7 Traditional Japanese Guesthouses that will Make Your Mouth Water
Also known as "kominka yado", these historical and charming inns have built up a reputation for traditional and indulgent local cuisine.
Yamagata > Nanyo
The signature dish here is freshly-made mochi, which is prepared from rice the proprietor cultivates. Every day, all-you-can-eat offerings of mochi are prepared in seven styles: with natto, in soup, with grated daikon, with mashed soybeans, with buckwheat flour, with red bean, and more.
Fukushima > Aizuwakamatsu
At this traditional Japanese home, enjoy local Aizu specialties char-grilled hearth-style, such as Aizu beef and free-range chicken. The gentle flames bring out the rich flavor of the food.
Gunma > Higashiagatsuma
Fresh eggs from our own farm, buckwheat noodles cut by an on-site noodle artisan, vegetables hand-picked in our gardens each morning, Joshu chicken, and more. Enjoy full course hearth-cooked food that is healthy for body and soul.
Ishikawa > Hakusan
Sit around the hearth and enjoy traditional mountain cuisine. The rice is cultivated using natural underground water, and there are intriguing offerings available only here, such as thick tofu so strong it resists crumbling even if tied up.
Saitama > Ogano
In addition to the vegetables and local ingredients cultivated on-site and used in this inn's hearth-grilled menu, the bar makes use of a converted wine cellar, and it is here that you can try homemade fruit liqueurs.
Gifu > Seki
Enjoy Hida Beef, Gifu's famed premium beef, and summer sweetfish raised in the fresh waters of the Okumino region. The well-kept secret is the fresh natural hot spring water here.
Kanagawa > Hakone
Pheasant is a favorite among female diners for its high amino acid content and low caloric index. It is one of this inn's finest dishes. The menu of sashimi, medicinal cooking, and wine and sake pairs exquisitely with pheasant.