Live Like A Japanese Local Through These Farm Stay Experiences

 

One of Japan’s biggest appeals as a travel destination is its wide array of culturally immersive experiences available for tourists to enjoy. A great example is Japanese farm stays, which allows travellers to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities like Tokyo and experience Japanese rural life accessible via car, plane, or train. 

 

These Japanese farm stays — with their warm and laidback neighborhoods, traditional architecture, and delicacies signature to the locale — will make you feel like you’re living like a local. Taking a visit to nearby rice paddies and produce farms where you can easily get your pantry supplies fresh and easy during your stay? It doesn’t get more local than that. 

 

Ready to embrace the farm life and do as the locals do on your next Japan trip? Check out these two farm stays to get you started. 
 

1. Furumaya House in Kyoto

 

(Photo from: https://www.furumayahouse.jp/english)
 

Ambience and stay-in experience

 

This family-run Japanese farm stay in Kyoto is surrounded by lush greens and beautiful hills. It offers two traditional-style guest rooms in a thatch-roofed farmhouse, complete with tatami (woven-straw) floors, seated cushions and low tables, and comfortable futon beddings. It also provides guests with a yukata (Japanese lounging attire) to wear around the house, allowing the guests to immerse in the experience. You can also rent bicycles so you can completely enjoy the laid-back feel of the countryside. 

 

Apart from these, you can also take part in other activities like Japanese home cooking classes, tea ceremonies, kimono fitting, guided tours, and even ‘true local’ experiences like wood chopping and harvesting homegrown vegetables. 

 

Food

 

Its menu is rich with dishes made from ingredients sourced from the surrounding farms and rice paddies. You can enjoy yakiniku (Japanese barbeque) in the terrace garden on breezy summer nights. There are also vegan and vegetarian options upon request. 

 

Connectivity

 

While everything seems old-school in this Japanese farm stay, you can still document your experience in real-time because the Furuyama House provides 24-hour Wi-Fi. 

 

Location and contact information

Address: 156 Kamigawai Miwa-cho, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto 
Phone: +81-773-58-2236 
E-mail: furumaya.info@gmail.com 
Website: https://www.furumayahouse.jp/english
 

2. Moshi Moshi House in Yamanashi

 

(Photo from: https://koushu-minka.jp/e-index/e-moshimoshi/)
 

Ambience and stay-in experience

 

Kamijo Village, where Moshi Moshi (hello hello) House is located, is like a place stuck in time in a good way. It paints a great image of a slow-paced lifestyle where one is surrounded by greens, shrines, and statues. It also attracts a lot of filmmakers looking to use the place as a backdrop for their period pieces. 

 

Moshi Moshi House got its name after the Japanese way of answering the telephone because it used to be the only place in Kamijo Village that had a phone line service. At present, it’s one of the oldest houses in the area that are well-preserved as a Japanese farm stay. 

 

The guesthouse retained its classic Japanese architecture, from sliding doors and screens to tatami floors and futon beddings. However, parts of the 150-year-old farm stay have been renovated; it now also features a modernized kitchen and bathroom but they still have the Japanese minimalist aesthetic. 


Food

 

A stay at Moshi Moshi House is not complete without a taste of Hoto. This vegetable soup dish is a Yamanashi region signature. It’s made with homemade noodles that you can learn to whip up yourself during your farm stay with the help of the house staff. 

 

During the summer, you can also enjoy kakigori (flavored shaved ice) and get it in unique flavors like pumpkin and plum. 

 

Connectivity

 

Moshi Moshi House provides 24-hour Wi-Fi access so you can still keep connected while enjoying your countryside stay.

 

Location and contact information

Address: 1099, Shimoodawara, Enzan Kōshū-shi, Yamanashi 
Phone: +81-0553-32-4748 
Email: ienamihozonnkai@gmail.com
Website: https://koushu-minka.jp/e-index/

 

Here’s to an exciting and relaxing Japanese farm stay experience at these locations!
 

 

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