My wife and I spent three nights at this ryokan during a recent trip to Kyushu.
The location is fantastic, right in the middle of the town next to the river. Our room faced the water and was clean and comfortable. The best on-site onsen baths are the outdoor single-sex ones, there are three private baths too but they're indoor and more basic. The best baths in the town are within walking distance and easily accessible.
However contrary to information on some booking websites, there is virtually no English spoken at this ryokan. The staff are extremely polite and accommodating but this did lead to some problems for us, especially as we had booked morning and evening meals at the ryokan.
My wife is a vegetarian and on our booking we had (perhaps naively) requested a suitable meal for her. In the run-up to our visit we phoned and emailed repeatedly to confirm they could deal with the dietary request, but they ignored our emails and could not find English speakers on the phone. The day before we arrived we finally received a confusing message that, with hindsight, was supposed to warn us that there was no vegetarian food. We cancelled our meals after the first night, but only after finding all this out during the first (expensive) dinner. It was delicious for an omnivore like me, but unfortunately my wife couldn't touch a thing...
There were other language-barrier issues too. Kurokowa's tourist information office said they had arranged for the ryokan to pick us up with our bags from the town's bus station. The staff didn't show, leaving us to wheel our luggage down from the main road. We were also told the ryokan would take credit card payment, only for them to request cash on our last night (not that easy, given that the nearest ATM is 15 minutes away by car). They accepted our card in the end, but it was another unfortunate language-barrier episode.
We loved our stay in Kurokawa, and the room and staff at Ryokan Yomotoso were great - the meal issue not withstanding. But if you don't speak Japanese do your research first and beware of incorrect information on other booking sites about meals, payment, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Shimokawabata Street in KurokawaOnsen. A millwheel welcomes guests at the entrance. Besides regular Roten buro(open-air bath), we have three baths available for exclusive use to our guests without reservation and charge. Also we have indoor baths separately for men and women. There are three other specially recommended Roten buro(open-air bath) - Kajikanoyu with a beautiful river view, Okeburo with traditional Japanese bathtubs and Ajisainoyu surrounded by a bamboo grove. Our spa water comes directly from the spring. All twelve guest rooms and spa baths are facing the river. Just relax in silence and enjoy the sounds of the river. Creative Japanese dinners are prepared with seasonal delicacies including famous Higo beef, black pork, fresh yamame fish and various locally grown organic vegetables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ryokan Yumotoso Japan/Kumamoto Prefecture - Aso-Gun