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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Wow, love this traditional ryokan, very friendly staff, great traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner, each course looked like an art piece. Our room had an indoor onsen and a small garden , which was great! A very romantic and quiet hotel. Loved their self serving bar, with great music and sound system.

Will definitely recommend friends to stay here.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank JeanSiuMai10221130
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Wow! It was amazing! We went there while doing the onsen hopping in kurokawa! It was one of our 3rd choice With the pass and the experience was unforgettable.
Staff is very friendly and polite as most of the time in japan but still very appreciable most especially as we were not ryokan guest but onsen hoppers.
Then you arrive in a little traditiknal garden cover with moss and beautiful with all japonese maple tree and little statues! It felt like a time travel! And then it continues in the bath, inwas alone and the bath is beautiful with little water cascade dropping from the roof and little house to protect yourself from the rain. Tjere is as well a roof of maple trees and orher types! One of the best!!

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank luneriel
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The evening meal and breakfast are a fabulous experience. Gourmet food in a very Japanese setting. The bedroom is ok but it doesnt have a bathroom... just a sink. Beds are comfortable. wifi works fine. The indoor onsen was not very exciting whilst the outdoor onsen was a nice experience. Price wise its bordering on the exhorbitant. The dinner and breakfast merit a stiff price but the room didnt. Overall its a bit expensive for what you get. Take away the meals and I wouldnt stay there.

Room tip: Only takes cash...rob your bank before you go
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank WHISKASyTORTU
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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Spent a night in Oyado Noshiyu and it proved to be one of the best experience ever. The place is 2 hours drive away from Kumamoto and buried deep within the mountainous region of Aso. Google map worked well and roads were well maintained (albeit winding) and hence are considered safe.

Stay:
We drove up the slope on the left of Noshiyu and parked near the the staff lodging. A staff promptly helped us to cover our car with a screen cover and helped us to push our luggages into the hotel where we were ushered to a small cosy tea room to have tea and preserved dried tomatoes, kyoho raisins and oven roasted ginkgo nuts. A staff came in to explain the onsen and bathroom ethics and led us to our room thereafter. The compound was like a small labyrinth on its own, with only 7 rooms (if we didn't counted wrongly) surrounding a courtyard in the centre and connected by flights of stairs and wooden corridors. The courtyard was picturesque which complemented the entire architecture constructed from wood and used traditional Japanese paper to line the walls, windows and sliding doors.

We got ourselves the cheapest room in the premises, but it is large with a tatami living area, two Supersingle beds, balcony and a toilet. The room was heated (a haven from the cold streets outside) and provides all the amenities you need - heated bidet, heated carpet, humidifier, toiletries (shaving cream, face wash, rubber band, hair clip, toothbrush and toothpaste). The sleeping area even had a high ceiling with a fan. In short, the room was extraordinary. One thing to note - there is no private shower in the room as guest are expected to use the shower facilities in the public bath area before visiting onsen.

Yukatas and clogs are provided and visitors can wear them out to visit the shops nearby.

Onsen:
There are four family onsen (one under repair) which visitors are able to take a key at the onsen entrance to access them. Upon using, visitors are expected to return keys to the counter at the entrance. There are two separate public onsens for women and men which allow visitors to soak in the water under open skies and surrounded by maple trees and chirping birds. Onsens are open from 0700 - 2230H.

The bathroom where the shower facility ties are located with another onsen are open from 1500H - 1000H the next morning. Shower foam, shampoo, conditioner, makeup remover, facial wash and lotion are all provided in the bathroom.

Dinner and breakfast:
Michelin-star worthy and prepared from seasonal ingredients. Traditional Japanese kaiseki style though so if you are a westerner who cannot accept Asian food, I'll suggest you visit the nearby bakery early to grab some bread.

Service:
Impeccable service from the staff. Staff are patient and on their toes to meet your needs. The ryokan owner should be rewarding his staff (chefs too) for their performance.

Things to do around the ryokan:
The hotel is right next to the tourist information centre and a few shops selling gifts, drinks and snacks. A bakery selling cream puff (recommended) is located within the vicinity too. Shops generally close around 7pm so it is advised to walk around the district early. Didn't spot any 24h convenience stores nearby. There are also not many restaurants as most visitors will have kaiseki dinner on their ryokans. We had lunch at yamatake (5-10 mins drive away from oyado Noshiyu) and the food there was excellent.

In summary:
stay was costly but if you factor in the price of dinner and breakfast, and the onsen entrance fees that you typically pay for onsens outside, the price was totally reasonable. Highly recommended. The architecture and the layout of the premises is already an art piece for one to admire on their own.

Date of stay: December 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank JasP110
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

We echo much of what everyone says about this place. They know what they should be doing and they're doing it. Help is there if we need it, you rarely see any staff or guests and keys for private baths are left open, there is no booking. Even the rain is more beautiful.

We arrived early, they accommodated us.

Very small issues, wifi is in the tea-room it isn't great and didn't work when it rained, the drinks list for western wines is in English, Sake is in Japanese only, and lastly, a couple of days before we arrived they mentioned we had to pay in cash. Better communication would have helped.

Overall, in a heartbeat I'd go back!!

Room tip: We drove from Fukuoka, there is a bus. If you're unsure where it is you can see it on google maps street view.
Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MoreOnUK
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