Takyo Abeke

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, ShimaneIf you want to see old rural Japan during your vacation, a trip to Iwami Ginzan, a UN World Heritage site, and its environs is perfect. Staying at a traditional inn, or ryokan, is not as cheap as staying at a hotel chain, but you should budget to stay at least one night to enjoy the experience. Takyo Abeke in Iwami Ginzan is a guesthouse restored from a 240-year old samurai house. It was built at the end of 1780s. There are only three rooms, so make a reservation early on their website or by phone. We stayed in the "Youma" which is a Western-style room with beds, shown below.

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, ShimaneIn winter, this room has a kotatsu, a traditional heating system in Japan: a table and heater combined as one piece of furniture. The kotatsu is a typical feature in Japanese homes in winter, so this is nice chance to experience sitting around the kotatsu with the quilt over your legs, chatting and enjoying some tea or reading. 

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, ShimaneIwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, ShimaneIt's a very relaxing space with comfy chairs. 

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, ShimaneYou can see the courtyard from the passageway. We also enjoyed the wintery landscape from our cosy room.

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, Shimane

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, ShimaneAll the meals at Takyo Abeke are made with local ingredients. For example, Shijimi  or freshwater clams are caught in nearby Lake Zinzai. Even the jam is homemade. Milk, honey and butter are all produced in Shimane. The meals are Japanese-home style and you eat with all your fellow guests in a big dining room. When we went, there were three other women from Tokyo and we chatted with them over dinner. At Takyo Abeke, you can experience Japanese traditional living. There are also many explanations of English in the inn, and they sometimes have an English speaker on hand to help.

Iwami Ginzan, Ohda, Iwami, Shimane

 

Takyo Abeke  他郷阿部家

Adress: Ha159-1,Ohmoricho,Ohdashi,Shimane

Tel / Fax +81-854-89-0022

Website: http://www.takyo-abeke.jp/english/

*You must reserve in advance

Charge \ 24,000 each (before tax) for dinner, bed, and breakfast

Payment: Cash only

Group discounts for 9 or more people: \ 18,000 each (before tax) for dinner, bed, and breakfast

 

 

 

Written by Minami

 

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