A little while back I made the journey down to Iya Valley, in the heart of mountainous Shikoku, to visit Alex Kerr’s wonderful Chiiori Trust project. As readers of Kerr’s “Lost Japan” will know, Kerr owns a beautiful restored farmhouse there called Chiiori.
His Chiiori Trust organization has recently expanded and now operates three other restored farmhouses in the nearby hamlet of Ochiai. All of the houses are available for overnight rental.
They’ve been beautifully restored and modern conveniences have been added to insure that you’ll be totally comfortable. To inquire about booking a stay, visit the Chiiori Trust website.
Here’s a picture of the Fushou house in Ochiai:
Here’s a picture of the view from the living room of the Fushou house:
Here’s a shot of the interior of the Fushou house:
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- A prepaid Icoca card makes travelling around Kyoto easy - here's how.
- Get travel insurance for Japan - we recommend World Nomads (and here's why)