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“Rustic Upscale Japanese Ryokan”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sanso Warabino

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Sanso Warabino
Ranked #40 of 139 Hotels / Ryokan in Yufu
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“Rustic Upscale Japanese Ryokan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We picked this property as we are looking for a traditional upscale ryokan for a different kind of experience within the Yufuin location. The car navigation system recorded this property correctly and we arrived the property with no issue. When we parked the car, we did not see anyone. Interestingly, once we got out from the car, a very young lady already stood there waiting for us. She insisted to take 2 of our big luggages herself (but we also insist to at least take one back) and led us to the reception area. Check-in was smooth and the lady host can speak English and we are grateful with her hospitality throughout the stay. We booked a ryokan with 2 onsens - one outside and inside. The design is "original", rustic with a different kind of luxury. Dinner & breakfast was great and big - we think we should be polite to finish everything and we were so full. My only dislike is the villas are a little too close and noise not blocked at all (not expected though). So, in the morning, as we are not early riser, we can hear people walk past our villas, speaking so it is not "perfect". Also, although the external onsen is blocked in views (from other villas), we can hear people next door talking as well. Other than this, we have vey much like our stay here.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

There is a youthful vibe for such a traditional ryokan, due to its staff whose median age I guess to be below 30. One of them who served my meals had recently studied overseas and spoke excellent English. She was a real mine of information on sightseeing and shopping around Yufuin. Located as it is in a secluded corner of Yufuin, and moreover on a low season weekday, I was able to enjoy the common bath and the quaint lounge with a fireplace in total seclusion. They allow you to have your meals either in your room or at the common dining area. There is a standalone souvenir shop so you can do some shopping without making a trip down to the station area. My main complaint is that they don't provide pickup or send-off transport. Taxi fare one way is about 800Y.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

This is a beautiful ryokan with Onsen hotspring. There is a huge Japanese garden with a little stream going through, and villas are built a little apart from each other. The room we stayed, Hana-ikada, has 2 spacious tatami rooms with 1 little tatami room, and of course private Onsen outside and inside which we can enjoy anytime we want. There are also big outside Onsen and inside Onsen for guests, but since they only have 10 villas, those Onsen hotsprings are not crowded at all. They change bath towels in guest rooms frequently enough so that we could always use fresh towels. Big onsens are also equipped with fresh towels, therefore we did not have to carry towels around which we sometimes are required to do in big Onsen ryokan. It is a little away from the area where many ryokans and shops are located, therefore you can enjoy privacy and silence. Food is also good and the staffs are well mannered. This place is not too expensive considering what they offer. I have been to other ryokans in Yufuin area but Warabino is my favorite by far. I definitely recoomend this ryokan if you are looking for good Onsen hotspring, beautiful nature and quiet private getaway.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

We had a great time here! The onsen quality here felt great on our skin afterwards.The meals were very tasty and they managed to serve us a good variety of quality food for two nights. Their service was impeccable! From picking up our B speak rolls from the town for us and catering well to our every needs! Highly recommend in Yufuin area. Much better than the famed Kamenoi Besso which we stayed at after this hotel and got food poisoning.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Sanso Warabino
Address: 952 Yufuincho Kawakita, Yufu 879-5114 , Oita Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Oita Prefecture > Yufu > Yufuin Onsen
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Free Parking
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Ranked #40 of 139 Hotels / Ryokan in Yufu
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Warabino has been closed since the earthquakes hit Yufuin, Oita and Kumamoto on April 16. We have decided officially to pull down the facilities and make them new. It will take about a year to one and a half years until the reopening. ... more   less 
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