What is a MINSHUKU ?.
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What is a Minshuku
house ?
A wooden house
on Shinojima-island
in Aichi prefecture
A Japanese tatami-mat
 floor room 
in a minshuku
in Fukui prefecture
A hot spring bathroom
(onsen)in a minshuku
on Izu peninsula 
in Shizuoka prefecture
The ordinary traditional type of house is in the country, not in the big cities.
A typical minshuku
on rural island
in Aichi prefecture


A normal family house
with 5 or 9 rooms
for tourists attached.

A traditional guestsfroom
with TV & Air-conditioner
and a room table

A seaside minshuku
on west coast
of Izu peninsula
in Shizuoka prefecture.

@Your MINSHUKU experience is one of the best ways to experience the life and people of your host country. Besides the family itself, you will meet other travellers and guests in an atmosphere warmly conductive to making friends.
The following is useful information on MINSHUKU accommodations, at which we hope you will enjoy a real Japanese stay.


The Room ( OHEYA ) :
In Japanese style rooms, the room floors are covered with TATAMI mats of woven straw.
Each mat measures about 6~3 feet. The size of room is described by the number of mats to cover the floor area.  E.g. four and half mats, six mats or eight mats, etc.

The rooms are equipped with wall closets, and partitioned off by wooden framed wall covered with fireproofing gypsum boards. Some room entrances have a sliding door.
The larger rooms may be partitioned by the FUSUMA sliding doors made of Japanese paper.
Some rooms have the SHOUJI sliding doors made of Japanese white paper instead of western curtains.
A foot-high small table, and ZABUTON cushions will be included in some rooms.
In the rooms you may choose to sit on the Zabuton cushions to enjoy a pleasant evening, use the small table to write letters, or lie down on the TATAMI mats watch T.V. depending on your preferences or circumstances.
Before sleeping, you will make the bed yourself.
Please keep in mind that you have to remove your shoes at the entrance vestibule to the minshuku and replace these withsupplied slippers.
However you will remove these slippers before entering the TATAMI room as only bare or stocking feet are permitted on TATAMI mats.

2. Bedding ( How to use FUTON-mat bed ) :
Differing from European and American style beds, traditional Japanese futon beds are made by laying out a set of Japanese mattress and matching quilt on the Tatami mat floor.
In the evening you take FUTONs and pillows out of the wall closet, and place them on the tatami matting.
In the morning, fold them up doubled on the tatami mat.
Some MINSHUKU provide YUKATA-kimono dressing gowns for your use during your stay.
In case the minshuku you stay in does not, it is wise to bring your own just in case.

3. The Bath room ( OFURO ) :
People do not wash for cleanliness in Japanese style bathtubs.  Instead it is used for warming your body and relaxing your tired muscles and nerves.  Consequently you will wash thoroughly before entering the ofuro (see below).  Some minshuku have a larger bathtub supplied by hot spring water for all day use.
The hot water in the tub will not be renewed for each person and so must be kept as clean as possible.
In most MINSHUKU, bathrooms and toilet rooms are shared with other guests.
Guests are requested to use these by turn. Most MINSHUKU have 2 small bath tubs ( larger than a hotel bath ) one each for men and for women's separate use.
Bathrooms are usually open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Take your toiletries and night clothes with you to the ofuro.

@@@( How to use the Japanese bathroom )

Usually there is a shower head mounted away from the tub about 2-3 feet off the floor.  You can sit on the small stool provided and use this shower to soap and rinse yourself thoroughly.  Many people will repeat this soap and rinse to ensure they are very clean.  Make sure that no soapy or dirty water enters the tub.
You can then step into the tub for a good soak.



Meals ( SHOKUJI or Oshokuji ) :
Typical menus served by MINSHUKU are as follows.
@Dinner or Supper : 5 dishes plus pickles, rice and soup.
@Breakfast :2 or 3 dishes plus eggs, pickles, rice and miso soup, etc.
@@@( Toast, eggs, and coffee are available upon prior request at some minshuku.)
@If the minshuku is near the sea, SASHIMI ( slices of fresh raw fish), TEMPURA
@( Japanese deep fried fish or vegetables ) and NITSUKE ( boiled fish or
@vegetables or seaweed ) are often available.
@If the minshuku is in a mountain village, meals could include TEMPURA made of edible wild grass, and NABE ( boiled meat , vegetables or dumplings in a pot of seasoned soup ).

5. Check-in & Check-out time
Check-in time: usually between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Please check in by 5 p.m., otherwise your room reservation may be cancelled.
( Those who paid a deposit of more than 50% in advance to Japan MINSHUKU Center, need not be concerned by this rule - your booking is firm. )
Check-out time :10:00 a.m.

You may leave your baggage at the MINSHUKU if you arrive there before 3 p.m.
and wish to explore the surrounding area.
Dinner is usually served about 6 to 7 p.m., so please return to the MINSHUKU by that time.


You may experience some difficulties due to differences in language between yourselves and your hosts. 
If you do, please don't hesitate to call us directly from your MINSHUKU.
We are ready to help you.
(Our office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday & Thursday,
and 11:00 am. to 8 p.m Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)


The Price (RYOUKIN) of a MINSHUKU stay
Overnight rates for MINSHUKU are about 6,000 to 8,500 Ten per person per night dinner and breakfast included.
However in some places such as TOKYO, KYOTO, OSAKA , NARA and other large cities, breakfast will be the only meal included in the overnight rate.
The prices are shown per person per night included 5 % taxes in Japanese Yen.
If you would like to stay at the cheapest accommodation available in Japan,
the MINSHUKU in our network may not be your best choice.
Please note the following conditions.
Payment should be made in cash, in Japanese Yen on your arrival.
In Japan foreign credit cards will only be able to be used in bigger hotels or
banks; most forms of accommodations, restaurants  & shops will only accept cash.

8. Most MINSHUKU are run by the housewives in addition to their main employment. As well as daily housework, some have another work such as farm work to do. Their family often help with dishes or cleaning the rooms.
Please understand that in this respect MINSHUKUs are quite different than hotels where these activities are carried out by paid staff.
Even though most minshuku hosts cannot understand English, they are warm hearted and kind.  You will feel very welcome there.

All minshuku are inspected twice a year.
No minshuku is allowed to operate without health department, fire department and government certification.
They are very conscious of hygiene.  Although some minshuku may be smaller, you can eat and rest with no concern of hygiene or safety.
Some minshuku have grown and now have facilities for sports, training or conferences.
Consequently these minshuku are more suitable for students in training camps and not as suitable for the private family tourist.
Ensure that you consider this aspect when choosing your accommodation.

9. The main differences between minshuku and hotel or large scale ryokan- accommodation.
No staff, maids or no servants in minshuku..
Payment should be in cash only.
A few minshuku families can speak English, but this is not usually an issue.


10. The Hot-line desk for Minshuku stays all over Japan with
Minshuku Network Japan is.


Phone: 0120-07-6556,

mailto www@minshuku.jp
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