A lot of travelers nowadays opt to search for lodging that is affordable but still has great service. Among the popular choices for them are guest houses. A guest house is a private house that offers accommodations and is quite similar to a bed and breakfast type of lodging. Across Japan, there are various guest houses which travelers can choose from. This article is all about meguruya, a guest house and cafe in the Yunotsu Hot Spring District of Shimane Prefecture.
meguruya is a traditional Japanese-style home that was renovated into a guest house and cafe. It is located in the historic port and onsen town of Yunotsu. From the entrance of the hot spring district, meguruya is just a short distance away.
This 120-year-old wooden home has been well taken care of, where Japanese tradition and simplicity can be evidently seen. Inside, the guest house has a large Japanese-style room that faces the street of the district.
meguruya is always ready to welcome guests except for their holidays, which is every Monday and some chosen Japanese holidays. They are open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. For their private accommodations, they charge 4,000 yen (tax included) per person. Their check-in time starts at 3:00 PM, and their check-out time is until lunch time only.
The guest house offers free Wi-Fi, and they can also prepare breakfast and dinner for you at an additional price. The guest house has no bathroom, but since it is located in the Yunotsu Hot Spring District, you can easily find one that will suit your needs. During summer and winter, they offer air-conditioning and heating services for 300 yen. For guests who arrive by bicycle or motorcycle, they offer a 500-yen discount for the room rental. For reservations and inquiries, you can give them a call at 0855-52-7009.
Aside from the spacious Japanese-style lodging, meguruya also has a cafe and a miscellaneous goods shop. Their cafe offers fair trade coffee, tea, and snacks. You can view their full menu here (Japanese only). Their miscellaneous goods shop offers items that were personally curated by the owner himself, brought back from his trips overseas.
Facing the Sea of Japan, Shimane Prefecture is located in the Chugoku region. The prefecture is divided into three areas: Izumo in the east, Iwami in the west, and the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan. The Izumo area, in particular, is known as the birthplace of Japan and the province of the gods. It is very famous for its shrines and temples.
Shimane Prefecture has a large offering of attractions, from Matsue Castle, to Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, to Iwami Ginzan which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A trip to Shimane will definitely be worth your time!
If you are planning on traveling to Shimane Prefecture and you are contemplating on a guest house stay, I highly suggest that you check out meguruya. Aside from visiting the Yunotsu Hot Spring District, Shimane Prefecture has a lot more to offer.