Nishi-no-ie is a traditional Japanese house which is located in Kakunodate. From this farmhouse, you can visit Lake Tazawa, the Nyuto hot spring and take a local train to visit different sightseeing landmarks close by. In this area, you can also pick mountain vegetables, chestnuts and persimmons.
The living room is very spacious and is full of sunshine. When we arrived at the house, the family welcomed us with Japanese tea and chestnuts from their garden.
I could tell that there were many family memories in this house. On the old pillar, I found a graffiti by small kids.
On the fusuma sliding door, there are many star-shaped paper patchworks to hide the holes kids made.
The diploma fixed on the wall.
In most of the old Japanese houses, there is a “kamidana”, which is a small shrine placed in the corner of the room. Every morning, the father changes the tea and meals as offerings, and the family members pray for their ancestors. I prayed to the kamidana for my ancestors with the family.
Akita’s farmhouses are famous for their high-quality services provided by the “oka-san” mother and “oto-san” father. During your stay at the farmhouse, you can enjoy the unique nature and landscape of Akita. You also have the opportunity to taste different kinds of local food. Relax and experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle. Each inn provides different kinds of accommodation. Try staying in the traditional Japanese tatami room!
For your Information :
Name of Farm House : Nishi-no-ie
Address : 34 Shimomura, Kokatsuda, Kakunodate-machi, Senboku-shi, Akita
Photograph and text by meguru hayata