Take a Tour Inside This Mobile Tiny Home in Hakuba, Japan

Samurai Matcha
by Samurai Matcha

Today, I will be sharing my overnight experience in a mobile tiny home in Japan. I am in Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture, where the 1998 Nagano Olympics were held. I'm only here one night, but let's enjoy this tiny, minimalist home together.

The price is 17,820 yen ($155), including breakfast per person per night. The size is 19.99 x 7.98 x 9.01 feet.

Inside the tiny home

The interior's orange illumination looks very cool as I head inside the tiny home. 

Everything about this home is really simple. The moment I entered, I felt like I had entered the tea ceremony room. 


Tiny home interior 

The tiny house is made of cypress plywood to give it lightness and strength. The amenities included a double-sized mattress, towel, and heater. The mattress is placed on a simple platform with a light under it. 

Tiny home interior

This platform also allows you to sit up and relax.

There are well-made chairs and tables that I can comfortably relax on. There are Snow Peak jackets to use. The hooks on the rack for the jackets can fold in when not in use.

Other amenities

Other small supplies included are deodorant spray, a little lamp, a lighter, a clock, hand gel, Snow Peak Tanehozuki lanterns, a kettle, cups, plates, a refrigerator, beer and water, ice, and other small basics.

When I was relaxing, I heard some noise from outside and found that a hot air balloon event was being held. A colorful balloon was floating in the clear night sky. The scenery was so beautiful that I didn't think I was in Japan. I'm looking forward to breakfast at the resort’s fashionable restaurant tomorrow morning.

I'll take off my kimono to change into a heavy coat. I got a free hot spring ticket from Snow Peak, so I'm going there. It's only a one-minute walk from the tiny home. Afterward, I'll head back to relax a bit and then go to sleep.

The tiny home in daylight

When I opened the curtains, I saw a completely different view from last night. 

View from the window

The window lets in light and brings the outdoors in. 

Mr. Kuma, who designed this tiny house, says this about this window:

"I was focused on the design and wanted to make the outside scenery the leading role. The cut of the window was to be interpreted as a picture frame to see the scenic views of nature. This window design was inspired by a Japanese tea room. In the Edo period, the tea masters thought that the window in the tea room would have a different view of the world and create new values within the room."

That may be one of the reasons why I thought it was like a tea room when I entered it. The toilet and shower room are located inside the Snow Peak store so that guests can use them at any time.

Mobile tiny home

The roofs and porches can be folded, but I couldn't move them because I don't have a special tool for them.

Breakfast at the restaurant 

I went to that fashionable restaurant for breakfast. I sat on a simple and cute chair and had a cup of crimson tea.

Japanese breakfast

Breakfast is fresh salad, Japanese pickles, Shinshu miso, soup, purple rice, Ankake salmon, and Yuzu miso grilled with Hoba leaves. 

Purple rice is a rare rice that can only be harvested in this area. I couldn't stop eating because everything was too delicious.

Matcha on the porch of the mobile tiny house

Finally, back at the house, it's time to make matcha. I boil water and prepare it to take out to the front porch. This porch is the best size to make tea. 

Tea ceremony in the snow

My butt was a little cold, but outdoor matcha in the snow was the best.

Mobile tiny home

After visiting this mobile tiny house, I came to think I want to live in this kind of small tiny house. I'm glad I was able to visit here and enjoyed it. Do you think you could live in a tiny house like this one? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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