-Listening to the Future-

Every building will grow more beautiful over time, if it is receiving love, affection and attention from its users.
Any improvement on the basic performance of the building should be done with an eye on coexistence with the environment .
The flow of light and air , colors and materials need to respond to the condition of the land and make the most of the location.
We call it, natural sustainable,
Knowing the past, living the present and listening to the future



A Kominka is an old Japanese folk house, which is basically structured with wood, clay,and straw . It has few walls, a high floor and a high ceiling. These features are due to the typical Japanese climate: hot summers with high humidity. Kominka were built of natural materials that can be reused and recycled. In that sense, Kominka houses are not only ecological and economical, but also extremely sophisticated.
But they are really cold in winter and like most older Japanese houses became a symbol of ‘gaman’, which means ‘ endurance’.
We wanted to show that all old houses can be renovated to provide comfortable space during all seasons, use sustainable materials and promote traditional handcraft.
Here at the Kominka Koroku we don’t use imported fossils like gas or oil. Heating with pellets and installing just showers not to waste water, we aim to increase the awareness towards our precious resources . Bathing is a very important part of Japanese culture, it should be relaxing , slow and a benefit to the health. The ‘onsen’ , hot springs,of the neighborhood are created from water heated naturally underground, and the water varies both in degrees , in mineral composition and their perceived therapeutic benefits. Sitting under the sky in warm comfortable water, will make you feel calm, happy and conscious of a slower life.
Kominka Koroku is not a perfect hotel, and was never meant to be. We did a lot with our own hands to realize the above ideas and maybe it is a never ending story. But a story we like to share .


"Kominka Yado Koroku"

Just some steps of the beaten path,in a quiet village on the gentle sunny slope of Mt. Yatugatake , the about 100 years old traditional Japanese farmhouse Kominka Yado Koroku nests between tranquil fields and gardens ,with a view towards Mt. Kai- komagatake in the Minami Alps range. The house was carefully renovated and transformed into a gorgeous accommodation facility by the owner architect, to take you on a journey of the history and making of Japanese wooden houses.The surrounding area is rich on delicious food and small restaurants. From some of the many hot springs worth visiting, are beautiful views to Mt. Fuji.

For those who wish to slip back in time and discover the traditional charm of Japan, kominka Yado Koroku is truly a wish come true. soaking in the nostalgic atmosphere of times gone by while still having all the modern conveniences at your use. Needless to say, time moves slower here, perfect to savor every moment of the tranquil day-to-day life.we promise that your stay will be a wonderful addition to your Japan experience .
The large kominka is perfect for friends and families traveling together, designed to be both homely but spacious with a modern twist.
The most distinctive feature is the former “dirt floor” area called doma (土間 in Japanese). Traditionally the doma area of a Japanese house is used as a kitchen or a workspace where you can wear shoes. We decided to revitalize the doma area as the space it was meant to be, a spacious kitchen and dining area. In the late afternoon , after the sun leaves the house, please rewind in front of the fire before you have dinner.
Taking off your shoes, stepping up to the living room lit by the beautiful paper lights by Isamu Noguchi, sitting in the MG501 Cuba Chair by Morten Gøttler and listening to old LPs.
Other members of the group might enjoy a relaxing sauna, rewind and revitalize body and soul with the spectacular view into the starry sky. Later everybody comes together around the stone table in the former irori ( Japanese hearth) to experience some wine , beer or sake from the aerea , surrounded by the glow of the golden wall.
Getting sleepy, choose between the hinoki ( Japanese cypress) bedroom, or the washi ( Japanese paper) bed room, each equipped with its own stove, watching the dance of the warm fire before you drift off into the night.
If you decide to sleep in the tatami space, in the morning the sun and the birds will lure you into the garden, maybe picking some blueberries for breakfast.




-Kominka Sauna Koroku-

The Kominka Sauna Koroku is made of full wood ‘hinoki’ timber. Hinoki is a kind of cypress that is considered sacred and only grows in this part of the world. The wood is one of the most elegant types of wood in Japan . Because of its durability,high rot-resistance and because it automates its own moisture levels, Hinoki is Used as a building material for temples and shrines,as well as for bathing facilities. Its soothing yet distinct aroma is more smoky than cedar, more lemony than cypress.This has an effect for you to feel relaxed, release stress, reduce tiredness, and stimulate the brain.The large amount of sauna stones in the beautifully designed stove ensure a gentle and long-lasting steam, and by pouring water over the hot stones - lowly-humidity and temperature can be raised for the individual experience . Because of the heat your heartbeat increases by about 50% and this also promotes the release of happiness hormones.
Sauna bathing truly makes you “Feel better ”, “Look better” and “Sleep Better”



Number of persons available Max. 3 people (2 people recommended)
Available time 2 hours/time
Stove HUUM HIVE HEAT 12 series
Sauna temperature 55°C~.
Low temperature of approx. 60°C, high humidity is recommended

Usage Flow

  • Booking

    make a reservation through "BOOKING”
    (advance payment)

  • Change of clothes

    Changing into swimsuits.
    Put on a bathrobe and go to the sauna

  • Sauna

    Warm up in the sauna.
    You can also enjoy a self-Löyly sauna.

  • Cold bath

    Cool yourself in a water bath.

  • Get fresh air

    go outside to get fresh air.

  • Repeat 3 sets

    My routine in the Sauna is a sauna, cold bath, and going outside to get fresh air. Do a few sets.

  • Shower

    Take a shower if you like, and check out when you are done changing.
    (2 hours from check-in to check-out)




We will inform you when the event is held.



”Kominka yado koroku” is located in the town of Fujimi-cho, Suwa-gun, which is famous for the "Onbashira" Festival. The townscape has a nostalgic atmosphere of the old days, and people have been carefully living there and protecting it. The town has an atmosphere that makes you want to say "I'm home," and the number of people moving to the area from Tokyo is on the rise, attracted by this charm. Let us introduce the charm of Fujimi-cho from the viewpoint of Koroku, an old private house inn.


  • Chatorahanten

    This restaurant offers authentic Chinese cuisine. The restaurant used to be located in Tokyo, but moved to Fujimi-machi and moved the restaurant there as well. The bean-curd soup is very popular.
    (10 minutes by car)
  • Osteria agiato

    An old private house Italian restaurant. It is a calm space with jazz music playing. You can enjoy a course meal even for lunch. It is very difficult to enter the restaurant without a reservation in advance.
  • Yamayuri

    Yamayuri is a restaurant that serves udon noodles, bread, and sweet dishes that are made with a special soup stock.


  • Stove Seikatsu

    A store of wood stove and miscellaneous goods. The owner himself handcrafted the goods and selected goods. The stylish concrete building was self-built by the owner over a period of 20 years. If you are lucky, you may be able to see goats sitting comfortably on top of the building.


  • Aoya Hikone

    Representative director of atelier nennen. He is in charge of the planning and operation of the Old Folk Houses Koroku.
    He is creating “mechanisms” to realize sustainability without restraint.
    He is also active as a photographer, and takes all the photos of the Old Folk Houses Koroku.
  • Andrea Hikone (Held)

    The minute you choose to do what you really want to do,
    it's a different kind of life.”
    ― Buckminster Fuller

    Getting away from the big city, the smell of the sun, the sounds of the forest, and the wide open sky make me happy. As well as having a chat with the neighbors, spending quality time and being creative.Breathing new life into this traditional farmhouse with friends and professionals , working the fields, growing healthy vegetables. Sharing a sustainable lifestyle is one of my dreams for this project.
    After Taking a sauna bath to relax the mind and body ,I am looking up to the most beautiful stars and listening to the future.
    ーArchitect Hikone Andrea
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Add. 11184 Sakai Fujimi-chou, Suwa-gun, Nagano, JAPAN
, 399-0101
Tel 050-1809-4114
O.C. atelier nennen inc.
  • 【By public transportation】

    Approximately 120 minutes from Shinjuku Station to Kobuchizawa Station by JR Chuo Line Express
    Approximately 15 minutes by cab from Kobuchizawa Station

  • 【 Use a car】

    Approximately 90 minutes from Hachioji IC to Kobuchizawa IC on Chuo Expressway
    About 15 minutes from Kobuchizawa IC


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