Come and stay in our wooden house, called Soyokaze-Shokudo, in the mountains of Kushihara village.
You can stay with our family and experience rural life in Japan.
We are a lumberjack / arborist family, so we look after the surrounding forest.
We are a very friendly family and we are excited to show the world our beautiful village.
Hayao Miyazaki (director of the Studio Ghibli films) sometimes visits the forests near our house for inspiration!
An unusual culture of our area is that we often capture and eat insects. There is a researcher from Oxford University who stays in our village to learn more about it. You can try this if you like, but don't worry; you don't have to eat them!
We can also show you our forest shrine and if you come on the 3rd Sunday of October, you can experience our festival where hundreds of people play drums and flutes, and we have traditional Japanese dancing.
There are many beautiful walks in the surrounding mountains, and if you like the outdoors, then it's sometimes possible for you to stay in our big tent on the mountain side.
Servicios y zonas comunes
You will be able to share our house with us.
We have wifi Internet and a washing machine, and all the normal things like shower, bathroom etc.
You can share our kitchen with us, and for some meals it would be nice to eat together - we are happy to cook some meals for you and show you our food. We usually eat vegetarian and vegan food.
We are happy to give you breakfast if you'd like it.
We actually have two bedrooms, each with three beds, so the maximum number we can host is 6 people.
We don't have air conditioning because in the mountains the air is cool at night.
Atención a los huéspedes
We are enthusiastic about showing you our village, and so we hope that you will want to interact with us when you visit!
Normal Japanese etiquette: no shoes in the house etc.
We are very relaxed; we want you to feel comfortable :)
I like live music - we often host small concerts of local musicians at our house. I play the Sanshin guitar and my husband plays the drums.
I love early 90s rap - my favourite artist is Nas.
I also like watching movies, like Cinema Paradiso and The Cider House Rules.