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“Yokoso!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ryokan Azumaya

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Ryokan Azumaya
Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels / Ryokan in Tanabe
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Yokoso!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

It's fraying around the edges a wee bit (that'll be the charming bit then!). Staff are increadibly friendly and helpful (and patient when your Japanese isn't quite right).

The food is outstanding - served in your room in a seemingly never ending parade of local specialties.

The baths are great. I'm sure all that sulphur must be healthy. I spent a day hiking the pilgrimage trail (and for those considering that, the maps don't quite make it clear how much climbing, and descending you'll be doing - beware!) and the baths were lifesaving and I hink genuinely prevented me being crippled the next day.

For soft Westerners who like a full mattress the futon and floor were a wee bit hard - that's more a comment on me than anything else. I'd love to give this place a 4.5 (1/2 a mark off for slightly basic amenities, and the slightly restless night) if Tripadvisor let you!

From what I saw, and speaking to 2 guys on a bike tour staying in the Minshuku opposite over the stream, this is the best place to stay in the village, and probably the best base for exploring the nearby Kumano Kodo sights.

I'm still note sure how I was meant to eat those fish-heads with chopsticks mind you.....

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

Ryokan Azumaya is located near the entrance of Yunomine onsen. There is ample parking space but the parking lots are next to Ryokan Adumaya (which is a hostel-like version). It is a short walk from the parking area to Ryokan Azumaya. The location is easy to find with GPS and a short drive to the Hongu Taisha shrine, which is the start of a popular and relatively easy Kumano kodo hiking trail.

My first impression of the ryokan was pretty average. However, the staff were very warm and hospitable although they could not speak much English. The room was very clean and had everything you would expect in a traditional ryokan.

Shortly after we checked in, we went to the onsen. In the midst of soaking in the indoor tub, the lights went out. We realized that there was a power blackout. This continued for about an hour until midway into dinner when the electricity supply was restored. The blackout was not limited to the ryokan only as we could see that the surrounding buildings were lighting up candles as well. If I could digress for a moment, be very careful when using the indoor tub as the wooden base is very slippery.

However, apart from the initial inconvenience, we began to enjoy the place very much due to the hospitality and quaint surroundings.

The best parts about the ryokan are firstly, the onsen and secondly, the food. Although the onsen is not very big, the waters are soft, mineral-rich and made my skin very smooth. They rotate the use of the outdoor onsen for males and females, therefore you must plan the right time to try the outdoor onsen which is a far better and not-to-be-missed experience compared to the indoor onsen.

The food consisted of fresh ingredients and was cooked very well by a talented chef. I have tried kaiseki meals in other ryokans and find that apart from the quality of the ingredients, the skills of the chef are very important. The cuisine here seemed to hit the right spot and had the right mix of simplicity and satisfaction.

I slept very soundly as the futons were extremely comfortable and temperature control with the use of portable heaters was just right.

By the time we checked out in the early morning, I realized that this place really grew on me and I would like to return again some day.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Ryokan Azumaya
Address: 122 Yunomine Hongu-cho, Tanabe 647-1732 , Wakayama Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Wakayama Prefecture > Tanabe > Yunomine Onsen
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Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels / Ryokan in Tanabe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 22
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