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Soyotei

Nagata 521-4, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho 891-4201 , Kagoshima Prefecture
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Soyotei offers spacious Japanese-style rural accommodation overlooking a beautiful beach on the quiet side of Yakushima Island. It can be challenging for a non-Japanese speaker but well worth a bit of awkwardness to experience family-run rustic Japanese accommodation. We arrived in the pouring rain and were shown the ropes by the owner: umbrellas and outdoor wet shoes were seamlessly provided... More 

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Blue Mountains, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Dark, stormy, wild swells marching into the beach and a howling wind. Yes, typhoon approaching. Felt safe and secure and slept well but needed to head towards the port before all transport stopped. So, had only one night. Food was simple, tasty, well-presented; owner family were friendly and we shared some shochu and conversations after dinner. Tatami room very spacious.... More 

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Aomori, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Rating: 4-3/4 stars Soyotei was a special, unique, and magical place. The family and staff were kind and welcoming. The tatami room was spacious, airy, and comfortable. The architecture and setting of the cedar buildings on a quiet hill overlooking the ocean were wonderful. The dining room on the edge of the ocean offered outstanding views. The meals were always... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Wonderfull unspoiled place, with unique architecture in cedar wood from Yakushima, the house was built on century ago and the owners moved it, next to the most beautiful beach of Yakushima. The cedar Bathroom and onsen into the rocks are awsome. The food is simply amazing, as they are a fishermen family, you eat sophisticated, yet simple, fresh seafood every... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

It is a very fine inn with a wonderful hot spring near the breaking waves. Good for a couple of nights but no more. The food is ok but monotonous after two nights. The owners are friendly but too invasive and the obsan never shuts up. Also beware they charge 800 yen for a cup of instant coffee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Soyotei was a wonderful jewel in our two and a half week trip to Japan. The surroundings are unique and set on a long sandy beach where sea turtles lay their eggs. The meals are a wonderful representation of the local area; while we were there, we dined on flying fish, grouper, deer, local barnacles. The meals are very thoughtfully... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Stayed at Soyotei for two nights during recent visit to Yakushima with friends. May be we were lucky - blue skies, lovely and cool weather, quiet and non-peak season.... we were given a large house to share amongst all 7 of us. Us gals have the larger room, and it opens out to a mega sun deck overlooking the beach.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

This hotel may be the best place we stayed in Japan. the site is wonderful, each room is very clean, spacious and has a view on the sea. There are lots on Onsen (2 that you can book and we had one near our room that we shared with two others), the staff is more than kind and the food... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

My girlfriend and I only ended up spending 1 night here, after we had spent the 3 previous nights on the Southern part of the island. Definately worth a visit to see the nicest beach on the island and to see the turtle egg laying (make sure you book ahead in busy times). Soyoutei itself was great, we got the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

I missed to review this property where we stayed in Dec 2008, and am doing it now if being a bit late is allowed. This Japanese and Yakuhima style inn is full of charm. The owener seems to have lots of ideas to make it original. Our Japanese room with tatami was spacious enough for two of us. I did... More 

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