The SpaceAn architecturally reformed traditional Japanese house surrounded by plum trees and paddy fields. The contemporary interior retains the houses original wooden structure giving guests a chance to see up close a house constructed without the use of nails. Floor to ceiling windows offer panoramic views out onto the plum orchards Guest AccessGuests accommodation comprises the total second floor. A large open space with vaulted ceiling and dramatic mezzanine. Guests have panoramic views through the cedars onto the plum orchard beyond. Those visiting in spring may be lucky enough to experience the orchard in full bloom. There are 3 single beds (can be arranged as a double + single). Japanese futons are available if preferred. There is also a lounge area to sit and enjoy the views. The shared bathroom and utility washroom are located on the ground floor. Interaction with GuestsThe accommodation is our family home and we will be present throughout guests stays. We're a British/Japanese family of 3, we all speak fluent English (though not all of us speak Japanese). We're open, easy going and happy to let guests choose how much or how little they want us to get involved with them. The NeighborhoodExplore this traditional Japanese farming area where the local community still cultivate rice, tend allotments and grow the traditional Japanese speciality umeboshi or sour plum.
Guests can enjoy walks through the local orchards and rice paddies. The area is good for bird watchers, nature lovers or people who just want to sit back and catch a breath from their travels.
Myogi National park is a short car journey away and the popular upmarket resort of Karuizawa just 12 minutes by Shinkansen or 40 minutes drive. The area also has several local onsens within easy reach (Isobe). Getting AroundBy car
30-40 mins drive from 高崎 Takasaki IC on Kanetsu Expressway 関越自動車道, 10 mins from 松井田妙義 Matusida-Myogi IC on Josinetsu Expressway 上信越自動車道.
Local Car Rental
Travel by Shinkansen /Local train and rent a car at Takasaki station.
This will give you more freedom during your stay, highly recommended.
By Shinkansen 北陸新幹線:
Nearest station: Annakaharuna 安中榛名 – Hokuriku Shinkansen line
1 hour from Tokyo 東京 station.
Please check timetables: NOT all Shinkansen stop at Annakaharuna.
Local JR Lines
湘南新宿ライナーShonan-Shinjuku line to高崎 Takasaki, change to 信越本線 Shin-Etsu line to 安中Annaka)
Approx total journey time 2 hours from 渋谷Shibuya station
Shonan Shinjuku line trains to Takasaki / Annaka can be boarded from several stations in Tokyo – Shibuya / Shinjuku / Ikebukero /
Please refer to JR timetable for comprehensive timetable
Depending upon my work schedule pick up/drop off can be made from/to Annakaharana Shinkansen Station and Annaka JR Station. Other Things to NoteThe kitchen is the heart of our home, good food and good conversation make for great memories. Many of our guests enjoy sharing with us the shopping, preparing and cooking of meals… please join us in the kitchen!
We have a dog, a Golden Retriever called Hannah who on first meeting is excitable, but soon becomes your best friend.