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Yufuin Tamanoyu

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#14 of 153 hotels in Yufu
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We stayed one night at Tamanoyu and found it to be charming . All staff were very helpful and many spoke a little English. Our room was western bedroom with traditional Japanese sitting room. We had our own wooden bath which was delightful. Dinner was excellent with delicious starters and a choice of beef to grill over a charcoal fire pot or hotpots also to be cooked at the table. We chose beef and were given local chicken to try as well. The hotpots looked great and came with large quantities of green vegetables to be cooked with the meat or fish. A very pretty scroll detailed our meal -we admired it even though we couldn't read it! A lovely touch was to have a large purple flower as our chopstick rest. Slippers have to be worn in the rooms and 3 kinds are provided. Yukata ( robes for wearing on the property and in the village if wished) are provided and many guests wear them- we did . We chose western breakfast and it was very good with fresh orange juice and included an excellent spinach soup with a choice of egg dishes followed by brioche or French toast. Tamanoyu is relaxing and conveniently situated in a quiet lane under 5 minutes from the lake and shrine. All rooms are situated in a wooden garden like setting with privacy from each other.
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I just visited Yufuin and stayed at Tamanoyu during last weekend with my family with 2 kids and parents. Service here is very good (thanks Nam-san for your kind service). The overall ambient is very nice, peaceful and quiet while very accessible from main walking street in Yufuin. We were lucky enough to still see cherry blossom around the area. Price is quite premium. But if you do appreciate real Japanese foods and love its detail, you would not be disappointed. I hereby also posted some pictures that I took. The previous reviewers did post nice pictures but the actual thing is even nicer! So i think this place deserves nicer pictures for its review (including their own website too!!) Sorry!!!
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2nd Trip to Tamanoyu, this time for 2 days, mainly for R&R and enjoy the surroundings and Onsen. Stayed in the two-storey "villa?"/room?, Kuwa for this trip. The Good: Locations- The location of the hotel is pretty near most of the Yufuin main spots, nicely tuck away behind the main area where you could just return to your hotel to put down your shopping bags or dip into onsen before exploring more of Yufuin. The Service- It's hard to describe how good they are, but given the price of the place and we returned for 2nd stay, the service is a big part in that decision. Quality of stay = Superb. The Room, the onsen and the kotatsu- The "room" we stayed this time was definitely more superior than our first stay, the room also feels brighter too. If you are uncomfortable to go to public bath, you could always use your in-room onsen. And the kotatsu, probably still the most comfortable part of the room. The not-so-good: The price may not be suitable for everyone appetite, however, if you have special occasions or anniversary etc, this is one place you could put into your list of consideration. Do write in when you make a booking if it is for special occasion etc, I feel they will prepare your stay differently and accordingly for the occasion. Final say, will definitely be going back, which also seemingly going to be an annual thing... Tips: Get a bigger room for better enjoyment, the difference in cost for basic room and the bigger room is a pittance compare to what you are already going to fork out.
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Farmers bent over working in the fields stood to wave as our train neared this peaceful town. We were greeted at the train station by the hotel valet who took our bags. He provided a map and suggested we walk up their town's Main Street to visit the shops. We thoroughly enjoyed that walk and were able to grab some snacks along the way. The Onsen was very spacious, quiet and beautiful. We relaxed in both the hotel hot tub as well as our private room's hot tub. We shopped at the little artisan stores and had lunch at a local restaurant on our last day. We would like to someday return to stay longer here!
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We heard about this special ryokan from American friends who have come regularly over the years to unwind and relax. They offered it rave reviews, and based on their experience my husband and I decided to make a special trip to the area to experience the magic of Kyushu in general, and this ryokan in particular. The Tamanoyu is a wonderful place – truly special, not only because of the setting of the property and its magnificent hot springs but because of the staff and how beautifully they respond to the needs of their guests. We happened to have stayed at the hotel for two nights at one of the most unfortunate moments – a 7.3 earthquake in the area. The hotel staff was amazing in the way they helped us to handle this natural disaster. From coming to get us from our rooms in the middle of the night, to keeping us warm and safe while the earth shook for hours, to checking on us regularly while we passed the difficult night. Despite all the shaking -- our room and the hotel did not suffer significant damage -- which in itself was a miracle. When morning came the staff did everything possible to help us to leave the area – from arranging a taxi, flight to Tokyo, and feeding us so that we would be ok on the journey back to Tokyo and then the US. Nam was especially extraordinary at every point of the way. And the hotel went the extra mile to refund one night’s lodging since the earthquake was not part of our tourist agenda. Our hearts went out to all of the staff whose own homes and lives were affected by the disaster. But we will always remember how they put their guests first. Before the earthquake we experienced the most extraordinary meals and appreciated the ambiance that has made this ryokan famous. It is truly a tranquil spot, and the hot springs on the property are magnificent. We hope to return to this very special place and will always remember the care and kindness we received from the moment we checked in until we left. We extend a special thank you to Nam.
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$421 - $991 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanKyushuOita PrefectureYufuYufuin Station
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