Reviews

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Berkshires Shirakaba Guest House, New Ashford

...Thank you so much for an incredible stay in the Berkshires! You really made Alexander's birthday very special - romantic, unique, peaceful and fun. You looked after every request to make us comfortable and feel at home. The bed was very comfy, the living room cozy, the food was delicious and the surrounding area is gorgeous - the gazebo was a dream. We will be telling our friends... and recommending the sushi party! Thank you so much for the birthday carrot cake...

Eva & Alexander

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What a lovely time we had! The Japanese dinner was delicious and rolling our own sushi was a real treat! The babbling fountain outside our window, breakfast with a mountain-view; our trip to the cliff-top gazebo all made for a wonderful 2-day trip. Wish we could have stayed longer. You were tremendous hosts and made us feel like family...

Rachel & Trevor

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Berkshires Shirakaba was a wonderful find! We really enjoyed our stay here - every moment! The beautiful comfy room, the pool, the hot tub, the delicious Japanese breakfasts and all the lovely little touches and gifts - thanks, Louise! This was a memorable time - lovely...

Diane & Carla

A night at Berkshires Shirakaba was the perfect way to celebrate our wedding. The service was incredibly friendly and attentive without being overbearing, the food was incredible, and the view can't be beat. We had a wonderful time...

Brennan & Mariana

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...Thank you so much for an incredible stay in the Berkshires! You really made Alexander's birthday very special - romantic, unique, peaceful and fun. You looked after every request to make us comfortable and feel at home. The bed was very comfy, the living room cozy, the food was delicious and the surrounding area is gorgeous - the gazebo was a dream. We will be telling our friends... and recommending the sushi party! Thank you so much for the birthday carrot cake...

Mary Ann & Ted

...Thank you very much for your unconditional hospitality. You really made us feel at home. We enjoyed our stay way beyond words can describe. We certainly would love to come back next year. Your home is situated in a wonderful location, which goes beyond what we had imagined... Now we have to get back to reality and will miss you all. Our sushi making experience was a delight and lot of fun. We are looking forward [to] making sushi at home.
One card wasn't sufficient to put all our thanks. We also wanted to say something about our experience in your secluded gazebo up the hill. Our sushi lunch there was wonderful with breathtaking views of the Berkshires. I think it is not exaggerating to say you have the best place in the Berkshires...

Suresh & Abi

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Journeys

Seeking Japanese Calm, Closer to Home

By LAURA HOUSE
Published: June 22, 2012

YEARS ago, while traveling through Japan, I booked a last-minute room through the tourist office at Kyoto’s train station and ended up at a traditional guesthouse without knowing what I was getting into.

I was greeted at the entrance as if I were a long-lost relative, led to a hushed tatami-floored room where I traded my clothing for a robe, and shown a wooden tub where I later chose to cap the day before falling asleep on what seemed like a cloud. I did not levitate, just slumbered peacefully inches from the floor on a futon mattress that was as firm as it was yielding, lying beneath a comforter both weightless and substantial.

This was my introduction to ryokans, Japanese lodgings that became my obsession for a time. I fantasized about my stay long after my return to the United States, even returning to Japan to try other ones there. I never considered that I could save myself the airfare and recreate the experience within driving distance of my home in Brooklyn until this winter, when, as I searched for a last-minute getaway for me, my husband and our 19-month-old son, I found the Berkshires Shirakaba in New Ashford, Mass. It is one of a handful of Japanese guesthouses that have sprung up across the country seeking to offer the closest thing to staying at a ryokan this side of the Pacific.

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