Driving up toward one of my favorite trail-heads, Sukawa Course of Mt. Kurikoma, I noticed flags with the coolest logo popping up along the way. Following the signs, I was lead to a building that blended in beautifully with the traditional atmosphere of its surrounding. This was Kurikoma Chaya, a kominka stay (guest house) and café. The building is an 80-year-old house that was previously used as a ryokan for people traveling to the hot springs of Sukawa. The house has recently been renovated and received the 8th Ichinoseki City Landscape Development Award for the Landscape Category.
Photos in the article used with Kurikoma Chaya's permission
The café on the first floor specializes in kakigori (a Japanese shaved-ice treat). Seasonal, unique flavors that use local ingredients are often on the menu. The last time I went, I had shaved-ice with beets! Bubble tea and coffee is also offered.
On the second floor is the guesthouse which is fully furnished with two shower rooms and two restrooms. Futons and amenities are available for a number of guests. For more info to make a reservation: https://kurikomachaya.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/kurikomacyaya-en-web.pdf
The cafe/guest house is situated on the foothill of Mt. Kurikoma, a mountain which boasts one the most spectacular autumn foliage and in summer, a selection of alpine flora. Sukawa Hot Spring which is situated on Mt. Kurikoma, is famous for its unique water properties and as a healing spot for various ailments. If you're looking for the perfect countryside getaway, or are just in need of a refreshing treat, Kurikoma Chaya is the place for you.
Business hours (cafe): 10am-5pm （closed on Fridays but open every day in August） Check in hours (guest house): 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check-out time (guest house): Up to and including 10 a.m.
Home page: https://kurikomachaya.com/