You can see beautiful green of trees in summer,and snow -covered landscape in winter from the window.This is a Room for you. No western style beds. We have 2sets of Futon,Japanese style mattress.
The Squirrel House in Karuizawa
Hosted by Y + PON-Chan
Y + PON-Chan is the host.Y + PON-Chan is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

A small house located in the quiet woods. You can watch and feed wild squirrels and birds every morning. Natural hot springs, shops & restaurants, bird watching park are near by. We especially welcome guests who loves nature and food.【Foreign travelers only】

The space

The Squirrel House provides unique HOME STAY experiences. We are not just offering a room for rent. While you are here you will be our FAMILY. You can stay like your own home. Comfortable enough for 2 persons.

Guest access

【Please read following important notices until the end】
1hour by Shinkansen train, 3hours by highway bus from Tokyo. 6km from JR Karuizawa station. 3km from Naka-karuizawa station which is the next stop from Karuizawa station by Shinano local railways.You should stop over at our shop 30min. walk or 5min. by TAXI from Naka-karuizawa(中軽澤) stn. to pick up the key and detailed map and information...etc.
We recommend guests to enjoy walking in the woods to the house from our shop. But in winter (Dec.-Apr.) it is better to take a taxi.

Interaction with guests

We may sometimes eat dinner together if possible. You may buy food at our shop with discount.

Other things to note

【Important Notice】
★ It is dark at night around the house. No house lights and no street lights. We would ask the guest to check in before sunset.

★ It is COLD in winter here. Average tempreture Dec. to Apr. is 5 to -15. We do not especially prepare transportation for the guest. So, do aware of this point and pace around at ones own risk.

★ There are no shops and restaurants within 20min. from the house. But there is Hoshino Onsen SPA and Dining area 21min. on foot.

★ At night time you may meet wild animals such as bear, deer, fox, boar,,,, please watch out !

【Guest do not have to bring・・・】
☆ Bath towel
☆ Shampoo
☆ Soap
☆ Mouth wash
☆ Blanket and pillow

【Guest should bring ・・・】
★ Smartphone
★ ipad (Wi-Fi available)
★ Tooth brush & paste
★ Face towel
★ Change clothes
★ Portable umbrella or rain coat

Basically the price does not include any meals except light breakfast such as serials, milk, and orange juice. We may provide a dinner for you with affordable price to have it together if possible. But we need to be informed in advance.

We can call a taxi to the house when you needed. It would be 1,500yen ($15) to Naka-karuizawa stn. or 3,000yen ($30) to JR Karuizawa stn. plus calling fee.

【Hiking Trails】
There are a lot of hiking trails near by. We can advise some routes from our experience. A lot of attractive places as you may see photos in this site. The hiking season is limited from Apr. to Oct.

Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 10AM - 6PM

※Our house is only for Foreigners without babies or younger kids.
※We do not accept a guest without photo and profile (age, job, interests etc)
※We accommodate 3 guests in a month only.


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Min User Profile
August 2017
You are lucky that you have just browse through airbnb and notice this cute squirrel house. And you are even blessed that you decide to book it and later on receive their acceptance. It's a place for any kind of traveler possessing a genuine and polite mind. Good mind, good find.
Y + PON-Chan User ProfileY + PON-Chan is a superhost.
Response from Y + PON-Chan:
We alway welcome you come back home.
August 2017

Rosa User Profile
July 2017
Y + Pon-Chan were truly excellent hosts. For picking us up at the train station (and then dropping us off on our departure day), to their spot-on suggestions for places to see in Karuizawa and the use of their bikes, they were great. But in addition to this, they invited us to eat dinner with them on both of the nights we stayed at their place, and in those dinners we experienced some of the best Japanese home-cooking we've ever had, as well as lively conversation with well-traveled and kind people. As for their guest accommodations: the futon was very comfortable, the living room had one of the comfiest chairs ever, and we were even able to do some laundry. The town of Karuizawa itself provided a nice respite from the summer Tokyo heat, and we enjoyed biking around to visit all of the sights. Coming from America I may have been a little skeptical about how great an onsen could be--but the Hoshino Hot Springs onsen in town was actually amazing, and I am so glad I went! There was also a lot of varied architecture throughout the town that was interesting to see. We are so glad we went to Karuizawa and stayed at the Squirrel House!

Zoe User Profile
July 2017
The Squirrel House is the best Airbnb we ever had. And it makes our stay in Karuizawa so memorable. It is a relax, comfort and quiet place for us to forget about the busy city life and the hosts are so caring and kind. For the travellers like us feel like home.

Karlie User Profile
June 2017
Squirrel House is an excellent place to stay and a wonderful, unique experience if you're visiting Karuizawa. Ponchan and Y are so inviting and friendly, it really makes the whole trip go smoothly. Before arrival, Ponchan made sure we got in okay. The house is in such a peaceful location (and you really do see a lot of squirrels!) but the real takeaway was getting to know Ponchan and Y. I would recommend staying at Squirrel House to anyone in a heartbeat!

Min User Profile
February 2017
Another lovely relaxing mind refreshing trip after running Tokyo marathon. My best meet in aribnb. Plz become their nice and polite guests if ones are interested in visiting Squrral house.

Renmax User Profile
December 2016
The house is great and warm. Y + Pong Chan is a nice couple . Recommend to everyone strongly.

Max User Profile
November 2016
This is a very unique experiences that I never have in my all travel in pass 25 years. This house like the website description in Karzuizawa summer resort, just locate inside the forest (yes, it is). It's very silence during night, especially you can see stars clearly when you walk in forest. Squirrel and Birds will come in early morning to give you surprise. We originally would like to find a place which can give you a peaceful living environment without interference. However, however, until we meet Pon-Chan and Yumiko, they change our mind, they really treat us like good friend to give you tour guiding, pick up at night, coffee, wine, sake, indeed, we enjoy a wonderful home-made dinner with them and open our arm to hug together and take so crazy pictures. I would never forgot my stay in this house, I also never forgot I have two good friends Pon-Chan and Yumiko.

Karuizawa, JapanJoined in March 2014
Y + PON-Chan User ProfileY + PON-Chan is a superhost.
We moved to this beautiful highland from Tokyo about 10 years ago. We used to work for a travel agency and had busy days. We lived in Singapore and Vancouver Canada because of transfer of the company. We totally changed our idea of life especially after living in Canada. We thoug…
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