A world away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Ride an hour on the bullet train from Tokyo and get off at Shin-Fuji station. After about a 40 minute cab ride on mountain roads passing the Tomei and Shin-Tomei expressways, tea plantations will appear at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
In the midst of cedar tree surrounded tea plantations, a lone farmhouse can be seen. I arrived at Farm Stay Inn “Chanoki”. On good days, behind the inn you will be able to see the majestic Mt. Fuji and from the inn’s front yard past the rows of tea bushes is Suruga Bay at a distance.
One group per day
The inn takes only 1 group per day and the atmosphere is like returning to your childhood home. Upon arrival the owner, Yumi Toyota, uses a sketch of the inn and politely explains the location of the places such as the rooms and restroom and how to spend time at Chanoki. You can sense the owner’s consideration for farm stay first-timers through the tasteful signage and leaflets of “What is a farm stay inn?”