Experience country life in a wooden house built 90 years ago. The peaceful Nechi valley is midway between the sea and the Japan Alps, making this a great base for skiing, hiking, soaking in hot springs, watching fireflies, or just taking it easy.
The house is a two-floor, detached house on a side road. There are three tatami-mat rooms available for your use on the ground floor. Bedding is all Japanese style, with futons, and seating is mainly on the floor. However, there is also a small lounge with armchairs looking out onto the forest behind the house.
The toilet is Western-style, with a heated seat. There is a shower and a Japanese-style bathtub. If you want to try a hot spring, the nearest one is about 10 minutes' drive up the valley, and costs 500 yen.
I sleep and work upstairs, so you have the downstairs to yourself except at mealtimes.
I can offer breakfast (basic cooked Japanese breakfast or Western style with cereal, bread, and fruit) for 500 yen per person if you let me know in advance.
You are welcome to use all the rooms on the ground floor except for one box room. If you want to self-cater, this is possible as long as you let me know in advance so that I can clear space in the kitchen!
I would love to tell you about all the great places in the neighbourhood! One of my jobs is as a local tour guide, so I can put you in touch with various activities available here. If you like, I can also introduce you to my friendly neighbours.
This is a country house, which means that I live close to nature... If creepy crawlies scare you, this is possibly not the best choice for you, since it is an old wooden house and it is impossible to keep them out. If, on the other hand, you want to pick wild spring vegetables (March - April), watch fireflies (usually around June to early July), or hear the frogs croaking as you drop off to sleep (all summer), you've found your place!
Niigata is in Japan's Snow Country, and old houses do not have good insulation or central heating. In winter, I use kerosene stoves for heating. These heat up a room pretty quickly, but you need to turn them off when you go to sleep, and the hallways are not heated. In the summer, on the other hand, the house stays cool inside.
No smoking inside. There is space at the back or side of the house if you want to smoke.