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NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel

1720 Sawarai, Katori 287-0003 Chiba Prefecture
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A novel approach to enjoying your trip as an entire merchant town has been incorporated into the hotel
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Bklyn11215 wrote a review Jul 2020
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前から写真を見て気になっていたNipponiaさん。歴史的な佐原の街と見事な調和が取れたとても素敵なお宿でした。建物は古いながらも今日の設備も備わっており、大変心地良い空間でした。お食事も土地のものを多く使われており、地元密着型のコンセプトがうかがえました。スタッフの方も大変フレンドリーかつ丁寧な接客で、友人達との久しぶりの旅行が一段も二段も楽しいものとなりました。また是非お伺いしたいと思います。 A very well thought out, beautifully designed hotel set in historic Sawara. Close proximity from Tokyo, foreign visitors would definitely enjoy this place. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Bundtlust wrote a review Feb 2020
Katori, Japan975 contributions297 helpful votes
NIPPONIA Sawara offers outstanding luxury accommodations in five renovated historic buildings, several of which are tangible important cultural properties, including a former Japanese restaurant and cotton warehouse. Each of the five buildings is named after a variety of iris flower, which Sawara is famous for. The reception and restaurant is housed in the Geisho building, formerly Nakamura Shoten. Built in 1855, the building retains much of its original charm, including the gorgeous windows and lattices. (The owners still sell souvenirs from a smaller shop next-door). Once checked in, you will be guided to your room. There are a total of 13 rooms in five buildings scattered throughout the historic district of Sawara. Each of the rooms has preserved original architectural details and elements like exposed beams, and the decor cleverly pays tribute to the original purpose of each building. The hotel’s unique concept is that the entire town of Sawara is an extension of the hotel itself, as the merchant district is similarly made up of Edo-era warehouses and shops. The exquisite French fusion dinners by Chef Nakagawa expertly combine local Chiba produce and fresh seafood from Choshi Harbor. You can also choose to substitute or upgrade to lobster, fois gras, or beef. Every creature comfort has been thought of, and the interior spaces and private gardens in some of the rooms, not to mention the deep cypress bathtub, will allow you to totally relax and unwind in the heart of beautiful Sawara. I look forward to my next visit and hope to stay at other historic Nipponia properties around Japan!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
Tataya wrote a review Feb 2020
Tokyo, Japan1 contribution
The place was clean and gorgeous. The room was filled with wonderful scent from hinoki wood. The breakfast was super delicious, I enjoyed it very much, The hotel is closed to the train station. It was really convenient. The staffs were friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Philip Gedarovich wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are looking for a traditional yet stylish "ryokan" style hotel not far from Tokyo, I can not recommend Nipponia Sawara enough. Staying at this hotel was beyond amazing, and it was one of the most memorable experiences during my honeymoon! First of all, the staff is INCREDIBLY nice, and so genuine. Getting to know and speak with Satoru-san, one of the hotel managers, was such a pleasure. He and his staff tended to all of my wife and my needs during our short stay and truly made the experience memorable. We opted for a special large size room that was a few blocks away from the main hotel and boy, was it worth it!! The room was MASSIVE and had all of the accouterments and style of a traditional room that you'd see in a Kurosawa film, mixed with some delightful modern conveniences. The bathroom was AWESOME!! You get the full size wooden tub which allows you to completely submerge yourself all the way up to your neck while sitting in it, if you are so inclined, and the temperature and water level is maintained throughout your entire bath, whether you are in there for 5 minutes or an hour. The water never gets cold and no matter how much spills out over the sides and into the conveniently placed drains, the level always stays consistent due to constant refilling. My wife and I were hooked, this was by far the nicest bathtub ever. And it's large enough to fit two people plus plenty of space for bottles of sake, if you catch my drift ;) If you stay here you MUST opt in for their 8 course dinner and traditional breakfast. OH MY GOD the food!!! It was oishii beyond comparison, and each course was so meticulously crafted, and the staff so attentive to your every need, we really felt like royalty while dining. If the restaurant doesn't have any Michelin stars, then it deserves at least one! And to finish off the amazing experience, the town of Sawara is quite delightful. It's not far from Narita airport, the river that runs through it is lovely, and a 10-15 minute drive away there is a beautiful shrine to explore as well as an authentic onsen with the hot water bubbling out from a serene pool surrounded by shimmering rocks and verdant nature. I recommend checking out the local famous tea house and ordering their toast with red bean paste spread along with green tea, then walk a few more blocks to the local sake brewery and try out various samples before purchasing a bottle or two (or three or four). Hands down one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at, and I will never forget the kindness and hospitality of Satoru-san and his amazing staff. Arigato gozaimasu, Satoru-san!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: If you can afford to splurge a bit, get one of the large guestrooms. It's worth it!
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Anilegna wrote a review Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China915 contributions858 helpful votes
Sarawa was my time travel back to Edo period, yet only 30 minutes from Narita airport, a cute town not yet overrun by tourists & whispering to be explored. Nipponia has a few buildings scattered around town, the reception is in the center of town in a 160 year old wooden structure where you can watch boats drift down the narrow Ono river & tourists snap photos of the willow trees. It was a minute walk down the street to my house— spotless Yata101 which, in its past life, was a 2 story cotton processing warehouse. Yata101 comes with its own Japanese garden, ample space on two floors, a place to lounge around all day drinking tea or soak in one of the tubs. It was a little noisy as the upstairs bedroom faces the main road. The toilet (once you find it) is downstairs & you need to navigate the steeps wooden stairs when half awake. The bathroom & shower is in a separate building with 2 gorgeous tubs - one wooden Cypress tub and one porcelain bathtub in an open-air room. All a minor inconvenience to minimize changes to the original layout of the house. The French food using local ingredients was excellent & unexpectedly high quality, certainly good enough to rival some of the Michelin restaurants in Tokyo. The fusion menu had clever pairings i.e. eel foie gras pie was divine and the gigantic prawn succulent & cooked perfectly. Service from arrival to departure by the young staff was uniformly excellent. This was my 1st stay at a Nipponia hotel, I really appreciate what they are doing as a hotel group (preservation & revitalization) & now just having trouble deciding which Nipponia hotel to visit next !
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
$292 - $625 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanKantoChiba PrefectureKatori
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Frequently Asked Questions about NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori (0.01 miles), Ino Tadataka Memorial (0.04 miles), and Old House of Tadataka Ino (0.05 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Yamadaunagiten, French Restaurant Mougins, and Hasegawa.
Are pets allowed at NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to NIPPONIA Sawara Merchant Town Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori (0.01 miles), Old House of Tadataka Ino (0.05 miles), and Mitsubishi Hall (0.07 miles).