What’s the best part of traveling? Visiting sites, experiencing nature, enjoying local delicacies… Or how about hanging out with locals and exchanging stories as a way to boost your travel experience. Caravan Flake, a guest house close to Okata Port in Oshima Island(Izu Oshima) does just that, providing a space to connect travelers with locals.
Izu Oshima’s First International Guest House
Caravan Flake is just a 10 minute walk from Okata Port – one of two ports at Oshima Island. They took a former bed and breakfast and renovated it to open Caravan Flake, Izu Oshima’s first ever international guest house.
Choose from 3 types of rooms
There are 3 types of rooms available – dorms, private and deluxe.
The dorm rooms are mixed with 8 beds (4 bunk beds) per room. Each bed has its own reading light, curtain and socket, allowing guests to keep their privacy. These rooms are best for travelers on a budget.
The private rooms accommodate up to 6 guests. You’ll be sleeping in traditional Japanese style with a futon on tatami floors. The entire room can be booked even if you’re traveling on your own, so it’s great if you’re looking for more privacy.
There is just one deluxe room on the property. Accommodating up to 6 guests, this room comes with its own bathroom and toilet with a sweeping view of the ocean. Best for those seeking a little luxury.
All rooms come included with breakfast. Great for this area as there aren’t that many stores open at that hour.
Multifunctional space perfect for business travelers too
This guest house isn’t just for staying over. There’s wifi and a common space perfect for getting some work done if you’re there for business.
While companies based in the city might consider coming here for an offsite or convention, freelancers are welcome to utilize the space too. Perfect if you want to get away from the hecticness of the city to get some focus time and get stuff done.
A platform connecting locals to travelers
The bar is open till 11pm and frequented by locals. It’s a great place to meet and get to know them better.
Not many bars and izakayas in Oshima Island offer an all-you-can-drink menu, but Caravan Flake has one for ¥3,000. Make new friends, listen to the songs of nature playing in the background and sip on some delicious drinks. Many of the stores in Oshima island are closed at night, but here, you get to enjoy your evenings in a cool setting.
Caravan Flake’s Mission
Caravan Flake was created with the aim of introducing tourists to Izu Oshima’s nature, people and unique culture. Moreover, they offer educational programs with the goal to attract more people to move to the island. By welcoming students and young folks from Honshu (the main island), who get to experience the many attractions of living in Oshima Island, they hope to pass on the wonders of this island to the next generation.
With ‘Transformation into an energetic and exciting island‘ as a concept, Caravan Flake continues to impart the wonders of Oshima Island.