Planning a trip to Kyoto anytime soon? Then you must acquire a copy of the Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide for some must visit dining. Not a chance of visiting Kyoto in your lifetime? Get it anyway! The first half of this book written by resident of 42 years Judith Clancy provides a fascinating history of Kyoto’s traditional townhouse properties now retrofitted to local dining destinations.
Machiya, or townhouses, are traditional wooden dwellings in Kyoto that evoke the elegance and culture of Japan’s old capital with their architectural details, beautiful gardens, and intimate rooms. Many have been converted into restaurants to create unforgettable dining experiences. Enjoying healthy food in a historic, traditional Kyoto environment is a rare and unforgettable pleasure. In this book over 140 restaurant listings are showcased (food, decor, hours, addresses, prices, maps, and index) along with a photographic guide to machiya architecture, culture, and aesthetics.
Intriguing aspects of this Machiya culture include how renowned Kyoto builders selected premium woods for initial construction as well as how they are selected now in today’s environmentally-conscious world for ongoing restoration.
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