Entirely OK, not new at all, ryokan. Decent ambiance, friendly people running the place.
I could sleep pretty well there; together, the tatami mats and the futon were soft enough
(which was not always the case elsewhere in Japan) to make sleep pleasant. Nice air; quiet.
8-10 minutes walk from the Hakata JR station (Shinkansen), 14 to the other downtown (in the "Fukuoka part" of town). Anyways, it is close to a metro station (and some temples) if you need that. Of course, toilets are only public toilets.
All in all a decent place and a "soft" and nice introduction to Japanese ryokans (futon on floor soft enough; owners/management speak good English). Although I prefer toilets in my room, I might well go back here if fate brings me to Fukuoka on another occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the Taisho period using temple architecture and registered as a Cultural Property, Kashima Honkan is a 2-minute walk from Fukuoka’s Gion Subway Station and a 10-minute walk from Canal City Hakata. It offers Japanese-style accommodation with a traditional garden, and free WiFi access throughout the entire property. In traditional Sukiya-style, rooms feature a minimalist interior and natural materials. Japanese Ryokan Kashima Honkan is a 10-minute walk from Shofuku-ji Zen Temple. It is a 5-minute walk from Nakasu, where many local food stalls are located. Free tea and coffee are provided at the lobby. Japanese breakfast can be offered at the dining room for a fee, and must be reserved at check-in (subject to availability). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kashima Honkan Hotel Fukuoka