Kishi-ke ryokan — Kamakura, Japan
While the lovely seaside town of Kamakura offers plenty to see and do for a day trip from Tokyo (see WP *193), visitors have been hard-pressed to find suitable lodgings to match the charm of this former Japanese capital.
We therefore applaud the opening of Kishi-ke, a seaside ryokan, that is precisely the kind of hospitality experience the town was lacking. As Kishi-ke only accepts one group of up to five people at any time, guests are guaranteed optimal privacy and attention from the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Kishi.
The spacious traditional Japanese room on the ground floor serves as the living room with a quiet view of the immaculate Japanese garden to one side and the Sagami Bay to the other. Bedroom and bathroom (with a stunning round hinoki bathtub) are on the first floor. Private tours and experiences like tea-ceremonies or zazen meditation are also offered.§