Having opened in summer 2020, Satoyama Stay is the newest addition to the Satoyama Experience group which specializes in tours such as cycling and seasonal excursions based in the town of Hida Furukawa. With locations in Hida Furukawa, Satoyama Stay is comprised of two beautifully renovated machiya (traditional Japanese wooden townhouses) which highlight local arts and crafts and locally-sourced, organic cuisine. Perfect for groups, solo travelers or families, the ornate and contemporary interior of the shared communal spaces is fused with traditional Japanese tatami bedrooms which give a nice touch of authenticity to the overall experience.
In an attempt to preserve the cultural heritage of Hida Furukawa and surrounding areas, Satoyama Experience worked in tandem with local artisans and craftspeople to produce two residences which house the Satoyama Experience firm in addition to providing comfortable and stylish accommodation for guests.
Satoyama Stay was designed by a local architect (who lives on the same street) while maintaining the same architectural spirit as the richly historic street and local surroundings. Using local timber and engaging with young, local carpenters, Satoyama Experience put pride in nurturing the next generation of artisans in the town of Hida Furukawa.
The spaces also feature locally-crafted furniture and Satoyama Stay, ostensibly, has become a hub for the local community and a friendly and welcoming space for visitors who are looking for meaningful interaction with local residents and an opportunity to stay in a structure and space designed to preserve history and long-cherished skills whilst simultaneously offering all the comforts of contemporary living.
The Japanese word "satoyama" means the border zone between mountains and arable flatlands but it also holds a more abstract meaning and concept. It has become a way of living and is a development of a deep and profound respect for nature and the environment. Satoyama Experience and Satoyama Stay embody these qualities and philosophies and, ultimately, make staying in Hida Furukawa a magical and memorable experience for everybody involved.
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