Relax close to Isobe's Megumi no Yu Sand Bath & Hot Springs Spa (1.8km).
Experience beautiful Gunma and nearby Nagano (Karuizawa, Mt. Miyogi, Kusatsu, Takasaki, Tomioka and more). Traditional Japanese, yet modern home with tall ceilings and beautiful views. Close to cultural sites, year-round recreation, arts & crafts, shopping and fun places for families. Along main road 1.6km from Isobe train station (for Takasaki & train/bus to Karuizawa), but having a car is recommended.
Elegant traditional Japanese home. Recently renovated. View of Mt. Miyogi and Mt. Asama from kitchen, bath and backyard.
This bedroom in the back side of the house and has with a double air mattress with a thick futon on top, and a single futon on a wooden frame for air ventilation. If you like, we can put out a third futon, but the free space will be limited.
There is a desk, lamp and chairs for a child and adult. WiFi available. It's a very quiet room. There is a sliding glass door with shoji paper inner doors. You can access the backyard directly from this room.
There are two cedar dressers with empty bottom drawers, so you can put your clothes away during your stay.
Spacious kitchen and dining room. There are three tatami rooms with engawa sunroom areas. If other guests are not using these areas, you are welcome to enjoy them.
We hope you enjoy our home during your stay in Gunma, Japan!!
The rest of the house is shared, if there are other guests staying. Feel free to use any available rooms during the day. There is a kitchen, dining room with a sofa bed, and bath that is separate from the toilet. The 6-mat tatami room has a "kotatsu" table with a plush comforter, so you can stay warm and relax during your stay during the winter, or take the cover off and use as a regular, low table during warm weather.
The two 8-mat tatami rooms are connected, so you can open the doors and enjoy a large space.
There is also a washing machine and hanger for clothes that you can move to wherever you like.
There is a table and chairs in the back so you can enjoy the view of the garden next door, Mt. Miyogi and Mt. Asama.
If you have any other questions about the house, please let us know.
We live nearby, so we can help you have a stay that fits the purpose of your trip. We try to greet our guests on the first day, but if you prefer to have complete privacy, please let us know.
Meals: Cooking is allowed, but the kitchen is better suited for serving prepared foods, or preparing simple meals. There is a very good local restaurant that delivers large meals for a very reasonable fee (no delivery charge or tip necessary). We recommend using their services or eating at the local hot springs or restaurants. Gunma has the lowest cost of living of all the prefectures in Japan, and Gunma people love to eat well, so please enjoy!
Sound of cars: Although most guests say they enjoy the quietness of the house, and the road it is along does not get a lot of traffic, some are bothered by the sound of the cars going by. The bedrooms are separated by an "engawa" sunroom-like area, but if you are sensitive to noise when sleeping, we recommend sleeping in the back western-style bedroom or sofa bed, or using earplugs.
Step in entrance: The house is very nice for families and groups, and it is one floor, so there are no stairs to worry about for small children. However, there is a traditional Japanese step to a tiled entry hall where you keep your shoes, so please be careful small children do not fall.
Paper on doors (shoji): All the sliding doors have traditional Japanese washi paper on them, so please be careful not to rip them. If one gets ripped, please message us so we know to have it repaired (3000 yen fee). Thank you for your understanding.
Enjoy your stay!
Basic cooking OK (Please clean up well.) No oven. Tea, coffee, snacks, microwave, toaster oven, rice cooker, hot pot available - please be careful to keep water in it.)
No parties, alcohol or drugs. Absolutely no smoking in or outside the house.
Restaurants and delivery services available – information in a folder in the home.)
Bath: Wash your body and hair outside the bath in the shower area. Only go in the bath after washing (Hair clogs the bath drain as Japanese never wash their hair in the bath).
Can use towels at nearby hot springs, but please return them.
Shoji paper doors, so please be careful not to tear it, and please be especially careful if you have small children.
You are welcome to be in the house during cleaning hours (10am-5pm) if you let us know in advance and do not mind being with us as we clean and set up.