My husband and I stayed 10 restful, although rainy, days in this lovely comfortable guesthouse overlooking Kabira Bay. It was a nice quiet village which allowed us opportunities for walks on the beach (walking distance or bus to swimming beaches), through the village and arrangements with Umicoza for diving and snorkeling. Kabira is quiet and this guesthouse provided rest away from Ishigaki city but was accessible by bus or taxi, although probably not for those seeking nightlife and late nights.
The views were great from all of the traditional Tatami mat rooms (good cushioned futons). Rooms for singles and couples are smaller than some others, but affords more privacy and quiet for those who are without kids. The owner made efforts to put families and children in another section where there are larger rooms with balconies. This left us in peace and tranquility even with shared bath areas we shared with mostly Japanese visitors. We had both pay as needed heat or air conditioning in the room.
The common areas with television, dining area and outside patio desk allowed interaction with our hosts and other guests and provided internet, tea, beer and awamouri for purchase and the owner chef Tatsu prepared excellent food. We were pleased with the Japanese authenticity but also the accommodations made to make Westerners feel at home as well. Tatsu-san has lived abroad and speaks English well, but also has an understanding of some Western needs. He provided culinary diversity with a variety of Japanese, Okinawan, Korean and some "Western" style food. We had both dinner and breakfast, but also could opt for days off to eat out where there is a small selection of resturants in Kabira. We seldom did eat out since Tatsu-san prepared such fantastic food which was a delight to the eye even if we could not eat it all due to the great amount provided (and sometimes our unaccustomed palates which were learning to appreciate Japanese tastes). Arrangements in Japanese with his friendly wife were more challenging with limited language on both our parts, so it is best to clarify with Tatsu for specific needs. There is one cash machine in town and payment is in cash, but there may be other arrangements if diving through the Umicoza dive shop. Overall, we highly recommend this for those seeking a Japanese style room and a unique and beautiful authentic Japanese guesthouse stay. Tatsu also threw in some extra hospitality with a ride to the palm forest and an evening watching fireflies. This is a low key place to hang out and relax for a while. Website helpful http://kabirabay.exblog.jp/
- Also Known As:
- Minshuku Maetakaya Ishigaki, Japan - Okinawa Prefecture