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Sozankyo

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145-1 Uchinomaki, Aso 869-2301 , Kumamoto Prefecture
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Stayed at this traditional Japanese ryokan for one night during our 7 days' visit in Kyushu. It was fun experiencing some of the Japanese lifestyle, such as wearing the yukata and sleeping on tatami mats. We were offered to use one of the 2 private onsens for 40 minutes at no extra charge. The private onsen was good but we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had a japanese room with a lovely garden view. It was calming to just sit and look out to the garden. When we arrived, an uncle staff came and helped us with our luggage. Finding the place was easier and so was parking at their premises. We booked the private outdoor onsen upon check in and this was one... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

What an amazing place and a brilliant experience for those of us less knowledgeable about the do's and don't of ryokan. The staff and service are immaculate and there are even helpful instructions in English about onsen and yukata protocols. The room I had was fabulous. There are private onsen if the public ones are not your thing. The food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We were there in mid-Dec with car. We stayed in a tatami room with no shower and bath inside. The service was wonderful from the moment we stepped in. WILL DEFINITELY be back again and will bring my family back in the future. Pre-arrival - we have special meal request and some questions through email and they were responsive. Arrival... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I spent one night in this ryokan. When I first saw the ryokan from outside, I thought it was a small ryokan. Howver, after I got in, I changed my mind. The lobby was very big with many corners. There was my name tag on the shelf where I could keep my shoes. The service was excellent and all staff... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It is a very pleasant drive to Mt Aso crater from here. See video below http://youtu.be/rl3Y7Zsh880 The (semi outdoor) private onsens were quite classy. But even the public baths were very endulging with all sorts of lotions and gels. I hope it was not that expensive. But well... TIP: There are actually many eateries within 5-min walk. Just tell the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We were in Japan for over 3 weeks and this was the standout accommodation of our trip. We decided to treat ourselves so we went for the room with the private onsen in the garden and the kaiseki dinner - it was completely worth it! Note - I couldn't see this room option on their English booking website, only on... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Sozankyo was our base whilst exploring the Mount Aso area, and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. We stayed in a traditional tatami room with no bathroom. The room was quite spacious and had two rooms, toilet facilities and a small enclosed balcony area. There were several onsen on-site, including two private ones. The private onsen could... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This Ryokan typifies what our family loves about Japan - fantastic warm hospitality. The location isn't perfect, but you son forget that after savouring the fantastic feast that was dinner coupled with great service. Stayed as a family with two teenage children. We all loved it.

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was our favorite ryokan in Kyushu: a beautiful traditional building with a contemporary feel to the interior design all beautifully finished. If you haven't stayed in this style of accommodation before the traditional tatami mat rooms may (on first appearance) seem basic - I can assure you that they are not - this is a traditional room in Japan... More 

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