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Reviewed 22 April 2018

The Ohashikan hotel is a comfortable 20 room Ryokan with a great location on the Ohahi river, between the JR station (15 minutes walk) and the castle district (10 minutes walk).

But what really made the Ohashikan stand out during our 5 days in Matsue has the manager James. He helped us in every conceivable way from checking us in, helping us order dinner at the nearby yakitori bar, driving us around the sites, and making sure we were safe when an 5.6 earthquake hit the town.

As you can imagine from the name, James isn't native Japanese, but has lived there for 16 years after marrying into the family that owns the hotel. Matsue isn't on the main tourist drag, and native english speaking guests are not the norm at the hotel, so I suspect James enjoyed talking with us and sharing a beer, well outside of the normal very formal kindness we have experienced at Japanese hotels. When the earthquake struck in the middle of the night, which James said was the strongest he had experienced in Matsue, and which did indeed frighten us, it was great that he called us up to make sure we were okay and reassure us that there was no danger.

He also runs the catering for the Ryokan and one night we ate in for a Kaiseki style feast that included local delicacies like Black Throat fish grilled whole and the steak the region is famous for, which was some of the best beef I have ever tasted. Basically we agreed on a budget before hand and then he prepared a custom menu for us.

We also had a traditional breakfast every day which was filling, tasty, and served in private rooms looking out over the river.

The bedroom was a spacious 10 tatami room with a smaller carpeted room looking out over the river and onto lake Shinji. We appreciated the tea making facilities. The futons were put out after our arrival and stayed out for the duration of our stay, which we actually really appreciated because we could have a rest in the middle of the day without needing to roll out the futons ourselves. The bathroom and toilet were also separate, and by the time you add in the small lobby it was a really generous space.

The onsen is also fantastic with real thermal water piped in from a nearby spring. Of course there are two baths, one for men and one for women. The larger one could easily host 20 or more people, but we were both generally always alone. They rotated the men's and women's bathrooms a couple of times while we were there.

The staff were all courteous but with variable english. Whenever we had a question they generally found James for us :)

Overall the Ohashikan and James really helped us make the most of our stay in Matsue and we hope we will return one day!

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Douglas A
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

This is a traditional ryokan that's been in the same family for many years. The owner is welcoming and provides whatever you could want during your stay. The food is over the top - you'll think you're at a feast. The lobby and the room are beautiful and very comforting and there are fresh flowers everywhere. And the onsen! What a treat to soak after a day out. I can't wait to go back.

Stayed: November 2017
Thank weberv
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed 4 nights in this small and beautifully appointed ryokan overlooking the Ohashi river. James and Junko were exceptional hosts going out of the way to assist us, and share their local knowledge. The food served for breakfast and dinner was fresh, local and presented in the most attractive way. Conversations with James gave us insight into and appreciation of the Japanese culture. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Ohashikan.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Pamela J
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We had a wonderful time in Ohashikan last summer :
- very large and comfortable room with a small japanese garden, and a nice view on the river
- excellent meal with all kinds of tastes, representing each aspect of japanese cuisine
- very interesting discussions with James, managing the hotel, with whom we learnt a lot on japanese culture

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank christophecolomb
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Matsue is not a beautiful city, mostly built in concrete with a bridge not so attractive still in concrete. There is castle up there always with a ccold flux worth visiting. The people are speaking Japanese and almost nothing else. If you are like me, not fluent In Japanese, you can be sure that you are lost. However, you come back to your very traditional ryokan (still a concrede building by the river), an authentic Japanese interior, in your very spacious roomand your ever warm onsen overlooking the river. And there you are. Lafcadio Hearn lived in this city -one of the streets carry his name-, he never learned the language, even unable to properly speak with his Japanese wife. It is not for nothing. Each day you spend in this city and this exceptional ryokan, your senses became wide open, you taste the pleasures of genuine cuisine (not just sushi which is just a barfood) and the relaxing pleasures of the onsen and the space that welcomes youin all aspects. Then, you feel that you are in Japan, beyond Tokyo and Kyoto.

Stayed: December 2016
1  Thank mav234
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