Photo courtesy of Sansou Murata
On Japan’s smaller island of Kyushu, the towns of Yufuin and Beppu are known for their hot springs, or onsen. The Sansou Murata blends traditional and modern elements for those seeking a unique onsen experience, with old Japanese houses comprising the ryokan, or Japanese inn, brought in from the countryside around Tokyo. The twelve unique guestrooms have high wood-beamed ceilings and private soaking tubs. Dining options include traditional Japanese and casual soba noodles, plus roll cake and chocolates for dessert. Rates include two meals daily (served in your room or in a private compartment in the inn's restaurant) and as many thermal baths as you can handle.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
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1264-2 Yufuinchō Kawakami, Yufu-shi, Ōita-ken 879-5102, Japan