Traditional Japanese tatami room in DIY renovated house 15-20min walk from Kamakura Station. Large kitchen/dining/living room and small garden. Big deck overlooking nearby forest.
Japanese/Danish couple with two kids (7 and 4 years old)
Large Tatami Room in an old house in Kamakura. Situated on top of a hill in the middle of a forest. (A little hike up the hill, but nothing good walking shoes cannot manage!) About 15-20 min walk from Kamakura Station.
The room easily fits two persons sleeping on traditional Japanese futons. Kids welcome! (2 adults + 1-2 kids OK!)
Kamakura is about 1 hour away from Tokyo and a lovely old Japanese city with lots of temples, great food and a very friendly vibe. The city center is best explored by feet but rental bikes (available around the city) is also a great way of getting around if you want to go to the nearby sea or visit some of the temples a little further from the station.
The house is a 40-year old Japanese house that we have been totally renovating with new bathroom, kitchen, flooring, etc.
You are free to use the kitchen and bathroom during your stay and wifi internet is also available.
We have to boys (Aged 7 and 4) so be prepared to be woken up early in the morning by them running around!
This is our private home and you will be staying with us (two adults, two kids) during your stay. Please keep noise to a minimum (in particular at night) but other than that feel free to use our lining room, kitchen, bathroom and garden to relax.
We stayed with Jens and Mariko for 2 nights. They made us most welcome, we felt very comfortable, the large room, futon and quilts were lovely. It was really nice to experience a Tatami room. Their house is at the top of a hill but the walk down and up was fine. Kamakura is a great place to visit, interesting little streets, manicured gardens, hidden away shrines, great food and important temples and shrines to visit. We would thoroughly recommend a stay with them, lovely hosts. Mariko drove us to the station to catch the train which was very kind, such a nice change after impersonal hotels.
Jens and Mariko were excellent hosts. Their cozy home was just as advertised, and the room was very comfortable. Jens picked me up from the station, let me use his bicycle to ride around Kamakura, and dropped me off at the station when my visit was over. Mariko's homemade Japanese treats were icing on the cake. My only regret is not having more time to explore the area and visit with Jens and Mariko.
We spent 3 nights at Jens and Mariko's. They drove the 4 of us (we have a 2 and a half year old son and a 3 months baby) from Kamakura station to their home when we came and from there to Zushi station when we left. They gave us a map and useful advice to enjoy our stay. Very nice people indeed who are receptive but never intrusive. The guest room is on par with that feeling : inside the house but at one end so that you can really call it *your* place.
This house alone is worth a stay in my opinion and could easily find a place in one of those lavish home lifestyle magazines : wood everywhere, elegant furniture and a view like you stand on the top of a hill among the trees.
Well in fact the house *is* on top of a hill and the slope to climb up there is very steep. Not a problem for teens or adults but a bit forbidding when you carry around two young kids. So we were grateful to find out there is a taxi station just at the foot of the hill !
Another good surprise : the two boys of the family, aged 4 and 6, who are welcoming, cheerful but very well brought up. They played with our son at once, shared their toys and were a great part of the family vibe we felt at Jens and Mariko'(website hidden): thanks for the desserts and for the beers !