Unplug & Escape
One of Nara's assets is its quiet beauty. Left relatively unscathed by wars and change, much of what you see feels unchanged since ancient times. Staying in the countryside gives you a real chance to recharge.
With clean air and water, plus a slower pace that follows the rhythms of the seasons, rural Nara is the ultimate escape from the stresses of daily life.
Sasayuri Ann is an escape from the sameness of urban sprawl and chain stores. By restoring the traditional thatched roof houses of the area and making them available for visitors from around the world, the owners hope that people can appreciate local culture and traditions through architecture.
looking out over the terraced rice fields, you can believe, for a little while, that this is your home
Although the rooms are simple and spartan, they are far from uncomfortable. There is air conditioning and heating, and a modern kitchen at your disposal. With wide traditional verandas looking out over the terraced rice fields, you can believe, for a little while, that this is your home.
arrange for Michelin star meals to be delivered
Recognising that not everyone wants to cook on holiday, you can arrange for Michelin star meals to be delivered. If you wish, the owners will prepare a traditional hot pot cooked on the irori open hearth or deliver supplies for the outdoor BBQ and pizza oven.
relax and feel at one with the environment
There are many opportunities to get closer to Japanese culture here. There are several hiking courses around this beautiful rural area, but you can also try rice farming, traditional music, ceramics and even Noh theatre and ninja performances.
As the owner is a Shugendo practitioner, he can lead you in meditation or teach you to play the traditional conch shell. Yoga is another popular way to relax and feel at one with the environment. For something to get the adrenaline running, enquire about taking a helicopter tour.