About this listing
Character Japanese house with Japanese gardens outside available in Sendai. Much larger than the usual Japanese home so suitable for large groups wanting a comfortable stay. Free tea ceremony and secure parking included in the price!
This listing is for your own room in a beautiful and characteristic Japanese house in Sendai, Miyagi.
This room is the second-largest traditional Japanese style guest room we have available in a beautiful and characteristic Japanese house.
It is suitable for up to 4 people with tatami mat floor and futons for sleeping on.
We also have larger and smaller rooms in the house for staying at, please check for availability. The property is suitable for large groups or families.
The house has 6 bedrooms, fantastic gardens, a classical style Japanese tea room where you can experience a real Japanese tea ceremony from a tea master (English not available for this unfortunately, the tea master (who is also the home owner) only speaks Japanese) included in the stay price!
Walking distance nearby there is a supermarket (10 minute walk), convenience store (15 mins), Japanese restaurant (15 mins), and a Korean restaurant (8 mins).
You will have access to the bathroom (shower, bath with power jets, cold water bath, sauna), toilet (also separate urinal), living room, fully equipped kitchen with fridge space available upon request.
☆ Free WiFi broadband internet and DIY laundry is available.
The kitchen, bathroom & living room will also be used by the home owners and other guests, however you will often have the place to yourself.
If some or all of this sounds good to you, please get in touch with us, and we'll be happy to help you.
Guests have access to their room, the living room, kitchen, dining area, utility and make up room, bathroom and associated facilities. The parking area and gardens are also available for guests to use. The tea rooms are usually only there for your welcoming tea ceremony.
The house may have other guests staying the same time you are so other guest rooms are usually off limits.
The amenities are shared with other guests and the house owner, so it is preferred that you ask to make sure it is available before using (for example the washing machine). There is a separate toilet upstairs and 2 downstairs as well as a urinal.
Interaction with Guests
Harue will be able to help guests when she can as she lives in Sendai (although a different area). Robert is usually working abroad but can answer complicated matters via e-mail.
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 which has been enjoyed by many guests. It's usually performed after you've arrived and settled, or the next day if you are arriving late.
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 Izumi-chou subway station which you can access Sendai train station and airport from.
Secured parking is included for free if you have your own vehicle although there is a height restriction on vehicles (approximately 2.3 metres).
If you wish to see the areas washed away by the 2011 tsunami you will need a car as there is no regular public transport to those areas.
You can get to the house from Sendai station by taking the subway for 20 minutes followed a bus for 15 minutes. A direct taxi will take 25-30 minutes and works out around the same price if more than 2 people are staying in the same room.
Other Things to Note
Please arrive between 3pm and 9pm if possible, although we'll try to be flexible to your needs. Public transport gets difficult after this time frame and taxi prices go up significantly too.
Guest rooms all have heaters/air conditioners, WiFi and electricity outlets.
Please be respectful and be aware the house is used as a normal residential house usually.
Please clean up after yourself (any use of kitchen or food in guest rooms), provided supplies used such as towels are to be placed in the washing machine after use.
Please keep the volume down after 10:30pm.
No pets allowed unless permission is given first, please ask! Smoking is not allowed inside the house, but OK outside. Alcohol is allowed.
Eating in the guest rooms is allowed, but please be careful to prevent crumbs / liquids falling on the tatami mats, as they are difficult to clean. Guest rooms should have tables available for this.
Please keep any children (and adults!) under control (no running/ball games) as Japanese houses are built to be lightweight (due to earthquakes) so balls and people can go through the walls/doors easily!
This house is stunning. Don't be fooled by the bland cream wall and large roller door. Beyond this is an oasis of real Japan. The front entrance is a jaw dropper! Sumio is lovely and his tea ceremony is nothing but fine art, even if he has to communicate mostly with sign language due to the language barrier.
The house is extremely large, we had one of the biggest rooms and it was lovely. There were a number of guests during our stay, all were quiet and respectful, it was a good opportunity to mingle. The only down side was that this room coming off the lounge room often hindered sleep ins. Perhaps one of the other rooms may be quieter but don't miss out on staying here!
Be sure to have a map of the address, it can be a little tricky to find.
Staying in Kikuchi san's house was quite an experience. Although Harue wasn't at home during our stay, she was always aware of any mail or message that we sent requesting information, and her father, who was in charge of the house was an amazing host. The house was really nice, traditional style and it had everything that somebody might need during a trip. The only con would be that Tomiya is a bit hard to reach from Sendai, but going by taxi is not expensive at all.
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About the Host, Harue
Harue is a designer and illustrator from Sendai, she is married to Robert who is a writer and an electronic engineer from Portsmouth in the UK.
We met in Tokyo and got married a year after that and lived in Saitama for a while. We now both live in the UK.
The house is owned by Harue's parents, Mitsue and Sumio who is a japanese tea master, and they will host you during your AirBnB stay, however we will offer support remotely up to and during your stay.
We like to travel and eat far too much and look forward to you joining us in Sendai!