With scenic views of Mt. Muro, Mt. Takami, and the sea of rice fields below, the Sasayuri Ann is a lovely wooden villa built with traditional Japanese aesthetics such as a thatched roof and traditional pine flooring. Guests sleep on traditional futon bedding atop the loft’s tatami floor and have the option to lounge in a wooden bathtub. The villa also has a well-equipped kitchen with an electric cooking stove, dishwasher, coffee machine, rice cooker, and other amenities. The Yamato-ann, a second building that comes included with reservations, is fitted with a traditional tea room, another bathing space, and a productivity area. Check out the Homa Temple to experience the syncretism of Shintoism and Buddhism, or explore the nearby Fukano Village before returning to enjoy gourmet meals of sushi, local fare, or even barbecue and pizza. There is even a "Washoku" course meal that can be provided as prepared by a Michelin star-awarded chef. What really sets the Sasayuri Ann apart, however, is its superior level of service, which is overseen by Tetsuji Matsubayashi, who is happy to show guests around the area and ensure that their stay is second-to-none.
The Sasayuri Ann is located in a refurbished, 200-year-old thatched cottage nestled in the mountains and surrounded by rice paddies and sasayuri lilies. Able to house up to 10 guests, the traditional mountain villa merges classic Japanese style with high-end modern amenities. The expansive windows of the main room offer panoramic views of the rice fields below; this space is used for dining, living, and sleeping. An irori sunken fireplace in the center of the room is used for cooking traditional meals and gathering together for drinks. The main room includes an entry hall, bathing room, and a rest and study area is located on the second floor. There is a 400-liter cypress wood bath and another custom-built ceramic bathtub that offers views of the rice fields. The tireless staff is nearby and on-call at all times, ensuring that meals are promptly served and all matters are promptly sorted.
The attached second building, Yamato-ann, includes a fully stocked library, a productivity room with a television, Wi-Fi, and a meeting table, a traditional tatami tea room, and a second bathing room. There are also a number of tea ceremonies, countryside excursions, yoga practices, and other activities that can be arranged by staff. Of note is the helicopter tour, which provides guests with new bird’s-eye vantage points of the naturally beautiful area.
Guests can self-cater or have a variety of Japanese multi-course meals delivered. The staff are happy to come over and get the fireplace started, should guests elect to have food cooked at home, or guests can order a number of Japanese set meals, seasonal dishes, or even a number of "Washoku" course meals as prepared by a Michelin star-awarded chef. The stove itself is perfect for hot pot meals, and there is an on-site charcoal stove should guests fancy barbecue or pizza for dinner.