Shirakaba, your personal resort with pampered service, for A Taste of Japan in the Berkshires

Youkoso! Welcome!

Two languages and two cultures blend in this Japanese-American guest house, nestled in 21 forested acres high on a bluff in the scenic Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Already a favorite among Berkshire vacation rentals, Berkshire Shirakaba never ceases to please newcomers, by the peace and serenity surrounding our resort. Designed by a Japanese architect, Yoshihiko Sato, it was built in 2000 as a private home and named by its owners — one Japanese, one American — after its stately white birch trees: Shirakaba. Many guests feel their stay at Shirakaba reminds them of Japanese ryokan. The house utilizes geothermal heating and air conditioning and solar energy, winning TripAdvisor's Platinum Green Award. Sun or snow, our Berkshires year round resort can produce clean, green energy for your comfort and leisure. Shirakaba bedding is all feather-free

Come as you are to our Berkshires year round resort. Shed your shoes as you enter. Louise and Sadao will have slippers waiting for you. Slip out of your western wear and into a traditional cotton yukata; your hosts have these comfortable robes in just your size. Then settle into Matsu No Ma, the Pine Suite with its king-size Tempur-Pedic bed,large HDTV Bluray player, DirecTV hard drive and streaming Netfix. The suite has a full bathroom with shower and tub and Shirakaba supplies you with your choice of complimentary Japanese snacks, teas, sodas of your choice and a Japanese washcloth to use and take home. Matsu No Ma also has a secondary room the Zen room a 3 mat tatami room that can be your private sitting/reading/meditation room or can sleep a second couple or up to two children; or into Take No Ma the Bamboo Suite whose front Pond View Room has a king-size memory foam bed and the second Garden View room has a 4 mat tatami room and a western table for two, HDTV Bluray player, DirecTV hard drive and streaming Netfix in both rooms. The suite has a full bathroom with shower and tub and Shirakaba supplies you with your choice of complimentary Japanese snacks, teas, sodas of your choice and a Japanese washcloth to use and take home. Meander upstairs to Ume No Ma, the Plum Room, a perfect hideaway for meditating, yoga, enjoying a book or a board game, and even dining and sleeping in the traditional Japanese way with a low table and a tatami mat floor.

Invest some energy in the indoor heated lap pool; it will come back to you with interest. Saunatec, far infrared sauna is in the pool room. In winter there's a Sundance 6-person spa by the indoor pool, but when spring arrives it moves outdoors for you to bask under the stars. Stroll a path to the gazebo and gaze from its cliff top at a rumpled rug of hills and vales upholstered in woodland velvet and look up to see more stars than you thought possible...

Enjoy your favorite Berkshires year round resort in any kind of weather. Yes, it does rain here, so sit on the screened porch and watch the world get wet. Or browse the shelves of DVDs and enjoy a movie in widescreen. Or work yourself limp with Wii and Wii Fit games. Wireless Internet is yours throughout the guest house.

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