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Charming Old World Lodging Above Historic Traditional Japanese Bathhouse

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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.75
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Completely private, sleeps up to 3 couples, full kitchen, tea parlor Living room

There is nothing else like this! Poetic and comfortable lodging 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. * Please note that due to the small size of the bedrooms, beds are double size only.

In the summer, enjoy a barbecue in the lovely shady community park that is the entrance to our property. We have tables and chairs set up there for you to enjoy any of your meals.

Enjoy the scenic little historic towns around us on foot or bicycle. Some activities include historic museums, nature preserves and boating.
Have your own boat? Walnut Grove has a public dock (1 short block away) where you can dock for a small fee.
Have a kayak or canoe? Plenty of beautiful and mysterious waterways for a romantic day trip. (We do not provide boats.)

Curious about this property? Read about our us in the media by googling these titles:

1. Sacramento Bee Hidden Gems off I-5: Tiny town’s bathhouse is painstakingly restored
2. Daily republic Miyazaki Bathhouse
3. San Jose Mercury Weekend getaway: A Japanese bathhouse in the Delta
4. Road Trip: A Serene Soak in Walnut Grove - Carpe Vino Auburn
5. Nichi bei A serendipitous mission to restore a treasured Walnut Grove, Calif. bath house
6. 9 Hidden Locations in California


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Limited Accessibility:

    Lodging accommodations are on upper level with NO wheelchair accessibility. However, The Bathhouse is wheelchair accessible. This includes the steam room but not the tubs. If you are in a wheelchair, please let us know as we can accommodate you for sleeping arrangements on the same floor as the bathhouse but we must know in advance. Thank you for understanding....moreless

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

  • Please note that due to the small size of bedrooms, the beds are double size. If you you are accustomed to king size beds, this is not going to be the place for you!...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:

    Only available for extended stays. On another level of the building....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Convection electric wall heaters...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/3rd bedroom if needed. Room is roughly 20 X 15, 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:

    Only available for extended stays. On another level of the building....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French press, electric coffee maker, espresso/cappuccino maker and coffee grinder are all available. ...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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Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $85 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


This is an old world setting. This means the town and the building are poetic & comfortable but not particularly luxurious. What is luxurious is the bathhouse!

The rates include transient tax

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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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, CA, USA:
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 House:
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?

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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

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  • The Sento (Bath house)

    The Sento (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

  • 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

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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