Sabae's Shinmei-en Hotel

A unique Japanese-style hotel in many, many ways

By Larry Knipfing   - 1 min read

I loved this place, the Shinmei-en inn/hotel. I've been living in Japan since 1980, and it reminded me of the Japan of yesteryear. Consider: 1) No bath or toilet in my room; 2) Tatami mat floor; 3) Futon bed on the floor; 4) Japanese garden right outside my window; 5) Communal bath; 6) People walking around the hotel in yukata; 7) Breakfast consisting of fish, rice, miso soup, dried seaweed, green tea. Mind you, this is not a luxurious onsen hotel (where you might expect to find all of the above), but rather, just a nice local old-fashioned inn/hotel in a pretty rural town (Sabae) in Fukui Prefecture.

Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30 years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is ...