I love staying in real houses, beautiful old houses with a history, not a concrete huge building, run by a company. Yamada Bessou is such a house, with a history, family owned, and cared for by that family.
Check in in Japan is usually very strict : 15h00, not sooner and not too much after that either. So it was a pleasant surprise that, when we went to the ryokan earlier in order to ask if they were willing to keep our luggage, the owner spontaneously offered an early check in. This made that we could still visit the famous Beppu Hells at leisure. We had a large room upstairs, with private toilet. And we booked the rotenburo (outside onsen) for next morning. The outside area is recently renovated with care for the old tree and interesting inflow of the water. The breakfast was excellent and it was a joy to see that there were several groups of young Japanese visitors sharing the premises. Eager to experience the life of their forebears. I heartily recommend this place.More
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