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The Renovation Started Today!

On January 28th, we are a step closer to the opening of Shiro with the renovation starting.

We rushed to see Shiro excited to see how Shiro looks…



Unbelievably in just one day, the outlook has changed already!

This is Shiro just a day ago!Shiro Guesthouse


The front space facing the road was deconstructed, exposing the indoor design.



Before the renovation, I wondered why a random pillar stood near the window, but know we know that originally this pillar separated the indoor and outside.

It is so exciting to see the original faces of Shiro soon. 

I wonder how the carpenters who first built the house feel if they see the newly reborn Shiro after 115 years later.

How would they feel if they find out that the building will be hosting visitors not only from Japan but from all around the world?

Imagining that made us to sincerely thank the carpenters and those who took care of the house and pledge to make Shiro an amazing guesthouse.

I am so excited for how the renovation proceeds, I don’t mind coming in every single day.


Shiro Before Renovation (3)


This time we want to give you a peak of Shiro’s second floor before the renovation.

An open ceiling also seen from the first floor delivers a soft, calming light, spotlighting the rustic old pillars supporting the building.


And this is where we plan to renovate into a visitor room.  There is a sunny veranda too.


This is the view from the window side. The wall is painted in bright red. There may had been pictures hanged to match the color. shiro-nikai3

On a window in the deeper room remained a lovely flower patterned wall papaers and an old calender.


Time has stopped here since an autumn in 1980.


There was another picture pasted on a storage sliding door that reminds us of the old days.


This is another room facing the streets. We plan to renovate this room as a beautiful visitor’s bedroom as well!


Yes, it’s still far from completion, but the view from this room is just outstanding.

Opening the window you will see…


The Kanazawa’s proud black gate greenery, which is known for a fantastic view of cherry blossoms in the spring.


Thinking that we will be able to have a full view of fully blossomed sakura flowers from this room, our hearts pounce in excitement.

We can view the cherry blossoms from the first floor as well, so we hope to relax, sit back and enjoy a precious scenery from Shiro. If you have a chance, please join us.

There are also the Kanazawa castle, the Kenroku Garden and Oomi town fresh market nearby. We hope to find a perfect way to enjoy all seasons and bring up Shiro as sensing the flow of seasons together with our precious guests.


Shiro Before Renovation Part 2

Let us share some faces of Shiro before renovation a little more.

This is the deeper end of the long backbone of Shiro.


You will see there are three washing basins on the right and three toilets on the left.

Each old basin is separated by walls like separate rooms. Possibly the old trick to keep the cold away?


I feel goosebumps on my skin thinking for people who used to cook and wash faces in the cold snowing days.

This is the furthest room of Shiro facing the patio.


Left here was a vintage safe.

Despite hidden in the corner, you will notice its noble presence. It probably weights 200 kg or more.



Close up to a circular logo on the top left…


The words are written from right to left. (Japanese sentences were wrote and read from right to left in the old days as opposed to the linguistic system now).

This is the lock dial on the right.


The lock doesn’t feature numbers but the old Japanese counting ‘yi, ro, ha, ni, ho, he, to’ which was more common than numerics before.

Now opening the mysterious safe…


I found a small wooden box.

While this vintage safe is stunning the way it is, unfortunately we have to dismantle it.

Watch out for our next post on the second floor.


Shiro Before Renovation

This is Shiro, exposed, before renovation.

Opening the sliding entrance door, there is a long corridor of more than 20 meters that leads to the deep end of the house.


This is the first room you see on the right, facing the streets outside.


Shiro’s high ceiling gives a great spacious feel to the entrance.


There is a roof window spreading a warming sunlight into the house.


115 year old Shiro, born in Meiji, have witnessed the world through the Taisho, Showa, and Heisei periods. Rustic and well-aged walls and pillars are evident of Shiro’s long history.

After 115 years, Shiro will rebirth as a new guesthouse. We hope to renovate Shiro while treasuring the machiya’s traditional beauty.


Shiro’s Neighborhood

Shiro Guesthouse is located in a pivotal center of Kanazawa City, right near the Kanazawa Castle.

From Shiro, it takes 10 seconds walk to the Black Gate that leads into the castle.

It is only 10 minutes walk to Kenrokuen (Kenroku-Garden/Six Attributes Garden) if you walk through the castle.

15 minutes to the 21st Century Contemporary Museum.

3 minutes to the Oomi Fish Market, where fresh seafood, sushi, and seasonal delicacies await you.

Cross the Asano gawa, walk through a historical town scene and reach Higashi-Yama Teahouse district in just 10 minutes.

Even easier to get around anywhere with bicycle.

Even better, the guesthouse is located right in front of ‘Kuromon mae greens’, Kanazawa’s top cherry-blossoms spot. Imagine enjoying the beautiful sakura while lounging at Shiro in spring.

From Kanazawa Railway Station, Shiro is 10 minutes away by bus and 20 mins by walking.

Enjoy tourism on foot, on bike, or on a bus, as you want.

Shiro is located at ‘Ootemachi’ – nearby the castle gate and hence surrounded by very calm traditional neighborhood.

Glimpse the cherry blossoms at Kanazawa Castle, at Shiro.

In an early summer, enjoy a slow life along the Asano River or Sai River.

During a rainy season, watch fireflies along the streams.

Make an impromptu trip to the sea and the mountains in the summer.

Watch the leaves turn yellow and red at Kenroku Park and Kanazawa castle in the autumn.

Indulge in rich seafood of the Japanese Sea and snow scenery in the winter.

Not only the 21st Century Museum or Prefecture Museum, there are many other art/cultural spots around the town.

A town proud of its rich history and traditional artifacts.

Food of Kanazawa that let your savor flavours of all seasons.

We believe that every visitors can enjoy Kanazawa in their own way during all seasons.