This is a special ryokan in the middle of a 32 acre bamboo forest. An idyllic rural retreat set in tranquil surroundings, its eleven guestrooms have each got a traditional Japanese hearth, called “iori”, and have their own private baths; ideal for total relaxation. Takefue maintains a refined rustic style, the farm-type buildings all feature black beams and straw-and-plaster stucco. Interiors are likewise rustic, but with modern amenities and huge windows giving access to the lovely surrounding forest. The onsen hot springs are generated by the same geological processes that keep nearby Mt. Aso rumbling. There are numerous ryokan in the neighbourhood, but the bamboo forest effectively muffles all sounds from outside the grounds, preserving the feeling of deep-forest privacy.
Most of the rooms boast their own private rotenburo outdoor baths – some of which are huge. There are also four open air baths with access for all hotel guests, as well as the Zen Spa with massages available.
The cuisine is kaiseki haute cuisine, incorporating inaka ryori, or country fare, and taking full advantage of the delicate and delicious mountain vegetables of the area and even includes horse sashimi, a speciality of Kumamoto prefecture.
Takefue’s location, nestled in a large bamboo grove, gives it a unique otherworldly air; this and its exquisite food, beautiful outdoor baths, rustic authenticity and premium service make this an outstanding ryokan.
- Address: 5725 Manganji, Oaza, Minami Oguni-machi Aso-gun、Kumamoto-ken, 869-2402
- Tel: 0570-064-559 /0967-44-0847
- Access: 2 hours by direct bus (or taxi) from JR Fukuoka Station
- Facilities: Onsen baths
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Tel: 01865 841443
Fax: 01865 841445
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