When not booked for overnight stays, Isoyama-tei opens as a café offering matcha and Japanese desserts in the atmospheric setting of a traditional Japanese home.
Itako Iris Gardens
Itako Iris Gardens are just 5 minutes' walk from Isoyama-tei. These elegant gardens are home to more than 1,000,000 iris plants of 500 different varieties. The gardens are at their best from mid-June onwards, and the Itako Iris Festival takes place between late May and late June every year.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for and immerse yourself in nature with a stay in one of Ibaraki's guesthouses. Located just one hour's drive or less than two hours by train from Tokyo, Ibaraki is the perfect place to experience a different side to Japan.
Isoyamatei Guesthouse is just 7 minutes’ walk from Itako Iris Gardens and JR Itako Station, and 70 minutes by highway bus from Tokyo Station. The whole property is included in your stay meaning there’s no sharing with other guests.
Originally built 120 years ago and renovated into a guesthouse, the house belonged to one of the old families of the Suigo Itako area and is the perfect place to experience how a well-off Japanese family would have lived. Lattice windows, paper lanterns and classic furniture lends the whole property a historic atmosphere. The house is fully equipped with a fridge and kitchen, ideal if you’d like to make the most of the local ingredients on sale nearby.
When the property is not booked as a guesthouse, it opens as a cafe serving matcha and traditional Japanese sweets, the perfect match for the historical setting.