House is in the center of pic. Yatsugatake Mountains in the rear. The "doma" area with the farm table and woodstove.
Japanese Country Life in a Farm House
Japanese Country Life in a Farm House
4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
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Renovated traditional Japanese farm house with a great view of Minami Alps and a stretch of rice fields and forests in front.

Great retreat for Tokyo folk who want to enjoy a country living in a quiet, beautiful setting. Enjoy nearby trails, walks, and cooking in a spacious kitchen/dining area with friends/family, as well as a woodstove to keep warm.

You'll need a car. If you like the Japanese country side and want to experience what is like to live there, this is your place.

The space

This house is 100+ years old, constructed in the typical Japanese farmhouse "kominka" style. I use this for my weekend visits from Tokyo, and has been renovated to my taste.

Its located in Kobuchizawa, known for the trails in Yatsugatake mountains, and also as a summer retreat. House elevation is 900 meters, which makes it ideal for beating the summer heat. Conversely it gets to -10 Celsius in the winter. The stars are beautiful at night---you'll marvel at the skies.

The house has a front yard with a spectacular view of the Minami Alps, forests, and rice fields. Its ideal for having a leisurely lunch or having beer/wine outside with friends/family. A hammock and seats are provided.

Upon entrance, their is a large "Doma", a shoes allowed area with a high ceiling that's common to these farmhouses, where the dining table, kitchen, and the woodstove are. You'll most likely spend a lot of time here, cooking, eating, and relaxing. Dogs are permitted here too so you'll be able to spend time with your entire family.

There are 4 rooms, with the bedroom separated by Shoji doors (paper sliding doors). Typical of Japanese houses, don't expect privacy between the rooms---the paper doors are more of a partition than a wall/door. This does however give the house an airy feel, with wind passing by every room.

The bathroom/toilet is new and clean, with a washing machine. The cedar walled bath tub is great for relaxation, with a large window looking out the back yard.

The house will be cold in the winter and you'll need to use the woodstove as there are no other heating methods. Near the woodstove it will be warm, but not enough to heat the entire house.

There are no shops in the walk-able area, so you'll need a car to buy anything. I do have a large fridge, so I suggest you bring your own food and beverage. Typical cooking utensils, microwave, rice cooker, dutch oven, etc., are available.

The house has hi speed wifi (optical fiber) so you'll have internet to keep you busy, if that's your thing. Great for working in a relaxing atmosphere too.

The house is a wonderful retreat. If you're looking for a fancy resort this is not for you---but if you like the countryside living or dream of it one day, this is a great place to lounge. Let me know if you have questions!

Guest access

You'll have access to all of the house.

Interaction with guests

I'll be available online as well as on the phone for any questions. High speed wifi is provided.

Other things to note

I have two beds (1 double and 1 single). The rest are floor mattresses (2). I do have additional sleeping bags and air mattresses, so if needed please inquire.

Parking for 2-3 cars.

The sliding doors are made of paper and wood and delicate---so be careful!

The door frames are typical of Japanese houses and low (170cm)---so watch your head.

Barbecue/outdoor fire is not allowed due to fire concerns.

Pets are allowed in the "Doma" (shoe area) only. Not in the bedrooms please.

Dishes and cooking utensils are provided.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
Essentials
Shampoo

Prices
Extra people $28 CAD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $97 CAD
Security Deposit $228 CAD
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price $171 CAD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 2
1 single bed, 1 floor mattress
Common spaces
1 couch, 1 hammock

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 10AM - 10PM
Check out by 5PM
Self check-in with lockbox

I use this house as a vacation home for me and my wife, and its an important place for us. Please take care of it like you would yours.

1. No smoking inside the house. You can smoke outside, but please make extra sure that you take care of the cigarette buds.

2. No barbeque or camp fires outside the house due to fire concerns.

3. Absolutely NO SHOES in the house except for the woodstove area. This is a Japanese custom---please respect it.

4. Pets in the Doma (shoes) area only, and not in living rooms/bedrooms.

5. No visitors or parties on premises.

1.屋内禁煙です。屋外で喫煙される場合、吸い殻の処理を必ずしてください。

2.外でのバーベキューやたき火は禁止です。

3.ペットは土間のみです。居間や寝室には入れないでください。

4.予約された方以外の訪問者や集まりは禁止です。


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Takeshi User Profile
September 2017
If you're looking for a rustic Japanese house in quiet surroundings, this is a perfect getaway. Exterior is somewhat shabby but once you come inside, you would love the atmosphere and its minimal style. The view of rice paddies and mountains are just beautiful. Ryo-san is definitely a great host. He responds to the questions so quickly as if he doesn't sleep :-) All in all, I would highly recommend this place.

Cari User Profile
July 2017
We had a wonderful time staying at Ryo's traditional Japanese home. It was a really unique experience and we were able to spend several days relaxing in the quiet countryside. We especially enjoyed the hammock! It is the country, so there are bugs & the occasional visiting critter, but that's all a part of the experience! The house had everything necessary for a comfortable stay & the kitchen was fully stocked with spices & such for cooking. Ryo was a fantastic host. While he wasn't at the location, he regularly communicated with us about anything we might need. I highly recommend staying at Ryo's place if you're looking for a unique place to stay in Japan!

Jim User Profile
June 2017
This is a gem. An old style house in a rural area surrounded by rice paddies and garden crops with views to the mountains. Spacious if you have been staying in cities. Great kitchen. We came in a hire car so could buy local produce and cook. If you arrive by train I'd suggest stocking up at a supermarket before. There is a nearby convenience store, limited options but does include some made food. Also, good beds and bathroom. We did some local trips, mountain walks, bathhouse, and a longer trip to Kuon-ji and Mt Minobu by car. Talk to the host, he gave us great recommendations. This is a get-away-and-relax spot. Nightlife: fireflies and green frogs.

Avinash User Profile
May 2017
Great place to relax and have peaceful time with your own self.Ryo is very helpful and freidnly. he will support whatever needed. House is great in quite scenic location.Will definitely recommend this place.

Anna User Profile
December 2016
We had nice quite family holiday sourounded by beautiful nature. Thank you!

Alison User Profile
November 2016
This was our second time staying at Ryo's farmhouse and it was a lovely, relaxing long weekend. Love the rustic and secluded feel of the place. Enjoyed the endless walking in amazing, dramatic mountains all around. Thank you for the electric blankets and the cosy wood burning stove!

Alison User Profile
October 2016
An authentic and rustic Japanese farmhouse experience. Great views of the Minami Alps!

Boulder, Colorado, United StatesJoined in February 2014
Ryo User ProfileRyo is a superhost.

Hi! I live in Meguro and will be living in Colorado for a while and am renting my apartment. I renovated my apartment to my taste and its woody and colorful, with a large kitchen and living room. Great if you want to spend some time at home, living like a Tokyo local. I also have a house in Yamanashi that I'm renting out as well. Hope you enjoy it here!

Languages: English, 日本語
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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