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“Is this Banyan Tree?”
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Shinwaen
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels / Ryokan in Aso
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 7, 2012

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.


Access:
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.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Room Tip: 여러시설과 객실이 층이 분리되어있어 가파른 계단이용이 필수입니다. 무릎이 좋지않거나 보행이 어려운 분이 있다면 참고하세요.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2017
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Room Tip: 料理を存分に楽しみたい方へ!
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2017
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 3, 2017
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Room Tip: 若いカップルには紬や白州のお部屋が、日本情緒を楽しみたい方はフクロウがお薦めです。
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1354 Uchinomaki, Aso 869-2301, Kumamoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kumamoto Prefecture > Aso > Asouchinomaki Onsen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels / Ryokan in Aso
Price Range: $129 - $380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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