Stay in a sake brewery in Japan
During Golden Week I stayed at a wonderful Airbnb place in Tokushima run by a really friendly lady called Ikuko. The accommodation is actually part of her house, a 150 year old sake brewery. Ikuko has converted the brewery into a French cafe serving delicious food. At the back of the cafe is her home, a traditional Japanese house complete with sliding paper doors and tatami mats.
Ikuko lets out one of her bedrooms on Airbnb. If you are visiting Shikoku, I highly recommend paying her a visit!
Kamiyama – a mountain town with a difference
The brewery is located in a small mountain town called Kamiyama in Tokushima. It’s a really interesting place because they have invested heavily in regeneration over the past few years. This has attracted a new generation of residents to a town whose population was once heavily in decline.
What to see
That’s not the only reason Kamiyama is worth a visit though. It’s also perfectly positioned for visiting Temple 12 of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage.
In addition to the nearby temples, the town also boasts a hot spring hotel and one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, Amagoi no Taki (雨乞の滝).
For more details about the town and visiting, you can read another article I recently wrote about Kamiyama!
Here are a few pictures I took of the accommodation. Have you stayed anywhere unusual in Japan? Let me know in the comments!