A traditionally designed Japanese home with tea rooms inside and Japanese garden outside available in Sendai city. Much larger than the usual Japanese home for a comfortable stay. Free secured parking included.
We are Harue from Sendai, Japan, and Robert from the UK.
Here available is a beautiful and characteristic Japanese house in Sendai, Miyagi.
The house has 5 bedrooms, a fantastic garden, 3 classical style Japanese tea rooms, where you can experience a real Japanese tea ceremony from a tea master (English not available for this unfortunately, the tea master only speaks Japanese) included in the stay price if you stay 2 days or more.
Your room will be a guest room which is a traditional Japanese style bedroom suitable for up to 4 people with tatami mat floor and futons for sleeping on. We also have western-style rooms available in the property if preferred.
Larger groups can also be accommodated at additional expense. The property is suitable for large groups or families.
The bathroom has a shower, bath with jets inside, a cold water bath and a sauna.
Walking distance nearby there is a supermarket (10 minute walk), convenience store (15 mins), Japanese restaurant (15 mins), and a Korean restaurant (8 mins).
If some or all of this sounds good to you, please get in touch with us, and we'll be happy to help you.
For now only, we have a special introductory price as we are new to AirBnB, so take this chance to stay now while we build up our hosting skills :-)
Own bedroom, bathroom (shower, bath, cold water bath, sauna), toilet (also separate urinal), living room, kitchen/fridge-freezer upon request.
DIY laundry is available (no extra money is required).
Kitchen & living room will also be used by home owners however you will also have the place to yourself.
We (Robert and Harue) are unlikely to be in the house during your stay as we live in Tokyo and manage the property remotely.
One of Harue's parents (Sumio & Mitsue) will likely be there is assist if required, however their foreign language ability (non-Japanese) is low, so e-mail assistance is usually advised for any complicated matters.
Sumio (Harue's father) is a tea master and provides the complimentary welcome tea ceremony for guests staying 2 nights or more which has been enjoyed by many guests.
There will be a host on site most of the time, but because of limited language ability, there will be little interruption to guests unless requested..
The area is a quiet residential area, so suitable for get-aways from busy areas or just more space than most Japanese accommodation allows.
There is a nearby bus which takes you to the subway which you can access Sendai train station and airport from.
Secured parking is included for free although there is a height restriction on vehicles (approximately 2.3 metres).
If you wish to see the areas affected by the 2011 tsunami you will need a car as there is no public transport there currently.
You can get to the house by taking the subway for 20 minutes followed a bus for 15 minutes from Sendai station. A direct taxi will take 25-30 minutes and probably works out cheaper if more than 2 people are staying.
Please arrive between (phone number hidden). Public transport gets difficult outside of this time frame and taxi prices go up significantly too.
Guest rooms all have heaters/air conditioners and electricity outlets.
Our stay at the Kikuchi's house was amazing from beginning to end. The Kikuchis were very welcoming and greeted us with a traditional tea ceremony. The house is large and very impressive, the guest room is spacious, and the baths were very relaxing.
They are very kind and love to talk to you about where you're going and just about anything in general. They were also very helpful with planning out buses and trains for our planned activities, and were spot on with everything.
If you plan on being in the Sendai area, or even just want to stop by for a night, I would highly recommend the Kikuchi house.
Also, if you take the subway from Sendai station to near their house, and then hop on the bus, it turns out to be way cheaper than a taxi.
We were a bit discouraged by the distance of the house from Sendai station - at least half hour drive by cab from Sendai station past eight at night when we arrived. However, all that vanished when Harue's parents received us with such warmth and hosted us to a beautiful traditional formal Japanese tea ceremony welcome - something even money can't buy!
With our negligible understanding of Japanese and their similar grasp of English, we spent the next two nights in animated communication with them - our language handicap improving rather than impeding our communication and understanding of each other.
We have found ourselves adopted parents and grandparents (for our children) in Sendai!
My husband and I found this beautiful family home in a quiet suburban area rather late in the evening (taking the Shinkansen from Mt Fuji area to Sendai in the afternoon). As I recall there was only one change of train at Sendai station onto the local subway. On arrival at the last subway station, we easily found a taxi to drive us to the address provided (there is a line of taxis waiting outside the station).
The taxi driver wasn’t 100% certain about the location and we couldn't do much to explain. Fortunately we had been texting Harue all afternoon (she was basically available anytime we needed her), so there was no issue in making a quick phone call to clarify where the house is. I see that Harue has updated the Airbnb page with more detailed instructions so make sure you keep these or print them out before you go. Our driver found their home with no problems and once you find it too, you will be rewarded for your efforts!
When we arrived, Sumio showed us around and then offered us our first ever Japanese tea ceremony. We were so surprised and absolutely delighted by the experience. My husband and I both felt immense calm, like time slowed down for us to appreciate every moment. I am not sure if all ceremonies are like this, however I gathered from our conversations and picture sharing with Sumio later, that he may indeed by a tea ceremony master or at least tutor of some sort. Truly amazing.
Mitsue is also a lovely host, showing all amenities, even helping us get into Sendai one of the days. We simply enjoyed spending time with this lovely couple in their super tidy (surprisingly huge) home. We keep saying that our trip to Japan was the best holiday we have been on yet, and I wouldn't hesitate to say that our stay with Mitsue and Sumio was a highlight that we tell all our friends about.
I strongly recommend you set aside a few nights to stay in this special BnB. Enjoy your trip to Japan!
A great experience in a traditional Japanese house, located in a nice neighborhood. Mr and Mrs Kikuchi were so kind and helpful, and their house is so beautiful. Mr, Kikuchi also performed the traditional tea ceremony, which was very peaceful and interesting. I am very grateful for the experience. Guest without knowledge of Japanese language should be sure to bring a phrasebook. Arigato gozaimasu!!