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Ayabe Yoshimizu


A glimpse of Japan from days gone byAyabe Yoshimizu is not like anything else you'll experience in Japan, a hidden gem nestling in the mountains of rural Kyoto. Run by Fumiaki and Anna who have returned to Japan from England with their three children.A traditional kayabuki thatched farmhouse, Yoshimizu is furnished with two irori, open charcoal fireplaces. Staying here, you'll get to experience first hand cooking and eating around an irori, while rice is steamed in a kamado, an old style rice cooker. End your day with a relaxing soak in a Japanese style stone bath heated by a wood-burning boiler, you can even chop the wood and tend to the fire.A chance to slow down and find enjoyment in simple tasks, this is self-catering in a Japanese inn while learning old ways of living. Your hosts, Fumiaki and Anna, will be available to help with all aspects of your stay; Japanese and English is spoken. Families and children are very welcome.The guesthouse at Ayabe Yoshimizu is part of a wider regeneration project combing food, the arts and ecology.
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Yoshimizu is located in the scenic, remote and rugged countryside north west of Kyoto. It can be reached within 2 hours by train to Ayabe and then bus to Omachi, where the owner can meet you. The property is a rambling old homestead, with an immense thatched roof covering a
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Very different from the rest of japan we have visited. There are new managers than what was listed, so English was a little difficult. Still easy enough though. Very fortunate to be there at the right time as we got to see a drum performance at the locale school which our hosts
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Our first experience of a Japanese ryokan was amazing. We were made to feel very welcome by the staff who were friendly and helpful, and who were especially great when we had to get our very ill daughter to hospital. The food was delicious and the hot bath a fabulous experience.
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Escaping from three weeks in the city, we were thrilled to pull up to the thatched roof house and see the forest and farm lands surrounding it. Humi and Anna were wonderful hosts--they helped us chop wood to prepare a bath, taught us traditional cooking techniques, served us the
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We had a completely unique stay in this charming old house where we got to cook with fantastic mostly local and organic ingrediences. Our hosts were great at recommending recipes and helping us with the traditional grill over which we cooked. We stayed up late enjoying wonderful
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An early morning view from Ayabe Yoshimizu
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One of the guest tatami rooms
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The Japanese stone bath, heated by a wood burner
"I dont think you can choose rooms here but they are all traditional with a view to the forrest which is all around"
"There's room at the end of the hall on the new part of the house that's very quiet. Comes with a toilet and washing basin."
JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureAyabe
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