AreaSanriku Coast

Sunsunkan Lodge

グリーンツーリズム体験<校舎の宿>さんさん館 | Sunsunkan Lodge

Learn about rural life at Sunsunkan, where classrooms have been converted into guest rooms

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Davide Bitti

    Writer

    Last Update
    February 1, 2019

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  • Benches, blackboards, and wooden chairs evoke nostalgia for our school days. At Sunsunkan Lodge, now you can sleep in school and not get in trouble! Sunsunkan is a former elementary school that has been converted into a simple lodge. Classrooms have been converted into guest rooms, and all of the furniture (well, except the beds) are actual school furniture. The building itself is made of wood, fitting for its surroundings in the forested hills of western Minamisanriku.

    “This school-turned-guesthouse, run by former students, is very interesting,” explains manager Ms. Aiko Abe. “Here, you can enjoy many green-tourism experiences related to the area including agriculture, fishing, and forestry experiences.” In addition to activities, there are also events and markets held here, lending the establishment a lively atmosphere.

    Ms. Abe herself is well-traveled and an experienced chef. She specializes in hearty and delicious meals built around local greens, root vegetables, and beans, with sides of fresh-baked bread and other treats. She is happy to prepare meals for vegetarians, vegans, Muslims, and people with other dietary restrictions. Outside there is a communal pizza oven, perfect for warm summer evenings.

    I was very delighted by the atmosphere of Sunsunkan. The school-theme alone is a very nice idea, especially for foreigners who are curious to know what a traditional Japanese school is like. During my visit, there was also the Hikoro Marche, a market held by local farmers and producers which gave the whole experience an even more “country” feeling.

    WEBSITEhttp://san3kan.sakura.ne.jp/

  • AreaSanriku Coast

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    Accommodation Do & See Food & Drink Halal History Sanriku Coast Vegetarian/vegan

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ADDRESS

Yamanokamidaira 10-1 Iriya, Minamisanriku, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi-ken 986-0782

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

10 min. by taxi from Shizugawa Station (Kesennuma Line BRT)

CREDIT CARDS

Accepted

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

Yes (please inform lodge when making reservation)

RESERVATION

Required. English bookings available through Booking.com (called "Hotel Kousya no Yado SanSanKan" on that website).

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

0226-46-5633

Accommodation Details

ROOMS

Western-style: 7, Japanese-style: 3

CAPACITY

32

ONSEN

No

Food & Drink Details

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Yes

HALAL

Yes

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

No

NON-SMOKING

Yes

TABLE CHARGE

No

RESERVATION

Required

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