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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
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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20 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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62 hotel reviews
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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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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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25 hotel reviews
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had our first Ryokan experience in Sozankyo. The staff was very friendly and helpful and did everything to make our stay unforgetable. We had the traditional tatami room without bathroom, which was fun for the kids. So we booked the private bathroom as a family and had a Japanese bathing experience: pretty relaxed and definitely to recommend. The second... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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49 hotel reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I was a bit unsure about staying here. The rooms have no private shower and I am not a youth hostel type of guy. Of course this place isn't cheap and out of my week trip to Kyushu Island this was the most expensive accommodation. Free parking was available right beside the Ryokan and on entry it had a bit... More 

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135 reviews 135 reviews
34 hotel reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Sozankyo really impressed us. The staff who welcomed us spoke very good English and we were ushered to a table at the lobby for checkin, registration and our special welcome brew. The setting there was tastefully done - simple yet with class. The private Onsen was very enjoyable and they provided horse-oil locations at the shower which really pampers the... More 

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Address: 145-1 Uchinomaki, Aso 869-2301 , Kumamoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kumamoto Prefecture > Aso > Asouchinomaki Onsen
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Number of rooms: 22
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