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Togenkyo Iya no Yamazato

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#3 of 19 Specialty lodging in Miyoshi
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I stayed the house called UNGAI with my 82-years-old mam for a night. Although it was raining, it was one of the most beautiful and unforgettable night I and my mam spent. I truest wish many people from overseas visit this beautiful hamlet.
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My family stayed in one of the thatched houses named Tenippou for two nights in early April. The thatched houses were found in a very quiet and remote village on a steep slope in the Iya region. My car GPS lost connection for numerous times in this region. It took me about 15 minutes of uphill driving from the Tougenkyo office to Tenippou and the driving lane was really narrow and steep. Yet I thought that the driving time and effort were really worthwhile when I saw the view and the house. The house situated in a higher part on a steep mountain slope, overlooking the beautiful and greenly V-shape valleys. The view was really breath-taking. There were scattered village houses around, and I could see some local villagers in early morning. When I was driving up, I saw other Tougenkyo thatched houses along the narrow road. Some were closer to houses of the village. The Tenippou house is perfectly renovated in traditional Japanese style with numerous modern, new, and well-functioned appliances. Washing machine, floor heating, and all kinds of kitchen stuffs were available. As the staff said, the house structure was more than 100 years old, and it was well-preserved. Wifi-connection was very good inside the house. The rooms were really huge and clean, and my children (aged 5 and 3) loved them very much. I ordered a dinner set, that was directly delivered to my house in a designated time. It was a hot pot meal and the local vegetables and potatoes were really fresh and delicious. Breakfast was not available and we had bought ingredients for cooking. The house was very quiet at night. The futons were comfortable. The weather was fine in the first night of my stay and I saw a magnificent starry sky. At dawn of the follow morning I saw a sea of clouds in front of Tenippou. These natural sceneries were really impressive and unforgettable. I hope I could stay longer in Tenippou. I truly recommend Tougenkyo thatched houses to travelers who desire a perfect getaway from busy cities plus a different lodging experience in the beautiful Iya Valley. The thatched house offers a very comfortable stay with spectacular natural views and sceneries in an authentic village. Surely it is not a ryokan and self-service is required. Certain driving effort and skills may also need. But all the effort are worthwhile. Tip: don't rent a big car.
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Great stay in the charming Iya valley. Come prepared, pack enough food and enjoy a time of exquisite tranquility in a traditional setting. The houses are very well maintained, equipped and prepared for the arriving traveler. We really enjoyed the stay and will recommend this alternative lodging option to our friends
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There are eight beautifully restored and updated traditional Japanese farmhouse in the steep hillside village of Ochiai managed by a non-profit. When you rent one, you get the whole place to your group. The thatched houses are scattered among local residences, and each has all the modern conveniences: a small well-equipped modern kitchen (essential since the only restaurant in the village is a soba place open only for lunch), a clean modern bathroom, heating, air conditioning, wifi, TV, and so on. Some houses have more western style furniture and beds, while others have futon and more Japanese style furniture. Some are quite small, best suited to a couple or small family, while others are larger. Each also has an outdoor sitting area facing the amazing view across the steep Iya valley. The staff are lovely, helpful and some speak quite good English. Buy groceries in Oboke or another large place. Food: Once you are in the Iya Valley, the small shops have a very limited selection. Kitchens have salt, pepper, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, coffee and tea. You can also make arrangements for the village ladies to come and make you a traditional dinner. Talk about local food!! Delicious, hearty, and with lots of leftovers. Getting there: best to have a car, but could come by taxi from Oboke Station. The hillside is very very steep. Houses: Each very different feel. Only five listed on website, others recently completed. Will be added soon. These houses connected to Chiiori House--part of the Chiiroi Trust.
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$221 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanShikokuTokushima PrefectureMiyoshi
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