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!
Had a really wonderful experience. I really wish I had spent more time at Kikuchi family's house at Sendai. Perhaps some time in the future, I would love to stay again at their place.
I stayed at this fantastic house for one day with one of my friends. It was first time to have Japanese style tea at Japanese tea room for us so we've excited to experience Japanese traditional culture. After we had tea ceremony, I could meet many people form different country. We shared some food and talked a lots of topics. I hope to come back here in spring season to see beautiful cherry blossom with delicious tea. Thank you for giving us memorable time.
The house was beautiful, with a lovely garden and tea room. All the hosts were extremely helpful, and the tea ceremony was amazing. I accidentally left a book at the house, and Harue was lovely enough to post it to me! The house is a little bit far from the city centre, but if you're looking for a beautiful, traditional house, then this house is perfect.
Staying with Sumio-san was a great experience. He is a very warm and kind host who's generousity went beyond what one expects. Starting with a tradtional tea ceremony and finishing with a small gift, the time in between was just as positive. Harue, Sumio-san's English speaking daughter was always available digitally at short notice and visited when she could. The accommodation was very large, peaceful, clean with all modern conveniences that could have easily host many more than my single self. Only limitation for some people may be being on the outskirts of Sendai (though overlooking beautiful woods). But for those who enjoy seeing everyday Japan on the way in to city centre (40min by public transport) or car (10min) it is perfect for those visiting Sendai or the Miyagi area.
Beautiful house, wonderful host and an experience unlike any other if you're new to japan
Staying at other places than your house couldn't be better than the night I stay at Harue's place! After an exciting adventure of finding the house (the taxi driver couldn't find the house by his GPS and we ended up knocking at local doors asking for 8-8 chome), the experience of staying there was even more touching. Harue's father was waiting for us and greeted us with warm welcome and, of course, full-course tea ceremony (which was incredible cool!). Harue's father made us feel at home. We felt completely comfortable. He has taken good care of us and tried to make sure every thing's alright. The futons were comfortable and the room was warm enough. Toilet and bathroom very clean. In the next morning, Harue's father gave us a printed photo from the tea ceremony since my camera had no battery left last night. He's so kind and considerate. He even cooked us Nori-Moji which tasted very Japanese! Even though we talked different languages, mine's English and Harue's father's Japanese, we could understand each other quite well. We enjoy our stay at Harue's place so much and even plan to bring others to her house again if we have chances! Thank you for the good night and great experiences, Harue and Mr. Tea Master!
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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. Now Harue is living in Sendai with our new born baby for the short term and planning to migrate to the UK shortly while Robert is setting up home in the UK.
The house is owned by Harue's parents, Mitsue and Sumio who is a retired tea master, and they will host you during your AirBnB stay, but we can 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!