Nature and culture: enjoy an experience deep in the heart of rural Japan. With this cultural and spiritual immersion in unique Japanese surroundings, enjoy stunning panoramic sunrise views.

Exquisite thatched-roof country lodge stay

3 days

Exquisite thatched-roof country lodge stay

Sightseeing around the villa, cultural experiences and optional walking or biking trails



  • Two nights at a traditional thatched-roof Japanese villa
  • Profound and wonderful cultural experiences
  • Stunning panoramic sunrise views
  • Beautiful rural surroundings
  • Complimentary bicycle use
  • Peaceful atmosphere and lovely architecture

In the north-east of Nara prefecture, Fukano was designated as "One of the Japan's best 100 mountain villages". With just 36 households, the village community is promoting the conservation of unspoilt landscape in the Japanese countryside. The traditional thatched-roof villa forms part of the traditional landscape of agricultural villages and farmhouses.

The villa's owner is also a Yamabushi ascetic monk. After many years of city life, Matsubayashi-san decided to return to his childhood surroundings in the Japanese countryside. He bought an old house and decided to restore it with meticulous detail. He now welcomes guests and takes pride in the beauty of his villa's traditional architecture as well as the wonderful natural surroundings. Matsubayashi-san wants his villa and his village to preserve both physical beauty and cultural traditions. With this in mind, he offers his guests the opportunity to experience various aspects of traditional culture. Depending on availability, complimentary lessons on the bamboo flute, Horagai (conch shell trumpet) and Japanese drum; as well as sessions of yoga and Zen meditation are all possible.

Energetic guests can explore the lovely area around the villa by bicycle or on foot. The well-known Akame Forty-Eight Waterfalls, where Ninja warriors used to train, are all a short drive away.

This experience is an Add-on package.


Itinerary Map
Day 1 - Travel to Fukano

Travel by train to Akame. The Villa's owner will collect you at Akame station and drive you to the village of Fukano, where the inn is located.

Spend your first day exploring the area or relaxing and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the villa.

Accommodation: Gassho-zukuri thached-roof house

Day 2 - Experiencing the lifestyle

Today, you can borrow bicycles to explore the area. Choose from the available cultural experiences - lessons on the bamboo flute, Horagai (conch shell trumpet) lesson or Japanese drum, or perhaps try a yoga or Zen meditation session.

Visit the nearby Akame Forty-Eight Waterfalls and catch the echos of Ninja warriors who trained here in the past.

Accommodation: Gassho-zukuri thached-roof house
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Depart from Fukano

Today, you can admire the light of another sunrise on the surrounding mountains. After breakfast, you head onwards by train to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast


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