Guest Houses in Fukui
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Rediscovering Lost Japan: Tsumesho Mikuni and Mikuni En
- Mikuni was once a node on the Kitamaebune shipping route up to the rich but sparsely populated islands of Northern Japan, and the legacy of the wealth of that trade is preserved in the handsome townhouses and shops that are being repurposed by locals and entrepreneurs. Tsumesho Mikuni, built in a former pharmacy welcomes a limited number of guests to experience modern comfort in a traditional home. Perhaps the best way to introduce the guest house is with a few words about Alex Kerr, who was responsible, through his company, Chiiori Co. Ltd., in part, for this renovation. Kerr, an American, has been lamenting the loss of Japanese tradition and culture for decades now. Although he is not the sole progenitor of the movement to renovate townhouses and old shops, and preserve vernacular architecture—rather than exclusively castles and temples—he has become the most vocal supporter of that drive. Kerr and his company and associated non-profits have helped preserve hundreds of structures that likely would have been bulldozed or left to moulder—Tsumesho Mikuni is one such building. The guest house is divided into two separate and distinct accommodations, the first called Koun (行雲：Moving Clouds) and the second, Ryusui (流水：Rushing Water). Both poetically named spaces have their own particular attractions but are similarly equipped with modern appliances and a kitchen. The layout in both spaces in spacious, spread across the main building and the former pharmacy’s renovated storehouse. Both spaces have access to and views of the property’s gardens. Tsumesho Mikuni splits the difference perfectly between hoary traditional ryokan esthetic and slick modern hotel style. Only two groups can book the accommodations at a time, meaning that it’s often booked in the busiest months of the year. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Friendly Guest Houses in Fukui
- Staying in guest houses is one of the best ways for travelers on a budget to save money and see another side of the culture. Along with cozy accommodations, the service offered at a guest house is usually second to none. For the owners of guest houses, their livelihoods depend on excellent reviews from happy customers, so it’s no surprise that they often go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure their guests have an enjoyable experience. Lounge Taki Lounge Taki Lounge Taki is one of the most popular guest houses in Fukui City. With private rooms and communal living spaces and facilities, Lounge Taki has become a destination for travelers wanting to explore the area more affordably. The Japanese-style rooms come equipped with futons, a television, Wi-Fi, and various other creature comforts. The owner of the guest house also lives on the property, so it is essentially like staying in someone’s home. While this may sound uncomfortable, guests are beside themselves about the hospitable nature of this guest house and view it as one of the bonuses of staying here. Lounge Taki Most visitors to Lounge Taki mention the host’s kindness and generosity, with one guest recounting the story of how the owner drove him to Eiheiji Temple at 3am one morning. Lounge Taki includes brochures for local attractions and the host is also said to be helpful with arranging schedules and transportation for guests unfamiliar with the language. Its central location, just five minutes from Fukui Station, makes getting to local attractions in the city quick and painless. At only 3,500 yen per person, it’s an affordable place to stay and offers everything you might need to help you continue your travels. Sammie’s Sammie’s Another popular guest house in the area, just down the road from Lounge Taki, is Sammie’s. Sammie’s has established a reputation for its homey atmosphere and quirky aesthetic characteristics. It’s described by guests as an “art house”, and it’s easy to see why after entering. The work that’s gone into the interior design of Sammie’s is obviously a labor of love and it gives guests an insight into the owner. This guest house captures Japan’s more laidback hippie and maker subcultures. With free Wi-Fi and communal facilities, Sammie’s is a great place to relax and meet fellow travelers in a relaxing environment. Sammie’s There are several room options at Sammie’s. Male-only and female-only dormitory rooms are available for solo travelers who don’t mind sharing a room with strangers. These rooms run at 3,300 yen per night. They also have a private room that can accommodate up to 3 guests. The price of the private room varies depending on how many guests will be staying between 6,900 and 8,800 yen per night. The female dormitory comes equipped with bunk beds, and the other rooms have traditional Japanese futons available. Getting to Sammie’s is easy, as it’s also just a short walk from Fukui Station. Sammie’s ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Northeast of Kyoto, the ancient Tojinbo Cliffs separate Fukui prefecture from the Sea of Japan in a stretch of land well worth exploring. Water sports and seaside delicacies are available in abundance as the spectacular rugged coastline flattens down into beaches to the west of the prefecture, while inland, Fukui is home to Zen Buddhist temples and historic ruins.
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