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Charming old world lodging above Historic traditional Japanese Bathhouse

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house


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

More Details

Eugene Phillips
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Eugene Phillips

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.

Eugene Phillips purchased this house in 2003

Why Eugene Phillips chose Central Valley California

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!!

What makes this house unique

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?

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just figured out how to leave reviews for most of my wonderful guests who come and stay and parttake in an age old ritual of the Japanes bath house.

We just had 4 peolple stay for one night. My helper said they were very nice but also said that she had never seen guests leave the place in such poor shape. Nothing was damaged, but we are accustomed to people leaving the space clean, it is indeed requested. It was left in a very sloppy condition. We do not charge a cleaning fee because honestly we have never had this issue. Maybe there is a reason that I know nothing about, but my experience tells me that these folks were not very considerate!!!
Nov 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Walnut Grove in Sacramento County

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 upstairs - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 downstairs lounge area - Toilet , Handicap accessible
    Bathroom 3 in Sento - Toilet , Handicap accesssible
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1. The fantasy bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Super comfy and darling
    Bedroom 2. Steamer trunk Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Charming & cozy with original steamer wardrobe trunk
    Bed 3 is a day bed in tea parlor - 1 Large Double Bed , Delightfully comfortable!
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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!


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Charming old world lodging above Historic traditional Japanese Bathhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Bay Area, California


  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for relatives to stay in while they were in Walnut Grove for our daughter's wedding. The history of the building is fascinating, the renovation so well done to preserve that history while delivering a comfortable functional staying experience. Our relatives, 2 couples, reported loving their time at the Bathhouse. They thoroughly enjoyed their soothing soaks and felt very pampered by their hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gem in the Delta

  • 5 of 5

What a find! We had such a lovely stay. The bath house and apartment above has been beautifully restored. Montserrat and Eugene were wonderful hosts. The baths are a relaxing way to spend the evening after a day in the sun. The apartment has every amenity and the shaded courtyard was perfect for barbecuing. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traditional Japanese Bathhouse

  • 5 of 5

I found this a lovely and very relaxing spot to spend the evening. The building is remodelled with the aesthetic of restoring it to the way it oringinally looked 100 years ago, but with modern amenities. The bath area is beautiful and very private. Restaurants are in walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Locke Historic District
Walnut Grove Public Dock
Nearest Airport
29 Miles
28.6 Miles from Sacramento, 19.5 miles from Lodi,
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Walnut Grove, California

Rental Basis:
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £63 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £62.94 per person per night
Damage Deposit £370.25

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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