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Only 30 minutes from Usuki Station, there is a farm-staying accommodation that you can fully feel Japanese lifestyle in the countryside. If you like green tourism in Japan, this stay on the farm in Usuki is not to be missed!
The hosts of this farm, near Usuki
Just three years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Adachi just opened their doors to welcome tourists to their homes and allow them to stay in. Living with their son and Mr. Adachi’s mother.
The host is Mr. and Mrs. Adachi working on the farm. They plant vegetables and fruits by themselves, and they do not use pesticides.
At this traditional house, it is better to know some Japanese words in order to communicate with your hosts. But in this case, Google Translation will be your best friend which helps you have a conversation with under any circumstances, so you can spend a pleasant day and night.
Habits and Customs
Nowadays where modernity takes all the place, it is good to know some habits and customs in the house.
In this regard, you will have to put your shoes in the genkan, the entrances of all Japanese houses, just before the small walk. You will also need to arrange them in the direction of departure, as shown in the photo below.
Since this is a traditional house, you will find sliding doors and tatami mats. You should not walk with your shoes, just walk barefoot or with your socks.
The house, the room and meals
Accommodation is available up to 20 people, you will experience a typical Japanese house. The room is really big and has air conditioning. There is futon, a traditional Japanese bed, that you will sleep on. I have slept on one of them for several months and it’s a real pleasure.
Notes: the toothbrush, razor, comb and towels are provided. Please bring other amenities by yourself.
The house has many Buddhist ornaments in the purest Japanese style.
For my request, they prepared for vegetarian meal. But if you hope, they serve meat and fish of course. Everything is cooked by Mrs. Adachi. A real feast! We feel the true taste of seasonal products. In the conversation with them, I tell them that I really like Umeshu, an alcoholic drink made from ume, Japanese plum. Then Mr. Adachi makes me taste the umeshu which he makes by himself. One word: pure delight.
Here are the course meals prepared with their own products.
Be careful though, it is very rare to have a sweet breakfast in Japan.
A cafe in the center of Japanese countryside
In the early morning, my host offered us to see his garden. Walking ahead, I found a table and benches waiting for us. He invited me to drink coffee with a beautiful view of Japanese countryside. Such a beautiful start of the day! We talked about many different subjects while leaving silence sometimes. The sound of the birds and the wind were there to fill this beautiful silence at times.
Before leaving, we had a walk together in the surrounding countryside. A beautiful landscape! Land as far as eyes can see, there are plantations everywhere. Japanese countryside is splendid.
In short, you will be welcomed by the adorable family. You can spend a real moment of joy and good mood while eating quality products that respect the earth. If you are looking for authenticity and calm in the center of Japanese countryside, off the beaten track and this stay on the farm in Usuki will perfectly meet your expectations without doubt.
If you want to learn more, please visit web site (in Japanese).