High in the Japan Alps, this unique wilderness experience awaits your arrival.
Amongst the mountain forest, wildlife abounds and views are breathtaking.
Hiking, exploring the area or just relaxing away from the modern world.
Requires a car rental or cab, no public transport nearby.
Unique and idyllic location!
High in the alps of Japan, this wooden cabin is nestled in the clouds.
30 mins drive to matsumoto. 2.5 hrs to tokyo.
40 mins drive will take you to Kamikochi, a famous resort in the Northern Japan Alps with spectacular mountain scenery. Take a walk in this beautiful area (especially beautiful during the autumn foliage season), and you might even meet the monkeys!
During winter, less than a 20 minute car ride will take you to Asahi Prime Ski Resort.
The house is equipped with a slate bathroom with bathtub and shower, and functional kitchen (microwave, fridge, toaster, rice cooker and sets of plates available). You can relax in a large lounge area, where you can amuse yourself with Japanese TV shows. With washing machine and rail for hang drying, it is suitable for longer stays as well. Car parking available for two cars.There's no internet, but DoCoMo 3G phone reception is available. There is usually 50-100cm snow in winter.
Enjoy a unique experience in the heart of japan!
Hidden amongst the forest, high in clouds.
The cozy cabin awaits your visit!
Full House. except for areas where storage is contained (outside of building and upstairs cupboard/under stairs)
DO NOT OPEN UPSTAIRS OR UNDER STAIRS storage.
DO NOT attempt to access any of the external house storage.
Interaction with Guests
i am not in japan, but i will be contactable within 12 hours via email. (usually less!)
there is a caretaker in town for support with any issues.
this is an isolated, far off the beaten track part of Japan.
it is rural, it is
You will need a rental car to get to this property.
some assisted access may be organised separately if requested
Other Things to Note
Heating is KEROSENE. there is an electric heater, but kerosene is the main heating
Think of this as using a friends house as such the following is expected of you:
There is no cleaner. you are responsible to ensure the place is clean for the next tenant.
Please wash all bedding/towels and hang over the pole in the main room before leaving.
Clean the dishes, dry them and put them away before you leave
you will need to bring a large garbage bag to the location
Parties ok, only one permanent neighbor. be courteous and polite.
ANY issues MUST be reported by email or text immediately.
The cancellation rate is as follows:
STRICT 50% up till 1 week before.
No- show： 100%
Lovely secluded cabin in the mountains. Jai and the caretaker were super helpful when the pipes froze and the caretaker came promptly to unfreeze them and even gave us a bottle of wine!
Our Nissan cube was not able to make it up to the house on the last day of our stay, so would recommend snow chains/a 4WD.
It was a truly unique experience to spend Christmas in this environment. Even if it was exceptionally cold outside we've totally enjoyed coming back at the cabin as Jay provided plenty of heaters. We deeply recommend to anyone interested to stay there during winter to bring hot clothes, a bunch of warm socks and winter boots as you could get a lot of snow in the mountain! (Don't get fooled by the lack of snow in the lower grounds!). We couldn't find an available 4X4 as they were all out - but we manage to get there anyway with a small car! If you're not used to winter driving, as Jay, we strongly recommend an SUV for the hilly sections that can become slippery! This was a great experience and we recommend it to all winter lovers and quiet environment! Hope we can repeat it in a different season someday! Thanks Jay!
It is an excellent location for a rural experience, and we had lots of great experiences. I can definitely recommend the area. We caught lovely autumn colors and saw lots of wildlife, including monkey families, ferrets, a racoon, and birds of prey.
We visited interesting places including plenty of unmarked trails, and more tourist-friendly locations like a wasabi farm, Kurobe dam and the mountain pass beyond it, and plenty of stuff around Hotaka which has a top-notch visitors center right next to the train station.
I've stayed in rural cabins many times, and I'm not surprised by many 'quirks' they have, but the problems with this house go beyond quirks in my opinion.
I agree with most things that Nikki mentions in a previous review.
Jai is friendly and responsive, but the cabin is so filthy that anything a regular tenant can do is not enough to bring it up to a comfortable level.
There were clean linens when we arrived, but apart from that you can completely strike the words 'cleaning fee', simply add it to the total price and consider it part of the rent.
The caretakers duties seem to be limited to 'Is it on fire? yes/no'.
Either that, or our view on what's acceptable is just so entirely different, which is entirely possible.
The combination of a total lack of a thorough cleaning for what looks like years and years and the amount of stuff lying around, results in insects that are impossible to get rid of. Every day we returned to new dead and live insects crawling around. We got rid of the larger infestations of earwigs around the two first doors (about 40 of them), but they just kept popping up from behind all the other stuff, together with a whole range of other species.
We left our luggage and belongings in the car, only bringing in what we needed to avoid the rank moldy smell, soot and insects in all our stuff. We slept next to the electric heater and stayed outdoors as much as possible. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
Just like Nikki, we left Jai in the dark regarding many things about our stay, and I'm sorry about that. I just don't feel that he could rectify any of the problems we had, and honestly I considered completely avoiding this confrontational review.
This is my honest opinion about the place, and nothing personal.
you told me the benches were dusty. that's all you said? if there were any problems, you had been texting me over the weekend.
there is a caretaker available. he is not a cleaner, but he is on hand to help with issues.
hell, if needed he can even meet you and lead you up if you think you'll get lost.
the house agreement is that you clean up after yourself.
if there was an issue with bugs, you needed to tell me immediately.
how could you not even mention it in a text?
We loved this place. Great value. House has everything you need. House is nestled in a forrest with walking trails nearby and the surrounding area is close to many beautiful sights. Highly recommended if you have a car. The host is super helpful and communicative. Great.
I got what I need: total peace of mind. I am tired of living in Tokyo, so I got fresh clean air, organic vegetables and fruits. The location is ideal : close to every tourist spot in Nagano prefecture. I like everything in the house and wish to come again next year.
My ratings all apply to the house, not to the host. Jai was helpful, friendly, and communicative. However, the house was a disappointment, and I consider it far from rentable. To put it bluntly, the cabin was filthy: moldy, filled with mildew, and caked with dirt. I am not a clean freak, but I was grossed out and didn't want to touch anything. Rubbing your finger on the wall on kitchen cabinets literally turned your finger black. The majority of surfaces, from bookshelves to appliances to light switches to areas of the floor, were covered in dust and grime that must have accumulated over several months or years. Lots of water condensed on the windows and created puddles on the sills after turning on the heat every night. Junk was piled high around the outside of the cabin and broken appliances that needed discarding were inside. I have no idea where the money from the cleaning fee goes, as the entire place needs to be deep-cleaned with a toothbrush from top to bottom, and clearly it's been in that state for a long time. We enjoyed the location and surrounding area, but we were eager to leave this house and spent as much time outdoors as possible.
this is a blatant over exaggeration.
one week before every rental the caretaker is on the property, he checks the last tenants have cleaned. if not he straightens up.
the side area of the house is clearly marked as private storage. you are not to be rummaging through those things.
there are no broken appliances. none have previously been reported.
if anything is broken, you have not advised me about it. I would assume based on that it was you that had broken them.
the "grime' you saw on everything IS soot, from using the kerosene heater.
it accumulates very quickly on all the surfaces. other tenants make an effort to wipe this off after they use the property, and this is checked by the caretaker.
while the "cleaning fee" is listed as such, it technically does not cover cleaning as you are supposed to manage that yourself.
a feat you thought was beneath yourself, leaving tasks to the caretaker.
the fee is for the caretaker to drive up to the property. a round trip of 45 km.
it covers less than half of his usual time onsite straightening up and preparing for the next rental.
i am aware of the condensation. It a result of being at 1600mtr elevation and the cold air.
the closer it is to snow season the more pronounced this can be. clearly you were unprepared for this kind of cold environment, a simple towel can fix this in seconds.
Again, you had a chance to chat with me at any point and resolve these issues, or even let me know you had them.
since you were so eager to contact me for assistance, i would have assumed any issues you had with anything would have been raised then. or even after then when we tried to make sure everything with your "medical emergency" was resolved.. instead you said nothing to me about any of this, and slyly crafted your review.
We had a good time here in the mountains, and it's as advertised — a long way from civilisation and a definite escape. About 10-15 minutes from the main road into Matsumoto by car, so be ready to drive. Still, it's hard to find a whole house to yourself in Japan, and if you're travelling with kids then they can play with the Lego downstairs while you relax upstairs. Great bath too, and good to have a usable kitchen space.
It wasn't perfect. I think we were the first guests in a little while; the house was musty and needs a little attention. It's a family-style holiday home in the mountains, so don't expect a flashy alpine resort and you can have a good time.
While in the area, do visit Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum (about an hour away, amazing sculpture) and the nearby Norikura/Kamikochi region, plus Hakuba further north.