Top choice cottage in Higashi Iya

Chiiori is a once-abandoned, 18th-century, thatched-roof farmhouse that has been painstakingly restored towards its original brilliance. Glistening red-pine floorboards surround open-floor hearths under soaring rafters. Shōji (movable screens), antique furnishings and irori (traditional hearths) are complemented by a gleaming, fully-equipped modern kitchen, a gorgeous bathroom and a washing machine. Chiiori sleeps up to 10.

To make the most of Chiiori, hire a rental car and stock up with food at the supermarket before going, because it's very remote.