About Bed & Breakfasts in Japan
In Japan staying in minshuku is quite common. According to the Japan National Tourist Organization this is a family-run guest lodging that rents out rooms to travelers with the proprietor living on premises. Two meals are usually included in the price, which are prepared and served according to the proprietors' style. This fits perfectly with the definition of a bed and breakfast as understood in Europe, America and Australia. Amenities in these Japanese bed and breakfast accommodations are also limited or at least not as much as in larger official establishments like hotels. However, minshuku B&Bs are often preferred because of the low rates of the rooms and the unique opportunities to acquaint with Japans real face and character.
Japan is a truly remarkable country. Its territory comprises more than 3 000 islands. The dramatic nature of the country still reminds of itself with earthquakes and stale volcanoes. But there is a subtler side to it as well - the sour cherry blossoms, the green mountains, the immense state-of-art-gardens are strongly rooted symbols for the Japanese people. Since the times when the country originated, its people have been so related to nature that they have deified it. Nowadays Japan is not only about intriguing and inspiring nature. Since recently it has opened to the world and immediately turned into one of the most wanted tourist destinations. Japan is one of the strongest economies, dedicated to high technologies and has the largest metropolitan area in the world - Tokyo. Modern, vibrant, densely populated cities and laid back countryside exist in total harmony. It is very common to see a perfectly preserved religious temple amidst a metropolis as well as modern technologies in a remote Japanese island. Wherever you go, you will see that Japanese people are attentive and friendly.
Bed & Breakfast Koyuki is a modern Japanese-western style bed and breakfast in Hakuba - a major ski center with fine ski resorts such as Happo One, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike and Cortina, who hosted part of the events of the Magano Winter Olympic games in 1998. Bed & Breakfast Koyuki offers 2 double and 3 triple Japanese-style rooms with original tatami floors and futon beds. The triple rooms have lofts and one of them has one western-style bed. All rooms are provided with a seating area, LCD TV, DVD, Wi-Fi internet, hairdryer, toiletries, towels and linen. The rooms share three bathrooms with wash basins and western-style toilets. A guests' lounge and a sun room (enclosed porch) are also available for relaxation.
Nakaya Bed & Breakfast is a newly opened Japanese-style bed and breakfast, also called 'minshuku' in Miyajima (the common name for the Itsukushima Island in the city of Hatsukaichi). It is located within near proximity to the Itsukushima Shrine - a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is one of the Three Views of Japan. Nakaya Bed & Breakfast offers 3 guests rooms. The first one is a Japanese-style room, suitable for 3 to 5 guests. It has an en-suite toilet. The other two are Western-style rooms, each with two single beds and air conditioner. All three rooms share a bathroom with bath tub and toilet. Breakfast (Japanese morning set) is available for an additional fee and guests may enjoy it in the guests' lounge with a 42" TV set.
Minshuku Iwatakan Bed & Breakfast
4-166-3 Oojin-machi, 506 0851 Takayama, Gifu-ken
+81 577 334917, +81 577 348708
Minshuku Iwatakan is a typical Japanese bed and breakfast property and a fine example of authentic Japanese home. It is conveniently situated in Takayama city close to major attractions, exhibition centers and transport connections. Minshuku Iwatakan Bed & Breakfast has a total of 14 rooms, which may accommodate up to 47 guests. In every room is provided a TV set, air conditioner, yukata, towels, phone and safe. The bathroom is shared by all guests. Breakfast and dinner consisting of Japanese dishes are also offered. At Minshuku Iwatakan guests may also rent a bike, use the free parking lot, public phone and computer.
Kyoto Craftsman House B&B has been created to allow foreign visitors to experience from first hand the gracious Japanese hospitality, the traditional Japanese way of life and values. It is run by a family, which has mastered the creation of traditional Japanese kimono 'Nishijin' for the last 300 years. The guest rooms at Kyoto Craftsman House have air conditioning and private WC. There are a shared natural hotspring bath called 'onsen' and three sauna baths called 'sento'. The house is located close to numerous temples and shrines in Kyoto and is a perfect home base for getting around the city.
Minshuku Kuwataniya Bed & Breakfast
1-50-30 Sowamachi, 506 0007 Takayama, Gifu-ken
+81 577 325021, +81 577 363835
Minshuku Kuwataniya Bed & Breakfast is set in a beautiful house with a modern flair and offers seven Japanese-style B&B rooms, which don't have private facilities, and two Western-style rooms with private bathrooms. The rooms have TV sets and air conditioning. The house also boasts two hotspring baths. Minshuku Kuwataniya enjoys a lovely location in Takayama in close proximity to the Kokubunji Temple and JR Takayama Station. Staying at this house provides incredible opportunities for acquainting with local people and learn more about their way of life. Takayama is also a historic city and offers a lot to see and do.
Minshuku Tanpopo Bed & Breakfast enjoys superb location in Nagasaki city close to its numerous art galleries, museums and other city attractions. This a very cozy and affordable Japanese B&B offering simple traditional rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Breakfast and dinner are not included in the room rates but are available at a small additional fee. They are served in the common dining room which also has a TV set with bilingual programs. Minshuku Tanpopo Bed & Breakfast is an ideal home base for touring Nagasaki and experiencing a close-up acquaintance with traditional Japanise life-style.
Guesthouse Yogendo Bed & Breakfast
13-25 Kudo 2-chome Oji-cho Kitakatsuragi-gun, 636 0003 Nara
+81 745 320514, +81 745 722166
Innkeeper: Chris and Shuhttp://www.yougendo.com
Guesthouse Yogendo B&B is an exceptionally beautiful traditional Japanese house located in Nara. It offers an enchanting garden, large inner space, warm ambiance and genuine hospitality. There are five gorgeously appointed rooms with air conditioning and safes. There is one bathroom with jacuzzi, one shower room and western style lavatories. They are separate as premises and are shared by all guests. There is a spacious and cozy lounge with a 42-inch TV set, Nintendo Wii , DVD player, computer. Guesthouse Yogendo also offers a self-catering kitchen, large dining room, a separate breakfast room as well as a famous restaurant with bar.
Bed & Breakfast Zen offers traditional Japanese-style rooms, which becomes ever more rare in cosmopolitan Tokyo. This is a typical minshuku establishment run by a very hospitable family. Bed & Breakfast Zen boasts impeccably clean rooms at very reasonable rates and beautiful location in one of the most interesting districts of Tokyo - Asakusa. Each room has a TV set, air conditioner, private bathroom, radio, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer. Access to internet and fax services are also available. Bed & Breakfast Zen is an ideal choice for Tokyo visitors who want to get in close touch with Japanese culture and way of life.
Fuji-Hakone Guest House B&B
912 Sengokuhara, 250 0631 Hakone, Kanagawa
+81 4604 6577, +81 4604 6578
Innkeeper: Yumiko and Masami Takahashihttp://hakone.syuriken.jp/hakone/
Staying at Fuji-Hakone Guest House B&B is a genuine Japanese experience and true delight to all senses. For the last 22 years since its inception it has accommodated travelers from 50 different countries. The house decoration is typical for the traditional Japanese style guest houses called ryokan. You will be surprised by the comfort and homey feeling this place conveys. The staff speaks English and is quite friendly and well-informed. A nice touch to the bed and breakfast is the Natural Hot Spring Bath, which will make you feel rejuvenated. Fuji-Hakone Guest House is tucked away in the Fuji-Hakone National Park next to Mt. Fuji.