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❀Mitsuba House❀ 8 rooms・11 guests・onsen・nature・BBQ

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11 guests3 bedrooms11 beds1 bath
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❀ Rejuvenate in your own private estate: Mitsuba House. Like a private Japanese inn.
❀ Sacred 'miyadaiku' construction. Beautifully remodeled.
Spacious & clean. 144m². Sleeps 11.
Views Mt Miyogi & Asama. Hikers' dream! Mountain shrines.
♨︎ Stroll to the riverside Isobe Onsen Village. Sand spa. Free outdoor foot bath.
♥︎ Ideal for a family vacation, retreat or small wedding. Gunma & Karuizawa sightseeing without crowds.
♥︎ Free WiFi, parking, laundry, and gas BBQ.
Hope to see you soon! Renée ☻

The space
❀ Mitsuba House みつ葉邸 ❀
We're changing with the changing world. With growing health concerns and need to be in an open, clean space to heal the heart and body, we're delighted to offer Mitsuba House to suit your needs. Your group has 100% private use of the entire home and property. We clean meticulously with anti-viral products so you can enter the home with peace of mind.

❀ The House ❀
Spacious and zen-like pristine interior of this upper-class Japanese home makes for a private 5-star pampered lodging. With the finest quality wood and construction. Completely remodeled: Modern kitchen, WC and bath. Sleeps up to 11. Spacious 144m² interior (1550ft²): Guests are always surprised at the large size, open spaces and high ceilings...
Built in 1977 at the height of the Japanese bubble economy with the finest materials available: Temple-like exterior, fine woods, lighting fixtures and shoji doors in the interior. Remodeled in 2016. New tatami and interior to match the quality of the original woodwork.
View of majestic Mt. Miyogi and Mt. Asama from both inside and backyard.
Privately owned, and we're available to give suggestions so you can make the most of your stay.

❀ The neighborhood ❀
Fantastic leisure, recreation and sightseeing within short drive/taxi ride.
1h Shinkansen to Tokyo. Car rental & free parking at station (20min)
Isobe Hot Springs (1.5km): Free onsen foot bath. Hot springs & sand spa. Restaurants. River.
Day trips by car in Gunma & Nagano: Karuizawa ski & outlet mall (45min); Hiking & Miyogi Shrine (10min); Lake Usui; Train & nature museums (15min); Safari Park (25min) & more!
BBQ area with mountain views!
Free parking, WiFi, laundry

❀ Sleeping arrangements ❀
All futons. Plush with ample bedding. Extra in the closets.
Up to 3, 4, 4 futons in the three tatami rooms. Option to use the back office for up to 3 futons if you need a more quiet room (Tatami rooms are closer to the road.)

❀ Entertainment ❀
Free WiFi and TV
Picture books (English & Japanese) and American board & card games.
English and bilingual books on travel in Japan and culture.
Yoga mats (We keep 4 there. More available upon request.)

Heating / Cooling
Winter
・4 electric wall heating units. 2 portable electric heaters.
・3 heated tables (Kotatsu)
Summer
・4 electric wall air conditioning units
・1 portable fan

Rooms & furnishing
Eleven rooms/space.
Kitchen: Plenty of cookware and dishes for large groups. Tea/coffee station.
Dining: Microwave, toaster oven and hot pot for easy access. Table for six: 4 large chairs, 4 children's chairs, 1 high chair. Sofa bed. TV.
Tatami room & sunroom: 6-mat room makes for a lovely living room and futon space. Next to the dining room. Japanese inn (ryokan) style entrance to the entry hall. The "engawa" sunroom has a dining table for two and is "kotatsu" style, meaning it is heated and has a comforter. Room to store your luggage.
❀ Connecting tatami rooms
・Two eight-mat tatami rooms with two "tokonoma" altars. Can remove the sliding "shoji" doors to use as a large recreation room.
・White shoji paper doors separate the tatami from the long "engawa" sunroom. "Yuki-mi shoji" style meaning the bottom half can be lifted to reveal glass windows. Traditionally, in upper-class homes these "snow viewing" doors were in place so people could sit at the warm, low tables in the tatami room and watch it snow.
"Engawa" sunroom
・Long room with flooring and large sliding glass doors. Ideal for stretching, yoga, or relaxing.
・Hammock
・Four yoga mats available in the cabinet. We can bring more upon request.
Office
・Large room with hardwood flooring. Low tables. Shoji and view of mountains.
・This is where Motoyasu or Renée will wait for your arrival.
・You are welcome to use the room during your stay.
Bath. Laundry room. Vanity/sink area. First aid kit under the sink. Toilet.
・Bath with built-in seat. Shower area with stool and amenities. Bath toys. Mountain views.
・Large washing machine and gas dryer. Laundry soap available.
・Clothes hanger for delicates, ski suits and coats. Can move to the sunroom or outside.
・Nearby Isobe Hot Springs and other local spas offer a reasonable and rejuvenating way to bathe.
・Spacious separate toilet area. Heated and washlet. Mountain views. For larger groups, please share this one toilet wisely. We wish we could provide more...sorry!
Entry
・Large space for shoes.
・Umbrellas can be borrowed.
・Sanitized slippers
・Large Japanese inn style entry hall. Mat for luggage. Can move "zabuton" sitting cushions to this area for socializing.
Yard / Parking area: 370m²
・Room for parking for cars, vans, mini-bus, etc. in front and side of house.
・Tables in the front and back.
・Unobstructed view of mountains and trees in the back. Enough space for a picnic and playing.

Guest access
You will have private use of the entire house and yard with breathtaking views of the famous Mt. Miyogi and Mt. Asama from inside and outside the house.

Mitsuba House is located a 20-min walk or 5-min drive to the scenic Isobe Hot Spring Village. Gunma Prefecture, right in the center of Japan, has lots of cultural sites, leisure and recreation nearby. Feel free to let us know if you would like recommendations for places to go or need travel support.

We hope you enjoy our home during your stay!!

Our most kind regards,

Motoyasu & Renée Sawazaki

Other things to note
Check-in
In compliance with Japanese law, we must collect private information at check-in from the guest who made the reservation. For Japanese nationals, you must fill out a form with basic information. For non-Japanese residents of Japan, please allow us to make a photocopy of your residency card. For non-Japanese who reside abroad, we need to make a photocopy of your passport. We will keep this information in a secure file and use it only to provide to the related Japanese government agency if required. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Meals
Cooking is OK! Plenty of cooking utensils and dishes. Gas BBQ grill. Just pay for the cartridges you use.
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.
Local produce markets. We can help you go shopping at grocery stores if necessary. 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, you can hear a slight "swish" from the sound of cars going by as there are single-paned windows. 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.

Enjoy your stay!

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M100001920
❀ Rejuvenate in your own private estate: Mitsuba House. Like a private Japanese inn.
❀ Sacred 'miyadaiku' construction. Beautifully remodeled.
Spacious & clean. 144m². Sleeps 11.
Views Mt Miyogi & Asama. Hikers' dream! Mountain shrines.
♨︎ Stroll to the riverside Isobe Onsen Village. Sand spa. Free outdoor foot bath.
♥︎ Ideal for a family vacation, retreat or small wedding. Gunma & Karuizawa…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
4 single beds
Bedroom 2
4 single beds
Bedroom 3
3 single beds, 1 crib

Amenities

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Kitchen
Free parking on premises
TV
Dryer
Heating
Air conditioning
Washer
Free street parking
Smoke alarm

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Annaka-shi, Gunma-ken, Japan

Easy to find! Along a street that leads right into the hot spring village of Isobe 1.6 km walk along country roads with scenic views of farmland and Mt. Miyogi.

Even during the pandemic, you can socially distance and relax your tired feet in a free outdoor hot spring mineral bath.

Isobe Onsen is known for yummy cookie-like "Isobe Sembei" made from its mineral waters. You can buy them at one of the multitude of gift shops and enjoy them as you stroll along the river.

Isobe's Megumi No Yu hot spring hosts an indoor spa sand bath and mineral spring spa, restaurant and gift shop. We recommend spending a half day treating your travel-tired body to this 36-mineral sand bath and post spa experience (3000 yen). Reservations should be made well in advance as only 4 guests are allowed per hour (coed). We can help you with reservations if you like.

Just a 10-minute drive away and you find yourself at the Imperial mountain shrine of Mt. Miyogi. World-class hiking with a range of difficulties. Even a beginner can enjoy the 1h hike up ancient stone steps from Nakanodake Shrine to the stone archs with amazing views of the valley.

Enjoy a super-scenic 30-min drive along historic road through Mt. Miyogi (past Tetsudo-mura train museum, Lake Usui, Megane Bashi bridge, Toge no Yu Hot Springs) to the Karuizawa Prince Outlet Mall and Ski Resort.

If you do not have a car, you can enjoy a walk towards Mt Miyogi, passing a shrine and going through a nice, traditional Japanese neighborhood.

There is soooo much in terms of scenic and hands-on cultural, nature and shopping activities in this historic area. Here's a list of some. If you prefer, just contact us and let us know your interests. We're happy to make some suggestions.

Cultural sites:
Great for adults and families, but a car is most convenient.
Nationally renowned sites within a 45-minute drive in all directions.
Scenic drive through Mt. Miyogi to Japan’s #1 resort village, Karuizawa: Huge outlet mall with a lake in the middle and mountain views, IMAX theatre, Prince Ski Resort with play area/sledding for kids. Mt Miyogi area (about 15-min drive): Hiking and sightseeing at Mt. Miyogi and Miyogi shrine (the top imperial shrine), Japan's largest God of Fortune statue and Kukai-built Nakanodake shrine, Laku Usui with red-brick Japanese bridges and maple trees. Momiji-no-yu hot spring and restaurant, museum). Tomioka/Kanra area: Tomioka Silk Mill (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Museum of Natural History with moving dinosaurs & huge park, drive-through and walking Safari Park, Konyaku Park, Lake Oshio (great for walking and pedal boat rides), samurai town Kanra-machi and Rakusanen castle gardens with mountain views and tea ceremony option. Annaka. Takasaki: Byakui Daikannon (Statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin) and cave with statues and Japanese garden.
Make crafts that are easy to take home: Make Daruma at Daimonya & visit Shorinzan Shrine to see many daruma at the shrine and in a small museum (free). Ikaho area: Make Kokeshi traditional dolls, shop for traditional Japanese goods at Chikyu-ya, visit huge festival-atmosphere Mizusawa Kannon temple complex with museum, market and eat nationally renown Mizusawa udon at a nearby restaurant. Visit the mountain-top Lake Haruna pedal boating and Haruna Shrine: Not to be missed! Ancient shrine built into the mountain with a 700-meter walk lined with statues, quaint shops and view of a waterfall.

Year-round beauty and fun within an hour of our home:
Autumn: Rice harvesting and stunning fall foliage.
Winter: Crisp air, blue skies and sweet-smelling robai flowers. Karuizawa Prince Ski resort & gorgeous outlet mall / IMAX theatre (45-min by car. 20 min drive to shinkansen station (free parking!), 11-min ride. (Can rent ski equipment & apparel)
Ice skating
Spring: March plum blossom viewing and weekend festivals in Akima Bairin – rolling hillsides of plum blossoms.

Recreation: A list of key words to look up online. Gunma Tourism website has great information in English.
Tomioka Silk Mill (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Safari Park and Lake Oshio
Museum of Natural History and Momijidaira Park
National Railroad Museum (Tetsudo Mura)
Skiing, shopping, IMAX theater at Karuizawa’s Prince Outlet Mall
Shopping at Yamada Denki’s headquarters at Takasaki Station
Indoor pool & jaccuzzi with a view of Mt. Miyogi and rice fields.
Hike beautiful Mt. Miyogi and visit the national Miyogi Shrine with imperial wall and 400 year old cedars.
Walking in the international forest or around Lake Usui.
Toge no Yu Hot spring and walk along historic railroad track to the brick Megane Bridge
Daruma making at Daimonya and visit Shorinzan Temple
Haruna Shrine and pedal boating at Lake Haruna
Cycling
Ice skating
Kusatsu’s Forest Stage ropes course or Minakami’s canyoning or bunji jumping for the adventurous.
Easy to find! Along a street that leads right into the hot spring village of Isobe 1.6 km walk along country roads with scenic views of farmland and Mt. Miyogi.

Even during the pandemic, you can soc…

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Joined in July 2014
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Gunma is a magical playground surrounded by mountains. We are delighted to offer our private guest homes as ideal locations for vacations, spa retreats, corporate events or even small weddings. Kiyomizu and Mitsuba Houses are only 35 minutes apart and each have a unique style and neighborhood. We live right between the two and are always available to support our guests' needs. Whether you are a small group or up to 27, we'll communicate with you to create just the right experience for you. Gas BBQ. Stunningly beautiful event hall. Shungite Detox Spa Treatment. English guide for hands-on cultural experiences. Books and materials support for an English Camp. We can also introduce you to high quality chefs, photographers, wedding planners, florists, musicians and more. If so, let us know and we'll see if Mitsuba House and/or Kiyomizu House are what you are looking for. We're both retired from our main careers and are all about having a good time with good people in a good environment. The world is changing, and so are we! Stay safe and well. Our most kind regards, Motoyasu & Renée
Gunma is a magical playground surrounded by mountains. We are delighted to offer our private guest homes as ideal locations for vacations, spa retreats, corporate events or even sm…
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Renée or Motoyasu will greet you at check in, show you around, and be available for questions or if issues arise. For longer stays, we come to the house once a day during the day at an agreed upon time.

If you want any suggestions for good food, recreation or sightseeing, just let us know!
Renée or Motoyasu will greet you at check in, show you around, and be available for questions or if issues arise. For longer stays, we come to the house once a day during the day a…
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