When you travel, it is nice to stay at the hotels in the city, which are very convenient.
However, why not consider staying at an accommodation where you can have the entire space to yourself?
We will introduce several inns, including an old house built more than 100 years ago and a villa on the seaside.
#1. These facilities arranged by carpenters who specialize in temple and shrines are gorgeous! /
Sumiregusa (Miyajima, Hiroshima)
“Sumiregusa,” a townhouse which can only be rented to one group per day, is located in Miyajima, the island which has Itsukushima Shrine, a designated world cultural heritage site.
This house was originally used as a vacation house for carpenters working at a shrine in Miyajima, so you can fully enjoy the taste of traditional Japanese architecture.
Sumiregusa – A traditional townhouse and gallery
58, Minamionishi-cho, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
#2. Enjoy “glamping” at the villa at the seaside. / Setouchi Hideout Resort Ciela (Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima)
There is an accommodation where you can rent an entire house in Momojima, a remote island full of nature in Onomichi City, Hiroshima.
The best point of this accommodation is that you can enjoy “glamping” here.
There is a kitchen inside of the house, and also utensils, tools, and cooking devices for barbecuing are available for use.
Moreover, you can amuse yourself with fishing in all seasons.Red sea bream can be caught in spring, octopus in summer, oval squid in autumn, black rockfish in winter, and so on.
Setouchi Hideout Resort Ciela
2586-22, Momojima-cho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima
#3. A building used as an inn at Tobishima Kaido / Kangetsu-an Shintoyo (Kure-shi, Hiroshima)
“Kangestu-anShintoyo” is an accommodation which can be reserved exclusively in Kure City, Hiroshima.
The renovated building has a long history, and it was initially used as an inn more than 150 years ago.
You can feel the dignity of time through the big pillars and beams which sustain the building and the old cabinets and hanging scrolls in the rooms.
From this large window, you can see the sunrise in the early morning and Shimanami Kaido (sea road) with illumination at night.
313, Mitarai, Yutaka-machi, Kure-shi, Hiroshima
#4. An old Japanese-style house surrounded by nature / Takinomoto Kondo-ke (Touon-shi, Ehime)
It is about a 45-minute drive from Matsuyama City.
“Takinomoto Kondo-ke” is located in the country-side mountains with beautiful terraced paddy fields and a river with fireflies in early summer.
Let’s have dinner and breakfast in the room at a horigotatsu (a low table over a hole in the floor).
You can choose your dinner: from some wild game dishes, tempura inside the house, or barbecue in the garden.
Just enjoy great meals using fresh local and seasonal ingredients!
#5. An inn where you like living in the town / Setouchi Cominca Stays “Ori” and “Hisa” (Uchiko-cho, Ehime)
“Ori” and “Hisa” are from 10-minute-walk from the nearest station after 25-minute-ride on the express train from Matsuyama.
“Ori” has 3 bedrooms, work space with hammock, kitchen, and Japanese style room with a horigotatsu (a low table over a hole in the floor).
The atmosphere of “Hisa” makes you feel at home and the size is rather compact.
The light fixtures use Japanese paper which is the local specialty of Uchiko City, so you can feel as if the life in this area is familiar to you.
#6. An inn where you fully taste the elegance of Japanese architecture / Co-machi no Ie (Utazu, Ayauta-gun, Kagawa)
There are 2 accommodations in which people rent an entire house for a stay in Utazu, on the west side of Kagawa Prefecture.
These 2 accommodations are supervised by Alex Kerr, who has done renovation of some old Japanese style houses in Iya (Tokushima) and Kyoto.
One is called “Rinsui,” which is an old renovated Japanese house and “Sezan,” with a taste more like that of an old Western house.
The interior of “Rinsui” has an earthen floor, a main pillar, and large beams, and was renovated with these characteristic parts of Japanese old houses with relaxing and calm atmosphere with their history.
The highlight of “Sezan” is an expansive living room done in walnut.
These renovated houses may be old, but cutting-edge technologies have been installed at both.
This allows you to stay comfortably there, just like your home, or even more comfortable than your daily life.
#7. “Machiya” stay in aesthetic area in Kurashiki City /toutou– Kurashiki Gallery and Stay (Kurashiki-shi, Okayama)
“toutou – Kurashiki Machiya Inn” is located close to “Ohara Museum of Art” which is very famous as the first modern western museum of art in Japan.
When you open the door of this Machiya (old Japanese style town house) with a history of more than 100 years, you find a zelkova floor in living room covering part of the earthen floor.
The furniture and facilities in the room are custom made.
The bedroom on the second floor brings back the concept of “harmony between the history of the building and modern comfort.”
You maybe feel the old-time lifestyle from the bends in the pillars and the old soil wall.
toutou – Kurashiki Gallery and Stay
1-6-8, Chuo, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama
Akiko IsonagaI was born and raised in Hiroshima, but my mother's hometown is on Kojima island, Ehime prefecture. When I was little, I used to climb up on the roof of an orange warehouse and gaze at the picturesque islands of Seto. They were really beautiful. Now that I'm a bit older, I’m happy to be able to spend time working as a photo-writer and conveying the beauty and charm of the Seto Inland Sea. As well as writing at home, I live a short walk from the World Heritage site of Miyajima, I also work as a teacher and am currently studying color psychology.
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