This is really a fantastic establishment. Actually, staying at thin inn has to count among the more remarkable and moving experiences of my life: the incredible warmth and dedication of the owner, Seiko-San and her staff has to be experienced to be believed. Moreover, the inn is very reasonably priced, especially considering that the level of service must match that of a five star hotel, and the warmth of the staff is not something money can buy.
I visited Fukuoka for a week, invited by colleagues at a nearby university who recommended the inn to me and booked the room. While I have always wanted to try a ryokan, I was a little worried about how easy it would be to work in a traditional room as I had to prepare some talks. Also, I was a little worried that I was rather inexperienced regarding proper etiquette, as this was only my second trip to Japan and my first stay in a ryokan. Neither of these concerns turned out to be a problem: the wireless internet worked very well (I found it very comfortable to use my laptop in the room). Also, the staff did an excellent job at explaining correct procedure and customs: they are very experienced with foreign guests. They also speak excellent English.
What other reviewers have said is completely true: the inn is beautiful and kept extremely clean. The traditional Japanese breakfast cooked by the owner, Seiko-San, has to count among the more remarkable meals I have eaten, including rice, grilled fish, three beautifully prepared keiseki style vegetables, miso soup and pickles for only 1000 yen (around 10-12 $). I ate breakfast at the inn each day and I don't believe that a single dish was repeated! The French-Japanese dinner was also very good (I live in Montreal so I know French food. . .)
In any event, I would recommend this inn to all visitors to Fukuoka who are interested in a Ryokan-experience. I hope that someday I will have occasion to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to rest in our tiny yet superb Japanese Ryokan. One the first floor is our auberge restaurant where we serve our guests an originally cooked full course dinner. On the 2nd floor are our 5 guest rooms. Our Japanese style hotel has no private bathrooms nor toilets. It has been remodeled in 2004, but we kept the original style. This may be limiting, but we believe this keeps the spirit of a traditional Japanese ryokan.We are not perfect at speaking English, but we know about great service. Please enjoy this unique hotel and relax. Our staff is devoted to your needs.Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast prepared by the Okami herself in secluded dining rooms while enjoying the view of our Japanese garden. ... more less
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