This cosy little Japanese style inn is full of history and a real treat for anyone interested in Japanese culture. This family has been living on this plot of land for at least 15 generations. Currently 3 generations live here together and run the inn together with a relaxed family atmosphere. As well as a comfy Japanese style room the price also includes a full Japanese style breakfast and dinner as well as a hot tub which is water taken from the mountain stream behind the inn and heated up.
This inn lies on the "Saba kaido" or mackerel road, a famous route which used to connect Kyoto and other inland cities with various fishing villages on the Japanese sea to the north. Without roads and with several mountains in their path the fish carriers would strap a heavy load of mackerel on their backs (wrapped to stay cool and fresh) and set off at a jog to cover they 70 kilometres to Kyoto city in one day.
After a night in Kyoto they would often stay at Kigusuriya on their slower (no doubt nursing sore legs) more relaxed return trip to the coast.
Surrounding area and access
Kigusuriya is located in the Tsurugaoka region of Miyama (north west region) and is part of a small but friendly village. During your stay you can take walks around the village. Suwa shrine dating back some 1300 years and the elementary school made from wood using locally grown trees are the highlights of the village.
Car is by far the easiest way to come here, but if you stay at Kigusuriya they will provide a complimentary shuttle from the nearest mainline train station (Sonobe) to the inn (50 minute drive). Although its out of the way and takes time to get there Kigusuriya offers a unique experience to its visitors.
Kigusuriya front view
Kigusuriya Evening meal