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1-37 Higashimachi, Odaka-ku, Minamisoma 979-2121 Fukushima Prefecture
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#1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Minamisoma
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The house is situated in Odaka, 15km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. It offers traditional Japanese rooms. Come and experience the town and the zone. I will take you on a tour into the evacuation zone(for an extra fee) and show you cultural venues, a nice sushi restaurant, we’ll meet friendly people who once were forced to evacuate. Feel the vibrant atmosphere for yourself!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
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Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Horseback riding
Mosquito net
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Desk
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1-37 Higashimachi, Odaka-ku, Minamisoma 979-2121 Fukushima Prefecture
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highway163 wrote a review Mar 2019
Scotts Valley, California13 contributions12 helpful votes
Karin is the epitome of "above and beyond," offering lovely, elegant and entirely gracious lodging mere steps from Odaka Station. Check out photos posted by other guests and you'll get a sense of what to expect: traditional Japanese rooms with all the accoutrements that Western tourists will appreciate. Beds are inviting, bathrooms are pleasant, the robes are comfy, and the wifi is really good. Oh, and breakfast is scrumptious. Most importantly, though, Karin exceeds all expectations in her genuine desire to ensure that guests are well attended. Want some really good local sushi? She'll help you find the perfect place - and even help you order. Need help figuring out the train back to your destination? She'll coordinate with the stationmaster to ensure you get on the right track. Best of all, she enjoys conversation with her guests, sharing insights about culture, history, and even philosophy. Whether you're touring the region to better understand the Fukushima incident or just want a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of Japan's bigger cities, you can hardly hope for a better stay than Lantern House.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Don C wrote a review Dec 2018
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Walking distance from the train station, close to the few restaurants in town. A place where you can feel and experience the traditional Japanese culture (In the modern way). Karin the host is an amazing person who goes out of her way to help. This guest house is totally recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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robin_t_lewis wrote a review Jul 2018
Tokyo, Japan8 contributions
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Karin is a wonderful host - extremely welcoming, kind, and knowledgable about the local area. The house is beautiful & the community members are awesome!! Highly recommended - Unforgettable experience
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Date of stay: July 2018
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B. Zoupee wrote a review May 2018
Utrecht, The Netherlands81 contributions9 helpful votes
I visited the Lantern house because of the Real Fukushima tour. The lovely house immediately felt like home and was easy to get to (it’s on the other side of the local train station). Karin is a very friendly owner who spraks excellent English. She is always there to help and think along with anything you need. The beds were of very high Quality, making the Lantern house an excellent basis for the Real Fukushima tour or your own adventures in the region.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Shaunmay8831 wrote a review Apr 2018
31 contributions29 helpful votes
Amazing host and excellent accommodation. Karin is fantastic and is very accommodating. She showed us a local restaurant and cooked an amazing breakfast for us. The sleeping accommodation is much better than the pictures show and I had an excellent night sleep. I fully recommend this location for a stay to visit the Fukushima nuclear plant. Karin will also arrange a value for money tour which is very comprehensive and the tour guide is excellent. I can not recommend this original Japanese experience with exceptional and educational tour enough. Don’t delay - book now!
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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BenMiu2 wrote a review Apr 2018
Edmonton, Canada27 contributions59 helpful votes
Karin-san is a very patient and kind host for someone who showed up very early, extremely picky eater. Her place was very clean and I really liked Karin as a person and also as a tour guide who showed me the Fukushima exclusion zone. I was homesick and she took me to eat the local Mos Burger and catered the tour to me who needed some stomach medication while in the middle of the tour which I greatly appreciate. She has incredible patience and the tour itself was a tour unlike anything I've seen before. The communication was great and I had no issues chatting with Karin from everything like politics to life philosophies and about the local community.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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Tanya-N-London wrote a review Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom89 contributions71 helpful votes
Karin-san was a fabulous host who speaks fluent English (quite rare to find this particularly in a non-tourist part of the country), and her home is beautiful. All rooms are spacious, comfortable with heaters, and the kitchen area is large and modern. I felt at home and as a solo traveller felt extremely comfortable. Karin cooked a delicious breakfast (eggs, toast, sausages, fruit, yogurt, coffee and more), and she was kind enough to take me to the local community centre to meet with people affected by the Fukushima disasters. This was a moving and inspiring trip and also fascinating, if that's the right word to use. I was also able to have a tour of the surrounding towns (Namie, Okuna and more), and learned a great deal about local life in the area since the disasters. A truly humbling and eye-opening experience. If you're in Japan and looking for somewhere to go off the beaten path to gain a real insight into local life of a wonderfully brave community, this is the place to go.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Chun Tung W wrote a review Jan 2018
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The Lantern House is a convenient place which is very close to train station. Every facilities in The Lantern House is clean. It is very comfortable to stay at there. In addition, the breakfast prepared by Karin san was delicious, I felt very full! Apart from the hostel, The Lantern House is one of the member of the project called "Real-Fukushima" which is a tour project to guide people to know more about what's happening now in the area just next to the nuclear power station in Fukushima. Karin san also was the guide and explain in details to me. This tour was a great meaningful tour and I did learn a lot via this tour. Thanks Karin san and Mr Sasaki !
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Lincoln K wrote a review Jan 2018
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This is a great place to stay, and Karin is a terrific host. Very close to Namie and located right on Odaka train station (30 second walk). The room and guesthouse were spacious, clean and modern. Breakfast was delicious (Karin catered to my vegetarian requirements). Radiation levels in this part of Fukushima are on par with Tokyo, so don't stress too much about that. Karin provided some fascinating insights into the nuclear crisis, recommended places to visit, and assisted me in hiring a bicycle to ride around on for the day. I even got the chance to eat in a local restaurant, chat with some locals and other guests staying in Odaka. Highly recommend coming to The Lantern House and exploring the small towns nearby. Will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Léo P wrote a review Dec 2017
Paris, France1 contribution
Best place in Japan in my own opinion ! I got there with a friend during a tour of one month across Honshu. We wanted to see the Fukushima zone with our own eyes. So we found that nice accomodation, and didn't expect anything. When we arrived we found a lovely place and a lovely host ! Karin showed us the house and right after she showed us the evacuation zone. We visited it for a few hours, it was very interesting, Karin had a lot of informations and little trivia to tell us. We got a tour of Namie and then the road 6, it was really peaceful yet so loud of meaning ! After this really cool journey, Karin got us to eat with her at the sushi bar. So good !!! And we even had the chance to speak, thanks to Karin, to the sushi master of the restaurant. The next day we had rent two bicycle and spend it riding in the countryside until we got to Namie again.Then, we hang out in this ghost town where the atmosphere is really particular ! For the final evening we ate some ramen in one of the few restaurant nearby Sarasa coffee shop. We befriended some local people there. A father and his son and the family which own the restaurant. We spend a wonderful evening, chatting with local people who were just surprised to see some french boys wandering in Minamisoma ! This was the best place i've been in all Japan, it was a heartbreak when we had to leave the next morning. I hope more people will go visit this place, if you read this i strongly encourage you to go there and experience it yourself ! Karin thank you again for everything. Sorry for writing this so late. I hope you're fine, don't worry i'll come back. Cheers, Léo, you are very brave ! ;)
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lantern House
Which popular attractions are close to The Lantern House?
Nearby attractions include Soma Odaka Shrine (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Lantern House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Lantern House?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Lantern House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lantern House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lantern House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Futaba Shokudo, Urashima Sushi, and Full House Book Cafe.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Lantern House?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Lantern House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.