There were 8 regular guest rooms in the main building, and 4 extra detached houses with private onsen in the premise. Chose to stay in ‘Shirasu’ house, which was a spotless and spacious tatami style room with modern facilities. Heated timber floor, Nespresso machine, automatic walk-in lighting, plasma TV, DVD player, large living room, toilet, walk-in closet, etc., and could only be described as a villa in Banyan Tree, yet preserving the Japanese sentiments and elements.
Apart from using own private onsen, the public open-air rock-bath was worth visiting. There was also a small library where you could borrow some discs. Dinner was a simple style Kaiseki with home-made tofu, vegetables from in-house garden, strawberries from nearby Aso farmland, and a touch of sashimi and wagyu beef. Free wi-fi and TV also available in own dining room. Staff expected guests to have breakfast no later than 08:30.
Highly recommend to stay in the best room of Shinwaen. Very enjoyable indeed.
Drawbacks: Don’t look around the proximity of main front entrance or look out through the windows when dining if you mind viewing the grave yard.
Around 1600 yen by taxi from JR Aso Station or
Get onto a bus bound for Uchinomaki, get off at Onsen Hospital where there is a discreet little wood signage leading you to the back street of Shinwaen Inn, and a 2 minute walk will get you there.
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