A cozy, clean, cute and comforting place to stay that's ideal for long or short stays. We stayed a month and loved every moment. The symphonic sounds of frogs at night, who find the surrounding rice fields an ideal home, provide wonderful nocturnal ambience for nature lovers. The calm and gentle pace, the idyllic beauty of the many rice fields, the quiet friendly neighbors, the excellence of sidewalks for safe walking and bicycle riding (on the free bicycle provided kindly by the hosts) made for a perfect stay. The internet connection was lightning fast and reliable; the cable TV provided as much daily news to stay informed including NHK's 9 pm English news hour.
The full kitchen, with radiant stove, and a full assortment of cooking utensils including a blender for fresh smoothies and a wonderful rice cooker for perfect rice every time, made staying here even better - with the Aeon market only 10 minutes away by bicycle. Closer by is the 7-11 which was fully stocked with out favorite treats, as well as fresh salads, milk and OJ, pastries, breads, and even a nice selection of veggies in addition to its wide array of bento boxes, frozen foods, books, manga, and magazines. The walk from the train station was less than 10 minutes making a taxi unnecessary, and morning walks to buy the daily papers (including the Japan Times with its free insert of the NY Times international edition), and again for the evening papers, provided us with some structure to ensure we got out twice each day. The noodle shop in the station, and the udon shop at the Aeon, were both very good, and the nearby bakery was fantastic, though dining in was our preference and the kitchen was an oasis for any home chef! The hot bath, with its autofill, and Japanese style shower, were wonderful, as was the in-house laundry. The two upstairs bedrooms, each with two single beds, provided ample space for a family. The upstairs office and downstairs kitchen table provided ideal work spaces. The Shinkansen to Tokyo was just over an hour, with plenty of seating and only four stops; from Nasushiobara there are plenty of places to go, and several free shuttles including one for the nearby Nasu Garden Outlet with its outlet stores, food court, a half dozen restaurants and even a Tully's coffee shop. Buses to Nasu and Shiobara onsen towns, to the ropeway at Mt. Nasu, as well as tourist buses to various destinations nearby, make Nasushiobara an ideal hub for easy get-aways.
In short, I cannot overstate how wonderful staying at Pat and JJ's townhouse was!