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Mitsuba House
An Oasis of Peace in the Center of Japan


Welcome to Mitsuba House!

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Mitsuba House is a fusion of private vacation villa and American Bed and Breakfast hospitality. With the theme of "connections", families, friends and colleagues can enjoy good times in the wide open space that this elegant Japanese vacation home offers.

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Take a look in and around Mitsuba House to see

if it is a good fit for your upcoming vacation. 

Click below, and follow MRS Gunma online.

Hope to see you soon!

Happy travels,


Owner and Host, Mitsuba House

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Garden & Mountain Views

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BBQ & Socialize


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Good Food

Luxurious yet
at-home feel of the traditional Japanese
tatami rooms

Many rooms
to relax, eat or socialize in

Guests love our thick, double-padded futons

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Large Living Dining Room

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Dining room~view of kitchen

Mitsuba House
Modern Japanese comfort
for your next trip in Japan

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Entry hall, lamp, carpet, wood doors
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みつ葉邸|Mitsuba House

Thousands of Happy Guests Since 2016
Lots of Reviews Online ~ See a couple below and scan through our 125+ reviews on Airbnb

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“Renee and Motoyasu are the epitimy of what you hope in any airbnb host. Their true intent is to host you so you can experience all the charm of the area while staying in a space that has been prepared thoughtfully and well. We were able to experience the most authentic, blissful vacation of any of our airbnb stays here.
Impeccably clean space, all the amenities you'd need, and quiet neighborhood.
100% recommended!!!”

Jamiee and her family of 5

Sept 2019

Review on Airbnb

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“It was awesome. The house is perfectly clean and spacious for a group of six. For those who are looking for authentic japan living experience, it is a good choice.
The hosts always gave us prompt replies and help. We could not ask for more. Annaka shi is an interesting place to visit. It's quiet and local. I was especially impressed by the produce market and a small train station where there is an old oginoya eatery of over 100 years! Just follow the guidance and recommendations of the hosts. There's lot to explore.”

— Christine & 5 friends

July 2019

Review on Airbnb


  About Mitsuba House 


🔅  Luxurious Japanese-style Vacation Home🔅

On the outskirts of Isobe Onsen hot spring village

35-minute drive over Mt. Myogi to the magnificent resort area of Karuizawa Annaka, Gunma, Japan


Private Lodging Act registration number: M100001920

In a nutshell

❀ Beautiful, classic Japanese design and decor

❀ Lush garden with mountain views

❀ BBQ terrace & enclosed yard

❀ Stocked kitchen for self-catering

❀ Meal service options

❀ Family-friendly amenities, WiFi, laundry, parking

❀ Nearby sightseeing, nature & onsen/hot springs

❀ Hiking, golf, skiing and more

❀ Optional local guide & culture experiences services

❀ Easy access to Tokyo & airports・ 2~3h

Multilingual hosts who are happy to serve ♡

We hope to see you soon!

The space


Hi! Thank you for your interest in Mitsuba House. We, Motoyasu & Renée, love our vacation home and the beautiful places nearby. We are delighted to host guests, and if you choose to stay with us, we promise to do our very best to ensure your stay in Gunma, Japan is a vacation of a lifetime ♡


Our guests have 100% private use of the entire home and property. With that, we also want our guests to feel relaxed and enjoy their time optimally. So, while they are out and about enjoying sightseeing and activities in the region, we clean up, refreshen towels and do basically what hotel housecleaning services would do. Also, we know it's a challenge for expats to leave the city and enjoy a vacation in the countryside, and for our overseas guests to explore rural areas. So, we are always available for "countryside concierge", shuttle, interpretation and local guide services. We can also introduce you to a professional guide. If you need a little support, don't hesitate to ask!


Read on to learn about Mitsuba House's facilities....


【Mitsuba House みつ葉邸】Up to 12 guests

✓ Luxurious Japanese vacation home built in the height of the bubble era in 1977 in the historical resort town of Isobe Onsen. Completely remodeled in 2016, retaining the original marble, woodwork, tile and stucco walls.


✓ Modern kitchen, WC, bath and laundry room. Spacious 144m² interior (1550ft²). Full of all the comforts and amenities guests could want during their vacation, with special attention to the needs of families with infants, children and elderly.


✓ Garden and terrace with mountain views

Gas BBQs for grilling rain or shine. Year-round enjoyment with outdoor heater or baby pool available


【The neighborhood】

✓ Fantastic leisure, recreation and sightseeing within short drive/taxi ride.

✓ 1h Shinkansen to Tokyo. Car rental & free parking at station (20min)

✓ Isobe Hot Springs (1.5km): Free onsen foot bath. Hot springs & sand spa. Restaurants. River.

✓ Day trips by car in Gunma & Nagano: Karuizawa Prince ski & mall (40min); Hiking & Miyogi Shrine (10min); Lake Usui; Train & nature museums (15min); Safari Park (25min) & more!


【Sleeping arrangements】

✓ Doube-padded futons in 3 tatami rooms and a king-sized bed and crib in a bedroom.

✓ Extra large pillows, blanket and air mattress available



✓ Free WiFi and TV

✓ Picture books (English & Japanese) , board & card games, Twister, darts, indoor and outdoor toys, baby pool.


【Heating / Cooling】

✓ Winter

・4 electric wall heating units. 2 portable electric heaters.

・3 heated tables (Kotatsu)

✓ Summer

・4 electric wall air conditioning units

・1 portable fan


【Rooms & furnishing】

✓ Eleven rooms/spaces

✓ Meal service available

✓ Self-Catering or Meal delivery

Plenty of cookware and dishes. Tea/coffee station. Electric "nabe" hot pots, electric "tako-yaki" makers, pots, pans, condiments and all the little items guests might need.

✓ Dining/Living room: Table for 6, high chair, sofa, TV, large coffee table, buffet, microwave and toaster oven.

✓ 3 tatami rooms & 2 sunrooms

✓ Western bedroom: Large room with hardwood flooring: Desk, wardrobe, table for 2, king-size bed and crib.

✓ Large bath, shower area, amenities and bath toys. Nearby Isobe Hot Springs and other local spas offer a reasonable and rejuvenating way to bathe.

✓ Laundry room: Washing machine, gas dryer and detergent.

✓ Spacious separate WC. Heated and washlet.

✓ Entry: Large enough to play darts and Twister

✓ Yard / Parking area: 370m². Room for parking for cars, vans, mini-bus, etc. in front and side of house.

✓ Terrace: Covered gazebo. Tables and chairs for 12. Grass and parasols. View of mountains and Japanese gardens. Optional BBQ and baby pool.

Guest access


You will have private use of the entire house and yard with breathtaking views of the famous Mt. Myogi and Mt. Asama from inside and outside the house.

Mitsuba House is located a 20-min walk or 4-min drive to the scenic Isobe Hot Spring Village. Gunma Prefecture, right in the center of Japan, has lots of cultural sites, leisure and recreation nearby. Feel free to let us know if you would like recommendations for places to go or need travel support.

We hope you enjoy our home during your stay!!

Our most kind regards,

Motoyasu & Renée Sawazaki

Other things to note



In compliance with Japanese law, we must collect private information at check-in from the guest who made the reservation (name, address, occupation). For non-Japanese who reside abroad, we need to make a photocopy of your passport. We will keep this information in a secure file and use it only to provide to the related Japanese government agency if required. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


❑ Plenty of cooking utensils and dishes for cooking and eating in. Two gas BBQ grills available free of use.

❑ There is a very good local restaurant that delivers large meals for a very reasonable fee (no delivery charge or tip necessary). We recommend using their services or eating at the local hot springs or restaurants.

❑ Local produce markets. We can help you go shopping at grocery stores if necessary. Gunma has the lowest cost of living of all the prefectures in Japan, and Gunma people love to eat well, so please enjoy!

Most importantly .... Enjoy your stay!

Book your stay

Check the Mitsuba House Availability Calendar →


➡️ Make a direct reservation

  • Call Renée Sawazaki

    • Call from within Japan 070-3172-2110

    • WhatsApp: +81 70-3172-2110 or click here

    • LINE ID: reneesawazaki or click here

➡️  Book through your preferred online travel agency

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Nature & Recreation

Family Fun・Wellness・Adventure Sports・Cultural Activites


Here are just a few of our favorite fun spots around Mitsuba House. If you are still on the fence about whether to vacation in our area, I hope this collage inspires you. If you have decided, please contact us and we'll make sure the activities you choose match your travel dreams to a tee! There is so much more, so don't hesitate to contact me and ask about other options.

Hope to see you soon!

Happy travels,


Owner and Host, Mitsuba House

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Megumi-no-Yu 恵みの湯

Isobe Onsen's indoor & outdoor natural mineral baths, sauna, massage chairs, art exhibit, handcrafted souvenirs, and homestyle restaurant. Free parking.

4min drive | 20min walk


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Isobe Onsen Hot Springs Village

Free outdoor mineral springs is an excellent way to refresh quickly. Co-ed. Up to 6~8 guests at a time. 1 free parking space. Across from our favorite restaurant for lunch, Seiyō-tei.

3min drive | 13min walk



Sand Spa

In Megumi-no-Yu Onsen

Wear a yukata while heating your body in mineral sands. Detox while drinking herbal teas while relaxing for 1 hour afterwards.

By reservation・2 hours・1~4 guests・Co-ed

4min drive | 20min walk


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Shrine & Hiking

​Mt. Myogi & Shrine

​Sister shrine to Nikko's Toshōgu, but much quieter! Spectacular mountain shrine with amazing architecture, views, and matching imperial wall to that at the palace in Tokyo. Wear good shoes as there are many stone steps, but an easy loop path as well.

12min drive


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Takasaki Daruma

Daimonya Atelier & Shōrinsan Daruma Temple

Paint your own lucky daruma doll alongside a master craftsperson. Walk across the river with views of Mt Myogi and hike through the magnificent neighboring temple grounds with a daruma museum and morning meditation service. Yummy ramen too!

19min drive



Good Fortune

Daikokuten, the God of Wealth

7km up from Myogi Shrine, you will find Japan's largest statue of Daikokuten, blessing the guests as they enter the grounds of Nakanotake Shrine, founded by Kukai. Phenomenal views from Mt. Myogi. Why not come and receive a blessing from this golden god originating from Hindu's Shiva?

22min drive



Safari Park

Gunma Safari Park & Amusement Park

Amusement park, drive through and petting zoo animal park all in one! Guided bus option. Near Lake Oshio, Konnyaku Park & the Tomioka Silk Mill.

9min drive



Museum & Park

Gunma Museum of Natural History

Fun for all ages! Moving dinosaurs, forest walk, listen to the animals. Interesting gift shop and special exhibits.

9min drive



Theme parks

Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park

Family fun for all! Enter retro trains, ride a mini SL, play games and learn about railway history. Gunma's mascot, Gunma-chan happened to be visiting when my family was there.

14min drive


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Megane-bashi Bridge

Completed in 1890, this 4 arched brick bridge is the tallest arched bridge in Japan and designated a national cultural heritage site. Walk along the former railway tracks above, Apt Road, and enjoy the lush greenery at the base.

20min drive


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Lake & Dam

Lake Usui & Sakamoto Dam

Two iconic red bridges and lush hillsides make the 1.2km stroll around the lake picturesque. Don't miss the trail that leads to Sakamoto Dam. Close to Megane Bridge, Apt Road and Tōge-no-Yu onsen spa.

19min drive


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Ski & Shopping

Karuizawa Prince Ski Resort & Summer Fun

Huge Shopping Plaza

Massive shopping outlet encircling a small lake with mountain views. Next to the ski resort which has zip lines and other fun activities available from spring to fall. Fabulous Karuizawa offers much more!

35min drive


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Tour the Mt. Myogi area by car|taxi

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Walking tour of Isobe Onsen village







Mitsuba House

631-1 Hitomi


Annaka-shi Gunma-ken


  • 8km・12min from the Matsuida-Miyogi IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway

  • 22km・42min from the Takasaki IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway


  • JR Takasaki Station → JR Isobe Station (18min, 4 stops on the Shinetsu Line toward Yokokawa)、 → 1.5km 3min by car/taxi・18min walk  

  • JR Annaka-Haruna Shinkansen Station → 18km、20min by car


  • Ikebukuro:110min

  • Kyoto|Osaka:Overnight bus

  • Haneda Airport:2h

  • Narita Airport:3h

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