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Ryokan Wakaba

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Manganji, Aso-gun, Minamioguni-machi 869-2402 , Kumamoto Prefecture
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I decided to treat ourselves to a Japanese Style hotel. Sliding glass doors, sleeping on tatami mats, sitting on low chairs, wearing a yukata, an excellent 15 course dinner served in our room and an amazing 7 course breakfast were all part of the experience. Their onsen was great. We bought the pass that allowed us to... More 

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Thank you. Our cook is pleased that you enjoyed the food here. Please come again. More 

Singapore
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed a night in Kurokawa and decided on Ryokan Wakaba. We drove and even with the GPS we had a hard time locating the ryokan. We called the Ryokan for help but as we spoke no japanese, it was rather fruitless. Through trial and error, we drove through a small narrow lane for 10 mins or so and finally... More 

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旅館わかば, オーナー at Ryokan Wakaba, responded to this review

Sorry that you had problems finding us. We are glad that you enjoyed the food so much. More 

Hong Kong
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Before my trip, they send me an email to confirm my booking and that was very nice. They picked me up at the bus stop so you dont need to worry about if you will get the wrong way. The hotel itself is nice and traditional, with a little corner selling little things just opposite to the reception. When you... More 

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Thank you, we will be waiting for you! More 

Quebec
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108 reviews 108 reviews
37 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We stayed 2 nights at Ryokan Wakaba, and really enjoyed our stay. Our room was incredibly spacious, the bedding very comfortable, everything spotless. The yukata & warmer wear were just perfect for onsen hopping. The staff was extremely attentive, and made our stay very pleasant. We were welcomed at the bus station when we arrived, and driven back to the... More 

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We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us so much! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What was wonderful about this traditional ryokan is its location, hospitable staff, sumptuous meals, thoughtful service and spacious room. The only area for improvement is the weak wifi in the room. Otherwise, we loved the experience!

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Thank you for your comment. We are sorry about the weak wifi, unfortunately it is a problem sometimes in Kurokawa. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Chose this ryokan because the website mentioned that the staff speak little English. They are friendly and can speak little English for us to get around. Stayed for a night and requested for a room with private onsen as I have never tried a ryokan with onsen in the room. The room that I got was big enough for 4... More 

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Thank you for your positive comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We will continue to try to improve our English! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

A staff who spoke some English was assigned to us. She is humorous and advised us where to find great foliage views. The other staff making our bed was friendly and helpful too. Rooms are huge and service is great.

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Thank you. Please come again! More 

Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
46 hotel reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We found that quite many foreigners stayed in this ryokan when we were there and we understood why. The staff could communicate (though just a bit) in some English which was already very useful. The room we got was the biggest one with separate onsen. The staff were all very hospitable and it was just 5 mins walk from the... More 

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Thank you. We will try to study English a little harder! More 

Tokyo, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Kurokawa Onsen area was about an hour drive from Aso station. a bit far but well worth the ride. Kurokawa Onsen was full of ryokans that kept the ancient Japanese style housing. Ryokan Wakaba provided spacious and clean room, soothing hot bath, and most of all, delicious dinner. The dinner I assume changes from time to time but during my... More 

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Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Ryokan Wakaba in Kurokawa Onsen is lovely. The staff is amazing, the food and place are very typical Japanese and their hot spring is very nice. It was my partner´s birthday on the day of our arrival to Ryokan Wakaba and they organized (upon request) sparkling wine and beautifully arranged fruits in the room and they even sang to him... More 

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