inside of Guest Cottagefrom Tatami-mat room, washing basin
Farm Stay Mother Earth 2 guests for shown price
Farm Stay Mother Earth 2 guests for shown price

4 guests

1 room

4 beds


4 guests

1 room

4 beds


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Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
4 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

We only accept 1 group a day. The number of the guest should be up to 3 in winter, 4, summer.

The fee is for 2 guests. From the 3rd person, additional fee is necessary.

30min. drive brings you to Kiso which has Nakasendo old trails.

The Guest Cottage has 8-mat-Tatami-room, a big terrace, a compost toilet, a washing basin and a fridge.

The kitchen and the shower room are common use with the hosts.
We could take you to Onsen as an optional tour.

As for food, please ask if necessary.


Extra people: £22 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: £7
Security Deposit: £88


The space

The fee is for up to 2 guests. Additional fee is 3000 yen for one person. Babies under 2 who sleep with the same futon with their parent are free of charge.

The bedroom of Guest Cottage is a Japanes-style-Tatami-mat -room.
Bedding is not actually a bed, but Futon.
You can read books on the shelves freely. You can play the instrument or play cards.

The kitchen and the bath (shower) room are in Main Cottage, and they are common use with the host.

There are not many eating places nearby. Please consult about breakfast and dinner if necessary.

We can accept up to 3 people at the same time.
Even though the number of the group is less than 3, we don't mix them with other people. One time, one group.

Guest access

Guest Cottage is all yours while you're here.
As for Main Cottage, guests can come and go to the ground floor freely except a small computer room and a food- storage- room.

Interaction with guests

If you have plenty of time and are interested, you can join our kitchen work and farming work.
If you have some special eating habit, like vegetarian or vegan, and have intention to have meals here, please let us know in advance.
If you'd like to experience Onsen (hot spring), we could take you there as an optional tour.

The neighbourhood

Our place is in the suburbs of Ina-city. Surrounded with vegetable gardens and forests.
Not so far from Sawando station (JR Tokai) nor an express bus stop, Sawando.
Few shops are around the station.
However, during the daytime, beautiful garden restaurants are available if you walk 10min., or ride a bike 5min.
The garden restaurant area (Kantenpapa Garden) has also a free museum of photos and botanical art. Worth visiting even though you don't have lunch there.
You could also climb the Mt.Komagatake, approaching by train and bus.

Getting around

From JR Tokai Sawando Station, or Sawando Bus Stop, you walk up the hill, and 15min. walk brings you here.

However, if you don't like to walk, please let us know your arrival time and the place (Sawando bus stop or Sawando station) in advance. We'll meet you there to give you a lift.

If you come by car, we have a plenty of space to park.

We have 2 push bikes. (One is an ordinary one. The other is mountain bike-type.) If you like, you could use them for no charge, but your own risk.

Other things to note

Whenever you go into the cottages, please take off your shoes.
And also, no smoking, please.

There are not many shops nor restaurants near Sawando St.
If you'd like to have meals here or around, please consult the host.
You can use our push bikes for free (we have 2), but your own risk.
If you like mountains, you can go to the Mt. Komagatake by using the local train, bus, and cable car.
Kantenpapa, nice restaurants, free museums with a beautiful garden is around 10 min. walk from here.
As for the general information for tourists, the website of go-Nagano net is quite recommendable.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 6PM
Check out by 10AM

No smoking, please.
No pets, please.
Whenever you come into the cottages, please take off your shoes.

Please finish using common space (the shower room and kitchen)
by 21:00.

Please keep your space clean.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) lives in the house



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Paul User Profile
April 2017
Cannot say thank you enough to both Yoshie and Tetsuro for letting us stay at the beautiful farm. We had an incredible 3 nights getting to know two of the most genuine people, learning how to cook Japanese style (thanks Yoshie!) and seeing the local area. We wanted a place to relax and this was it. The guest house was really cosy with a nice view of the mountains on either side of the valley, and the main house was so welcoming, especially with the selection of great music playing every time we came in. Yoshie was really helpful in setting us up both with the arrival and departure, but also with day trips out from the farm (we planned nothing..!). In either direction on the train (~10/15 minutes) you were in new towns at the base of some great hiking trails, or some old towns with great cherry blossoms. A truly great place to meet an amazing couple, eat some brilliant home cooked food and relax in the fresh mountain valley air.
Yoshie User Profile
Response from Yoshie:
Thank you for your nice feedback!
April 2017

Kia User Profile
January 2017
Wonderful hosts, amazing stories, great experience, cute animals and a peaceful place to enjoy authentic Japanese life...

Flora User Profile
October 2016
I spent 3 very relaxing days with Yoshie and Tetsuro. The cottage is clean and nicely decorated. The garden (a little organic farm with a mix of flowers, herbs and veggies) up kept by our hosts are lovely The pets each have their characters and are a joy to befriended with. The freshly prepared dinner and breakfast plan is highly recommended. Not only that the food is deliciously prepared, spiced up by the fresh herbs and jams from the garden, you can also enjoy quality time with the hosts. The town Sawando is very near the Central Alps which are great for hiking, offering spectacular view. Even if you are not a hiking fan, there are still a lot to do in the neigborhood: weekend market, hot spring, workshops for local arts and crafts... For me, the best part is to have the opportunity to get to know our hosts. They are kind, intelligent and well read. They inspired me in many ways. I've learnt from them that we do not need to own up a lot to have a good life. We can be happy and contented and it all comes from within. Yoshie also explained to me how she dyed yarns and fabric with all natural plant ingredients and introduced me to her weaving workshop. It is amazing to see her work which is a vivid demonstration of what nature can provide to us and yet our generation has nearly forgotten!

王 User Profile
August 2016
The living experience in Yoshie's house is sooo good! It's my most memorable memory in Japan! Thanks Yoshie She is so kind and enthusiastic.She prepare the picnic cushion time table and umbrella for us. We are so moved! Thanks her husband He played guitar well and sang a song for us! As a listener I felt so wonderful when Yoshie and her husband sang together. Move on! Thanks the cute animals.They are so polite! I felt so sad when I left... Anyway It's a wonderful day! Thanks all the things you've done for us! I will miss you!

Amy User Profile
August 2016
It was a very comfy and scenic place to stay. Ms. Yoshie was informative and we learned a lot about the sightseeing spots around Senjojiki from her.

Adrian User Profile
March 2016
Harigatogosaimas! I had such a great time in Mother Earth farm stay. It was beautiful to spend one night in the mountains with you guys and to see that there is still people living the real life. As I said, I will be back. Big hug, Adrian. (Oshika was beautiful too)

Daichi User Profile
August 2016
お野菜がとても美味しかったです。 可愛い動物たちにも歓迎してもらえて良かったです。 ありがとうございました!

Ina, Japan · Joined in August 2015
Yoshie User Profile

I grow vegetables and flowers organically.

I love to cook vegetarian dishes with the vegetables and herbs from my garden.
I like to grow plants and animals, listening to the nature.
I like weaving, too. Not very good at it, though.
In winter, I weave split old clothes in the yurt.

I am almost vegetarian myself, but non-vegetarian folks are happily welcome.

My partner runs an internet old book shop, and I also love books.

I used to travel a lot while young, but now, I'd rather hear stories from travelers.





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