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Nokishita Toshokan B&B

931 Nagao, Nishiawakura-son, Aida-gun 707-0504 Okayama Prefecture
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#1 of 1 Japanese pension in Nishiawakura-son
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Our Nokishita Toshokan is an eco-friendly bed and breakfast fully dedicated to the comfort of sensitive and nature-loving travellers. We are located a one-minute walk away from Nishiawakura station on the Chizu Kyuko Line, and are conveniently situated for visiting many of the local attractions and sight-seeing spots in the area. Our B&B is the perfect place to enjoy the Japanese countryside at its best; open your heart and our mountains and rivers will share their secrets. For one or more nights, find yourself warmly welcomed into our converted Japanese farmhouse. Our two spacious guest rooms comfortably sleep two people each, and can be converted to accommodate three. Bathrooms are shared, and guests can use the library lounge to relax in. There, you will find a wide range of books in Japanese, English, Spanish and French. Access to Free wifi. Vegetarian/vegan breakfast featuring homemade organic French bread.
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Shelly K wrote a review Mar 2024
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I stayed with a group of friends in early September 2023 and had such a pleasant time! Hiromi showed us many beautiful and interesting local sights, answered the hundreds of questions we asked and was endlessly patient with our meanderings – I’m sure we were harder to keep organized and together than a group of small children (we are all over 50!) She provided a delicious and nutritious breakfast every morning, even for me, the pickiest eater in the world! We were also able to purchase some of Olivier’s much coveted baking on our last day because it was Saturday (bakery open day) and he had prepared a little extra, knowing we were dying to sample his special treats. We also did three yoga classes with Olivier, who is a FABULOUS teacher – so kind and funny and highly intuitive, knowing just what each of us needed for our particular body types and tolerances. If I had to choose just one favorite activity while there it would have to be the forest garden luncheon. Because of Hiromi’s history and relationships within the community (she seems to know everyone) we were blessed to meet the creators of this nationally recognized family run oasis – such kind and humble people! Finally, Hiromi and Olivier’s boys were a delight! Polite and engaged young men, interested in conversation, which helped us learn more about the youth in Japan. I would not hesitate to recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone interested in learning about the local culture and who appreciates the efforts made to provide a stay that respects the importance of sustainability. Five stars and two thumbs up  PS – do not miss a visit to Base 101% for the smell of cedar and amazing food. And the best shaved ice you will taste, ever! Also, the local onsen – one of the better ones we visited during our two weeks touring Japan.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Christine P wrote a review Jul 2023
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Hiromi and family were perfect hosts. We enjoyed a breakfast of home grown produce and fresh baked bread. I can’t think of anything which could have improved our stay. The choice of a western bed or futon is a good idea, our friends chose the beds, just for a change! Thank you for your hospitality.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tchase2760 wrote a review Jun 2019
Winston Salem, North Carolina2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our stay with Hiromi, Olivier and their boys had been highly recommended by other family members who had stayed here. We were not disappointed. My wife and I were traveling with our two adult children and sixteen year old daughter. From the time Hiromi met us at the train station and greeted each of us by name we felt like part of her family for the time we were here. If possible I recommend staying on a Friday night or Saturday as you will get to experience Olivier’s French bread making skills. They have a small bakery on site only open one day a week. Olivier made quiche, pizzas, brioche bread among others. Absolutely fantastic! Hiromi is the consummate host. She took us on a hike through a forest that was beautiful. We went to a small area known for the fireflies at night in June and saw the most spectacular display of glowing fireflies over water and in a forest. Magical. She also took us to an incredible 46 year old authentic Japanese restaurant located way off the beaten path in a wooded area with a waterfall. We ate in a small Cabin with the gracious owner coming to speak and spend time with us. The setting was spectacular and presentation and food excellent. When you stay with Hiromi and Olivier you are truly staying in their home and become part of the family for your stay. If you are looking for a respite from touring Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto I would highly recommend a train ride down to Nokishita Toshokan.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Nishiawakura931, Owner at Nokishita Toshokan B&B
Responded 11 Jun 2019
Wow, Todd, thank you so much for this! You are amazing writing such a review without us asking. We are truly moved by your kind gesture. It was such a pleasure to host you and your family for 3 nights. Your openness and friendliness and the harmony and the strong bond you have as a family were so inspiring! Thank you so much for coming all this way way off the bullet train lines and sharing your life with us. We look forward to seeing you all not too far in the future! Please take care, Hiromi
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C5153ZGjohnk wrote a review Oct 2018
Little Rock, Arkansas11 contributions12 helpful votes
This is a very special B&B, in a thriving small village set in the middle of deeply forested hills. This is a traditional Japanese house built by the owner’s grandparents. They serve wonderful healthy food. What makes staying here unique, however, is that the host is a remarkable tour guide for her village and region. She took us to several places we would never have found on our own, including a forest restaurant that could be at home in The Lord of the Rings, and several local craftsmen. If you want to get outside of the big cities, and see what contemporary village life is like, this is great place.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Footprints657444 wrote a review Sept 2018
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We are a family of five, all adults, and we all deeply enjoyed our days at the Nokishita Toshokan B&B. Our hosts Hiromi and Olivier were wonderful, warm-hearted, easy going and very generous with their time, making our experience of their beautiful home, the village of Nishiawakura and the area very pleasant and interesting. Hiromi and Olivier speak fluent English and Olivier speaks fluent French; we much enjoyed talking with them. Though we only stayed two days and two nights, we felt close to our host family and we could have stayed much longer. During our short time there, Hiromi drove us through the mountains and dense forests, we enjoyed the local onsen, we visited an old shrine on the edge of the village and we had lunch with a neighbour at his large house full of personal collections. The B&B was traditional Japanese and very comfortable. The bedrooms and communal rooms were spacious and the meals were feasts. For instance, for breakfast, we had amongst other delicious items a whole choice of breads that were freshly made by Olivier. We are fond of Japan and have made numerous trips to this country, exploring different areas. Staying with the Charles family has been a highlight for all of us and we can strongly recommend a stay at their home.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from Nishiawakura931, Owner at Nokishita Toshokan B&B
Responded 8 Sept 2018
Thank you so much Arielle for your kind review! Hosting your family has become one of our most unforgettable summer 2018 memories as well... Let's stay in touch. All the best, Hiromi and Olivier
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Marlysa S wrote a review Jul 2018
Atlanta, Georgia2 contributions3 helpful votes
This experience was a highlight of my experience in Japan. The accommodations were welcoming and comfortable. The views of the mountains surrounding us were really inspiring and breathtaking. The food was some of my favorite of my trip through Japan- nourishing and delicious. The hosts also created a itinerary of places to see including a restaurant in the forest, a swordfighting demonstration and a look at some fabulous woodworking. I would highly recommending making this a part of your journey to Japan!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 8 Sept 2018
Thank you very much for your review, Marlysa! I appreciate that you took time to write in your busy schedule. It means a lot to us. Thank you thank you 🙏 😊 Hopefully you can come back one day so that you can do yoga and I can show you the places we didn't have the time for this time. All the best, Hiromi
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lckaleyisley wrote a review Jul 2018
London, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Hiromi and Olivier have imbibed life into the family home in the lovely village of Nishiawakura-son. The village is nestled between the verdant mountains and the Sendei river. The house is beside a running stream. The siding panel doors allowed us to experience life in Japan in a traditional family home We were taken to visit a local potter, inventive woodworker, and we bathed in the local onsen. We visited local homes lovingly maintained and had a magical lunch in the forest feasting on all hand made local grown and gathered food. I would happily return and stay longer. It was the highlight of our trip.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Responded 8 Sept 2018
Thank you very much for coming again to stay with us despite the transport obstacles in and out...really sorry about that!! It was fairly a large group for us but still I felt connected to all of you...thank you for your openness and sharing your life with us. It was lovely to hear Jonathan playing the piano. Thank you for the kind review and hope to have you all back again one day... Hiromi and Olivier
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Sara T wrote a review Sept 2016
Portland, Oregon7 contributions1 helpful vote
My son and I spent four nights with the Charles family. Right away we felt at home in their traditional, yet modern, home in the small village of Nishiawakura. We ate delicious home-cooked meals, including freshly baked bread from the bakery they built next to their home. My son played with Hiromi and Olivier's sons and local children, while I took a yoga lesson and met and talked with people who stopped in to the bakery. We also had a fun excursion to the Tottori Sand Dunes and Museum for a unique view of the Japanese landscape. Next time, I hope to visit the local craftspeople and shops. We can't thank the Charles family enough for their hospitality and generosity. Stay here if you want an authentic and one-of-a-kind Japanese experience!
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Date of stay: June 2016
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Mark v wrote a review Oct 2015
Berlin, Germany6 contributions4 helpful votes
I spend 3 nights here which is a great break from the usual big cities tour, and to get a feeling about life in the Japanese countryside. Which is beautiful, great for walking/hiking, there is a good Onsen nearby, and a lovely town where you can get a good impression of live in the 'old' Japan (Ohara). The family is hospitable, helpful and easy going which makes the experience very special. There is a bakery too where they make it heir own bread. All in all highly recommendable.
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Date of stay: October 2015
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WorldtravelingClan wrote a review Jan 2015
Los Angeles, California17 contributions3 helpful votes
My family and I stayed here in August 2014. Despite being told by our travel agent in Los Angeles to go to other areas of Japan to experience the countryside, we decided to go nevertheless. The whole family LOVED this part of our trip. Our hosts were warm and very accomodating. Food was absolutely delicious. Kids even got hot chocolate-yummy! While we were there, we went to an onsen and a wood school. The kids played in a river and saw rare fireflies! We are so glad we made this detour in our trip because it was so memorable. Thank you very much!
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nokishita Toshokan B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Nokishita Toshokan B&B?
Nearby attractions include Oharajuku (2.9 miles), Musashi Shrine (4.7 miles), and Sanomo Shrine (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Nokishita Toshokan B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Nokishita Toshokan B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Nokishita Toshokan B&B?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nokishita Toshokan B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maruchu Sushi, Awakura Shun no Sato, and Michi No Eki Rest Center Awaku Land.
Is Nokishita Toshokan B&B located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the centre of Nishiawakura-son.
Are there any historical sites close to Nokishita Toshokan B&B?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hiraoke (4.6 miles), Grave of Miyamoto Musashi (4.7 miles), and Hayashi Family Residence (2.2 miles).