About this listing
Charming house with 2 - 3 bdrms backed onto a forest on the hills of Shimosuwa, offering spectacular views of one of the most iconic mountains in the world. With the choice of 2 decks (both with amazing views), your own living space and work area off from your room/s makes a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Perfectly located between Matsumoto/Kiso Valley and the Yatsugetake mountain range makes Shimosuwa a great choice to stay. At the end of the day, you can relax in one of the many onsens nearby.
Unique western style house with magnificent views of Mt Fuji, the Southern Alps and Lake Suwa. Facing south on the side of the hills of Shimosuwa you can feel cool in summer watching the fireworks on one of our 2 decks, or cozy warm in winter nestled next to our Kachelofen.
We have 2 rooms - Lake View & Forest View, both with double beds, 2 shared bathrooms and toilets. One more bedroom with double bed can be arranged if needed. Free use of a weight room and a water rower in the basement. Wi-Fi is 24/7, we also have a fine selection music, English books and movies if you just want to kick back and relax. Free pick-up from Shimosuwa Station (4 mins by car). We are located 2.5 hours from Tokyo. Take the Azusa Express from Shinjuku stn on the Chuo line. If coming from Nagoya, take the Shinano Express to Shiojiri Stn (2 hrs), then take a local train to Shimosuwa stn (15 mins).
Enjoy delicious homemade pancakes and maple syrup, fresh fruit, latte or tea for breakfast.
A 10 min walk and you are at the famous Kaminoyu Onsen, also just a short distance away from Jiunji /Harumiya / Akimiya temples, Manjinosekibutsu and some great local restaurants.
Walk out our front door and you are on the Jedi Trail - a great single track for mountain bikes or just for a quiet, leisurely stroll.
Mountain bike on the Jedi Trail - half day or full day (with lunch)
Visit Suwa’s 3 main temples by bike or car.
Snowshoe in the winter months, beautiful hikes close by.
Hiking tours - spring, summer, fall.
Camping weekends can also be arranged.
Talk to us and a 'tailor-made' tour can be designed especially for you.
"We'll try hard to make you feel at home, even if we wish you were. :-)
Guests will have access to shared bathrooms, TV, books, gym - free weights & water rower.
Interaction with guests
So far we have had brilliant interaction with our guests, but, of course, this is entirely up to our guests how much time they would like to share with us.
We love walking out our front door and on to the forest path just a few meters away. We also have one of the best views in the area if you just want to relax on one of the decks.
Jiunji, Harumiya and Akimiya temples are all nearby. Jiunji is special, we have had many guests say that it is as nice as any they have seen in Japan. The entrance is looks like something out of a Studio Ghibli movie. It's a wonderful place for photos as there is hardly anyone there.
There are some great restaurants in town: Kaiten Sushi, Soba, Unagi (eel), Cafe style, Yaki-niku (BBQ beef), Traditional style and more. We offer a free drop off/pick up should you decide to eat out.
We are a 20 min walk to train & bus stations. If our guests ask us in advance, a free drop off and pick up to the stn can be arranged. Also to local restaurants free of charge. We also have bikes you can use free of charge. Ride around the lake and soak your feet in any of the 3 free foot onsens.
Other things to note
Please note that we work week days. Monday - Friday, the earliest pick-up from Shimosuwa stn in from 4:30pm. Should your stay be on week days, we will be able to prepare breakfast for you, but you will have to serve yourselves. Unless you want an early drop-off to the stn (7:30am the latest), you will have to take a taxi (which we will arrange for you - 5 mins and about Y1,300 to the stn).
Sorry, we do not allow smoking anywhere inside or outside on the decks.
Breakfast is anytime between 6:30 - 9:00.
If you are planning returning late at night, please let us know.
We are very flexible, please discuss your plans with us and we will do our best to cater to your needs.
We have polished floorboards through out the house, please take care not to scratch them with suitcases and bags.
When checking in, please provide proof of ID: drivers license, passport, foreign registration card.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
Hi! I'm Kim. In our photo you can also see my wife "Megumi" and our son "Taj". After 2 years abroad, one in Australia on a working holiday and 10 months traveling around Europe in a camper van, visiting friends and places, we are back home and have just activated our AirBnB site.
We love the outdoors - spring, summer, fall and winter and look fwd to what each season has to offer. Whether it's mtb-ing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, we just love to get out and do it. I've traveled to over 40 countries and have always been very interested in other cultures. Of course, I love meeting people and sharing experiences. We are an open-minded and warm family and would love to have you stay with us.