Takefue, Minamioguni, Kumamoto Prefecture
Why We Love It:
Simply and almost in a class of its own, Takefue thrills with probably the most magical and surreal of hot spring settings in a sound-proofed bamboo forest, away from all the hustle and bustles of city life. The setting just draws you in effortlessly. Each of the 12 rooms are designed differently, each providing a different aesthetic and if tranquility is what you seek, Takefue is the perfect hot spring ryokan to fulfill all your sensory needs.
Best Time To Visit:
Every season is a winner here. We're talking about a destination that thrills in all conceivable condition whether it's snowing, in the summer where the bamboo forests offers perfect shelter from, the dazzling kaleidoscope of colors in autumn or the inviting hues of spring. There are few ryokans in Japan with such a blessed setting that it is the actual destination in itself.
Best Combined with:
When you're here at Takefue, it does not really matter anymore where or what you combine with. But its perfect location provides easy access to the nearby Kurokawa Onsen - one of the most incredibly beautiful hot spring towns in all of Japan, the volcanic landscapes and farmlands surrounding Mount Aso while close enough to have a double hot spring treat combining with Yufuin Onsen in Oita Prefecture.