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Japanese House Big Sur

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Big Sur House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

The Japanese House is in the heart of Big Sur and is located on 7 1/2 acres. It is close to fine restaurants and hiking trails. The house is furnished with Japanese antiques and the environment is one of zen serenity.

This Home is light, bright and airy, giving one a view of the forest. It is located on Sycamore canyon road, which is the road to Pfeiffer State Beach, less than a mile walk from the house.

The house has a stone fireplace, wood is furnished. There are decks off the Living room and Master bedroom. Master bedroom is generously sized with a queen bed. Bath has extra long and deep tub. 2nd bedroom has a double sized bed. The house has a DVD, but no television reception. Patio is great for dining or lounging.

In the 1940's a forest ranger found the most sunny location in the canyon and built upon this spot.

Keywords: House

  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Barbara Masino
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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based on 16 traveler reviews

Japanese House Big Sur
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews

Nice Getaway

  • 4 of 5

A lovely, secluded spot in Big Sur. Overall a great stay, but a few specifics:


-Nice décor—clearly a lot of thought and care has gone in to it

-Plush towels, robes, & linens

-Eclectic selection of books, music, movies, and games

-Good location, quiet, ‘unplugged’ and private

-Soaking tub and great shower water pressure (ahhh)

-Pet friendly

-New washer and dryer

-Awesome toaster oven


-Awkward layout (as others have mentioned). Not so bad for one family, but wouldn’t work well for sharing with multiple families or grown children. Non-solid doors (slatted) and lots of hard floors also doesn’t give much sound privacy.

-Firewood provided inside was so damp it was almost impossible to light, then when we finally got it going it popped and smoked terribly the whole time.

-Some minor maintenance issues (burned out/missing lights, sticking drawers) and spots where things are showing their age

-Steep driveway, we did slide a bit on the first attempt but then got the hang of it

-Nowhere for trash/dog poop/diapers. We didn’t try calling the caretaker because it seemed so minor to bother someone on a weekend about.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry if there were burnt out lights. I checked all lights two weeks ago. There is a sign on top of the fireplace screen stating logs need to be in the back half of the fireplace. Normally it gives a great fire. As to the dampness I will have to check that out. There is a trash compactor in the kitchen but I think perhaps an outdoor can would be an improvement I will make for the '"other trash." Thanks for the input.
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  • 5 of 5

Barbara's home was wonderful. The surrounding area, of course, is full of stunning and beautiful scenery, but her home is nearly as impressive. The Japanese touches throughout lend her home a unique character, but you still feel like you're in a place cozy and inviting, not a museum. If I'm ever fortunate enough to visit Big Sur again I would do my very best to try to once again stay in her home.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Special Place in Big Sur

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a lovely 3-day getaway at the Japanese House. It was our 2nd visit to Big Sur but our first time renting a house. What a special place. It has the sort of charm that makes you immediately feel at home. Bright and warm during the day, silent and cozy at night. It has a "house in the woods" feel for an authentic Big Sur experience. The location is ideal for all the activities we did (hikes, horseback riding, beach, dinners). If it's your first time, make sure to do some research in advance so you know where you want to go (remember, no internet or cell phone service is part of the charm), but it's easy to get around. We didn't cook while we were there, but we did enjoy some of the coffee table books and a DVD. We had such a wonderful time and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My group of 4, chose this special house as our meet in the middle destination for Thanksgiving. Japanese House is charm filled, well managed, and light flooded (even in November). The nicely appointed interior has style in spades and the ample windows invite in the beauty of the lush surroundings (and don't even get me started about it's deck and courtyard). Despite a chill in the air, the house remained cozy night and day thanks to a beautiful stone fireplace (albeit a bit smoky) and thermostatically controlled heat. To any gourmands that might be considering a stay, I would suggest bringing any specialized tools that you might require or just check in with Barbara to find out if what you need is already in the kitchen array.

All things considered, all four in my party would stay at Japanese House again in a heartbeat!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and charming place in Big Sur

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two nights at the Japanese House with two teenage boys. Very interesting and quiet place. Perfect to retreat from the city busy noise. About a mile walk to Pfieffer beach and also close to other hikes at Big Sur. We liked everything at this house and highly recommend it to anybody who is looking for a place to stay at Big Sur. The price is decent and close to other places around (even lodges).

Few things for continuous improvement - please move to electronic web-based payment (we had some issues with pay-checks - our side fault). Also, I am not sure if we've seen microwave at the house.

Anyway, do not hesitate if you need a quite and fully equipped place at Big Sur.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it and the owner was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house nestled in the tree tops. It is tastefully decorated and felt more like a home than a rental. The location is great and the price compared to local hotels is also terrific. But by far, the best part of the whole deal was the warm wonderful owner, Barbara who went way out of her way to accommodate us. She went way above and beyond to correct the smallest of problems. I will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The bakery
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Pfeiffer State Beach
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Big Sur House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Cleaning fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Big Sur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • surfing

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