❀Mitsuba House❀ Luxury Onsen Villa by Karuizawa


Entire villa hosted by Renée

13 guests, 4 bedrooms, 13 beds, 1 bath
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❀ Enjoy a private luxury vacation home. Looks like a temple, feels like a 5-star Japanese inn!
❀ Sacred 'miyadaiku' construction. Beautifully remodeled: Classic, yet modern.
Spacious & clean. 144m². Sleeps 13
❀ Views of Mt. Miyogi & Asama from home & patio
♨︎ Stroll to the riverside of Isobe Onsen-Sand spa & outdoor foot bath
♥︎ Family friendly
♥︎ Gunma & Karuizawa sightseeing. Year-round leisure. Golf & skiing
♥︎ Free breakfast, WiFi, parking, laundry
Hope to see you soon!
Motoyasu & Renée ☻

The space
❀ Mitsuba House みつ葉邸 ❀
❀ 8,000 yen + taxes and Airbnb fees (Min fees for 3 guests). Up to 13 guests.

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 ❀
・4 electric wall heating units. 2 portable electric heaters.
・3 heated tables (Kotatsu)
・4 electric wall air conditioning units
・1 portable fan

❀ Rooms & furnishing ❀
Eleven rooms/spaces.
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.
・Four yoga mats available in the cabinet. We can bring more upon request.
・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!
・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.

What this place offers

Garden view
Mountain view
Free parking on premises
Air conditioning

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Where you’ll be

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
Ice skating
Kusatsu’s Forest Stage ropes course or Minakami’s canyoning or bunji jumping for the adventurous.

Hosted by Renée

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Introducing your hosts, Motoyasu & Renee Sawazaki (a.k.a. MRS Gunma) An expert in wellness and eco tourism, Renee’s hosting & guiding style provides just enough information for her guests to feel at home and connected with the people and culture of the region they are visiting, while allowing them the time and space to really seep into their experience and feel the joy of being there. Her life partner, Motoyasu, provides the gentleness of detailed communication and care, making sure every aspect of their guests’ journey to and in Gunma is smooth as silk. Through their work together, they offer two of the most luxurious historic vacation homes available in Japan: Kiyomizu & Mitsuba House. Reflecting their love for good, wholesome food, they offer homemade dishes and also provide cultural experiences where guests can meet people who are considered national treasures, eat mouthwatering foods unique to Gunma, and totally refresh their bodies in the natural hot springs that people for eons have been traveling from far and wide to in order to heal their body, mind and spirit. Aside from the official lodging and day-trip experiences available for online booking, Renée loves being a “Japan’s Countryside Concierge” and is always happy to offer not only information to her guests, but accompany them to phenomenal nearby sites and facilitate their connection with locals. Gunma is the hidden gem of Japan, with an abundance of nature, history, culture and modernity where guests can engage hands-on to create memories that last a lifetime. Motoyasu and Renée can provide support in English, French, a little Spanish, and most importantly, Japanese. See you soon in Gunma!!
Introducing your hosts, Motoyasu & Renee Sawazaki (a.k.a. MRS Gunma) An expert in wellness and eco tourism, Renee’s hosting & guiding style provides just enough information for her…


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During your stay

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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Checkout: 10:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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