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. Designed by a Japanese architect,Yoshihiko Sato of Great Barrington MA it was built in 2000 and named by its owners – one Japanese, one American – after its stately white birch trees: Shirakaba.
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 older children's sizes. Then settle into Matsu No Ma, the Pine Suite with its king-size Tempur-Pedic bed, full private bath, and adjoining tatami room; or into Take No Ma, the Bamboo Room with a queen-size bed and private bath. 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 with a low table and a tatami mat floor.
Schedule a massage from our partners, or Louise will schedule it for you The InTouch Day Spa in Williamstown MA at the Spa or right here at Shirakaba.....Advance reservations required 413-458-3235.
With 24 hours notice, reserve our 6 course dinner with an option to have a lesson with Sadao learning how to roll your own sushi!
Invest some energy in the indoor heated lap pool; it will come back to you with interest. In winter there’s a 6-person spa by the 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 clifftop at a rumpled rug of hills and vales upholstered in woodland velvet. At night, enjoy the night sky as only Shirakaba can offer, away from city lights.
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 in your room or upstairs in the common area on the 61" Hi Definition TV upstairs. Rooms and swimming pool room all offer streaming Netflix, Bluray players and Pandora Audio.
Or work yourself limp with Wii and Wii Fit games. Wireless Internet is yours free; so are long-distance calls nationwide.
You’re not in Japan. But almost.