|Machiya Path - Kyoto 2016|
|Machiya Entry - Kyoto 2016|
We stayed at a "machiya" in Kyoto. To be honest, it wasn't our first choice: for some reason all the hotels that we wanted had been booked far in advance. Don't know why. Anyway, an article in the New York Times made the idea of staying in a machiya sound interesting.
Per Wikipedia: Machiya (町屋/町家) are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout
Sleeping quarters were upstairs on tatami mats. The stairs were pretty steep and slippery, requiring an abundance of caution.