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“Most relaxing Ryokan I've been to in Japan” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Takefue
Certificate of Excellence
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Most relaxing Ryokan I've been to in Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed here for 2 night, experiencing 2 of their room.
We arrived when it was raining, and the hotel had a taxi wait for us in the station.
The bamboo grove in the rain is amazing. Generally everything in this place is amazing...
seriously attentive to the small details, exceptional service, great food (they accommodate vegetarians).
and their Rotemburos are unbelievable. ask for the waterbed when booking the large one :)

Room Tip: I would change a room each night, as they are very different from each other.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank MeniH
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

We stayed at Takefue Ryokan for one night in June. Wish we could have stayed longer! Being June the day we arrived it was pouring down with rain and as soon as we drove up the driveway a number of staff ran out with umbrellas to escort us inside and take our luggage. There is definitely a language barrier here with not much english spoken and I guess not many english speaking guests stay here as they do not seem to have made any accommodations for english speakers yet. However it didn't matter as it made it seem all the more special and the staff were so friendly and helpful even if it was just through hand gestures and smiles. The ryokan complex is a number of wooden buildings scattered amongst a massive bamboo grove, it looked absolutely stunning in the rain. We stayed in the Kokyu-an suite, each suite is a separate building and ours had its own irori/eating room, bathroom, toilet, living/sleeping room, indoor rotenburo, outdoor rotenburo, outdoor change room and balcony - whew! It was huge!! The outdoor rotenburo was a big rocky bath with trees overhanging and looking over the nearby forest. It rained the entire time we were there but it just made the bath even more magical and soothing. There was also an indoor rocky bath which was enormous and had aesop products & toiletries. Dinner was kaseiki cuisine with many courses, presented absolutely beautifully. The service was impeccable even with the language barriers. There is so much more I could write about this but NumWan has written an incredibly detailed review which covers almost everything accurately. It is expensive but I highly recommend. One thing I will say is that if you go to Kurokawa and have the time, stay for more than one night as the ryokans deserve your full attention as well as the gorgeous little hot spring town. We really regretted not being able to spend more time here!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank Wanno
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

After a-whole-year-long without any holiday, my husband and I decided to stay at Takefue for four nights straight, so we could purely relax. We booked the ryokan through Ryokan Collection. Takefue was so beautiful and very peaceful since it was further away from the Kurokawa Onsen town. Most of the rooms were in detached cottage with private indoor and outdoor bath with yuzu to put in the bath. Beside the baths, there were carbonate drinks provided, so you can grab it soon after you get out of the bath. There were also free various flavours of delicious ice-cream in front of the reception all the time. And women got to choose their own yukata each day too.

We stayed in three different rooms during this stay, Shienan, Kokyuan and Tsukikage. All were very lovely, clean and large especially Kokyuan which has extra dressing room with towel warmer and heater just beside the outdoor bath which we found very comfortable during such cold weather since we will have to walk downstairs to the outdoor bath. The view from outdoor bath and our room was also very stunning: mountain view with bamboo trees and pine trees with a few birds flying around. The water was, to my understanding, sulfate spring, which was odorless and is believed to have many healing qualities. Each room has separate eating room with iori and living room/bedroom, with Kokyuan extra equipped with private foot bath, and Shienan has a rooftop big enough for a person to sleep there. The fridge was filled with various carbonate drinks, fruit juice, milk, tea and chocolate, all for free. Also, mineral water from ryokan’s own source is available at all time from special tap.

The ryokan as three rotemburo and a sauna room which you can reserve for 45 minutes private session. One was a super big one plus a small one next to a waterfall, another was a wooden bath and last one was a cave bath. We tried them all and fell in love with all of them. There were warm towels and cold milk provided in the changing room. This trip made us realize how nice it was to have cold milk after bathe!

Food-wise was amazingly delicious, filled with fresh local ingredients and was arranged so beautifully. We had super fresh awabi every day. They were so fresh that when you use the chopstick to touch it, the muscle still contracted. There was one night we had Okoze (stonefish) too. We were so impressed because it was something we cannot really find anyone to cook this in our country. Every night we had grilled beef and chili to put on hot stone. The beef alone was very delicious, but the ryokan also put some seasoning inside each beef slide to make it taste even better. The mushroom, bamboo shoot, vegetables and the rice was also excellent. We had so much to eat each day, yet we finished them all. In sum, the food at Takefue was excel in both taste and presentation. On the first day we arrived was Christmas day and the ryokan also surprised us with Christmas cake. It was strawberry chiffon cake with white chocolate around it. Even though we were so full, we finished half of the cake. And with the millstone coffee grinder which allow you to make in-room fresh coffee together with such good quality mill, nothing could be better.

Service-wise was outstanding. We had Ken-san, a young good looking guy, as butler throughout our stay. He helped us booked the rotemboru, arrange our meal time, book the pick-up service to Kurokawa town, etc. There was one day that we decided to stayed in the ryokan over lunch and Ken-san helped us booked the outdoor bath and arranged our lunch, too. He also brought us hot water bag to warm the bed before we sleep. Other staff in the ryokan was also very attentive. We felt we have received great hospitality here.

The bed and pillow was comfortable with all amenities you might need. Good magazine choice, good music and aroma mist. I want to go back again when the weather is not as cold as this. May be during autumn or early spring.

Room Tip: Visit www.ryokancollection.com or the hotel's own website (Japanese only) at takefue.com to see...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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17 Thank NumWan
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Additional Information about Takefue

Property: Takefue
Address: 5725-1 Manganji, Aso-gun, Minamioguni-machi 869-2402, Kumamoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kumamoto Prefecture > Aso-gun > Minamioguni-machi > Kurokawa Onsen
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 51 Hotels / Ryokan in Minamioguni-machi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 13
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Takefue Japan/Kumamoto Prefecture - Minamioguni-Machi

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