Published On: Thu, Nov 13th, 2014

Natural and Traditional Experience when Staying at Minshuku

Minshuku Koemon, Shirakawago

Minshuku Koemon, Shirakawago

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Minshuku is another type of lodging that will enrich your experience when traveling around Japan. Just like Ryokan, you can feel the traditional feel and atmosphere of traditional Japanese lodging that is filled with peace and serenity. Unlike Ryokan that comes in various sizes – and sometimes run in bigger operation like the hotels – this lodging is relatively small to preserve the traditional feel. Be sure to stay in one in case you are visiting Japan.

 

Understanding Minshuku

As it was mentioned before, Minshuku is a traditional Japanese bed and breakfast lodging, which is generally run and operated on family business basis. Not only you will experience the traditional Japanese atmosphere, you can also meet other local families; allowing you better access and understanding of Japanese lifestyle and culture. The most popular spots for Minshukus lodging are Gokayama and Shirakawa-go, where traditional houses and historical sites are still majorly intact.

 

Shimizu Minshuku

Shimizu Minshuku

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Minshuku vs Ryokan

Most people think that Minshuku and Ryokan are the same, but they are very different in implementation and operation. Most Ryokans are located around hot springs, while Minshukus are located near tourist areas, such as mountain resorts, ski resorts, and also hot springs. It is also possible to find such bed and breakfast lodgings in small countryside towns and cities, or any towns close to the sea. As long as there are tourists attractions or objects, you can find the lodging there. The price for staying in Minshuku is generally lower than Ryokan; you need to spend around ¥5000 to ¥10,000 per night. The regulations are less strict than Ryokans, so you can relax. You can get dinner and breakfast in Minshuku, although some may only provide breakfast with other meals. You will be provided with standard facilities of a heater, a small table, small TV, towels, and tea set. But you can feel the traditional Japanese feel with futon bed and tatami.

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Room Arrangement

Futon bed is generally used for sleeping, and you need to know the arrangement for using one. on daytime, the bed is generally stored within a closet (provided inside the room) and you need to get it out when you want to use it for sleeping. Most rooms in Japan are quite small and limited, so this kind of arrangement is considered the most suitable. Arranging the futon isn’t difficult as it looks like a regular thin mattress, which means that it isn’t heavy or bulky.

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Entertainments

If you are into historical sites or you want to enjoy the traditional feel of Japan, staying in Minshuku is definitely the best option. You can also enjoy the onsen or the hot bath that is usually provided in the lodging. Keep in mind, though, that you need to share toilets and bathrooms with other guests. There is no room delivery service as breakfast and dinner are served in the common and regular dining room. There are lots of travel agents that are ready to provide assistance and guidance for you to reserve for minshuku staying, if you are interested.

 

 

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