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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights and had a fantastic experience. Although it’s a bit far from the bus/train station, they provide a free shuttle bus to take you to and from town. Being up the mountain a little ways, the view of the mountain and valley were beautiful.

Another thing my wife liked was that they served both lunch and dinner. There were a two or three hour time frame where you could choose when to have your meals. The meals themselves were Japanese style with many different dishes throughout the courses. By the end of the meals, we were all full.

The rooms were clean and had all types of amenities: TV, wifi, toothbrush, razors, hair dryer, air conditioning/heater, toilet and sink, hot water dispenser, table and floor chairs, balcony with small table, safe box and wardrobe. The only thing missing from the room was a shower. This was fine with us because we spent a lot of time in the hot springs. There were no western style beds in the room. Instead, each night during dinner the housekeeping staff would come make up a floor bed, which was very comfortable for us.

The hot springs were calm and relaxing. They have two private/family hot spring rooms and separate public ones for men and women. Both types have indoor and outdoor baths with views of the mountains. The private baths are on a first come first serve basis, but the room tv shows you if the private baths are available. If not you can wait in the lounge area outside the private baths until they become available. Each of the areas has showering areas with soap, shampoo, lotion...

The staff was extremely helpful and polite throughout our stay. They were courteous and always asked if we needed anything to make our stay better. Also, they were very accommodating if we wanted to change times for meals or shuttle services.

If you ever get a chance to stay in Yufuin, I would suggest choosing Saigakukan. We will definitely be coming back here.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Patrick J
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

This is the perfect place for Westerners to experience a ryokan. First of all, the ryokan is situated on a hillside overlooking the valley and Mt. Yufu.

While the uninitiated can be at a loss of what to do and how to behave in a ryokan, the two charming "directors" speak good English and have lived several years on a work assignment in England. More than most, they understand Western habits and expectations.

Unlike most ryokans, several room come equipped with both Western beds as well as classic tatami mats. The hotel offered two different bathing pools - Onsen - (inside and outside overlooking the mountains) for men and women as well as a private pool for families or small groups. Very nice.

The staff is very anxious to please. The dining was very appealing to the eye though it is hard for me to judge how well it met Japanese standards.

It's a unique and very insightful experience -- I strongly recommend this ryokan to Western travelers.

Room Tip: Ask for Mt. Yufu view
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank passionatetraveler20
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

The hotel is really very nice and staffs are very friendly. It is about 5-8 minutes drive from the Yufuin JR station and the hotel offers free shuttle bus for pick up at the station. The hotel faces Yufu Mountain and the view from the resturant is excellent. My room is a traditional Japanese style room with balcony facing the Yufu Mountain as well. It is very spacious and comfortable. The outdoor hot spring is relatively large and it is so relaxing to enjoy the spring water bath. There are also 2 private hot springs that you can use whenever it is available (no need to book). After enjoying the hot spring, you can take a rest at the conversation room . The dinner is served with Wagyu beef and chicken and is very tasty. It really gives me a memorable trip in Yufuin and I surely recommended my friends to stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Book a Japanese style room with mountain view and you can see the beautiful Yufu Mountain when you wake up in the morning.
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dogdogboy
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Nice accomendation, room is nice and clean with amendeties. Nice Private Onsen, food was first day OK second day (our meaning) it taste not so good. But this can be our taste...... The staff is exellent and very friendly everething you ask is for them a plesure. Surroundings are supeeb.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank jialin1234
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

This was my first time in a traditional ryokan, so my review does not draw from a reservoir of similar experience. I stayed one night in this beautiful establishment which is perched on a hill overlooking the town. It is a twenty minute walk from the town center, providing a rather calm atmosphere. It has a direct view of Mount Yufu, visible both from the restaurant and the baths.
I slept in a traditional tatami room with a window to an outdoor corridor. Though the view wasn't great, it did give an idea of the Japanese skill in creating intimate spaces; it was decorated with moss-covered stone sculptures such as a small lantern and what looked liked a bird bath. It created the illusion that this was a private, protected space just for my appreciation.
There are two public baths, one male and one female, and two private baths that all guests can use whenever available. Both public and private baths have outdoor and indoor facilities. I found the decoration around the baths beautiful and intimate.
The included dinner kaiseki was highly decorative and tasty. It includes sashimi, pickled vegetables, miso soup, beef that you grill yourself, etc. You can order a single glass of plum-based alcohol or tea included in the meal. It wasn't the tastiest meal I have tried in Japan, but it was highly tasteful, natural and balanced.
The breakfast the following morning was just lighter but just as tasteful. We tried each one of the private baths at dawn to see the sun rising. The hotel gave us a ride to Yufu station free of charge.
All in all, the experience was enlightening, relaxing and definitely worth it.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Yeon Y
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