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BAKKE◆Japanese RETRO country house◆shuttle service

Superhost登米市, 宮城県, Japan
Entire house hosted by Sachi
10 guests4 bedrooms10 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
Clean and tidy
4 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Sachi is a Superhost
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Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Surrounded by lush cedar forests and streams, this secluded country house is the perfect escape to experience traditional Japanese rural life. The place would remind you "My Neighbor Totoro" with a perfect Showa atmosphere. Explore the retro surroundings, cycle to the local temples, or simply enjoy the tranquil silence surrounded by nature.

For more detail, read my guidebook or ask me questions. I willingly give you information.
◆shuttle service available for guests staying more than 2 nights

The space
The property itself is an old farmhouse that once used to house a local farming family. When you first enter the house, you will find a big ‘kotatsu’ (traditional leg heating device). Adjacent to this is another living room with sofas and a beautiful view of the river – enjoy a warm cup of tea while listening to the flowing water. There are two connected tatami rooms surrounded by a long corridor facing a court. On the upper floor, there are two independent tatami rooms which you can use as bedrooms.
The house is an architecture typical to the region, and somehow very similar to the houses which used to be found throughout Japan during Showa Era (from 1926 to 1989) and filled with retro stuff which used to be fashionable at some time during Showa Era.
The house provides ten sets of Futons/duvets, a washing/drying machine and top-of-the-range bicycles of different sizes.
You could enjoy walking/cycling through a country village, visiting local temples and shrines, fishing, etc. by yourselves. If you have a car, you could drive to a variety of destinations including the sea coast, lakes and historical sites.
Guests staying more than 2 nights are offered for free some activities such as a guided cycling tour, traditional games, home cooking or yukata wearing.

Guest access
Entire house except some private storages
Outside toilets
Museum
Court and a small river

Other things to note
We will pick you up at Kurikomakogen station of JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line, as there are few public transport services to reach this place.
Pick up/drop off service is offered between 11:00 and 16:00 and the time should be determined by mutual agreement at least 2 days before.

You are required to have an internet connection such as a smartphone via Wi-Fi at least in order to arrange our meeting at the station or keep in contact with us during your stay. (There is free fast Wi-Fi at the house).
Use of a Japanese SIM card or pocket Wi-Fi device allowing a constant connection in Japan is highly recommended.

You really will be staying close to nature – and with that comes the responsibility of being cautious. There are opportunities to encounter very rare wild animals and beautiful insects indigenous to Japan but please note that there is also the chance you may encounter venomous snakes or hornets.

There are outside toilets 10m away from the house, and no toilets inside the house.

There is no place where you can eat out within walking distance, but the kitchen has everything you need to cook with. If you like, we can stop by the supermarket on the way to the house to stock up on ingredients (seasonings, rice, tea & coffee)
The nearest convenience store and Japanese restaurants are 6km away. There is Roadside Station Rinrinkan 10km away, where you can get some fresh vegetables and other ingredients, and eat a light meal. This takes approximately 30 minutes by cycling. If you stay longer than a week, the host willingly gives you a ride for shopping once-twice a week. Bento delivery is also available. (Order in advance)

License number
M040008672
Surrounded by lush cedar forests and streams, this secluded country house is the perfect escape to experience traditional Japanese rural life. The place would remind you "My Neighbor Totoro" with a perfect Showa atmosphere. Explore the retro surroundings, cycle to the local temples, or simply enjoy the tranquil silence surrounded by nature.

For more detail, read my guidebook or ask me questions. I willin…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 floor mattresses
Bedroom 2
2 floor mattresses
Bedroom 3
3 floor mattresses
Bedroom 4
3 floor mattresses

Amenities

Pack ’n Play/travel crib
High chair
Private entrance
Heating
Hair dryer
Hangers
Wifi
Fire extinguisher
Dryer
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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登米市, 宮城県, Japan

Very rural area surrounded by nature.
Ideal place to relax with family or friends, or to explore and discover the life of villagers.
From the top of Mt. Kogaisan (just a 1.5-hour hike from the house), you can view beautiful scenery of surrounding mountains and the ocean.

<Seasonal information>
Cherry blossom : Mid-Late April
Flowers : Best from Mid April -Mid May
Paddies : Beautiful from May to October
Summer : It is hot in Early-Mid August in the daytime, but a comfortable wind from the stream cools you down. It is comfortable in the morning and evening.
Winter : It might be cold in the house in January - February because its rooms are surrounded by paper doors and thin walls just like every old Japanese house, but the house provide a kerosene heater in each room and Kotatsu in the living room

If you have a car, you can easily get to the places below;
Mooland Motoyoshi 7km
Koizumi Beach 13km
Kitakami River 13km
Iwate Safari Park 16km
Tatagamori Ark Farm 19km
Toyoma 21km
Chacha World 27km 
Sodehama Beach 30km
Izunuma Lake 35km
Geibikei 37km
Chusonzi Temple 45km
Very rural area surrounded by nature.
Ideal place to relax with family or friends, or to explore and discover the life of villagers.
From the top of Mt. Kogaisan (just a 1.5-hour hike from the house)…

Hosted by Sachi

Joined in April 2018
  • 18 Reviews
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I was born and grew up in Tokyo, studied in Kyoto and moved to Tome 9 years ago because I was fascinated by a traditional way of life that has already disappeared in big cities. People here, especially elderly people, keep semi-self-sufficient life; they grow rice and many kinds of vegetables in their fields, harvest bamboo shoutings, wild vegetables, mushrooms, etc. in the mountain, process/preserve the harvests and eat them whole year instead of just buying food in the supermarkets. The local people also inherit many traditional customs, events and performances. Through my travels in Japan and other countries, I have been always interested in the way of life and nature unique to the place rather than famous tourism spots. I would like to introduce local culture to people from all over the world.
I was born and grew up in Tokyo, studied in Kyoto and moved to Tome 9 years ago because I was fascinated by a traditional way of life that has already disappeared in big cities. Pe…
During your stay
The host family lives 15 minutes away from the house. But you can reach me via free WiFi in the house, anytime you may want or need. I am happy to help you with anything and share some knowledge about Japanese culture with you. I could show you some traditional plays like Origami and Kendama, and dress you Yukata (cotton Kimono) if you wish. If you would prefer to have a conversation in person, please let me know and I’ll happily arrange a visit, otherwise, you’ll have the whole property to yourselves.
The host family lives 15 minutes away from the house. But you can reach me via free WiFi in the house, anytime you may want or need. I am happy to help you with anything and share…
Sachi is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Policy number: M040008672
  • Languages: English, 日本語
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
No smoking
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
No carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm