About This Listing
A Taste of Traditional Japan, in a Truly Extraordinary Natural Setting. No Adjacent Homes...Surrounded by Trees...Ocean Views.
(Separate 4-Bedroom Guesthouse Available.)
The living and dining area of the main inn -- which overlooks garden, forest, and ocean -- is the perfect place to socialize with other guests and your hosts.
Our hand-crafted Main Lodge and adjacent Guesthouse offer the serene beauty of old Japan, with all the comforts of modern life.
The Magical Inn was originally built for the director of a national hospital. In honor of his long service, the director was given permission to craft these two landmarks in the national forest, overlooking a remarkably pristine coastline near the mouth of Tokyo Bay. There are no adjacent homes...just incredibly lush greenery and views of blue ocean.
A setting like this in Japan, just 20 km from Kamakura and an hour from the center of the world's largest city, is truly extraordinary.
This listing focuses on the Magical Inn's Main Lodge, which offers five sleeping rooms, each of which normally accommodates from two to six people with plush futons. You will share a comfortable sitting area, and a large dining table. On many Saturday and Sunday mornings, we serve a full Western breakfast -- including real drip-brewed coffee -- for 1,000 yen.
* We offer discounts for all multi-night stays. Just let us know your plans!
* All "Magical Inn" listings are the same location. AirBnB can't list multiple rooms at one inn, so we maintain three listings. We have additional rooms, however, so if the calendar says "unavailable" for your dates, please send a note via "Contact Host."
Main Lodge 2nd listing:
Separate Guesthouse listing:
The Main Lodge has three rooms suitable for singles or couples. On the first floor...
The Blue Room: eight-mat size, sleeps up to three, with a shared toilet.
The Green Room: six-mat size, sleeps two, with sink en suite and a shared toilet.
The Yellow Room: six-mat size, sleeps two, with sink and toilet en suite.
Upstairs, there are two spaces suitable for larger groups...
The Tatami Room: 10.5 mats, sleeps up to six, with shared toilets.
The Loft: 10-mat size, sleeps up to five, with shared toilets.
The Main Lodge is a Japanese-style inn, offering private sleeping rooms, a large shared bath and shower room with a panoramic view of the ocean, as well as the communal dining and socializing areas.
Around the inn, there are a few nice restaurants and bars within walking distance, and scores within easy taxi/bus range.
With prior arrangements, you can order a full BBQ set-up in one of our expansive gardens. We regularly host parties, day or evening, with guests enjoying clear skies and stars while sitting on hand-made wooden benches around a fire.
One of the nicest beaches in the Kanto region lies 300 meters below the inn. Miles of both rocky and sandy shoreline lead to a legendary windsurfing spot -- home to Japan's national champions -- just a few minutes down the road. This area is also great for paddleboards and kayaks.
Truly Tolkien forest hiking trails surround us, and will take you to the famous Kurihama botanical garden at the top of the mountain.
If you require more room than the Main Lodge provides, we have the separate four-bedroom Guesthouse, a large and modern Japanese-style home.
Inside the Guesthouse, you will find a very large living and dining area, flooded with sunlight, overlooking a private garden with relaxing views of forest and sea.
There's also a full kitchen available for your use.
The master bedroom features a large Western bed, with enough additional space to set up a futon for young kids. There are two large tatami rooms available for sleeping, plus another Western-style bedroom, all with plush futons.
The Japanese bathroom is augmented by two toilets, one downstairs, and one up.
With prior arrangements, the Guesthouse can be booked for exclusive use by your family, or a group. Ask about lower rates for long-term stays.
Most guests travel to the inn from Tokyo, via Shinagawa Station (or Shibuya Station, transferring at Yokohama). It takes roughly 55 minutes to arrive at the local stop, Keikyu-Kurihama Station. From there it's 5 minutes to our place via taxi, or 15 minutes via bus and a short 200-meter stroll.
Your on-site hosts are the well-traveled Jude Brand, originally from Oz, and "Mr. G," a bilingual Japanese gent. We request that you reserve a week in advance, so we have time to talk with you and prepare for a perfect stay.
The Magical Inn attracts creative personalities from around the globe, and folks with many decades of travel experience tell us that there is no better retreat in Japan. You may not want to return to "civilization."
Except for a bit of a struggle with cab/bus directions, which I'll mention more about below, Jude was terrific. I was in Japan for work in support of the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka and all of the hotels by he base were full. This location is in Kurihama, two train stations away from Yokosuka. Together with the bus, train and taxi to the base, my commute was a little under an hour each way.
If I had been by the base it would have surely been more convenient, but I would have lost the ability to really learn the Japanese public transport system, which is first rate. Since I am married with two high school age boys, a work trip like this is an opportunity to fly by the seat of my pants in a new country - something you don't normally get at my stage in life. So I was going to make sure i enjoyed it.
I am unsure if Mike and Kiyoe advertise the "breakfast" part of b-n-b, but Jude made it clear up front that there wasn't much in the way of supplies for a breakfast. This was not something I was really looking for anyway, as I love to cook. I winged my way through the grocery store at the train station and brought back enough to make myself a great eggs/bacon/muffin breakfast each morning. Kitchen equip is all there and Jude will brief on how to use it.
I highly recommend staying here. It is far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be relaxing, but a five minute walk to the bus station and a 10-15 minute bus ride to town.
As for getting there: I am going to provide Jude/Mike some info and hopefully they'll be able to use it to help others.
We were provided and surprised by rooms with spectacular views of the ocean front! The house itself is spacious, with a pleasant living and dining area to hang out, as well as thoughtfully equipped with necessities in the kitchen and in the baths. The rooms were clean, and the house manager was informative. We enjoyed our stay. Thank you!
My stay at the Nobi Beach house was fabulous! It's a little out of the way, but that's exactly what I wanted. I was happy to walk along the beach to get to town. I got a very traditional Japanese style room, and it was spacious and cozy! It was lovely to have full access to a kitchen, and I made plenty of food at the house. I was given all sorts of information on the great local spots to eat and hike! I spent three nights there, and I wish I could have spent twice that time! Will definitely make a point of stopping back through next time I'm in Japan!
When confirming our arrival the "caretaker" did not know that the reservation was for two and sent a confused response to my confirmation email, Mike and Kiyoe were not on site and it did not seem as though they lived on location at all. The taxi driver did not know how to reach this location when given the address and had to call dispatch for directions. Jude said she had made up the room for two but would be "put out, overwhelmed" if we wanted to have breakfast because another couple would also be staying and preparations for 4 instead of 3 would be too much( I had indicated that we wanted breakfast in my reservation email exchanges based on the encouraging comment in the initial email exchanges and the reviews suggesting that the host Kiyoe was an excellent and welcoming cook) The location was secluded as described but when I inquired about the hikes referred to in the Magical Inn description Jude's response was that it was not a good day for a hike. the houses overlooked what seemed to be an institution, not an attractive one, it looked like it may have been a rehab/correctional type of facility and the walk into town was along a road where some had spray painted "tags" on the metal corrugated fencing. Signs further up the road suggested we were next to a facility for alcohol rehab and another facility for people with autism. Jude proceeded to tell us where we were not allowed on the property and did not give us a lay of the land about the bathrooms, etc. The "hot tub" mentioned on Airbnb was a metal tub which looked like it was for rehab patients, indoors and no mention of it was made about its use. Later that afternoon I received an email from Jude apologizing for her less than friendly welcome, explaining that after 30 years she had quit smoking for the last 3 days and was struggling. The room was comfortable and the architecture interesting but the window had no screen and we were next to a very wooded area and mosquitoes pestered us throughout the night. As we were leaving the next morning, Jude poked her head into our room to kill a spider. I had 4 bites on my ankle and one on my eye. Jude was not knowledgeable about directions to our next destination. We were cordial and said our goodbyes. When we mentioned to others that we were headed to Yokosuka they seemed puzzled and said it was known for its large American military base. The Indian restaurant was good, it appeared to be the only place open when we were looking for a place to eat nearby. Given our limited time in Japan on a first visit we were disappointed to go out of our way to experience something different and test airbnb to arrive in a less than hospitable environment, no key for the house, and nothing extraordinary about this...
As a host, you know that eventually you'll get one guest who will pen a horrendous review...but it's still a shock when it comes! We're tempted to simply direct you to our many highly positive reviews, but there are a few things here that should be addressed.... First, we're sorry that a taxi driver was unfamiliar with our secluded address; however, to date we have not been given responsibility for training local cab drivers. It's obvious that Ms. Heegaard did not read the detailed AirBnB property description; if she had, she would have seen that the hosts at the Magical Inn are Jude Brand and Mr. Gonno. Apparently Ms. Heegaard was also unaware that she'd stumbled across AirBnB reviews of our rental home in Big Bear, which features the outdoor hot tub, and where Kiyoe cooks; Big Bear is in California, where we live. Unfortunately, Ms. Heegaard also failed to heed two welcome messages which explained that Jude handles hosting in Japan -- and also prepares a fine breakfast *if* she receives a request prior to a guest's arrival. We are sorry that Ms. Heegaard was offended by the aesthetics of the national hospital, a low-rise facility visible 450 feet away, across a very large greensward as shown in our photos; the AirBnB listing explains that the president of this highly respected hospital received a special dispensation from the Japanese government to build the inn. We understand that our guest had never visited Japan before, and we apologize that Jude was not familiar with directions to a somewhat obscure destination that is 400 miles from the inn. Finally, we suggest that when there are mosquitos about...close the window. It is true that Jude recently quit smoking after three decades, and because the effects caused our host to offer a formal apology, we are giving Ms. Heegaard a partial refund. And now...gentle reader...please enjoy our other reviews.
Jude was an amazing host. I was running a bit late and she was able to accomodate my late arrival. Once settled in, she kept up with me to ensure I was very well taken care of. The accomodations were very clean and inviting, and location was perfect.
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About the Host, Mike & Kiyoe
Mike is an American who has lived in Europe and Japan. A graduate of UCLA, he also works in L.A. as an international marketing consultant. For fun, he likes basketball, tennis, volleyball, hiking, skiing, cycling, and motorcycling.
Kiyoe (Kay) is a Japanese national. For fun, she likes running, hiking, tennis, and clogging. 日本の”おもてなし”をモットーにしています。どうぞ日本語でお気軽にお問い合わせください。お待ちしています。