ほなみのご家族は気さくで世話好きです。 部屋は小さいですが、居心地いいです。 しかし、交通手段はちょっと難しいです。 この「Airbnb」を進めます!
I was able to easily get to the house because I had a car. If you don't have a car, you either need to use the buses, walk, or get a ride from Honami's family to their house. It's not close to the train station. Honami's family go out of their way to help you, and gave me a ride to the train station and back when I wanted to visit Nagoya for a day trip.
Honami's family is very welcoming and accommodating. I speak Japanese, so we didn't use much English. However, Honami's parents both speak enough for simple conversation and communication. They often knew words in English that I didn't know in Japanese. Honami is fluent in English, but she was traveling abroad when I visited.
The room is upstairs and small. I was OK with the size because it was only me. The room is neither old nor new, but it's cozy. It's a bamboo tatami floor, so the bed is a futon. However, they include a thick cushion mattress so it doesn't feel like you're sleeping on the floor. There is a small TV and an heater/air conditioning unit on the wall.
The toilet is in a small room right next to your tatami room. The sink and mirror are in the hallway and not private. They provide a face towel, body towel, hair dryer, and a disposable hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, cup). I did not see the family come upstairs very often while I was there.
The shower is downstairs, and you have to share it with the rest of the family. You can choose to bathe Japanese style by sharing bathwater with the family, or just take a shower. However, it can be a bit difficult to coordinate bathing time with three other people. They let me have preferential timing, but I felt pressured to shower quickly as to not hold up the line! Honami's younger brother also seemed to find it strange that I only wanted to shower, not bathe, haha!
You can eat in the kitchen, and use the fridge and stove how you like. They told me they didn't provide breakfast, but Honami's mother still offered me yogurt, cornflakes, bananas, and an endless supply of green tea. You might consider going to the store to supplement your breakfast with juice, milk, bread, eggs, etc. I was gone from morning to evening, so I didn't eat any other meals with the family.
Overall, I recommend this house if you have your own transportation, can navigate Japanese buses, or only staying a short time. That way, you don't have to pester the family for rides all the time. It's a great place for the price, and the family is very warm and inviting. You don't absolutely need to know Japanese, but it certainly helps.