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. All three tatami rooms have an "engawa", Japanese-style sun room between the room and the sliding glass doors. So, you can sit at a table here, relax or keep your luggage out of the way of the main rooms (We have mats available so the luggage does not scratch the hard-wood floors). There is a western bedroom in the back side with a double air mattress, and a sofa bed in the dining room (Both with soft, new futons).
Private use: The two 8-mat tatami rooms are connected by sliding doors so you can open them and enjoy a large space. You can keep your luggage and futons in the "engawa" area during the day, and set up the room for sleeping in the evening. The engawa is large and has a view of the road. Can be used for a variety of purposes.
Sliding doors lead to the entry hall.
Common spaces: If other people are staying at the house, you will be sharing the kitchen, dining room with sofa bed, WC and separate sink and bath area. There is also a washing machine and hanger for clothes that you can move to wherever you like. Please share with other guests as necessary.
Other listings/common spaces:
You can rent this house for complete private use. Besides this bedroom, there are two other listings for a tatami room and sunroom, and a bedroom. You can use the tatami room and desk in the bedroom when not in use.
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. It can be moved to the "engawa" sun room area if you choose to use this room for sleeping.
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 from the road 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.
For individual listings:
Athough 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 tatami rooms are separated from the road by an "engawa" sunroom-like area, but if you are sensitive to noise when sleeping, we recommend 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.
Quiet time between 10pm - 7am.