This place is very centrally located and good value, but its real appeal lies in the big Japanese style rooms and the onsen facility., The rooms are surprisingly large and atmospheric, with old Meiji-period furniture. The beds are satisfactory. The bathrooms are surprisingly primitive, just a plastic shower with a soap dispenser on the wall, but that is because the hotel provides an onsen (separate for men and women) with much better washing facilities. A good breakfast is served in a civilised dining room. Not much English is spoken, but the staff are obliging and helpful.
But this hotel is all about atmosphere. Wooden ceilings. Hardwood floors. Tatami mats. The author Natsume Soseki lived in Kumamoto, and sitting at one of the low tables in your room, surrounded by old wooden furniture and paper screens, you will feel as if you were in one of his novels.
Downside, an irritating 10 am checkout (particularly when checkin is 3 pm) but overall this is an excellent place to stay in Kumamoto.More
- Free Wifi