A type of Japanese traditional house, Kominka is probably an excellent place to absorb in an orient culture. Kominka is an older traditional style of Japanese homes, which would be seen in many places. They were once cherished by those who lived in them. Some have a straw roof top while others have an irori, a fire pit inside of the house. Most of them have a quaint interior and facilities and it still captivates and enchant us.It is rare to see and stay in these types of houses since they are no longer built for people to live in.
The beautiful kominka we offer are located in Yamanashi. Both of them were built in the late Edo period. Firstly, we have a rustic farmhouse kominka, NAKAYA where you can stay and experience some activities with a host. One of the highlight of the stay is interacting with the host. One of our guests left us a massage, mentioning the following, “His kind manner is nothing short of healing”. On the other hand, we have another kominka which has a unique name, Moshi-Moshi house. This house is spacious and beautifully organized and allowing you to enjoy relaxing with your friends or family. The host doesn’t stay over with you, however she will take you to an intriguing short tour in the village and teach you how to cook the local food as your dinner, also known us hoto. Our two kominka give you with wonderfully unforgettable experience. Take a look at the pages bellow.
Heart-warming stay in 150 year-old house with a friendly host
A thatched roof house with scenic views of fruit orchards and vineyards.
Here is Sam immersed in one of our many countryside experiences,
picking and drying persimmons(do you know it?)
One of the many highlights of Sam’s memories was the food we prepared as he recalls the “delecatable wafts of grilled meat and vegetables in the air”.
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What is Kominka? What is the difference between kominka and ryokan?
“Kominka (古民家)” means “the old house for people” in Japanese and are certain style of houses which were mostly built several decades ago. So it consists of natural materials such as wood, clay and plants. It often maintains facilities from the age that it was constructed, for instance, irori a fire pit, a thatched roof and stables, and of course, tatami mats and sliding doors.
“Ryokan(旅館)” means ” trip and accommodation”, in Japanese. They are actually a kind of accommodation, similar to hostels, which welcome guests to stay over. The buildings are in a traditional Japanese architectural style. They serve meals depending on ryokan, and have a lot of staff and most have hot springs. There are a lot of Ryokan in the famous sightseeing spots and also other areas in Japan.
So, two kominka we offer are completely different from ryokan.
At Moshimoshi house, once have you arrived, you can treat it as if it were your own place(please follow the rules ). The house is as spacious as some of the ryokans. You will have tranquil and cozy time. The host leaves the house after greeting and providing you with a short tour of the village and a lecture of how to make your traditional local cuisine, hoto. Then, you can enjoy the peace of a calm night with fresh air in the morning and you enjoy the beautiful view from the engawa.
Nakaya is more basic, and does not have hot springs, however the host will welcome you and treat you like one of their family members. It may be like a staying your relatives or grandparents home. Do you remember childhood memories of the smell of the fresh green grass. The feeling of the wind softly touching your bare feet and sunsets spreading across a huge sky, then going back home expecting the warmth of dinner. Even though Japan is far from your home, you might feel similar feelings during your stay here.