Hi! I read your post about Iwami and I wanted to know where, more or less, is located the Twinkle Bakery cause I DEFINITELY want to try the bikkuri-pans!! And how did you book for a room in Beach-inn Takesou? Cause I want to be there for my two-nights trip to Iwami but I can only book for Seaside Uradome (and that's what I'll do if I can't book anywhere else) Thank you beforehand!!
You are in luck, because the Twinkle Bakery is incredibly easy to find – when you arrive in Iwami, all you need to do is continue down the long main road into town, and the bakery will show up on the left side of the road less than some 100 meters in. So it’s less than a minute’s walk from the train station! The bikkuripans take one day to prepare (as they’re made to order), so make sure to order them a day in advance. They’ve usually got more iwatobichan and free themed baked goods available, so make sure to check them out also! The daughter of the bakery owner also speaks good English, haha.
As for Takesou, I asked @gatoraid who did the booking on both of our trips and she told me the following: “First you need to hit up the Iwami tourist website, where you can find all the guesthouses available under the accommodation section. You can then send them a message (we did in Japanese, not sure how they respond to English) including how many nights you’re looking to stay for and for how many people, and when you’ll be arriving. There was a Free! fan discount when we booked our trip so if it’s still available, make sure to mention that!” If memory serves me correct also, you can only book two months in advance (the Summer season can be busy). Also I second that Free! fan discount thing because as soon as they know you’re a fan (…well, they probably would anyway haha) they’ll pull out all the stops to make sure you enjoy the best possible Free! themed stay during your visit.
edit w/ more info: “Takesou’s rooms are basically 1) room plan 2) room + breakfast or dinner 3) room + breakfast & dinner. The Free! fan discount is for the room + breakfast & dinner set.”
If there’s anything else you want to ask, let me know!