrical fire hazard as well.

risa tanaka

Jul 7, 2019, 6:18 pm Reply

My great uncle and auntie had a house that was built after the WWII in Hiratsuka, it was a typical traditional Japanese house that I really loved visiting. The house was full of history and in excellent condition with the wood and thin paper walls, sliding doors, breeze coming through in the summer leaving open throughout the house and huge koi pond in front. After they both passed away in 1997, the council demolished their house because they no longer alive to continue paying land taxes that they rightfully continue to live in the house they paid for/built. I was so upset hearing this when they demolished their house for modern ugly apartments…

Luiz Gustavo Lima

Jul 7, 2019, 7:51 pm Reply

Your channel should have at least 10x more followers…So good content! Hello from Brazil!

m vl

Jul 7, 2019, 10:28 pm Reply

I would die if I had to live there. No trees? (not counting the bonsai lol) No garden? Grass? Greenery. Blocked in between other blocks from top to toe?? No wonder the Japnese are refusing / unwilling to produce the next generation… too many already. Stop #overpopulation…

Bob Tornton

Jul 7, 2019, 1:43 am Reply

Nice job but so bad that the 2nd part of your video looks like a big advertisement video ;/

S1500

Jul 7, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

I would kill to retire here in one of these townhomes.

pinky

Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

the guzheng is remarkably in-tune for 100 years of disuse :O

keatsuki

Jul 7, 2019, 9:31 pm Reply

Theses houses are so beautiful and stylish.
I like older style houses better than newer styled ones. When I was younger I always wanted to live in a Victorian two-story or a traditional Chinese or Japanese house. There simple and pretty. Perhaps one day I make enough money to build my own.

Kevin Merritt

Jul 7, 2019, 11:03 pm Reply

Not one mention of the cost to buy one of these homes or rent

loveaodai100

Jul 7, 2019, 2:53 am Reply

I really enjoyed this video. Given the rarity and safety issues… reminded an alternate possibility of buying a regular flat or home and then fitting it out with elements of Kyo Machia style and possibly some salvaged items from actual homes that may be in demolition etc. I live in Saigon and love 1950s Indochine Style. My wife and I bought two flats in a regular building and had the units gutted and completely refitted to Indochine style including refurbished furniture of the time. I would do the same if living in Kyoto with Kyo Machia style of course!

OspreyBravo18

Jul 7, 2019, 7:48 am Reply

God I love the architecture.

lamebubblesflysohigh

Jul 7, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

They are not even that expensive! I live in a 50k pop town in Europe and 3 room+kitchen flat in original condition (needs renovation) in urban borough cost about 70k€, 100k€ in the centre of the town. I found kyomachia for 89k€. it needs renovation obviously but it is still far better deal given the location of the property than anything for similar price offered in my middle of nowhere small hometown. Wow.

Daisy Jansen

Jul 7, 2019, 7:39 pm Reply

I am wondering what's the price for such a house

Qwerty Qwert

Jul 7, 2019, 8:00 pm Reply

Why is this so calming.

B. Wo

Jul 7, 2019, 10:43 pm Reply

haciendas, they tend to be on the cooler side and at night, is a whole other world, of cool breezes, string lighting, palms waving at the full moon above, shadows cast on rock walls and koi ponds, orange trees, your nose just catching their soft scent, the music of a crickets play from a darkened corner, this all starts at about 10:30 pm

V. K. G.

Jul 7, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

Was it hard to learn Japanese?

ForestofTooMuchFood

Jul 7, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Where are the dead zones or do they have any? A place no one lives or rents, or where the homeless go to live until it's demolished. Does Japan even have those kinds of areas? It's more common in rural areas, but some city and urban areas have those scary spots.

ForestofTooMuchFood

Jul 7, 2019, 3:32 am Reply

8:27 looks like moveable trailer home design

Steve Sherman

Jul 7, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

Here check out this traditional Japanese cultural stuff, but with white people

Mr. Zorro.

Jul 7, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

Y la traduccion?

matt weaver

Jul 7, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply

that house sucks

thnwgrl

Jul 7, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

The first guy has a grill in his garden

Salmon Trash

Jul 7, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

What's on my mind: OMG SHIN OUMURA ( MACHIYA WGB)

alex evans

Jul 7, 2019, 2:42 pm Reply

One of them homes look like the house from the Ring

Marina P.

Jul 7, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

This video was so nice…

techi abik

Jul 7, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

I love your content. Just a beautiful way of showing different lives and different way of living yet connected to a something similar.

Sylvia Lehman

Jul 7, 2019, 4:23 am Reply

I am in love.Promise to myself, I will live in a Machiya (I already live in Japan) . All the families are so cool and Cecilia is enchanting and brave. All of them are my inspiration.

V. R.

Aug 8, 2019, 8:43 am Reply

Very ugly house ?

Picus

Aug 8, 2019, 10:09 am Reply

Enlève moi ce piercing a l'arcade tu as 40 ans mon gars !

Rock Crusher

Aug 8, 2019, 10:56 am Reply

Modern homes have no soul.
Modern homes reflect the culture of the real estate corporation .

layniedee

Aug 8, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

Whoa this is awesome. As always. ?

haoru chen

Aug 8, 2019, 9:39 am Reply

I once found biting bugs in the middle of night, and I had to get on the street. many years ago in Kyoto. these wood house are problems.

moses74ful

Aug 8, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Great video!

Kadeem Johnson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

I love those kind of buildings there

西村賢治

Aug 8, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

Why are all Japanese women married to foreigners like Yoko Ono?

piyush sharma

Aug 8, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

I have watching videos on this channel from a few days. I am amazed by the quality and content you put in the video. Keep up the good work. Your kids are lovely.

David Lopez

Aug 8, 2019, 7:55 pm Reply

So beautiful I Love Kyoto if I would move to japan it would be around Kyoto or Arashiyama

Gillian G.

Aug 8, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

Lovely video!

KoinZell

Aug 8, 2019, 9:48 am Reply

This is just a random thought looking at the people in the video and what I generally like about Japanese videos like these. Might be slightly political, but it's just something I value in Japan and the people who like it.
In America, we have political correctness, history denial and vilification, identity politics, and social justice. Japan wasn't a "perfect country" and they also did rather messed up things, but at the same time their values, traditions and culture are still valued and preserved. While in America people are pulling down statues, building safe spaces, shout down their opposition (And call them literally evil racists), etc. Japan does have issues, but the issues aren't similar to the huge culture war going on in Europe and America, and these videos just make me value the united appreciation that a lot of people feel in regards to Japan.

People need to appreciate their freedoms, cultures and traditions, preserve them and celebrate them. We need positivity to celebrate everyone, and victimhood isn't going to help (Japan has also people who feel they were victims after WW2, but that doesn't define them and they don't blame their whole lives on what happened).

YG

Aug 8, 2019, 8:58 pm Reply

When I was in Kyoto with my husband we stayed in a Kyo-machiya. We knew we really wanted to experience staying in one when we were in that city. We really enjoyed staying in a place so traditionally Japanese. It was nice after staying in tiny airbnbs in Tokyo and Osaka.

Nahin Taba

Aug 8, 2019, 6:10 am Reply

I like these traditional houses more cause they reflect the culture. The tokyo homes look a little cold with all that unnecessary functions

Indy K

Aug 8, 2019, 7:12 am Reply

I'm amazed of how clean the streets are and also the fact that I didn't saw any public trashcan

Serin9X

Aug 8, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

Gorgeous houses. I want one.

Baldoxxx4000

Aug 8, 2019, 7:01 pm Reply

But I'm sure the realtor did mention about a ghost from the previous owner.

mcmisko

Aug 8, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

I really appreciate LWIF videos, and this one is especially great. I love learning about things that are more "traditional" Japan. Japanese people put so much thought into the details designs, which is evident in these traditional style houses. Please keep up the great work!

Rightawaytomoveon

Aug 8, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

6:30 what river is that ?

Faesal Rahmawiguna

Aug 8, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

i have heard an issue, if build house in japan, every 30 years the house must be renov or destroyed and build new .. thats true or hoax?

Malon Prischer

Aug 8, 2019, 4:56 pm Reply

What a great video! So many beautiful scenes and happy people. Loved it. Thank you very much.

Tim

Aug 8, 2019, 7:32 pm Reply

OMG!! I just realised who he sounds like!!! The voice over guy who did Battle of the Planets. Crazy!!

Todd Atkins

Aug 8, 2019, 11:21 pm Reply

I lived in a traditional house in Uraga. I loved it but it got so cold inside in the winter. I didn’t get a kerosene heater but did use some space heaters.

Gewglesux

Aug 8, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

I'm seeing a Redhead, so i prefer "soulless" and semi contemporary. I went to the Hachise site…. some are very expensive and some are just plain old expensive….. but very lovely.

ravin P

Aug 8, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

They kinda look like the house's from geisha girl

Gangsta 9000

Aug 8, 2019, 5:23 am Reply

I live in Canada and I swear if I buy land for a cottage one day, I will build a modernized Kyo-Machiya keeping to the originals as possible aesthetically.

OmniCausticInfidel

Aug 8, 2019, 8:52 am Reply

neat and llovely its wonderful to see others normal people lives and to see traditional unique homes being used still

Ellie Karasuma

Aug 8, 2019, 10:35 am Reply

Thank you for showing me about kyo-machiya..i always wanted to stay in one, or maybe built a house with this style of home..

createapearl

Aug 8, 2019, 7:33 pm Reply

Reverse racism.
Japanese are friendly to white or people from developed countries.
And savage to others.

HESSAH ALOWAISHEER

Aug 8, 2019, 2:14 am Reply

I love Japan ?? ❤️?

赵吟

Aug 8, 2019, 3:54 am Reply

Boy! She is ugly! What a lucky guy! I guess he can't tell Asian women pretty or ugly!

yew soon fatt

Aug 8, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

1:23 i think i had dejavu with this house. i had dreamed that i lived in a japanese house just look exactly like this . lol

LisaMarli

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

They are beautiful houses. Glad they are updatable without losing the look and feel. Modern plumbing and air con has its uses.
My house has a history as well. It came from a catalog. They are called Sears Catalog Houses, but Montgomery Wards and several other companies also sold them. Sadly, although we know the house was built in the 1920s, we don't know the catalog it came from. But a house down the street came from the same page. We've been in each other's houses to see what options the original owners bought and how they have changed over the years.

Killakuma

Aug 8, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

I would love to live in one!

Margarita Kulyapina

Aug 8, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

I actually walked past one of the machiyas in the beginning. It was a meiko/geiko agency.

Jack Feng

Aug 8, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

Each one of these little houses can be renovated into a little museum. It's hard to believe how well they have been preserved.

副業のオススメテルのブログ〜サラリーマンの 不労所得を増やす

Aug 8, 2019, 9:10 am Reply

いいですね。義母は京都生まれで町家はすでに売ってしまったそうです。
Sounds good. My mother-in-law was born in Kyoto and the townhouse has already been sold.

MIKE

Aug 8, 2019, 9:13 am Reply

I love it

S Sharma

Aug 8, 2019, 11:05 am Reply

It must be really nice to stay in such a neighbourhood.

Granny Nerd

Aug 8, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

That 2nd dude was a big ole weeabo. Western styles are SOULLESS?!

Long Li

Aug 8, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

Japanese is RUBBISH!!!!!

Valkonnen

Aug 8, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

Cannabis in Japan has been illegal since 1948. Use and possession are punishable by up to five years' imprisonment and a fine. Cultivation, sale, and transport are punishable by up to 7 to 10 years' imprisonment and a fine. You can have it!

Sueni

Aug 8, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

Horrible, claustrophobic, no nature.

K Cochran

Aug 8, 2019, 3:46 am Reply

I would like to know what kind of work the Canadian couple did that they travelled and lived in different countries, and then can afford to stay in Japan.

FERNYCOOL81

Aug 8, 2019, 4:01 pm Reply

Sólo faltó que dijeran los precios de ese tipo de casas

Bajoobie Cuzican

Aug 8, 2019, 4:28 pm Reply

I love this old style housing. Very informative video. Thank you!

KyotoMachiyas.com

Aug 8, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

Glad to see a video online focusing on these timeless beauties of Kyoto. Thank you for putting it together.

Epic Eduah

Aug 8, 2019, 6:20 pm Reply

Traditional houses where I'm from are made out of redwood planks and also made with no nails ! I would like to make one of these homes for myself.

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