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For Your Next Vacation, Head Nowhere: Guest Blogger

- Johnny Strategy,

I know we’ve all done it before. You come back from a vacation and you feel more tired than before you left. It’s just not fair! Well a Japanese couple has come up a remedy: “the one week holiday you’ve always dreamed of.” The concept is simple; a beautiful home filled with beautiful things, available for rent by the week.

About an hour and a half drive (or 2hr train ride) out of Tokyo are the Nowhere Resorts, 3 fully-furnished, aesthetically pleasing by-the-week rental homes located along the sea of the Izu Peninsula. From traditional Japanese to modern minimalist, the styles range drastically and are guaranteed to be compatible with any taste. They were designed by Yasutaka Yoshimura, an architect, and husband, of Michiyo Yoshimura, the woman who started it all. The idea was to create an environment that is comfortable enough that time moves as it was intended (not too fast and not too slow); where you can forget about all the hassles of a vacation and simply enjoy the moment. After all, zen masters always say that you cannot see your reflection in running water, only still water.

Nowhere But Sajima

Nowhere but Sajima is a 3-floor private residence that opened in September of 2009 and marked the completion of all 3 resorts. It is the most northerly located of the 3, has a sleek, minimalist design and is just steps from the beach. And while the resorts are meant to keep you from over-planning, no one expects you to spend your entire vacation on the sand. There are also hiking trails, rivers, kayaking and several other activities.

Rates:
237,000 – 358,000 yen (rates vary depending on season) / 4 people
-includes 6 night stay

Nowhere But Hayama

Indulge in the serenity of Japanese design at Nowhere But Hayama, a traditional-styled Japanese residence. It has everything from sloping tiled roofs to tatami mat floors and a pristine garden. It’s actually well-known that the Japanese emperor often made trips to the town of Hayama to enjoy their luscious hiking trails and nature walks. Another popular activity here is a trip to the local market where you can pick up fresh seafood and take it back home for a barbeque.

Rates:
269,000 – 492,000 yen (rates vary depending on season) / 4 people
-includes 6 night stay

Nowhere but Zushi

The most affordable of the 3 choices is Nowhere but Zushi, where you don’t get a private residence all to yourself, but you do get a private condo. But then again, it’s only for 2 people (instead of 4) so that cancels out some of the savings. But it is the closest to Tokyo (and probably the easiest to get to). The condo is 3 minutes from the water and with all the same wildlife, it’s certainly an attractive package!

Rates:
98,400 – 139,200 (rates vary depending on season) / 2 people
-includes 6 night stay

The attractiveness of the Nowhere Resorts is that you leave behind the bell-boys and tourists and accept the luxury of simplicity. However, the staff are certainly on hand to arrange picnics, catering services, barbeques or guided tours for your guests.

Johnny Strategy is an artist, writer and co-founder of the blog Spoon & Tamago. Based out of New York City and Tokyo, Spoon & Tamago attempts to comprehensively cover all aspects of Japanese design from fine art and architecture to product and graphic design. You can read more of Johnny’s work at www.spoon-tamago.com

Photos: courtesy of Nowhere Resort

  1. Nadia says:

    Love this: “After all, zen masters always say that you cannot see your reflection in running water, only still water”…. Thanks for reminding us about the luxury of simplicity.

  2. sunny says:

    I woud love to see JAPAN like this! Thanks for Sharing.

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  4. erin says:

    I love that! “After all, zen masters always say that you cannot see your reflection in running water, only still water”…. keep reading that line over and over. Thanks for the great article.

  5. sun. says:

    Beautiful! and i really love the name of it :) nice idea.

  6. johnny says:

    Thank you all for your kind words! I had fun writing it.