About 20 minutes by car from Tottori City, in the town of Yazu, you will find OOE VALLEY STAY, a former elementary school that has been brought back to life as a lodging facility. Here you can fully enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of Yazu, as well as sample the local culinary culture.
As you go inside, you will see the rooms lined up in such a way that you don’t even realize that this place used to be an elementary school. Open a window and you can feel the gentle breeze that blows in from the forest, giving your mind release from the stresses of everyday life. There are a variety of rooms available, including rooms with living spaces that create an air of luxury, bunk-bed rooms that look like small mountain cabins, and rooms like tree houses that have an atmosphere of being a secret hideout. Just choosing a room provides excitement for guests.
Going outside, you will see that a beautiful lawn has been planted on the old school playground, giving it a free, open feel. You can take a nap, enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book, do some yoga, or run around barefoot. And at night, you can lay on the grass and look up at the stars. Seems like a nice way to live, doesn’t it?
Here at OOE VALLEY STAY, all guests are served a breakfast using ingredients from the surrounding mountain villages. The owners want the guests to enjoy the natural blessings of Tottori as they are, and their enthusiasm is included in the meals they provide. Special time and care are put into the process as vegetables and rice grown in Tottori are cooked without artificial flavoring, creating additive-free dishes that bring out the intrinsic flavors of the ingredients.
A short walk will take you to Oenosato Natural Farm, a place where both children and adults can enjoy a variety of experiences, including sweets cooking classes that use farm-grown eggs, sausage-making classes, and farm work experiences. They provide you with the chance to enjoy making things, as well as learn about the importance of the food we eat and how it gets to our dinner tables. Why not stop on by and experience it for yourself?
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