“Kuraya” is a brand name for a series of 100 year-old traditional wooden Japanese style buildings (known as Machiya / 町家) used primarily as vacation homes.

“Kuraya” is owned by R-Square,Inc, who currently operate ten Machiya over the Kyoto area.

Originally, R-Square, Inc. was founded to conserve Machiya through local business. After the second world war the Machiya began to disappear only to be replaced with what was the time more modern architecture. In recent times this process was sped up and in the last 10 years over 5600 Machiya cease to exist.

R-Square, Inc is aiming to do it’s best to impact the local community through raising awareness of traditional hospitality and culture.

The two key missions of Kuraya is to;

  1. Pass on historical knowledge and traditional culture to the next generation.
  2. Showcase Kyoto’s unique hospitality to the world.
Address: 600-8216, ON Building 2F, 544-2 Higashi-shiokoji cho,
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Phone: 075-353-4440
Website: http://www.machiya-stay.co.jp/?lang=en