Welcome to Shirakaba ... our mini resort that gives you
A Taste of Japan, Right here in the Berkshires

Come away to the ancient hills and cool forests we call the Berkshires. Leave the busy city and escape into Shirakaba, voted the Best Romantic Getaway, and Best Inn in the Berkshires 4 years in a row. Berkshires Shirakaba is a Japanese-American Guest House that is set high on a wooded ridge top in the far north western Massachusetts village of New Ashford.

Proud to be LGBT friendly

Shirakaba offers:

  • Free shuttle service to Jiminy Peak
  • Privacy, with only 2 suites each can accommodate 1-4 guests
  • Shirakaba is smoke free & pet free
  • 21+ Acres Eco-Friendly of Green Property
  • Complimentary gourmet made to order breakfast
  • Private indoor swimming pool 39' x 9'
  • Optional Massages
  • 6 Person Sundance Spa outdoors in warmer months
  • Hardwood or tile floors throughout Shirakaba, no carpeting
  • Saunatec Far-Infrared Sauna
  • Optional 6 Course traditional Japanese dinners
  • Shirakaba is Energy Star Certified

Lose yourself in the middle of nature, take a short walk out to the gazebo relax by the pool or on one of the decks. Shirakaba is where your vacation truly lets to relax, rejuvenate and unwind.

Come Celebrate any event here, Shirakaba is a perfect place to hold:

    • Family get together (up to 8 guests)
    • Girls' or Guys' get away - offers 2 western king size beds, up to 4 Japanese tatami room futon with 4" memory foam topper beds
    • We love to help you celebrate Your suite and Shirakaba will be decorated for your special event in your color choices.
  • Gift Certificate available for $ amount or specific length of stay
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Honeymoons
  • Babymoons
  • Graduation
  • Retirement
  • First visit to USA
  • Proposal site
  • Holidays
Shirakaba is 8 minutes from Jiminy Peak offering FREE shuttle service to and from the mountain during your stay.
Newly opened Ramblewild is 5 minutes away and offers Tree- Tree Adventures
The Clark Art Institute is 20 minutes North.

Specials / Openings

  • Holidays in the Berkshires!
    Last Minute openings, up to 8 guests

Shirakaba's Uniqueness

Both Suites Offer, western bedroom with king size bed, HD TV, DirecTV receiver, Blu ray player, iPhone/iPad/iPod charger clock radio, Tatami room with low Japanese table for room-service dining, full private bathroom with electronic bidet (heated seat, blow dryer, 2 wands), Japanese wash cloth gift, Toiletries and samples of Healthy Home toxic-free skin and hair products, Japanese buckwheat and western pillows, Japanese yukata (cotton robes) to wear during your stay, Mini fridge, Microwave, Japanese hot water pot & your choice of teas, Complimentary non alcoholic beverages of your choosing, Japanese snacks and popcorn, Decorations of your choosing for any event you are celebrating

Take No Ma – Bamboo Private Suite

Take No Ma Suite - Bamboo Suite

Spanning the entire right side of the Guest House, the Take No Ma Suite has two bedrooms. Enter through the sliding Japanese fusuma doors into your private secluded getaway.
  • Private door to Garden Room with tatami mats
    (gives more privacy to 2nd couple or children)
  • Outside windows on three sides of Shirakaba
  • Western table for 2 in Garden Room
  • Shower/tub unit in bathroom
  • Western bed is BioPedic memoryfoam mattress
  • 2nd TV/bluray in Garden Room
Matsu No Ma – Pine Private Suite

Matsu No Ma - Pine Suite

The Matsu No Ma -Pine Suite gives you direct access (lockable door) to the swimming pool room, plus a balcony that connects with both the hot tub deck and the footpath to the cliff top gazebo.
  • Private entrance to swimming pool room
  • Slider door to common deck
  • Walk-in shower for 2 (dual shower heads)
  • Privacy wall for toilet area
  • Larger western bedroom
  • No TV in tatami room (preferred by some parents)
Amenities - Private indoor pool Berkshires Shirakaba


  • Private indoor swimming pool 39' x 9'
  • Japanese tatami dining in your suite or upstairs
  • Suanatec Far-Infared Sauna
  • Sundance Optima Spa -hot tub
  • Gazebo overlooking Berkshire hills
  • Massage services by InTouch Dayspa
  • Pick up of dinner (Outside Restaurants)
  • Complimentary
    • Shuttle service to/from Jiminy Peak
    • Baked goodies of your choosing
    • Made to order ice creams and sorbets served daily