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Your Taste of Japan in the Berkshires, a private retreat Top Rated on TripAdvisor! Learn more about our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast
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Victoria Klein
· May 16, 2017
While the booking process may take longer than your average click + pick site, it's 100% worth it. Louise goes to every length to make you comfortable and happy.... My Mum paid for my husband and I to stay at Shirakaba for our 8-year wedding anniversary and it was truly one of the best trips we've ever taken.

Shirakaba is located just off of Route 7 in the Berkshires, but it feels like a world away. Quiet, tranquil, and the perfect place to relax. As you drive up the driveway on the hill, you can feel yourself getting further away from your worries for a vacation you truly deserve.

We stayed for 3 nights and I absolutely recommend staying at least 2 nights for you to be able to enjoy the environment, but 3+ nights is even better! The room, Bamboo Suite (Take No Ma) is where we stayed and it has a wonderful view of the pond out front (if you open the windows, you can hear the waterfall).

And the food - oh the food! We did the Japanese breakfast each morning and it was spectacular. They also offer just about any Western-style breakfast option you can think of and I'm confident it's wonderful. We also did the special Japanese dinner event for our anniversary dinner. I've been to Japanese restaurants all over the USA and THIS is the best Japanese meal I've ever had. Worth every penny!

There's a lot of nifty museums and things to do around town, but we spent 90% of our time at the guest house, reading, walking the property, swimming in the indoor pool, and enjoying the fancy hot tub and sauna. This is the perfect place to while away time versus trying to pack in tons of activities.

With lots of board games, card games, movies, Netflix, Hulu, DirectTV, great conversation, and there offer to pick-up takeout for you, it's easy to spend a weekend (or more) relaxing, catching up, vegging out, or whatever you haven't been making time for lately.

This was truly the best anniversary my husband and I have ever spent together and we'll be coming to Shirakaba as often as possible.
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Jonathan Brooks
· October 24, 2016
We have had the pleasure of staying at Shirakaba as a couple, and with the kids in tow. Fantastic and so relaxing on all accounts. Louise and Sadao are such ni...ce hosts who go out of their way to take care of you during your stay. Louise's sticky bits are addictive and so yummo! We love heading out to explore the local area, hiking, biking or in the winter skiing, and then come home to warm cookies, ice-cream waiting for us followed by a soak in the hot tub. We love the spirit of Japan that is found in Shirakaba and spending time in our Tatami room enjoying tea and some Japanese snacks. Shirakaba is pretty special and I would recommend it to anyone looking to explore the Berkshires and stay in a unique location with excellent amenities (did I mention the super comfy beds) and wonderful hosts. See More
Erika Barry
· August 7, 2016
This little gem of a bed and breakfast that was a surprise 5 year anniversary getaway was amazing. A true sense of Japan! Louise and Sadao were gracious hosts, ...between Louise's cookies and sticky buns and Sadao's breakfasts and soups, you truly felt the comforts of home. We even got to learn how to make our own sushi! We will definitely be back for another stay! See More
Rebecca Morrow Herschkowitz
· February 20, 2017
The perfect place to have a getaway from everyday life!
Dorothy Timlin
· January 6, 2014
This B&B is like no other. And if you've never tried one, then it will spoil you for all others! Hosts Sadao and Louise are the most gracious people ever, and b...efore you leave they will be your family. Their home is beautiful, clean, warm and they are always entertaining with cooking, baking and genuine hospitality. Louise never stops and even embroidered an anchor on my daughters souvenir cloth and a guitar for my son. She taught us Marjon. We played chess with dogs vs cats. Sadao makes delicious traditional Japanese breakfasts and regular American also. His Tamago, rolled egg(sort of a flat this omelet) tastes so good. The Japanese breakfast is such an experience not to be missed. Sitting in the Tatami room to eat your breakfast was so fun. For the pool/hot tub area, they give you robes. And another robe, Yukata, for lounging as well as slippers. We came for a January weekend and a lot of snow covered. We look forward to a warmer visit to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Thank you Louise! Thank you Sadao! This should be the #1 B&B in the Berkshires. See More
Santi Chandra
· April 13, 2014
A serene place to recharge :)
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Everyone should vote today! New Ashford has a box with a hand crank and a bell! I was number 38 today. New Ashford was the first town in the country to report in their election results in 1920 when all women in the country could vote following passage of the 19th Amendment. Phoebe Jordan was first in line having walked to the 1 room schoolhouse.
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Tough sports night at Shirakaba... i grew up in Cleveland , but have lived in MA for 43 years! #nbaplayoffs #celtics #caveliers #lebronjames #shirakaba_guest_house #familygetaway #romanticgetaway #berkshires #solidsound #massmoca

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The road up to the summit of Mount Greylock is open!!
Just 6 minutes south of Shirakaba Guest House is the south entrance #mountgreylock #romanticgetawayweekend #familygetaway #shirakaba_guest_house #berkshires #pampered #ilvermornyschoolofwitchcraftandwizardry @ Berkshires Shirakaba

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New Shirakaba gift. Sadao can personalize in Japanese or each guest can design their own!
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Our New Ashford mechanic, Dale, invented the perfect customized bumper for his son's vehicle even with lcd lighting! #mechanic #offroad #offroading #shirakaba_guest_house #berkshires #boutiqueresort #customjeep

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The new Bullfrog Spa has moved outside for the summer
The Take No Ma - Bamboo Suite is open for this weekend
Come enjoy total privacy on 21 acres
Have Shirakaba's , pool, sauna, hot tub and grounds all to yourselves

Gentle waterfall in spring
LOVE the Berkshires! ❤️


Lilacs are opening at Shirakaba

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North Adams, Home to MAS MoCA and so much more!

This town is quirky, gorgeous and the perfect day trip destination.

Amazing tap dancing!
Thanks for sharing, Joan

A young girl in Galway City started learning to tap dance , copying moves being performed by a woman on Store Street. The young girl, named Georgina, proceeded to tap alongside the performer as shoppers and by-passers looked on.

Gorgeous night time Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry blossoms at night, too beautiful

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A Winter Wonderland today


His eggs are so tasty!

Louise Palmer
January 22

Bill gave me a gift when i bought eggs tonight! When they're young, occasionally the chickens will lay a tiny tiny egg and he said when I crack it it'll either all yolk or all white. This one was mostly white #shirakaba_guest_house #freerangeeggs #fresheggs #berkshires #jiminypeak #skiweekend #girlsgetaway #bandb #boutiqueresort See it at

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