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Tanto

A purely Japanese experience in the countryside

Tanto Countryside Traditional Home
  • Tanto Countryside rice fields

A long established aggricultural town nestled away in a mountain valley in northern rural Hyogo. Here you won’t find convenience stores, many vending machines, or even wifi. What you will find are warm hearted local towns people wanting to share with you a glimpse into what life all over Japan use to be like before the age of globalization. This is a destination for those wanting to experience a purer form of Japan and challenge themselves with the classic motto of travel “When in Rome”. Be prepared, only Japanese is spoken in this quaint little village.

ABOUT TANTO

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We are a small farming community in the rural mountain valleys and welcome anyone wanting to escape the pressures of the city, although we don't speak English you are welcome to come and practice your Japanese.

Tanto mountains and traditional Japanese home

Connect with people not technology

Japan is know as one of the leading countries in the field of technology and gadgets. Yet with all of the convenience of this technology also comes the stress and feeling of not being able to get away to find time for yourself. This is why many have been retreating to the rurual areas to slow down and refresh in the wide open technology free spaces. Here in Tanto we do not have abundant wifi connections. But we do have connections with the natural surroundings as well as the community.

Oh, by the way, our community is mostly made up of farmers and blue-collar workers who may not be versed in the latest app or fancy smartphone and most certainly not proficient in English. However, we know the land, the old ways that the city folk have all but forgotten and are more than happy to share this with you in the ultimate homestay experience. Stay in one of our minka or traditional Japanese residence complete with an irori (sunken hearth) for cooking and bath heated by burning wood. You can’t get much more traditional than this.

Tanto Countryside House

An intimate cultural experience

Tanto Japan Homestay Experience

Nothing has been modified or created for the sake of “showing” tourists Japan like a theme park. Everything here is natural and in its original state. Here is where real people live and work the same way that they have always done. When you come here you will be given the chance to experience this way of life. A great way to feel satiscation in what you do and see the fruits of your work, sometimes literally. Here you can have the ultimate homestay and be presented with the opportunity to get your hands dirty, but trust me it is a lot more fun than you think. Cook dinner in and sit around the irori or sunken hearth. Chop wood to heat your bath water. Plant or harvest seasonal crops including rice when the season comes.

Tanto Tulip Festival

Tanto’s seasonal beauty

Famous for its natural beauty, each season produces a new piece of art.

Tanto spring fall tulips sunflowers ankokuji

Nothing has been modified or created for the sake of “showing” tourists Japan like a theme park. Everything here is natural and in its original state. Here is where real people live and work the same way that they have always done. When you come here you will be given the chance to experience this way of life. A great way to feel satiscation in what you do and see the fruits of your work, sometimes literally. Here you can have the ultimate homestay and be presented with the opportunity to get your hands dirty, but trust me it is a lot more fun than you think. Cook dinner in and sit around the irori or sunken hearth. Chop wood to heat your bath water. Plant or harvest seasonal crops including rice when the season comes.

Tanto Onsen Silk Onsen

Relax at one of Tanto’s onsen

Tanto Onsen Silk Onsen Yamabiko

Silk Onsen “Yamabiko"

The source of the spring water comes through ancient granite located 1,100m below ground and...

Tanto Onsen Tantan Onsen

Tantan Onsen

This wooden structured bathhouse surrounded by mountains has natural hot spring water rich in alkaline...

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Silk Onsen Yamabiko

LOCATION: Tanto; 34km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by bus.

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