Old and creaky in a good way!
Posted Aug 11, 2015
We stayed here for four days, three nights with a family of two adults, three kids. We slept in the very spacious family room on four futons with traditional pillows. Room included sitting area, small fridge, television.
Instead of being just another cookie-cutter hotel, this is a very unique ryokan. Atmosphere is old and the floors are creaky, but in a good way. You really FEEL like you're staying in an old Japanese inn.
The staff is great. The front-desk woman (who I think might be the owner) was the best. There's another woman who's not smiley, but professional. The gentleman who covered nights has the weakest English skills, but more than makes up for it in gregariousness.
Great location. Extremely close to Kushida Shrine, one of the best shrines in the city. Lots of convenience stores nearby. Walking distance to shopping at Canal City and AMU plaza, and the Hakata train station.
The place is showing its age, though. It does have some peeling paint here and there, and the soundproofing isn't great if you're next to a room with loud neighbors.
But for the price and for the fun of putting on slippers and a yukata robe and pretending you're in a samurai movie? A great stay.