Ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.5 out of 5
5.0 Room cleanliness
5.0 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
for Couples
by Steven from Seoul, South Korea

We loved the onsen and the garden views

Posted Jun 23, 2013
Pros: The onsen with its opening windows and the garden views
Cons: The pool was closed! And our room smelt of old building.
Location: Amami is the middle of nowhere yet not far from Osaka by train. Beautiful lush greenery and mountains all around.
We booked this ryokan specifically because of the outdoor swimming pool (a rarity in Japan -it actually seems to be the only hotel with one in the whole of the Kansai region). The information we received at the time of booking said the swimming pool was only open ("in summer") and I naïvely assumed that our projected stay in late June would be part of the summer time for swimming purposes. We were therefore quite surprised and disappointed when we discovered that they consider "summer" to start on July 20, their excuse probably being that any earlier than that would be the monsoon season. That aside, we enjoyed this ryokan. Some of the staff speak fluent English -exceptional for Japan. The location is on the floor of a gorgeous valley with what looked like great hiking opportunities on your doorstep. On the minus side, there are absolutely no shops or restaurants locally in spite of the location right in the centre of a village. Any purchases of any kind involve a train trip to Mikkaichicho (the staff directed us to Kawachinagano which is even further). We thought that the pretty rural location and the fresh air did make up for the inconvenience. Our room smelt strongly of mold, no doubt the side effect of an historic building. The air conditioning is effective yet initially very noisy. The food is fantastic but breakfast is served exactly at 8 or 8.30am, not one minute before or after, so that felt quite inflexible. The lack of private bathrooms was a bit awkward.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Haydn from Sydney

Really beautiful, excellent staff. Perfect stay.

Posted Apr 16, 2013
Pros: The staff, so friendly and professional.
Cons: I could not fault this accommodation.
Location: 100m walk from Amami train station, worth the train ride from Osaka.
What an amazing place to stay. The accommodation was beautiful both inside and out, very traditional with an Onsen (which was really cool) and the staff were so friendly with excellent English if you need this. The traditional Japanese breakfast was the best I had in the 3 weeks I spend travelling over the country. About 100m walk from Amami train station and I would definitely stay here again if I go to Osaka on my next Japan trip. It may not be so close to the city but with express trains it is definitely worth it.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Fabulous little Onsen

Posted Dec 29, 2012 on Hotels.com
This is only for people who really want to experience Japanese culture. If you can sleep on relatively thin futons on the floor then this is totally perfect. The countryside is lovely, and yes, it is between a minor highway and the railroad, but for the traveler that is what makes the location so perfect - it is literally steps from the train, and less than an hour from Osaka! The surroundings are traditional Japanese, the constant servings of hot tea and the wonderful hot spring bath make this the place to relax. Food is simple yet delicious and very "Japanese'. If you want to pretend that you are the Japan of years ago, then this is the perfect place - and most of the other guests are Japanese -- this is not at all a tourist trap. Far from it. Be prepared to sit on the floor a lot too - although I did have nice "regular" chairs in my room as well. WiFi is funky - the only possible downside but the place is so relaxing that it became a positive.
4 out of 5
for Couples
by Jenny

Beautiful and welcoming ryokan!

Posted Sep 30, 2012 on Hotels.com
We had a wonderful stay in this ryokan! It was our first time in Japan and the first time staying in a traditional Japanese inn and we had a brilliant experience - we received a warm welcome and felt very much at home. I would recommend this ryokan to any first time visitors to the area and anyone new to staying in a ryokan. It had an onsen (hot springs!) which I did not sample, but my partner did and absolutely loved. One thing to mention is that it was a little bit of a commute into main Osaka (about an hour and a half on several different trains), which makes the journey home after a long day exploring a little tiring, but the welcome when you get back to the ryokan more than makes up for it! Thank you for a lovely stay in Japan, we would love to come back!