After a-whole-year-long without any holiday, my husband and I decided to stay at Takefue for four nights straight, so we could purely relax. We booked the ryokan through Ryokan Collection. Takefue was so beautiful and very peaceful since it was further away from the Kurokawa Onsen town. Most of the rooms were in detached cottage with private indoor and outdoor bath with yuzu to put in the bath. Beside the baths, there were carbonate drinks provided, so you can grab it soon after you get out of the bath. There were also free various flavours of delicious ice-cream in front of the reception all the time. And women got to choose their own yukata each day too.
We stayed in three different rooms during this stay, Shienan, Kokyuan and Tsukikage. All were very lovely, clean and large especially Kokyuan which has extra dressing room with towel warmer and heater just beside the outdoor bath which we found very comfortable during such cold weather since we will have to walk downstairs to the outdoor bath. The view from outdoor bath and our room was also very stunning: mountain view with bamboo trees and pine trees with a few birds flying around. The water was, to my understanding, sulfate spring, which was odorless and is believed to have many healing qualities. Each room has separate eating room with iori and living room/bedroom, with Kokyuan extra equipped with private foot bath, and Shienan has a rooftop big enough for a person to sleep there. The fridge was filled with various carbonate drinks, fruit juice, milk, tea and chocolate, all for free. Also, mineral water from ryokan’s own source is available at all time from special tap.
The ryokan as three rotemburo and a sauna room which you can reserve for 45 minutes private session. One was a super big one plus a small one next to a waterfall, another was a wooden bath and last one was a cave bath. We tried them all and fell in love with all of them. There were warm towels and cold milk provided in the changing room. This trip made us realize how nice it was to have cold milk after bathe!
Food-wise was amazingly delicious, filled with fresh local ingredients and was arranged so beautifully. We had super fresh awabi every day. They were so fresh that when you use the chopstick to touch it, the muscle still contracted. There was one night we had Okoze (stonefish) too. We were so impressed because it was something we cannot really find anyone to cook this in our country. Every night we had grilled beef and chili to put on hot stone. The beef alone was very delicious, but the ryokan also put some seasoning inside each beef slide to make it taste even better. The mushroom, bamboo shoot, vegetables and the rice was also excellent. We had so much to eat each day, yet we finished them all. In sum, the food at Takefue was excel in both taste and presentation. On the first day we arrived was Christmas day and the ryokan also surprised us with Christmas cake. It was strawberry chiffon cake with white chocolate around it. Even though we were so full, we finished half of the cake. And with the millstone coffee grinder which allow you to make in-room fresh coffee together with such good quality mill, nothing could be better.
Service-wise was outstanding. We had Ken-san, a young good looking guy, as butler throughout our stay. He helped us booked the rotemboru, arrange our meal time, book the pick-up service to Kurokawa town, etc. There was one day that we decided to stayed in the ryokan over lunch and Ken-san helped us booked the outdoor bath and arranged our lunch, too. He also brought us hot water bag to warm the bed before we sleep. Other staff in the ryokan was also very attentive. We felt we have received great hospitality here.
The bed and pillow was comfortable with all amenities you might need. Good magazine choice, good music and aroma mist. I want to go back again when the weather is not as cold as this. May be during autumn or early spring.
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