Located in the Kurokawa hot-spring area, Yamabiko Ryokan offers public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths and some rooms with mountain or river views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public area and guests can request relaxing massages for an extra cost. JR Aso Train Station is a 1-hour drive away.
The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a fridge and a private toilet. Guests can choose to stay in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding or in rooms with Western beds. Bathrooms are shared.
Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop and free parking is on-site. Guests can refresh in the sauna rooms and play table tennis after a long bath. Luggage storage is available at the front desk.
Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set-menu for breakfast. All meals are served at the private dining rooms with a Nakai-san personal attendant service.
Ryokan Yamabiko is a 5-minute drive from Meotodaki Falls and a 20-minute drive from Kuju Forest Park Ski Resprt. Kumamoto Airport is about a 70-minute drive away.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What's a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature bathhouses, multicourse dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travelers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation surrounded by therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the big differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is just a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just a place to sleep. In Japan, many travelers journey long distances to relax in a hot spring bath and feast on a traditional multicourse dinner – staying in a ryokan is an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw floors and futon beds (no Western beds and carpeting). You should also remove your shoes at the entrance of the room, or before you enter it. Modern ryokans might serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while more traditional ryokans tend to serve in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms have a private bathroom, and others might just have a shared bathroom.
- What's a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodying beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Every one of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multicourse Japanese dinner is prepared in a way that highlights the unique textures, colors, and flavors of featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Most commonly served at special restaurants and ryokans, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-size appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish, like sushi), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot-pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What's a yukata?
- A yukata is a casual summer kimono or robe, typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans provide guests with yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it's common to see guests strolling through the neighborhood in their yukatas. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for sleeping and relaxing in.
- How should I wear a yukata?
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a robe. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then, take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is level at your ankles. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What's a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally "hot spring") is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- What's standard bathing etiquette?
- At a bathhouse—onsen or not—guests are expected to remove all clothing in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you should not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among Japan's youth, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you might still be refused admission to bathhouses and swimming pools. Small tattoos can be covered up using waterproof bandaids, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.
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- Hi, Do you have private onsen? Can we reserve? and How we can go to your hotel with public transportation?Yes. No reservation needed. By bus from Kumamoto or Fukuoka.Answered on October 27, 2022
- what time does rotemburo open for guest staying in Yamabiko ryokan? is it 24 hrs opened?basically 7AM to 11PM. Sometimes we clean up during day time, 9:30 to around 19:00Answered on November 27, 2022
- What time do I have to arrive for dinner?Dinner would be started from 18:00.Answered on September 10, 2019
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Children & Beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children 3 and above are considered adults at this property.
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Crib and extra bed policies
Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.
No age restriction
There's no age requirement for check-in
Yamabiko Ryokan accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Pets are not allowed.
FAQs about Yamabiko Ryokan
From the nearest airport, you can get to Yamabiko Ryokan by:
- Car 1h 20min
- Bus 2h
Yamabiko Ryokan offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):
- Hot spring bath
- Massage chair
- Open-air bath
- Public Bath
Check-in at Yamabiko Ryokan is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.
Guests staying at Yamabiko Ryokan can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.5).
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Yamabiko Ryokan is 2.5 miles from the center of Minamioguni.
Yes, Yamabiko Ryokan is popular with guests booking family stays.