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A Country Retreat in the Beautiful South of Japan

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2 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 shared bathroom
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Nozato Retreat House lies in the picturesque far south of Japan, a region virtually unknown even among Japanese. Local people remain focused on agriculture, especially sweet potatoes, fishing, and livestock. There’s little tourism here. That makes the region an ideal destination for travelers who want quality time in a non-crowded setting. For people from abroad, it’s a place to experience authentic Japan and enjoy unspoiled natural landscapes, cultural heritage, and good food.

The space
The House

Nazato Retreat House is the former home of a company president. It has two guest rooms, two common rooms, a dining room, and one for the host. As happens in the Japanese way of life in general, the bathroom and toilet are shared by all, including the host.

Concerning guest accommodations, we have one single room with a western-style bed and a twin room with two Japanese-style futon sets on traditional tatami mats. The house has a beautiful private Japanese garden with a pavilion where you can relax, have tea or coffee, read, or listen to the sounds of the surrounding nature. Your room comes with a free western-style breakfast. And there’s free Wi-Fi.

Regarding our cleaning policy, we very much appreciate your understanding in advance that we do not clean sheets and towels on a daily basis due to concerns for the environment unless it's necessary or on request. Needless to say, rooms will be thoroughly cleaned after each guest's departure.

The Region

Our region is called Ohsumi, which literally means "A Big Corner" in Japanese. It's known as the birthplace of Japan’s legendary first emperor, Jimmu, whose parents are said to be buried at Aira Imperial Tomb, which is a short drive away from the house.

As the region was ruled by several Samurai clans for centuries, you can see remnants of those times such as old wooden Samurai houses with distinctive gates.

You’ll find lots of natural wonders as well, including beaches, big and small waterfalls, wooded hills, and two volcanoes, the active Mt. Sakurajima and the dormant Mt. Kaimon. The good news is that wherever you go, you'll rarely see other tourists, so you'll enjoy the view all for yourself most of the time.

As an important additional information at the time of coronavirus, we are pleased to say that our region is probably one of the safest virus-free places on earth because there has been no cases of infection and virus-related death since the outbreak.

Because there's so much to see and experience in the region, we'd recommend you stay at least 3, 4 days or longer. After spending rather hectic days in other tourist destinations like Tokyo and Kyoto, you'll definitely enjoy restful days in this Big Corner!

Activities

During your stay, we can arrange outings to introduce you to various scenic spots, local traditions, and way of life. You can join a Japanese traditional paper-making session if you wish—you’ll feel enchanted by the special texture of Washi paper and its magical effect on your soul.

You might participate in a "Jigenryu" practice, a unique form of swordsmanship that was developed locally. Every October, there’s a big Samurai festival featuring horseback archery.

Even meditation can be arranged at a local Zen temple if you come at the right time. And you can help out with farming activities with your host, who has a small farm near the house.

If sports are your thing, the surrounding areas are well-suited for running, biking, hiking, swimming, and more. We can rent you a mountain bike.

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Hotels and Inns Business Act | 鹿児島県鹿屋保健所 | 指令鹿屋保第41号の12
Nozato Retreat House lies in the picturesque far south of Japan, a region virtually unknown even among Japanese. Local people remain focused on agriculture, especially sweet potatoes, fishing, and livestock. There’s little tourism here. That makes the region an ideal destination for travelers who want quality time in a non-crowded setting. For people from abroad, it’s a place to experience authentic Japan and enjoy u…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 single bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Indoor fireplace
Breakfast
Dedicated workspace
Hair dryer
Hangers
Heating
Air conditioning
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Location

Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan

There are two beaches within walking distance, where you can enjoy swimming and catch a magnificent sunset view.

There’s a park on a hill that is well-known for its spectacular view of Kagoshima Bay and Mt. Sakurajima and Mt. Kaimon.

You can also visit Kamikawa Waterfall, Cape Sata, Hetsuka Beach, and spiritual energy sites such as the 1,300-year-old giant camphor tree in Tsukazaki, ancient burial mounds, and old shrines.

Restaurants and coffee shops are a bit far for walking, so we recommend that you ride a bicycle. Or your host can drive you on request. In town, you’ll find Japanese, Chinese, Western, and other ethnic food, plus shops and coffee places.
There are two beaches within walking distance, where you can enjoy swimming and catch a magnificent sunset view.

There’s a park on a hill that is well-known for its spectacular view of Kagoshima Bay…

Hosted by Osamu

Joined in April 2015
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Greetings from the beautiful south of Japan! After having lived and worked in the U.S., U.K., and China for more than ten years, I decided to come back to my hometown with an important mission: to take care of my ailing mother. While trying to be a good son to her, another mission hit me—to help revitalize our local communities by promoting tourism. To be honest, when I was growing up in this mostly agrarian region, I didn't think it was particularly beautiful or special. And that is exactly what most of our local people still feel. They have long failed to see tourism potential. They have taken everything for granted for centuries and cannot see the region from a new perspective. But thanks to my time in different parts of the world, I’ve been able to see our region in a different light. To me, our landscapes, indigenous culture and traditions, and fresh, locally grown quality food all seem to have potential appeal to travelers. Not having been a major tourist destination in the past means that our nature and lifestyle have not been spoiled or undermined by an influx of visitors. So, Nozato Retreat House is a small step forward to proving that our region can indeed attract people from around the world who are seeking a non-touristy destination with difference and authenticity. I've found this region to be an ideal place to practice a LOHAS way of life by keeping close to nature, eating healthy food, and drinking pure natural water from the mountains. To eat truly well, you have to grow your own food, which can easily be done in a place like ours. While staying here, you’ll be served fresh greens from the vegetable field near the house. And the water you'll drink is 100% natural water from the mountains. At many places where you’ll go, there will be very few other people. Without distraction, you’ll feel embraced by the magical power of mother nature and experience her healing effect on both your body and soul. So, please come visit our region. I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that in such a remote and hitherto-unknown place like ours lies a little paradise for people who want to live in harmony with nature. In terms of language, I can handle Japanese, English, and conversational French and Chinese.
Greetings from the beautiful south of Japan! After having lived and worked in the U.S., U.K., and China for more than ten years, I decided to come back to my hometown with an impor…
During your stay
Since I live in the house, I will basically be available 24 hours a day unless I'm out conducting workshops or excursion trips. So, whatever needs or requests you may have will be taken care of immediately.
  • Policy number: Hotels and Inns Business Act | 鹿児島県鹿屋保健所 | 指令鹿屋保第41号の12
  • Languages: English, 日本語
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Check-in: 14:00 - 23:00
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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