Fodor's Expert Review Yamaguchi Ryokan

2331 Kawayo, Aso-gun, , Kumamoto-ken, 869-1404, Japan

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

From the outdoor baths of this rustic lodge you can watch the mineral water meander down the rocky cliffs of the green mountainside. Don't be shy—mixed bathing is often practiced here. Two meals are included in the rates, and dinner is served in your Japanese-style room. The lobby has a raftered ceiling and a toasty old-fashioned furnace. It's a cozy place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. From Kumamoto, take the JR Hohi Line to Tateno Station and then taxi (20 minutes ¥2,700).

PROS

  • about as isolated as you can get in this country
  • awe-inspiring falls
  • some of the best outdoor baths

CONS

  • remote location
  • especially if you don't have a car
  • food not as stunning as the baths
  • no vegetarian options
  • Wi-Fi only in lobby
  • remote location, especially if you don't have a car
  • food not as stunning as the baths
  • no vegetarian options
  • Wi-Fi only in lobby

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Quiet
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0967-67–0006 | 0967-67–1694

HOTEL DETAILS

28 Japanese-style rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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