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Izumiya: Local Guest House & Accommodation in Uki, Kumamoto
【熊本県】宇城市小川町|ノスタルジー満載なゲストハウス & ホステル

2022.12.20

小川町

Even though Japan is famous for its technological inventions and unique ideas, you might not know that its nostalgic vibes are getting popular among the young. In contrast to modernized stuff, some people have a preference for the 'showa period (1926 - 1989)' in Japan. So is the owner of the hostel.

Shōwa era (wikipedia)

The key phrase would be 'enjoy the comfortable inconvenience.' The owner has successfully combined two elements in one place through her experience and preference. You might notice the nostalgic vibes of the showa period meet the modern things.

I, personally, have been to some countries. Meeting local people was always a good experience and made trips special. Visiting famous spots was often secondary.

Owner
If you are not fluent in Japanese, don't worry. Yumi can always give you a hand when needed. She has visited more than 30 countries, confidently conversing with people from different backgrounds. Not only is she the accommodation's owner, but she also is a translator (English to Japanese). So, you could pick up some useful Japanese phrases during your stay.

LOVE: DIY / Traveling / Music / Visiting vintage, antique, and second-hand shops
HATE: Getting up early / Slow Internet

Rooms
There is a kitchen and a communal area on the 1st floor. On the 2nd floor, there are four futons. Beds? No way. It would be a waste not to experience a futon when you visit Japan. For those unfamiliar with futons, here are some interesting facts about it.

Futon (wikipedia)

Important Tips
▸ Currently 3 rooms are available (recommended to ask the owner in advance)
▸ Free Options: Kitchen, Manga, Screen projector, BBQ set, Local Guide
▸ House Rules:
- Please respect the communal space in the premise (e.g. Don't unpack your luggage in the communal place but your own room after checking-in)
- In Uki city, there is a strict rule about disposing of trash. You are always required to separate them (combustible waste, plastic, paper, bin or etc.).

Price
▸¥3,000 per night (payment required prior to your arrival)
▸ Paypay / VISA / Master / Cash
Airbnb

Promotion
If you'd like to stay longer, these promotions are available at the moment.
▸1 week ¥15,000
▸1 month ¥45,000

Contact
Official Website
Instagram

Author
▸ Tom (Local Guide / Director of a private English School - Ichi Juku)
Official Website
Instagram

日本語
【1階】部屋の紹介
▸ 共用スペース(こちらでキャリーバッグの荷ほどきは出来ません)
▸ キッチン
▸ トイレ
▸ 浴室

【2階】部屋の紹介
▸ 共用スペース
▸ 3室(シングル・ツイン)

【宿泊価格】
▸ 1泊:¥3,000
▸ 決済方法:Paypay / VISA / Master / Cash

【長期連泊プロモーション】
▸ 1週間:¥15,000
▸ 1か月:¥45,000

【オーナーからの一言】
学生の頃から旅が好きで、旅先での出会いや受けた親切から、もてなす側に興味を持つようになりました。訪れた人と地域の人が繋がる場所を提供していきたいです。宿泊された方には、熊本や小川を感じてほしいです。まだまだ日本ではホテルと民宿の中間のようなゲストハウスという「素泊まり」の形がメジャーではないですが、町へ出て地域の人との繋がりや出会いを楽しんでもらえたらなと思っています。

【備考】
ゴミの分別にご協力ください(宇城市のごみ分別について

【ライター】

ウェブサイト
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小川のホステル イズミヤ

住所:宇城市宇城市小川町小川16
SNS / 問い合わせ:
IZUMIYA 公式HP
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ACCESS MAP

It is situated next to the shrine.

Taken at the entrance. You may find heaps of vintage stuff.

The communal space on the 1st floor.

The communal space on the 2nd floor.

Owner: Yumi

Feel free to use the kitchen. I feel the showa vibes here!

In Japan, the toilet and the shower & tub are separated in most cases. This is for your new experience. You may wonder why there are some buttons.

Flyers are available in both English and Japanese. There is a local map inside of it.