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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 New England travelers, Berkshire Shirakaba never ceases to please newcomers, by the peace and serenity surrounding our mini resort. Designed by a Japanese architect, Yoshihiko Sato, it was built in 2000 as a private home and named after its stately white birch trees Shirakaba. Many guests feel their stay at Shirakaba reminds them of Japanese ryokan. The house utilizes geothermal heating/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.

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 including plus and children’s sizes for your use during your stay. They are also available for sale in our gift shop.

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

Both Suites  starting at $375 per night for 2 guests, have: western bedroom with king size bed, bedding is all feather-free, 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 Melaleuca 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.

Settle into 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.

  1. Private door to Garden Room with tatami mats
    (gives more privacy to 2nd couple or children)
  2. Outside windows on three sides of Shirakaba
  3. Western table for 2 in Garden Room
  4. Shower/tub unit in bathroom
  5. Western bed is BioPedic memoryfoam mattress
  6. 2nd TV/bluray in Garden Room

Or check into Matsu No Ma – Pine Suite which 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.

  1. Private entrance to swimming pool room
  2. Slider door to common deck
  3. Walk-in shower for 2 (dual shower heads)
  4. Privacy wall for toilet area
  5. Larger western bedroom
  6. No TV in tatami room (preferred by some parents)

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 named the “treehouse” by guests 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.