Travel Back in Time to the Good Old Days
Experience a homestay in a “Minka” house
Minka are traditional Japanese houses, often found in Japan’s rural areas, that have withstood the test of time and nature. Recently, some of these structures have been renovated into modern lodgings. One minka near Mount Fuji is ready to welcome you to a farmstay experience.
Ichikawamisato-cho is a small town tucked into the foothills of Yamanashi Prefecture, to the northwest of Mount Fuji. Experience the “good old days” of Japan as they were meant to be, by staying at Kuu (Sky) House Chikahagi. This 180-year-old minka has been lovingly redecorated by the family that lives here. They also provide English explanations of all you need to know, so you will feel right at home.
Choose from several uniquely decorated bedrooms, which can accommodate singles, couples or small groups. Learn how to cook and prepare healthy, hearty country dishes made with produce grown by the family and their friends. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated, and vegan or vegetarian dishes are available. Dinner is served around an old-fashioned “irori,” a sunken hearth used in traditional Japanese houses for both heat and cooking, and here is where plentiful food and drink may mingle with friendly conversation with the locals for a memorable evening.
After a good night’s rest in your tatami or western-style bedroom, wake up to a breakfast of home-grown vegetables, served on the terrace when the weather permits. Enjoying a delicious, home-cooked meal as birds sing in the trees is sure to make even the sleepiest person rise and shine!
Lodging may be booked by the room or for the whole house. Each meal is charged extra, and dinner is available for parties of 4 or more. For an extra fee, KuuHouse also offers experiences in making udon noodles or manju, soft rice cakes filled with red bean paste. If you visit during harvest season, you may join in this activity, gathering a variety of fruits and vegetables grown in the Ichikawamisato area. Creating washi paper postcards and personal seal stamps are other activities that can be enjoyed for a nominal fee at KuuHouse.
Access: From Tokyo Station, it’s about 70 minutes by Shinkansen bullet train to Shin-Fuji Station, and from Shin-Fuji Station, it’s about 90 minutes by car.
Farmstay Chikahagi KuuHouse
1 night, 2 days