Welcome to Kuranoya, your retreat in Tono.
Kuranoya opened its doors in January 2010 when, tired of our hectic life in Tokyo, we decided to move to Tono to run our own comfortable yet elegant Japanese-style inn.
Tono is a lovely village, surrounded by mountains and crossed by clean rivers, a town that maintains the flavour of old times. Yet locals, too used to such a beauty, tend to take it for granted and are unable to promote the city to outsiders. For this reason, when we decided to make of Tono our new home, we decided that we would become Tono’s ambassadors to outsiders by running our own B&B．
In Tokyo we worked for a US Financial firm and the Japanese edition of English language magazines, therefore we can both communicate with our guests in English. In our inn we have created an environment where foreign visitors will feel at ease, while enjoying a truly Japanese hospitality.
Toshihiro & Yuko Kuramoto
Tono is a lively town of about twentyeight thousand inhabitants, considered to be the cradle of Japanese folklore. Local folktales, related to the daily life of peasants, have been passed by word of mouth for centuries, from generation to generation, until they were collected in a book titled “Tono monogatari” (“Legends of Tono”), written by the renown author Yanagita Kunio in 1910.
Even today, Tono’s citizens value their own unique culture, and the legends contained in the book are still part of their daily life. Elementary school children, every autumn, perform the Legends of Tono in their annual Culture Festival and each winter, local non professional actors represent stories narrated in the Legends of Tono, in a theatrical performance called “Tono Monogatari Fantasy”.
Tono, for its culture, traditions, gastronomy and untouched, ever changing landscape, is a destination off the track definitely worth a visit, especially if you are a connoisseur and lover of the Japan's true spirit.
All Kuranoya’s guest rooms are Japanese style (tatami flooring and futon bedding), with private toilet, bath or shower room.
In each room wifi, air conditioner, air purifier, TV, safety box, refrigerator and kettle are available.
In winter, for our guests’ extra comfort, each room is equipped with kotatsu heated tables.
You will also find other amenities such as yukata sleeping wear, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, hair brush, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner and body soap.
Homemade breakfast, included in the room rate, is served daily from 6.30h to 9.00h in the dining room on the ground floor. Dinner is offered only upon guests’ request, and will be served from 17.30h to 20.00h.
In preparing our guests’ meal, we make use of ingredients in large part locally grown and in season. Kindly do let us know in advance if you have any food allergy or any special meal request.
Of course we are very welcome to vegetarians and vegans.
At Kuranoya, the following services are available for our guests
Homemade breakfast, included in the room fee
Optional dinner, at an extra charge of 1500Y per person
Laundry (washing machine can be used for a 100 yen charge)
Pick up by car at Tono station, between 16.00 and 20.00h. (Please inform us at least 24 hours before your arrival if you require this service)
Drop off at Tono station on the day of departure
Rental bicycles are available at the Tourist Information Office in front of the station. Prices start from about 650 yen for 3 hours, but may not be available from December to March.
English language pamphlets and maps
Rates ( based on par room for one night / including breakfast and tax)
Check in, check out and cancellation policy
Check-in time is from 16.00h.
Pick up at Tono station and luggage drop off before check-in time is possible.
Please inform us at least 24 hours before your arrival if you require this service.
Check-out time is by 10.00am
Should you need to cancel your booking, kindly take note that the following cancellation fees will apply:
-Up to 4 days before check-in: no charge
- 1 to 3 days before check-in: 20% of lodging rate
- Same day cancellation: 50%
- No show: 100%
Thank you for your understanding.
How to reach Kuranoya from Tokyo :
From Tokyo or Ueno Station take the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train to Shinhanamaki Station (3h), then change to JR Kamaishi line local train to Tono (45 to 60min)
Take the Iwateken Kotsu overnight bus service from Ikebukuro Station to Tono Station (8.30h)
B&B Kuranoya is located about 3km from Tono Station, a 40~50min walk.
Please inform us of your expected time of arrival 24 hours in advance and we will be happy to pick you up by car for check-in.
Take the Tohoku Expressway to Hanamaki JCT (6h), change for the Kamaishi Highway and get off at the Tono Exit (40 min)
Toshihiro & Yuko Kuramoto