Stay in a Kominka (traditional Japanese style house) in Kawagoe, where the scenery of the Edo Era remains. “Kominka Ebisuya”
Kominka Ebisuya is a private home rental.
Ebisuya is located in an incredibly good area, just a 7 minute walk from Kawagoe’s main tourist spot, such as Time Bell Tower and the historical Edo Era townscape.
■About its History
Built about 130 years ago, this house has been designated as a historical building in Kawagoe City.
In the past, this building was used as a rice shop. On the first floor, equipment from that time remains.
■About its Location
Ebisuya is located near Penny Candy Alley, part of Kawagoe’s main tourist area, Edo Era townscape and Time Bell Tower. Many tourists from all over the world come to visit Kawagoe’s tourist spots. One of Kawagoe’s charms is that it is a place where tourism is mixed together with people’s everyday lives. During the day, the town is overflowing with tourists, but early in the morning and evening many townspeople come and go, leaving you with a sense of what local life is like. At night, the town is lit up showing a different atmosphere than the one during the day.
What’s even better, there is a convenience store right in front which is especially handy when staying there.
■About the Room
The room available for lodging is a Japanese style room with a tatami (straw mat) floor and futon mattresses which are laid out on the floor in traditional way. From the room you can see the garden which is arranged in a distinctive style associated with Kominka.
While it’s nice to enjoy a traditional feeling, the bath and toilet have been remodeled in a clean and comfortable way.
Also, in the building, there is a weaving workshop where the owners’ son produces many goods. Hand woven products have a strikingly warm and colorful feeling.
■The Owners’ Wishes
The owners are a married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Mizoi. From a young age they dreamed of managing a guesthouse and this year their dream has finally come true with the opening of Ebisuya.
They would love to welcome you at their guesthouse. With one last wish, they told me, “It is impossible to fully enjoy all of Kawagoe’s charms in a single day. We hope you will be able to thoroughly enjoy yourselves while interacting with the local people.”
Address 1 Chome-6-7 Ishiwaramachi Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken 350-0824
Access 15 minutes by walking from Hon-Kawagoe Station, Seibu Shinjuku Line
7 minutes by walking from Time Bell Tower in Kawagoe
Official site http://mapleeihide.wixsite.com/ebisuya