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.
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!
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.
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.
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!