Sitting directly on the Ise-ji route of the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, our home is a rural and quiet place to take in traditional Japanese culture and architecture amongst our expansive gardens and local tea fields.
This is listed as a "private room" but most likely you will have the entire premises to yourself, and can sleep in additional rooms if your group is large. In addition to the space, we also offer free bicycles and can arrange a taxi to/from the station if needed.
With 400 sq. meters of floor space, our house was originally built for a local merchant family. We have lived on this road for generations, and are now opening up the house to be enjoyed by visitors to Japan, or simply people who want to get out of the cities and experience countryside life.
With ornate Japanese gardens in front and back, the original traditional home still stands in the center. Modern wings have been added on over the years, though keeping with traditional design, and it is immaculately kept and well-built.
We have several bedrooms, so where you stay will depend mostly on your group size . We have 4+ tatami guest rooms, including one that looks out onto the front garden and pond, and this is the default room for couples and groups up to four. That room has its own toilet and sink.
Heating and air-conditioning are electric, and discreetly installed throughout the complex. The exceptions are the tatami rooms in the traditional house (for aesthetic reasons), but the sleeping and social rooms are all equipped.
Kitchen: Equipped with a large refrigerator, IH stove, cooking implements, toaster oven, microwave, and coffee maker. Unless it suddenly runs out, there are usually plenty of coffee grinds for your use, and we usually have basic spices and oils available as well. We also have various other gas and electric tabletop cooking tools for making nabe, takoyaki, yakiniku, etc. The large charcoal grills are outside in the dedicated BBQ space which also has a roof.
The wi-fi in the house is quite strong and fast enough to stream HD video, but it's not as fast as you'd get in the cities.
Essentially this is a complex of three houses, with two of them physically connected with an old kura (warehouse) in between.
You will have access to most of the main house and all of the gardens, as well as a kitchen.
For bathing we have a large and clean unit bathroom with a tub and shower located in the modern wing.
We also have a study for those wishing to write, draw, read, or just get some work done. An antique desk and chair look out onto the garden.
Parking is abundant if you are coming by car and you'll have a large covered garage to put your car in.
We primarily live in Tokyo so we aren't in town all the time, but when we are we stay with our family who runs a tea farm down the street. For the most part you'll have the house to yourself, though sometimes my mother uses the tatami rooms for tea ceremony, ikebana classes, and other various events. Also, the property requires a fair bit of maintenance, so we occasionally have gardeners or other workers around.
Heating during the colder months:
While the bedrooms and living room have electric heat, to heat the common spaces in the traditional part of the house you'll need to use heating oil. We keep this stocked in the storage area behind the kitchen.
While we have a television, its primary purpose is for using Netflix through an AppleTV (Gen 2). Our area does not receive terrestrial digital television.
We have seven bicycles (four of them are folding) available for your use. One of them can be equipped with child seats for up to two small children.
We have also worked with locals to provide some different experiences. Please inquire well in advance for availability:
- Canoe/kayak rental and tours down the Miyagawa river (summer and fall)
- Meal delivery: My uncle is a skilled Japanese chef as well as a hunter and fisherman. If you give us a budget (we recommend at least 5,000 yen per person) he can prepare dinners with fresh fish, local vegetables, local Matsusaka beef (wa-gyu), and even wild boar and deer that he hunts in the area. Additional meals from local restaurants can be delivered, such as unagi (eel).
- Green tea harvesting and processing (May and September)
- My mother is also a tea ceremony, kimono, and ikebana instructor, so if you are interested in these experiences please let us know well in advance and we can check her schedule. The fee is 1,000 yen per person for tea ceremony, and 2,000 for ikebana (including all costs).
We're located in a famous area for green tea production, so there are many tea fields around the property, as well as beautiful old warehouses for processing the harvest.
We also sell our own tea which is available in the house at 500 yen for a large pack.
IMPORTANT: All providers of accommodation in Japan are obligated to get a copy of the guest's passport if they are non-residents of Japan. We are licensed and registered, so we have to comply with these rules, but we want to maintain security as well and keep it really easy for you:
1) Before you arrive please send a photo of your passport to us through airbnb.
2) We will print it and store the copy in our safe for three years (as per the law), and then destroy it.
3) Your information won't be shared with anyone (also as per the law)
We understand that this isn't ideal, but it's the only way we can do business and guarantee not to have trouble with the authorities.
The BBQ space is free for you to use (with a 500 yen charge for charcoal). Please be sure to clean up to avoid having any pests come around.
It's expensive to heat/cool such a large house, and each room has it's own climate control. Please turn off the heating and air-conditioning for rooms when you aren't using them. If it's too hot please open a window and use fans before turning on the A/C so we can save on power and keep our rates as low as we do.
We don't allow smoking indoors, but you're free to smoke outside if you clean up after yourselves. Please don't throw cigarette butts in the garden.
Please clean up all of your garbage and sort recyclables into the proper containers by the kitchen. Please do NOT dispose of garbage in the public dumpster across the street. There are strict rules in our area about trash disposal.
If you plan on having an event or party please notify us in advance for approval on a case-by-case basis. There may be additional clean-up fees necessary, as well as access made available to other parts of the complex.
It's exhausting keeping such a big place clean, so please be sure to keep things tidy and wipe up any spills on the tatami right away. The nice thing about being in the countryside is that things like noise, smoke from the BBQ, and kids running around aren't such a big deal. Just use common sense!
We're a Japanese/American couple living between Tokyo (work) and Mie Prefecture (hometown), so we have a firm grasp of both city and country life in Japan. We love discovering hidden treasures in the countryside and sharing them with our guests.