U-rin-an: A Cafe During The Day And A Guesthouse At Night

“U-rin-an” is a guest house located in the middle of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. The Kurashiki Bikan area is a place where traditional architecture and buildings are preserved. However, people enjoy the urban lifestyle. The way people live in this area demonstrate the spirit of Kurashiki, which is a city that survived the Edo period that still remains today. In addition, Kurashiki is famous for art (e.g. Ohara Museum of Art) and folk craft. Japanese kimono schools still exist in this area.

U-rin-an is a house that is 100 years old and is built in a Japanese wooden style. Here, you can experience the culture and traditional lifestyle of Japan. U-rin-an transforms into a cafe and a guesthouse depending on the time of the day. During the day time, it is a cafe. At night, it becomes a guesthouse. Most travelers, like young Japanese students, arrive during the day and leave their luggages to go sightseeing.

U-rin-an is famous for Kuruma-za (sitting around table), which bring people together in the evening. Some travelers check-in during the evening to meet and interact with other guests. Kuruma-za is a space where visitors can introduce themselves, get to know each other and create long lasting friendships.

For your information :
Name of Cafe and Guest house : Yuurin-an
Address : 2-15, Motomashi, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Japan

Rooms : 5 Japanese tatami-floor dorm rooms.

http://u-rin.com/ (japanese only but many nice photos, you will catch the atmosphere.)

U-RIN-AN at café time

Famous SHIAWASE-Purin (Happy Pudding)

Inside of café-time

"Famous TAMAGO-KAKE-GOHAN (steamed rice and raw egg, often seasoned with soy sauce) bowl "

Aso Shrine main gate

Looking up to main shrine

Aso Shrine small shrine

Baby shrine is located after long stone stairs.

Aso Shrine looking down

Viewing Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Street in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Preserved old town

Street in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Preserved old town

Street in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Preserved old town

Ohara Museum of Art


Shop of Sake dealer

Preserved old town

Door for a fireproof Warehouse

Being used as café (Bikan Historical Quarter)

Private house in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Good design

UJIKO (Shrine parishioner) for ASO Shrine

UJIKO keeps ASO Shrine

Wood Tag Sanitation duty this week

Cleaning up Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

No relation with U-RIN-AN, but strange house in Kurashiki

Kurashiki, Sanyodo Antique Mall