No word or picture can do justice to this beautiful place.
It's not just a hotel or a simple ryokan, it's more like a retreat.
It was a long drive from Kyoto and there were closer "onsen" cities, but we don't regret our choice!
We stayed in the Bijo-an and the kokyu-an. We prefered the last one and our butler told us it was probably the favorite room of all.
Food was a real surprise as it was one of the best we had. Even the deserts were good which is not usual in Japan. Lot of local beef and vegetables. Different from what you can eat in the other islands but excellent.
The staff was incredibly charming and helpful. They even offered us the private use of the main onsen at midnight and some gifts to bring back in Belgium.
A visit to Aso-san is also a must as it's not everday that you can see an active volcano so close to you. We didn't had enough time to explore the rest of the region but it seemed nice. The autumn colors were amazing. I think it's the best season.
Such a shame it's so far from Belgium! I'm missing the hot springs...Hope to return one day...
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- Also Known As:
- Takefue Japan/Kumamoto Prefecture - Aso-Gun