In our previous article about Kagoshima, we have introduced Kagoshima as a city with an active volcano as its main attraction. So, with volcanoes there are definitely great hot springs (onsen)!
And with great onsen, there comes the traditional Japanese inns, or what we call ryokan, will be here to enhance your journey to Kagoshima even further!
While many of the ryokans in Kagoshima are great, here is my list of 10 of the best and popular ryokans in Kagoshima!
p/s: List is not in order of ranking, but rest assured that they are all great!
Myoken Ishiharasou Onsen
Kagoshima Myoken Ishiharasou
Being one of the most famous hot springs in Kagoshima, there is a great reason why everyone loves it, and it’s more than just great scenery and relaxing hot springs! Myoken Ishiharasou Onsen’s hot springs are rich in minerals, hence they are offering great health benefits! All of these baths have great effects such as promoting the blood circulation, smoothing your skin, and helps to relieve your stiff muscles as well!
Myoken Ishiharasou Indoor Onsen
Besides, you can enjoy various types of hot springs in one single place, such as the main public bath, public open-air bath, dry carbon dioxide bath, as well as the rooms with private open-air bath.
Of course, Myoken is also famous for its delicious meals, where ingredients are freshly sourced from Kagoshima’s finest and freshest local ingredients. The restaurants at Myoken provides semi-private dining room for its guests, so you can enjoy precious dining experience at Myoken!
Hotel Kayoutei is another famous hotel in Kagoshima! Many guests loved the meals here, and not just because you can enjoy your meal in your room, but the meals are carefully and deliciously prepared the chef using the finest local and seasonal ingredients!
Kagoshima Kayoutei Meal
That’s definitely not all! Because at Hotel Kayoutei, it isn’t just that your rooms are spacious and cozy, but you can enjoy the scenic view of the nature from your room and the open-air bath as well.
Kirishima’s Hotel Kayoutei
The hotel is also equipped with natural onsen as well, and you can relax yourself in the public bath, semi open-air bath, and open-air bath. It is also not far from Japan’s cultural asset in Kareigawa Station – the station sells delicious ekiben (bento lunch boxes sold in train stations) on weekends, so consider getting one for lunch!
Ibusuki Hakusuikan Rikyu
Ibusuki Shiramizukan Rikyu
With a list of the best ryokans in Kagoshima, Ibusuki’s Hakusuikan Rikyu is a place that no list would want to miss out! It is a place where you can enjoy a luxurious traditional Japanese space while gazing at the magnificent blue sea of Kagoshima Prefecture.
Ibusuki Hakusuikan’s Room
The 84 square meters of spacious and elegant Japanese-Western rooms offer spectacular views of the blue Kinko Bay and pine gardens. Its beauty is so breathtaking that you will almost forget to breathe! The contrast between the blue of the sea and the green of the pine trees is very beautiful, and the pine trees are illuminated at night, which makes it very fantastic.
There are various types of baths, including the Genroku bath, which reproduces the bath of the Edo period, the open-air bath with a panoramic view of the sea, and the sand steaming bath. Ibusuki Onsen is also called the hot spring for beautiful skin. Why don’t you refresh yourself both physically and mentally, away from your daily routine?
Yakakutei is located in the oldest hot spring in Kagoshima Prefecture, Hinatayama Onsen. This is a recommended luxury ryokan / hotel where you can spend peaceful time as birds rest their wings. The hot spring is a bathhouse that is said to have been loved by the historical figures Takamori Saigo and Ryoma Sakamoto.
The hot spring water here is a clear, colorless and transparent weak alkaline hydrogen carbonate spring. It is also called “Bijin no Yu”, which means “The Beauty Bath”. Their relaxing Japanese-style room allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the four seasons and feel Japanese culture.
Contrary to its excellent accessibility, Gajoen is a beautiful inn that blends perfectly with the lush green trees of Kirishima. There are only 10 detached rooms with a thatched roof relocated to the site along the Tenryo River, with eight (8) of them are equipped with 100% free-flowing hot spring baths, and the rooms with open-air baths started here.
The delicately cooked dishes made with vegetables produced in their own garden that delivers the taste unique to the region. You will feel at ease with the traditional Japanese scenery, such as thatched roofs, hearths, and rivers that flow near the inns.
Gajoen is an inn that not only forgets your daily routine and thoughts, but at the same time reminds you what important things you should never forget.
Among the ryokans (and hotel), which of them is your favorite?
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