"Slow down, relaxing beach town from the busyness of Tokyo yet lots to do and see!"
• Surfing beach w/ view of Mt. Fuji (2 min to beach)
• 10KM beach bicycle to Enoshima Island
• 20min Kamakura
• 30min Hakone Hot Springs
• 30min Yokohama
• 50min Tokyo
Easy communication w/ bilingual, Japanese-New Zealand & American couple.
Traditional Japanese tatami room looking over a Japanese Maple tree in garden.
• Free bicycles--cycle along beach to Enoshima Island.
• Free surfboards+bodyboards.
This is Your Home. Take off your shoes, pour a cup of tea, and relax.
Homey, traditional Japanese house. Get the feel of Japan with friends.
Wake up to the ambient daylight through Shoji paper doors.
Start your morning with a bowl of our homemade Vegan Organic Miso Soup with seasonable veggies. Or help yourself to a bowl of granola.
Feeling jet lagged?
Make yourself at home to plenty of coffee and tea to jump start your day.
Want to see all the sights? Here's a ready made itinerary :)
Lounge around with the cats or you might want to ask to be woken up for an early morning surf. You can use our surf and body boards and bikes freely. Yes, free of charge.
Take a leisurely cycle along the beach to Enoshima Island. Spend the day immersed in one of Japan's 7 "power spots" as you walk around shrines, eat white bait dishes, flattened squid crackers and get a sunset view of Mt. Fuji over the ocean.
Love Sake + craft beer?
Chigasaki craft beer and Nihonshu are famous, yet only made in small quantities. Get your hands on the Shonan label beer by Kumazawa Brewing or try a sampling at Mokichi Foods Garden restaurant.
Post-dinner Hot Spring:
Take a free shuttle bus from Chigasaki station to our hot spring. Bring a towel with you or rent one. No tattoos.
Picture yourself in "Slam Dunk" when you ride the Enoden Train Line from Fujisawa (3rd stations from Chigasaki towards Tokyo) . Get an all-day pass to take that shot, get off again at Hase to say hello to the Big Buddha, and Hase-Dera Temple. You can walk through the woods to ZenAriaBenTen to launder your money ;) washing your money brings you 10x more!
Then make your way to either:
A) Kita-Kamakura (JR line) for Enkakuji Temple Saturday 1PM Zazen meditation, Kenchoji temple, and Meigetsuin for hydrangeas.
B) Kamakura station area Hachimongu Shrine and depending on the flower season, you can choose from so many temples!
For dinner, try Shonan Yakitori (chicken) just around the corner from home.
hosts more than just the best hot springs in Japan! Take the JR train from Chigasaki going away from Tokyo direction to Odawara. Change the train to Hakoneyumoto there or get out of the station. You can check out the Odawara samurai castle before getting in the zigzag mountain climbing train to Hakoneyumoto.
You can find several hot springs (onsen) that allow tattoos at the information centre. Just ask them with showing your tattoos.
Hakone Open Air Museum where the sculptures moods change with the seasonal backdrop of mountains, see Picasso works rarely seen, and play in the labyrinth.
Sail on lake on the colorful ship while viewing Mt. Fuji. And take the cable car to Uwakudani to eat hot spring steamed eggs and live an extra 7 years for every egg you eat!
There's just so much more to write to see in Hakone!
For dinner, eat like a local with a Teishoku set meal of main dish, rice, pickled vegetables at Kano Shokudou near Chigasaki station.
Start early to make your own personalized Cup Noodle Ramen cups and custom ingredients. Very popular souvenirs and they are limited daily. Stroll around the Yokohama bay and the Sankeien traditional Japanese tea gardens featuring ponds, streaks and winding paths.
Shop at Minato Mirai, the red brick warehouse then grab a bite at Hard Rock Cafe or go underground in the shopping centers for lesser known but fantastic restaurants from Sushi to YakiNiku.
How is Japanese beer made?
Kirin Yokohama Beer factory gives brewery tours.
You learn the history of beer brewing and its production processes. Smart brewery students finish the tour with a tasting of freshly brewed beer.
What about Tokyo?
We commute to Tokyo for work. It's 55 minutes on just one direct train. ¥1000~ one way.
You can ride the train with Eugene to his work area: Roppongi Hills.
Check our Mori Hills and the variety of art exhibitions. Delicious vegetarian restaurants in there.
Rush across Shibuya Scramble--
the most people crossing in the world! Walk along to Harajuku for young fashion and Harajuku Koen Park for people watching.
The cheapest view in Tokyo is not Tokyo Tower or Sky Tree. It's the Shinjuku Metropolitan Building. Overlook Tokyo for FREE!
Akihabara for your anime, electronics and game needs. Rock down to electric avenue!
Just want to take things slowly?
Great! The beach is 2 minutes away. Rest, read, swim, surf, gaze at Mt. Fuji...
Explore local restaurants--Chigasaki has friendly locals dining!
Many of our homestay guests stay for 7-10 days just to slow down and live our local lifestyle.
We speak both Japanese and English at home. Request which language you prefer.
Staying with us a while? There are free daily Japanese lessons at our local culture center.
Our home is professionally cleaned before you check-in by Noda-San. She speaks some English and is very friendly :)
Adgang for gæster
• Downstairs bedroom
• Family/living room
• Laundry washer (hang dry)
• Car Park (1)
• Surf boards
Kontakt med gæster
Introvert or extrovert?
We connect with our guests. Of course, you have freedom to come and go in quiet solitude, as you please. I'm an ambivert (introvert and extrovert mix) and he's an introvert.
We are both fully bilingual and bi-cultural (Japanese-New Zealand-American) so you can ask every cultural question you want!
I often attend easy Zen meditation at the temple in Kamakura on Saturday 1PM. Wanna go?
Your schedule and our schedules vary, so use the kitchen freely!
We eat organic vegan miso soup for breakfast. You can join us. Because your schedule is free, you can pour yourself a bowl of granola anytime. Feel free to buy groceries and keep in the fridge if you'd like to cook your own meals.
Sometimes we have dinner together like Japanese Nabe hot pot soup in winter.
Tea or coffee?
Help yourselves to a variety of teas or a slow drip coffee. Let's have a chat at the Tea Table sitting on cushions in the family room overlooking the maple tree.
Surf check is 6AM. Morning is best to join us for a surf. Of course, you can go by yourself anytime (waves are better in the morning).
Free surfboards & bicycles.
Getting to the house?
I can meet you at the station or give you taxi directions if you are independent. It's a 2KM walk (18 min walk according to maps) from Chigasaki station or a ¥810 taxi ride.
Got Rolling suitcases?
Poor with maps?
One taxi ride on me!
We will pay you back for your first taxi ride from Chigasaki Station south exit (with receipt) ¥800.
Most days I'm available to get you settled and you can have freedom to come and go as you please with a key.
Andre ting, der er værd at bemærke
Never get lost :)
We will pay for your first taxi ride from Chigasaki Station south exit to our home (¥800) with receipt.
Japanese are sensitive to foreign voices. Please be quiet when walking around the neighborhood.
Kids over 2 years old count as extra guests.
1 Please be quiet walking around the neighborhood. Seriously. Japanese houses have thin walls.
2 No smoking inside or outside including garden and driveway.
Fra 1. november 2017 - 20. december 2017 er minimum for ophold 2 nætter.
From: Fukushima; moved to New Zealand at 16 years old; Traveled around the world as a river guide. 16 years abroad.
Sports: Karate, surfing, snowboarding, rugby
Character: zen peaceful & happy
Job: TEDx coach + voiceover for anime
From: USA; moved to Japan 20 years ago
Interests: surf, entrepreneurship, Zazen meditation on Saturdays in Kamakura
Quirky: cooks 3 meals a day in a rice-cooker.
Character: happy & positive