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Top 5 Stays in Traditional Japanese Folk Houses Throughout Northern Japan

Why not stay at a traditional Japanese folk house while traveling through northern Japan? Scattered throughout the region are historical houses with thatched roofs and massive beams. Here, we will introduce a wide range of traditional Japanese folk houses; from casual guesthouses to renovated homes where you can enjoy hot springs with free-flowing spring water! Read on to find accommodation you’ll absolutely love!

1.Hiraizumi Club ~farm&resort~: Experience the History and Culture of Hiraizumi! (Hiraizumi Town, Iwate Prefecture)

The town of Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture is dotted with temples and ruins designated as World Heritage sites. Hiraizumi Club ~farm&resort~ is a rentable, traditional Japanese folk house nestled within this historic town that only accepts one group of guests per day.

This 150-year-old folk home has been completely renovated and offers a peaceful view of rice paddy fields.

The comfortable and well-equipped space has Western-style rooms with beds and two bathrooms. Massive pillars, ceiling beams, and large columns give the house a unique, old-fashioned atmosphere of a traditional Japanese folk home.

You are free to use the Nambu ironware and Hidehira lacquerware bowls, both traditional crafts of Iwate Prefecture, stored on the kitchen shelves! Experience the intricate craftmanship of these items during your stay!

Meal options include a catering service that uses seasonal and local ingredients, a local cooking experience where you cook and enjoy meals with the mothers in the neighborhood, or a barbecue where you can enjoy local ingredients and seasonal vegetables. Choose your favorite option and enjoy a wonderful dinner!

What’s more, you can experience the unique cultural charms of Iwate during your stay! We highly-recommend watching Nambu Kagura-a traditional Japanese performing art that has been handed down for generations in southern Iwate. Nambu Kagura, generally performed at festivals and as a part of Shinto rituals, can be enjoyed at the folk house! Dynamic dance performances make for some unforgettable memories!

Ten minutes from the Hiraizumi Maesawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway via Prefectural Route 237
Ten minutes by taxi (or a 30-minute walk) from JR Hiraizumi Station

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, razors, samue-comfotable and traditional kimono-style top and trousers traditionally worn by monks, (bath towels, face towels, and hair dryers are also available)

【Multilingual Support】
English-speaking staff available

【Facility Information】
Hours: Check-in: 3:00 p.m.~…

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