Situated in a bamboo forest, Takefue is an oasis in the onsen area of Kyushu. The rooms were of course amazing, each with their own onsen (indoor & outdoor for most rooms). We particularly enjoyed having a separate dining area and the elaborate kaiseki meals that were served. Our host Kuni spoke perfect english and attend to every detail, like setting up for breakfast/dinner and picking the scent/aroma for the room. We even found him waiting outside at the hotel entrance for us one evening just to greet us.
Our dinner meals usually consisted of shoju/plum wine, various small appetizers, sashimi, beef or horse sashimi salad (the horse meat is actually a delicacy in Japan and was delicious at takefue), tempura, something grilled like beef/abalone, shabu shabu of beef or chicken, something stewed like chicken or beef, egg custard, rice served in bamboo, and various desserts. Breakfasts were also equally as elaborate - hard to imagine, really.
We took a few great hikes and drives while staying at Takefue. We drove to Mt. Aso and hiked (more like walked) around the park there. We also took a hike behind the hotel into the woods. The roads around the hotel are very scenic, with the occasional ice cream store or mushroom market on the side of the road.
Overall, a true luxury onsen experience with wonderful food, service and rooms and highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Takefue Japan/Kumamoto Prefecture - Aso-Gun