Taishokan, also known as “Sofutei,” is where the Japanese poet and novelist Toson Shimazaki wrote a famous poem titled “Chikumagawa Ryojo no Uta” in the early 1900s. As such, all nine rooms in this two-story building are named after the words that appear in the poem.
Gigantic trees, such as platanus and Himalayan cedar, grow in the courtyard, through which a breeze blows softly. From the rooms, you may also see ume plum and cherry blossom trees lit up at night when they are in full bloom. Observe and appreciate the change in season, as you indulge in the nostalgic ambience.
One of the rooms at Taishokan, named “Toson no Ma,” is where Toson Shimazaki is said to have stayed and made up his mind to live the rest of his life as a literary figure.
Guests may find a communal bathroom and creaking floors a little surprising in the beginning, but will soon discover these remnants of the good old days to be cozy and nostalgic.
Room “Toson no Ma”
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Each room at Taishokan is unique, both in size and layout.
You will share a communal bathroom with other guests.
Wireless internet access is available.
Taishokan 2nd Floor (4 Rooms Total)
- Toson no Ma (restored the room where Toson wrote the famous poem “Chikumagawa Ryojo no Uta”): Japanese-style room approx. 13 m² + approx. 6 m²; a private wash basin. A popular room, so book in advance!
- Yushi no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 11 m² + approx. 6 m²; a private wash basin
- Shirogane no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 13 m²
- Wakakusa no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 10 m² + approx. 3 m²
Taishokan 1st Floor (5 Rooms Total)
- Tabibito no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 10 m² + approx. 6 m²
- Kusamakura no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 10 m² + approx. 5 m²
- Ryojo no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 10 m² + approx. 5 m²
- Asama no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 6 m² + approx. 6 m²
- Awayuki no Ma: Japanese-style room approx. 10 m² + approx. 3 m²
The owner and okami (female manager) have carefully selected the amenities placed in the guest rooms. Towels and “tabi” socks dyed with clove are especially worth mentioning, as not only do they give off a sweet fragrance but are also effective as an insect repellent. We also have a basket ready for you to carry your belongings to onsen.
Once checked in, sit back with a cup of tea and our specially prepared welcome sweets.