About this listing
OPENING DISCOUNT! Enjoy a genuine INAKA (countryside) of Japan in an American style two-story house! Less than 2 hrs from Tokyo by car using highway. Big discounts for long stays. Marvelous views of rice fields and lots of stars, Kid friendly!
Entire house, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 3 to 6 people plus an infant with 2 Japanese mattresses and a crib. Living room, dining room, piano room, kitchen, a balcony (2F), a Japanese style bath(日本式の風呂)(1F), an American style shower (2F), two toilets. TV, WiFi, Washer/dryer(洗濯機、乾燥機), hair dryer, iron/iron board, shampoo/conditioner/soap, laundry detergent, air-cons, fans, a bicycle. My family stay at this house on vacation so everything you need for everyday life will mostly be there.
Kid-friendly: A highchair, kid’s bath chair, plenty of toys, sandpit and sand-toys. Guests can rearrange furniture for the kids’ safety. Blocking the stairs is recommended if there is a toddler.
Parking: 4 cars can be parked in the front yard.
Dining and Kitchen: The dining room can seat 10 people comfortably at the dinner table with extension. A full kitchen with refrigerator, dish washer, microwave, toaster, dishes, pots and pans, and a coffee maker.
Piano room: Guests can play the piano but it’s not in the best condition.
Structure: 2 by6structure, resistant to earthquake.
Wheelchair: The house is not barrier-free (there are a few steps to enter) but wheelchairs are welcome and free to be used inside the house. You can move in and out of the master bedroom, bath, toilet, kitchen and dining room without steps. The living room is one step lower.
All rooms are open for the guests except for two owner’s closets.
Interaction with guests
We will not be able to provide help at the site.
It is a real genuine INAKA(countryside) of Japan. No tourists around. It is a hometown of my parents. The house is what my father imported from the US and was remodeled in 2010 adding some Japanese facilities in kitchen and bath.
・A convenient store, Seico Mart, is very close. 3 min walk. A Seven-Eleven is 2km away.
・Some super markets and restaurants are in the center of Hitachi-ota City. 5-10 min drive.
・Hitachi Seaside Park(国営ひたち海浜公園) (20km). A huge park with marvelous flower gardens, amusement areas, rental bikes etc.
・Ryujin-Ootsurihashi(竜神大吊橋)(21km) A large suspension bridge and a spot for the highest bungee jump in Japan.
・Fukuroda Falls(袋田の滝)(38km) One of Japan’s three most beautiful falls.
・Mito City(水戸市)(20km). Ibaraki’s capital, a home for the most popular Japanese food Natto! (though many foreigners find it hard to eat). Mito domain was one of the three family branches of Tokugawa house which ruled Japan during Edo period from 17th to 19th century. You can enjoy visiting historical sites like Kairakuen(偕楽園)and Kodokan(弘道館)in this city.
・Kairakuen(偕楽園)(21km). One of the tree greatest gardens of Japan(日本三名園の一つ), famous for magnificent plum trees which bloom in February and March attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Kobuntei(好文亭) in the park is a well-maintained Japanese traditional architecture from 19th century during Tokugawa era.
Lake Senbako(千波湖)beside Kairakuen has beautiful Sakura tress along the shore.
・Kodokan(弘道館)(19km). Mito domain’s han-school, an educational institution for children of daimyo (feudal lords) from 19th century.
(What to Eat)
・Hitachiota City is famous for good Soba-noodle. Our recommendations are Satake(佐竹)(800m),Koshiji(そば処越路)(4km), Shio-machi-kan(塩町館)(5km). Other places on average all serve good soba. Soba places are usually open only for lunch with a very few exceptions.
・Nakaminato Harbor(那珂湊)(27km) A fishing harbor with lots of sushi-go-round(回転寿司)restaurants which serve amazing sushi at a very reasonable price. Restaurant Ichiba-sushi(市場寿し)is great. Go in the morning or early in the afternoon.
・Kiuchi Brewery(木内酒造)(9km). Enjoy Ibaraki’s local beer and plum wine.(
You will probably need a car to come and get around.
By Car: It takes less than 2 hours from Tokyo using Joban Highway(常磐自動車道). Up to 4 cars can be parked in the front yard.
By Train: 2km from the nearest train stop, Kawai station of JR Suigun Line(JR水郡線河合駅). No bus or taxi available there. (You can go pass Kamikawai Station and get off at the last stop, Hitachiota Station and take taxi from there. But it will be very inconvenient to stay there without a car)
1 bike available.
Other things to note
If you have pets, please inform what kinds they are.
Please do not use the fire-place. It does not work.
Please wash the dishes when you leave.
No smoking, no candles.
All shoes must be removed.
Any bed that was used, just do not make that bed, so cleaning person will know which sheets to wash.