Traditional townhouses are disappearing. To preserve this part of Japanese culture, NPO Kurashiki Machiya Trust restores historical buildings and turns them into guesthouses – like Onsaka no Ie (house on Onsaka slope) – a great alternative to staying in a conventional hotel room. Modern facilities and a contemporary design blend into traditional interior, make experiencing Japan both comfortable and unique. Some of Machiya Trust’s restored buildings were originally constructed one hundred years ago. Onsaka no Ie stands on massive granite blocks arranged like a castle fortification that bear witness to a long history. Inside, however, the atmosphere is light because of wood and paper walls and the high, sloped ceiling with exposed beams. From Onsaka no Ie it takes 15 minutes to the center of Kurashiki with its landmark townhouses covered by clay tile roofing.