We checked into the Akane-yado Farmstay after a long drive from Asahidake. The drive there was very scenic, passing through Biei and Furano.
Akane-yado is located within a vast area of farmlands of all kinds of crops, mainly grains, particularly rice. The usual way of navigating through GPS which is based on the reference of the destination's telephone was not very useful. It was later that we found out that the Akane-yoda has a 'Mapcode'. It will be best to obtain the map-code if you are driving there. However it was serendipity when we got lost there. While asking for directions, we drove through rolling plains of many shades of green-fields at various stages of maturity. Some were just ploughed, others had seedlings and yet some were bearing grains. It was a treat, getting lost in the area of minor roads.
It is a very cosy and comfortable stay at the property. We arrived and were quickly checked-in and given the tour of the facility and the house-rules. The living lounge was a very comfortable place for all the guests to mingle with jazz and new-age music in the background. The music was a very nice touch, we felt. The other guest-accessible areas are the dining room, the indoor patio and the outdoor deck just outside the house. The beverages are provided in the pantry area and some premium beverages and alcoholic drinks in the fridge and bar are chargeable. The rule is to register your consumption as you help yourself. Trust is the word. We find that very prevalent all across Hokkaido.
We arranged for our dinner and breakfast to be caters and we found both meals to be very well thought of and delicious.
We have stayed in many home-stays and we find this to be one of the best managed and clean. Bath and toilet facilities are shared commons. The rooms are basic but comfortable and very clean. When the rules are observed by all guests, the stay is made so comfortable and pleasant. Especially in the farm environment. Do observe the rules about venturing into farmlands and properties belonging to the farmers. They are making a livelihood and it is important not to disrupt their work. Also, it is not polite to step into their farms without proper preparation. We may introduce parasites and organisms that may not be good for the plants. The Japanese take their farming very seriously. Same with the agricultural economies like Australia and New Zealand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We strongly recommend Akane-yado Country Inn because the owner, Mr Joe-san is a very kind soul. The sunset and starry night views from the patio were fantasic and both the dinner and breakfast cooked by Mr and his wife, were very delicious and nice. The hightlight of our stay was the episode of a good nature and kind soul of Mr Joe-san had protray, and he had become our Saviour and Hero.My husband, not knowingly had dropped his passport at Naka Furano Station while waiting for pick up by Joe-san to his country inn. We stayed on 19th June 2011 for 1 night which was the 3rd Day of our 14 Days Free & Easy Trip in Japan. The next morning on checked out, Mr Joe-san sent us out to Farm Tomita. In the farm, my husband realised that he had lost his passport with the 14 Days JR Pass in it. We called Mr. Joe-san and he came to the Tomita farm in within 10 mins and drove us to Naka Furano Station to search for the passport but to no avail. He then drove us to the police station and became our interpretator to communicate with the police. The police found the passport with the JR Pass still in tact. We were very grateful to Mr Joe-san and we are still grateful to him. He had taken an extra mile in his service to extend his valuable help to us when we were so lost then, and he had saved our Japan holidays as we still had 11 days to travel. Without his help to find the passport, our holidays would be ruin and cut short. We sincerely expressed our heartfelt gratitude and wish to say: "Thank You Very Much, Mr Joe-san" Everything is beautiful when there are such nice people around us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Guesthouse Akane-Yado Hokkaido, Japan - Nakafurano-Cho