The three buildings of the hotel named after different species of irises
During the Edo period there was a cultural trend in which commoners would cultivate and admire irises. Many of the irises that were cultivated during this time still remain and the iris which was once the official flower of Sawara City continues to represent the area. Each building that is a part of the Sawara Merchant Town Hotel NIPPONIA has been named after a different species of an iris.
(Former Nakamuraya Shoten, Designated Prefectural Cultural Property)
─ Reception & Restaurant
The hotel reception and restaurant are located in a building that was formerly a merchant shop which has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by Chiba Prefecture. This building is like the landmark of Sawara as it has continued to watch over the town for 160 years since it was built during the Edo period. The building is named after a famous species of iris called the “Geisho-ui” and is located on the main street of Sawara at the cultural and physical center of town.MORE
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The YATA building was a large structure that was originally built over 100 years ago during the Meiji period as a place to process cotton and houses 3 guest rooms. Each of the guest rooms are made up of the former main wing, warehouse that was built using state-of-the-art technology available at that time, and the annex that faces the backyard. The building is named after the species of iris called the “Yata no Kagami”, which was known for its large flower petals. The YATA building is a 2-minute walk from the GEISHO building where the reception is located.MORE
The AOI building was built over 80 years ago during the early Showa period and stands in front of a boat landing along the Ono River. The entire building, which used to be a famous local Japanese-style restaurant, has been transformed into a guestroom. The building is located in a prime location to watch the Sawara Grand Festival held during the summer and fall as the giant float procession passes right by the building. The building was named after the species of iris called “Aoi no Ue”. The AOI building is a 2-minute walk from the GEISHO building where the reception is located.MORE
Check-in and check-out at the reception in the GEISHO building.
Dinner and breakfast will be served at the restaurant in the GEISHO building.
Relax in one of the guest rooms that are located throughout the town.
Duplex Superior Garden View Semi Western-Style Room
In this room, the stairs at the back of the Japanese style room with tatami flooring leads to the 2nd floor where you can oversee the street outside. The room features a traditional Japanese style alcove (Toko no Ma) and staggered alcove shelves (Chigaidana) that is representative of Japanese aesthetics. This is also the only room that has a private open-air bath.
Occupancy: 1~4 Adults / Size: 92 SQ MBOOKING
Duplex Standard Semi Western-Style Room
This room was formerly a Japanese style “warehouse” built following a traditional architectural style and used to protect and store household treasures. It provides a comfortable space that is not affected by the climate and is thus, cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Warm light floods into the room through the roof window and the open space in the 1st floor ceiling that was originally used to unload cotton.
Occupancy: 1~4 Adults / Size: 77 SQ MBOOKING
Standard Garden View Western-Style Room
This room is like a getaway house as it provides a very private and relaxing space at the very back of the YATA building. The room has a terrace overlooking the garden behind the building which incorporates Japanese roof tiles and presents you with a relaxing space.
Occupancy: 1~4 Adults / Size: 54 SQ MBOOKING
Villa Garden View Premium Room
This room located along the banks of the Ono River gives you an opportunity to reserve an entire Japanese style building for yourself. Please sit back and enjoy a peaceful time in the special atmosphere consisting of the main building, great view from the annex, and the beautifully maintained Japanese style courtyard in between.
Occupancy: 2~6 Adults / Size: 96 SQ MBOOKING
Equipment & Amenities
All rooms have a Simmons mattress which are used in the best hotels throughout the world. Furthermore, for the bedding, pillowcases, and cover sets we use the best quality linen also used by the Imperial household in Japan.
La Quan Wa Toiletries
At this hotel we provide “La Quan Wa” brand shampoo, conditioner, and body wash which was originally created for use in phytotherapy. The plant extracts from this high-quality brand will gently moisturize and protect your skin and hair.
We provide yukatas for guests so that you can spend a relaxing time in comfortable clothes during your stay. You are more than welcome to wear these yukatas to your meals at the restaurant as well.
Hinoki (Japanese Cypress) Bathtub
Each of the hinoki (Japanese cypress) bathtubs have been made carefully by the craftsmen of Sawara. Please enjoy a bath while surrounded by the comforting aroma of the Japanese cypress.
Simmons mattress Bathroom High-speed internet (Wi-Fi) Refrigerator Electric kettle Coffee maker Hair dryer Toilet with bidet Safe (Exceptions apply to certain rooms) Humidifier
Towels Yukata Tabi socks Slippers Toothbrush Shampoo Conditioner Body towels Body wash Soap Cotton pads Cotton swabs Hair brush Shower cap Shaver
※We apologize for the inconvenience but we do not have any cosmetic products such as moisturizers or milky lotions. If you require them during your stay, we kindly ask that you bring them with you.
A request for our guests in preserving the hotel’s historic structures
The hotel facilities are made up of precious and important historical structures. Therefore, we kindly ask that you use our facilities with the care and respect that will allow us to preserve and pass on these structures and the nature and lifestyle that surround it to our future generation.Terms & Conditions
※Please contact us ahead of time if you plan to check-in past 19:00
- 7：30 ～ 9：00
We will inquire about specific meal times during check-in
Hotel parking is available nearby
Children are welcome.
Please feel free to contact us directly for any questions regarding your stay with children.Additional fees for extra beds and meals for children are as listed below:
- Plan Details
- Extra bed Adult course meal
- Same price as an adult
- Extra bed Half course meal
- 8,910 Yen
- Extra bed Children’s one-plate meal
- 7,722 Yen
- No extra bedHalf course meal
- 4,158 Yen
- No extra bedChildren’s one-plate meal
- 3,564 Yen
- No extra bedNo extra meal
- No extra fees
※All prices include tax
Accepted Payment TypesVISA / MASTER / JCB / AMEX / DINERS
Cancellation fees will be charged when guests cancel due to their own circumstances
14 days prior 10% of the room rate
7 days prior 30% of the room rate
3 days prior 50% of the room rate
1 day prior 80% of the room rate
Check-in day 100% of the room rate