• Hoshizora-no-Yado


  • Sleeping room, 3.5 tatami

    Sleeping room, 3.5 tatami

  • Sleeping room, 4.5 tatami

    Sleeping room, 4.5 tatami

  • Guestrooms


  • Interior


  • Beams of interior

    Beams of interior

  • Entrance


  • Interior


  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • View from clearing near house

    View from clearing near house

  • Washing area

    Washing area

  • Washing area

    Washing area

  • Bath


  • Toilet


  • Ume trees in full bloom

    Ume trees in full bloom

  • View from house

    View from house

  • Location



Lovely Log House

Hoshizora-no-Yado is a homestay in the west-end of the Takahara settlement along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. 

This beautiful log house was custom made for Mr. Nishiyama who personally spent 1.5 years searching for the best timber.  He wants to share his personal retreat with visitors from around the world; meeting new people is his motivation for starting this homestay business.  The open-style architecture showcases the giant rafters.  There is a sitting area, elevated tatami room, and kitchen. The toilet and wooden bath are in an attached building. 

Surrounding the house is an ume orchard and just above the house is a clearing with beautiful views. 

Meals are made and served in the house.  2 rooms, 4 people maximum.  Guestrooms are smaller partitions in the main living room with sliding paper doors with no locks.

◆ IMPORTANT NOTICE ◆ Sorry, closed until June 30, 2020.

Full Name



Takahara, Nakahechi




1154-7 Takahara, Nakahechi-cho, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, 646-1416
〒646-1416 和歌山県田辺市中辺路町高原1154-7

Map Code 

615 723 704*43


15:00 - 18:00


by 10:00

Rating & Reviews


Reception & Service

 Price Plan(s)


  • Supper, Breakfast and Lunch box
    13,500 yen~


  • Supper & Breakfast
    13,200 yen~


Western Style No
Japanese Style Yes
Mixed Style No
Other Style No
Number of Rooms 2
Maximum Guests 4
2 small Japanese rooms with sliding paper door partitions in main room.  No locks on sliding doors.

Limited privacy as this is a homestay style accommodation.

Building is non-smoking. Please smoke outside.
  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Microwave
  • Desk
  • Shampoo
  • Hair conditioner
  • Body-wash
  • Soap
  • Hair drier
  • Face towel
  • Bath towel
  • Yukata Japanese bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Coffee

Guestrooms in main room

4.5 tatami room

3 tatami mat room


Shared Indoor Yes
Shared Outdoor No
Shared Sauna No
Privately Reserved No
Ensuite Indoor No
Ensuite Outdoor No
Wooden bath tub with view of mountains.
Shared with other guests but can be used privately.
How to take a Japanese bath
Please take turns with other guests.


Meals prepared and served in house from 18:30~20:30 (Japanese style)
Meals prepared and served in house from 7:00~9:00 (Japanese style)

● If you arrive by 17:00 the owner can drive guests to a nearby grocery store to buy food.

● Meals are prepared and served in the house.

※ Yoshizora-no-Yado is not able to accommodate Type B, C, D, and E vegetarian.
※ Also vegetarian meals may not be available during busy times.
※ All guests in group may be served the same meal if vegetarian requests are made.

Vegetarian Meals

 : Included  : Not Included

  • : Meat
  • : Fish & Seafood
  • : Eggs
  • : Dairy Products
  • : Katsuo Dashi (fish stock)
Type A
Type B
Type C
Type D
Type E

Vegetarianism is not common in the Japanese countryside. Please double-check the Vegetarian Type which the service provider can accommodate to make sure that it meets your needs. Often being able to eat trace amounts of the ubiquitous Katsuo Dashi (fish stock) makes it easier to find options.

More Information

NOTE: It is difficult and not culturally sensitive to change meal requests, or make new meal demands, onsite when you arrive at accommodations. Vegetarian types must be confirmed during the reservation process and respected during your visit.

 Facilities & Services

  • Wired LAN (Guestroom)
  • Credit Card
  • Not accepted
  • Traveler's Cheques
  • Not accepted
  • Language
    Japanese only.
    ● Free WIFI
    ● Washing & drying machine: free detergent
    ● Irori hearth on balcony.

    Full Kitchen Facilities:
    Stove not available for use.
    Refrigerator Microwave Toaster Dishes and utensils Etc.


    Access Information
    The accommodation is in Takahara settlement. There is no bus service directly to the settlement.

    The nearest bus stop is in Kurisugawa.

    Busses run daily to Kurisugawa from Kii-Tanabe Station and Hongu.
    ● ~40 minutes by bus from Kii-Tanabe Station to Kurisugawa (bus timetable 1).
    ● ~1 hour 10 minutes by bus from Hongu to Kurisugawa (bus timetable 2).
    ● ~30 minute walk from "Kurisugawa 栗栖川" bus stop.
    ● ~2 hour walk from Takijiri-oji on the Kumano Kodo.
    Shuttle Service
    Not available.
    Up to 3 vehicles, free parking.