What is HARUYA?

HARUYA is the traditional architecture, called MACHIYA, made by same architectural techniques with shrines and temples of World Heritage or National Treasures. Located two ancient capitals of Japan, Kyoto and Nara, which have two third of the Japanese national treasures. HARUYA in Japanese translates as “sunny, sacred, spring, family”, symbolizing Japan philosophy.

HARUYA is based on three core principles, which remain unchanged in both Kyoto and Nara branches.

1. Original of materials
2. Ordinal of customs
3. Organized of cities

HARUYA’s three principles are what Japanese people desire to convey beyond generations to generations. HARUYA is not “like Japan” but “the Japan”. HARUYA does not require difficult treatment besides “spend quietly at night” while historical buildings more than 100 years old. With classic staples from a long time ago, HARUYA would like to help you have a good journey before check-in to after check-out.


MACHIYA, Cultural property

According to a statistical survey of Kyoto City and Ritsumeikan University, from 2008 to 2010, Kyoto has about 47,735 MACHIYA in the city. MACHIYA refers to Japan traditional architecture that were built before 1950.

This statistics also said that about 800 of MACHIYA have been torn down for one year. The recent trend has been the increase in the number of cases in which the parking lot (coin parking) is demolished for reasons such as the high cost of repair and inheritance tax.

47,735 ÷ 800. So, if we simply calculate, about 60 years later, the MACHIYA will be gone from Kyoto. Of course, this is not really the case, but HARUYA are working to maintain and effectively use the building, the MACHIYA as a valuable cultural asset and conveying its appeal.

HARUYA is also featured in NHK (National broadcasting TV show) as MACHIYA revitalization efforts. In the renovation process, HARUYA will convey the original charm of the MACHIYA without too much direction.


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