Charming Old World Lodging Above Historic Traditional Japanese Bathhouse

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Last updated: 11/29/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

There is nothing else like this! Enchanting and comfortable lodgings for up to 2 couples (separate rooms) full kitchen with all amenities, hardwood floors, gorgeous light, surrounded by swaying bamboo above the Historic Japanese Osento (private bath house) where you can soak in hot and cool tubs, take a delicious steam, with your choice of homemade salt scrubs, essential oils and aromatic flowers while sipping fresh hot ginger tea in the winter and a cool refreshments in the warmer months.
WEEK-END RATES FRI. SAT. & SUN. (includes 2 hr. Soak & Steam) 1 couple $318, extra guest $40 p/per. Loding tax of $17.88 p/night to be paid upon arrival.
WEEK DAY RATES MON. - THURS. 1 couple $273, extra guest $40 p/per
Lodging tax of $16.20 p/night to be paid upon arrival


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6

  • Bedroom 1. The fantasy bedroom: 1 double

    Super comfy and darling...moreless

  • Bedroom 2. Steamer trunk Bedroom: 1 double

    Charming & cozy with original steamer wardrobe trunk...moreless

  • Bed 3 is a day bed in tea parlor: 1 queen

    Delightfully comfortable!...moreless

  • Fantasy bedroom is small, hence the double/full size bed, however it's exceedingly comfy, private and charming. The window opens out onto high swaying bamboo making you feel like you're in a tree house. Hardwood floors. Located directly across the hall from the bathroom. Bedroom 2 is also small but refreshingly charming with original steamer wardrobe trunk showing travel stamps of someone's journey from Japan to the U.S. back in the old days. Bedroom 3, (if needed) doubles as a tea parlor/living room and has a very comfy queen size day bed. Hardwood floors, large window by the bed looks out to the beautiful swaying bamboo. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 upstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2 downstairs lounge area: toilet

    Handicap accessible...moreless

  • Bathroom 3 in Sento: toilet

    Handicap accesssible...moreless

  • Bathroom upstairs has an antique lion claw tub with shower, sink and toilet. Also includes small cabinet with drawers for your toilet articles and full length mirror. Hardwood floors. Nice size window. Bathroom 2 downstairs in lounge area is wheelchair accessible. Bathroom 3 in Sento (bath house) is also wheelchair accessible and also serves as a changing room for the baths, with kimonos/yucatas for soaking guests....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We have an art gallery and is spring & summer we change shows monthly. All the galleries of the community are open on either 1st Fridays or 1st Saturdays of the month. Historic tour of the 'ghost chic' Japanese Methodist church are available for those who are interested!...moreless


  • Books:

    Upstairs has a small eclectic library as well as new yorkers and science news magazines. Downstairs Lounge area has Japanese art books, Japanese american history, and books on rituals of soaking!...moreless

  • Music Library:

    In lounge area of the Miyazaki only. You may plug into speakers with your own Ipod....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small library of DVD's, mostly art related subjects can be viewed on your personal laptop....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural:

    There are miles of gorgeous park land with romantic sloughs, excellent bird watching, organic farms abound....moreless

  • Village:

    Walnut Grove is a town of 730 people. We are located in the heart of Historic Japan town right on the community park....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Nestled within the 1200 miles of the beautiful winding waterways of the Sacramento Delta, located 1 block away from the Sacramento river. There is a boat dock with handicap access. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining area is part of open floor plan with kitchen. Spacious and light, hardwood floors, windows look out through the swaying bamboo onto the community park. Large table, more chairs can be available...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Portable unit...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located downstairs is primarily for the Sento. It can be made available for extended stays. Outside laundry line is always available....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant heat...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi high speed broadband....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All sheets, pillow cases and quilts provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room doubles as tea parlor/2nd bedroom if needed. roughly 20X15, seats 6. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Easy parking outside of building or tree lined parking lot 1 block away....moreless

  • Telephone:

    For emergencies only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, kitchen towels and cloth napkins are provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Located downstairs is primarily for the Sento. It can be made available for extended stays....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press, coffee grinder and milk whipper. Electric coffee maker available upon request....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of plates, glasses, cups, silverware, large & small bowls, serving platters and pots and pans. 10 settings....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Custom bead board door....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Private kitchen for vacationers. The cupboards are original bead board, marble counter tops, farmhouse sink includes all appliances, open floor plan, hardwood floors and plenty of beautiful light!...moreless

  • Oven:

    Lower part of antique Wedgewood...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, sugar, olive oil, excellent coffee, caffeinated & decaf, half & half, assorted teas, spring water and paper towels....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator is not a full family size, but is not a mini either. It has custom bead board door, in keeping with the rest of the style of the building. Overflow fridge also in same room....moreless

  • Stove:

    Antiques Wedgwood...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Simple 2 piece toaster and separate toaster oven....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Small balcony with side table and 2 chairs where you can sip your morning coffee or watch the sunset & moon rise....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have 2 single kayaks which you are welcome to use in the 1200 miles of mysterious waterways of the Delta. Deposit required....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Our building opens onto the community plaza, a charming tree shaded area with tables, chairs & benches, small & sweet vegetable patch, which you are welcome to. Plum blossoms abound in spring! 100X75 ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    2 Life jackets....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    This is the heart & soul of the place. The historic Sento is a private Bath house with the feeling of a temple. Includes hot & cool tubs, steam room, salt scrubs, essential oils, aromatic flowers, tea...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $107 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included


$249 is the cost for 1 couple ($284 for 2 couples) staying in vac. rental & using the Sento (private bath house) for 2 hrs. (soaking together.) If each couple wants a private soak, add $80

Additional sleeping area on 1st fl. Same pricing structure as upstairs. $249 for 1 couple ($284 for 2 couples.)

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Last updated: 11/29/2015
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29 Miles
Nearest Airport
28.6 Miles from Sacramento, 19.5 miles from Lodi,
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
29 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

We are the only remaining functioning Historic Japanese Bath House (sento) in the country. The accompanying lodgings will take you back in time to enjoy old world charm as you tour this time machine of a town.

A unique and interesting setting within the small Historic Japanese and Chinese towns, now burgeoning artist community, nestled among 1200 miles of waterways and sloughs right on the Sacramento river and near the convergence of the San Joaquin, and Consumnes rivers. We are surrounded by farm lands and park reserves where bird migrations of all kinds make their magical appearance fall through early spring.

We have 7 art galleries within Walnut Grove and our neighboring town, Locke.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Eugene Phillips, builder, designer and artist, specializing in historic restorations and Montserrat Wassam, fine arts painter and installation artist, bought The Miyazaki bathhouse, an Historic landmark, as a virtual ruin. With their shared interest in water, history and the preservation of cultures, they devoted much of their time and love to the re creation of the Sento (bathhouse) as an expression of their mutual artistic vision, and as a vehicle to honor the customs of the Japanese culture and to introduce the love of the soaking ritual to Americans. Eugene grew up in Atascadero Ca. and Montserrat grew up in Paris France. They split their time between their home in San Francisco and Walnut Grove, Ca.

Why the Owner Chose Walnut Grove:
We stumbled upon The Miyazaki (built in 1916) as we took small back roads on our way home from 1 of our many excursions. We were very taken with the charming ghost town like quality of Walnut Grove and Locke and their haunting history. We had fallen in love while soaking in wild hot springs and the thought of owning and restoring a genuine Sento on the historic registry where we could soak and stay in the old boarding house upstairs, was... irresistible. Then we found out that there were once hundreds of these Japanese Bathhouses in the country, but after WWII they fell into disrepair and faded away. We simply loved the challenge of breathing life back into it as it was once the very heart beat of this Japanese community. Everyone thought we were nuts, and we were, but now we have a gem, and the community has blossomed around us, offering a ghost town with a burgeoning artist community. What a thrill!!

The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
Where else can you stay that offers real comfort with such unique charm, in a restored Historic landmark of cultural significance, with the opportunity to use the private soaking hot & cool tubs and steam room of the Miyazaki Osento, while lounging in the tatami area with tea service? Did I mention we can arrange for you to get an amazing massage by a certified licensed massage therapist during your stay?

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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Sento (Bath house)

    The Sento (Bath house)

  • Traditional stool for pre-scrub before entering tubs, a Japanese ritual...

    Traditional stool for pre-scrub before entering tubs, a Japanese ritual...

  • Making salt scrubs

    Making salt scrubs

  • Art Gallery

    Art Gallery

  • View of Tatami lounge area and beyond into the Sento

    View of Tatami lounge area and beyond into the Sento

  • Day bed in tea parlor

    Day bed in tea parlor

  • Tiny Wardrobe trunk bedroom

    Tiny Wardrobe trunk bedroom

  • Dinning area

    Dinning area

  • B Street side entrance. Lots of bamboo!

    B Street side entrance. Lots of bamboo!

  • A little cafe in the plaza before your soak?

    A little cafe in the plaza before your soak?

  • Sandhill crane bird migration, 5 minutes away

    Sandhill crane bird migration, 5 minutes away

  • Dock your boat at the Walnut Grove marina 1 block away

    Dock your boat at the Walnut Grove marina 1 block away

  • Ladies getting resdy to soak in the Bath house

    Ladies getting resdy to soak in the Bath house

  • Pre WW II Kimonos exhibit with rickshaw in gallery

    Pre WW II Kimonos exhibit with rickshaw in gallery

  • Art gallery

    Art gallery

  • The tea parlor in lodging upstairs.

    The tea parlor in lodging upstairs.

  • fantasy bedroom

    fantasy bedroom

  • A peak into the upstairs bathroom.
Even the fluffy robes are supplied!

    A peak into the upstairs bathroom. Even the fluffy robes are supplied!

  • Kitchen


  • Beginning of Spring, parkside entrance

    Beginning of Spring, parkside entrance

  • Looking out on to the little town

    Looking out on to the little town

  • Bucolic view of the Sacramento river from Walnut Grove  dock

    Bucolic view of the Sacramento river from Walnut Grove dock

  • Taiko drummers at the annual Buddhist Bazaar in July

    Taiko drummers at the annual Buddhist Bazaar in July

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