The SpaceOrchard Cottage is a registered "Noka Minshuku" (旅館業許可取得済 -- Farm Cottage) with approvals from the Southern Nagano Kami Ina district and from the Komagane City Fire Service.
This self-catering cottage has a fairly large, combined living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen has an IH hob, kettle, microwave, fridge, a rice cooker ("suihanki") and an oven-toaster. It is also furnished with a full set of crockery and cutlery for four people. The dining table has an extendable "leaf" and a storable bench to allow from two to four guests.
The bedroom is furnished with two single beds and there's also a pull-out sofa-bed in the lounge for either an extra adult, or for children (for a maximum of four guests). The main listing is for -3- guests, as we feel that is a comfortable number of adults for the cottage. However, a couple with two children or two couples who don't mind "roughing it" for a couple of days would also work.
The bathroom is a modern, standard unit, with a bath which will comfortably accommodate a 180cm/6ft guest. The hot water for the whole cottage is provided by a double solar-panel on the roof, backed-up by an external, gas-fired boiler (for those winter days when the sun doesn't quite manage to melt the snow off the panels). The toilet and changing area adjoin the bathroom. The bathroom is furnished with towels, shampoo, body soap and a hair dryer. There is also a small electric fan heater available to "pre-heat" the bathroom before stepping in for a shower.
There is both wired and wireless internet access available (the wired point is in the lounge, wireless covers the whole house). Guest AccessThere is car parking available directly in front of the cottage for one or two cars.
Guests are actively encouraged to walk round our orchard and, if in season, help themselves to fresh fruit (we have raspberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, and cherries during the late spring and early summer months; apples, grapes, persimmons and pears in late summer and autumn) to eat along with breakfast (or any other meal, or snack-time, during the day). We are a working fruit farm, so we can also make up boxes of fruit (especially apples and grapes) for purchase, if you'd like to take some home with you or have some sent to friends or family. Interaction with GuestsThere's some wonderful scenery in this area and we'd be very happy to have you accompany us on our daily walk with Ringo-chan (our friendly Dachshund) and show you some of the sights.
As mentioned above, we are an active fruit farm and, if you're interested, you're welcome to join us in the orchard or the grape field during the day, whether you want to stay for the five-minute intro, or the full day experience.
If, on the other hand, you'd just like to be left alone to relax and detox in the country air, that's fine too (just let us know).
The NeighborhoodWe are within easy walking distance of the Komagane Silk Museum (which also has a buffet restaurant and a farm shop) and the "Kirinomi" restaurant (open for both midday and evening meals).
The "Furusato" (Japanese-style hotel) is next door to the Silk Museum and has a restaurant which is open to non-residents in the evening (advance booking required).
The choice of eateries is somewhat wider in the town centre and it's only a 10~15 minute ride by car to get there from our location.
A restaurant adjacent to the Komagane Ropeway parking area has some interesting, locally-brewed beer for sale and, if you're interested in whisky, the Mars Brewery has an interesting tour (and tasting) at their site, only a few minutes further down the riverside on the Miyada-mura road.
Orchard Cottage is self-catering, but there is a 24-hour supermarket only ten minutes away by car, in Komagane-shi. As usual, there are also convenience stores dotted around the area. We also have a local J.A. supermarket within easy walking distance, but please note that it isn't open after 18:00 or at all on Sundays.
We are about twenty minutes by car from Komagane Ski Area, which is usually open from mid/end of December through to March. It has two main slopes, with a children's play area between. The slopes are both fairly gentle, making it an ideal place for families and beginners. There's a ski/board school and equipment can be hired. There's also a cafe/restaurant on the second floor of the main building, providing good views over the pistes while you're taking a break. The "naita" (evening skiing) runs through until 21:00 on normal nights.
There are quite a few more challenging runs within easy driving distance of Komagane. Over the mountain (on the Kofu side) to the east there's Fujimi Panorama (visible from the expressway when you're travelling from Tokyo) and over in the opposite direction (on the Kiso side of the Central Alps) there's Nomugi Toge. Those are just two of our favourite runs from the many which are accessible by car from here. Getting AroundThis is a very rural area, so it really is best to explore by car while you're here. Having said that, there are many great walks to be had in the area immediately surrounding the cottage, with plenty of opportunities to capture the scenery and mountains on film (or on pixel).
There are also two (not new, but serviceable) bicycles available for guests to use at any time during their stay.
If you arrive by train or by bus, we're happy to pick you up from the station/bus-stop and to take you into town for shopping, restaurants or onsen-spa. Please just let us know a little in advance; but please do also note that, because we are a working farm, we generally cannot commit the time to ferry guests around the area for sightseeing during the day (much as we'd like to!).
Other Things to NoteWell-behaved dogs are welcome, with the proviso that you bring your own cage or bed for your pet and that you'll pay for any damages that might occur.
For those who are hopelessly addicted to the games "Ingress" or "Pokemon Go", there are a number of portals/power-spots within walking distance of the cottage and this is such a rural area that you're almost guaranteed control for several days, if not weeks. :-)