Operated by Tanaka Co., Ltd., Shōya no Sato Kominka Tanaka 庄屋の里 古民家たなか, is a luxury ryokan inn built on a 1,000 tsubo (nearly 4,000 sq. yd.) plot of land nestled in the idyllic countryside of Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture, and only available for exclusive rental by one party at a time.

While retaining the atmosphere of the former residence of the Seki family—the leader of which served as a retainer for the Toki Clan during the Sengoku (Warring States) period and as a regional headman during the Edo period—the house has been fully renovated in a modern style. In addition to the Japanese garden, there is a swimming pool, BBQ area, an open-air bath, and a campfire area on the lawn.

Renovation of the ancient former residence

The ancient former residence has been entirely renovated inside, leaving only its framework. The interior is furnished with beds and dining tables using only natural materials and is fully equipped with home appliances to accommodate long-term stays. Air conditioners and heaters with ventilation have also been installed in all rooms to provide comfort as well as protection from airborne viruses.

Indoor and outdoor baths are available

Kominka Tanaka uses water that has been pumped from an underground well and softened for use. It's great for your skin.

Outdoor pool, BBQ area, lawn with campfire area

In addition to an outdoor swimming pool with an automatic filtration and cleaning system, there's also a BBQ table with a sink permanently installed in the adjoining pavilion, which you can enjoy comfortably even on rainy days.

In the lawn, there is a campfire space hewn from Ōya stone, a kind of igneous rock, created from lava and ash, and famously used in the facing of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Here you can enjoy fireworks in the summer and campfires in the fall and winter.

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Shōya no Sato Kominka Tanaka

  • Address (JP):千葉県いすみ市岬町椎木1589
  • Address (EN): 1589 Shiigi, Misaki-cho, Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture 299-4501
  • Access by car: 30 minutes from Ichihara Tsurumai IC or Mobara Chonan IC (Approximate time: 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station)
  • Access by train: 8 min. walk from Taito Sta. 太東駅 on the Sotobo Line 外房線, 10 mins. by car from Kazusa-Ichinomiya Sta. 上総一ノ宮駅 on the Sotobo Line (Approximate time: 1 hour from Tokyo Station to Kazusa-Ichinomiya Sta.)
  • Private shuttle available to and from Kazusa-Ichinomiya Sta.
  • Rates: 100,000 ~ 140,000 JPY per night, plus tax, depending on season | Options: BBQ food plans (3,000 ~ 5,500 JPY / person) | Catering plans (6,000 ~ 15,000 JPY / person)
  • Parking: Available
  • Website (Japanese only)
  • Tel: 0470-62-6979

Shōya no Sato Kominka Tanaka is not only a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peaceful and idyllic country setting of Isumi, Chiba Prefecture, but the fact that you have the entire house to yourself also makes it the perfect choice for families and small groups of fully vaccinated people looking for a summer break.

By - Ben K.