What I love most about this onsen hotel or ryokan is the ambience! We have a river-view room and the running river is soothing to both the ears and the eyes.
We had the basic room, so if you have stayed in a ryokan before, it is exactly what you expect: tatami, futon, modern bathroom, small kitchenette. Our room doesn't have a shower though, but if you plan to use their public onsen, taking a shower there after the bath is no trouble at all. We tried out their foot bath as well located right by the river before breakfast, where you can be completely immersed in the surroundings and it’s such a refreshing experience!
Their meals are definitely a highlight. It’s traditional kaiseki with fun little twists here and there, so it kept you interested throughout the meal (and for those who have sat through 2-3 hours of kaiseki dinner you will know that it can be quite difficult sometimes). The tofu in soy milk at breakfast was simple but spot on.
We also visited the Makizonocho Falls and Wake Shrine that’s a mere 10-min ride from the ryokan, both sights are interesting to visit and perfect for a mini excursion before dinner.
It was a pleasant stay and as the first stop of our roadtrip, Ishiharaso totally got us in the mood for the beautiful and magical Kirishima!More
- Free parking