Kyo no Machiya

Visiting Kyo no Machiya
Visiting Kyo no Machiya

Explore the Museum’s authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan!

Exploring the Timeline
Exploring the Timeline

In 1979, five carpenters from Japan reassembled an authentic traditional machiya-style house in Boston Children’s Museum. Find out how this house was brought to Boston from Kyoto, Japan.

Autumn Haiku Activity

Learn about tsukimi, or moon-viewing festivals, and write an autumn-inspired haiku poem.

Sumo game
Sports Day Activity

Learn about Taiku no Hi (Sports Day) and make a sumo wrestling game.

Hariko no tora
Curate Your Own Collection

Select your own favorite Japanese objects and create a personal online exhibit!


The Japanese House

The Japanese House at the Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) is a well-preserved machiya, a unique architectural form from Japan. Kyoto machiya are now on the World Monument Fund Watch List and the focus of preservation efforts in Japan. The Japanese House website provides access to the Boston Children’s Museum’s rich array of resources for the study, interpretation, and preservation of The Japanese House.