It is traditional to saty in Hanare house for a very special visiter.
There is one of Kyoto traditional customs. Peaple did not let anyone into own house except special visiter.We did what one has to do at the entrance room ''Genkanoma''.As for Arashiyama House did not opened ''Genkanoma'' except when owner have a ceremony. They normally used the back door.
You might undearstand that't why staying in Hanare House is special. Owner Mr, Tokuji Tanaka wanted to convery true Japanese style for foreign naional, since almost Machiya accommodations were repaired skipping out of on authentic Japanese identity.
It is one of appealing for the Arahsiyama Hanare House.