Virtual tour of Kyo-machiya, the Kyoto-style townhouse

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Kyo-machiya reminds us Japanese people of good old days, when people followed a daily routine at a relaxing pace and had their work place and residential space in the same building. This virtual tour includes an interesting visit to traditional Kyo-machiya.


This is the virtual tour option, which is conducted simultaneously with the “real tour” involving other participants. You are advised just to install the Zoom video conferencing application and wait for the tour conduction date and time. Shortly before the tour begins, you will receive the password to join the live streaming of the real tour, and you can enjoy a truly realistic and interactive tour experience with your friends or family at home.

The word “telework” has recently become popular among Japanese people with the onset of the COVID-19 world. However, such a way of life used to be, in effect, already common here in Kyoto. Kyo-machiya was designed for the residents to run business at their own home, and its layout is uniquely complex to fit such a lifestyle. Machiya, or “townhouse” can be observed even today in Kyoto where people love Japanese tradition and many of them still keep the same customs. This tour tells you about the historic background and the unusual functional aspects of such a townhouse by arranging actual visits to remaining Kyo-machiya.


Date October 15th, November 19th, December 17th
Time Tour: 14:00-15:40 (Reception:13:45) based on Japan Standard Time
Fee 2,000 yen
Meeting location About 15 minutes before the tour begins, you will receive the password to join the live streaming of the real tour.
Remarks You are advised to pre-install the Zoom application well in advance of the tour date.

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Date And Time

2020-09-24 @ 01:00 to
2020-09-30 @ 02:00




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