Saturday, 7 April 2012

Places We Stay : Yufuin

For every trip to Japan, we try to slot in one onsen visit and indulge. A night at a ryokan may not come cheap, especially not for us who usually stay at business hotels to keep cost down; but hey! it's an experience. Just can't enjoy it too much, too often. ^^

Let's see :
2009 saw us visiting Nyuto Onsen and staying at Taenoyu Onsen. Lovely place. Very quiet though. Plenty of baths to choose from and they have private baths & mixed baths available. Now! Don't get too excited about the mixed bath. When we were there, the only other guests at the mixed bath was a pruny old man. Not exactly enticing to look at. Ahaks!

2010 had us visiting Bessho Onsen and we stayed at Uematsuya Ryokan. Bessho Onsen is awesome! There are so many interesting historical sites to visit here. If you like temples, holy trees and hot spring; this is a great place to visit.

2011 was Yufuin for us. A pretty modern hot-spring resort town, lined with cafes and boutiques.

Instead of staying in a room at a ryokan, when we decided to head to Yufuin last year we selected a cottage style accomodation instead. A very nice, modern cottage with two private baths (indoors and outdoors) for our own use at Yufuinbettei Itsuki.
A very understated entrance.
Raimie and Daddy enjoying the warmth from a table-top fireplace at the lobby while Mommy finish up check-in process.
Raimie choosing a couple of DVDs to watch.
The entrance to our cottage. The place has several cottages and we chose the Yamabuki in favour of its outdoor bath.
Too cold to sit outside!
A pantry at the entrance way. A microwave, a minibar and a thermopot. Perfect! Can't cook here though. But why on earth would I want to cook on my vacation??!

We were walked through all the facilities in the cottage by the staff. 
A very nice, modern loo. Automatic light switch upon entering, and automatic flushing too. And of course, heated toilet seat. Nice...

You bet I twiddled with all the buttons!
The indoor bath, with a view. The staff filled it up for us. The water temperature can be adjusted with the maximum at 40 degress.
The outdoor bath, perched on a small hill right beside our cottage. With fence and trees around the perimeter of our cottage, the bath is really private even though it's located outside. I absolutely love this bath!

Tried to have a nice "quality" couple time there, but Raimie kept interrupting us. Hmph!
Vanity area? Plenty of towels for our usage.
His & Hers yukata. No yukata for kids though.
Raimie enjoying a movie night. ^^
Nice, comfy bed. It was so comfortable, I overslept and only woke up at 7am! This is someone whose body clock usually made her wake up at 5.30am the latest!

32 comments:

  1. Love the garden and the dark wood.

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  2. We are like you and stay in Business hotels when we travel around Japan but always love to spend a few days at a traditional Japanese ryokan now and then, especially if they have a nice onsen.

    Japan Australia

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    1. Nice onsens are lovely and well-worth paying for. ^^

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  3. This cottage is really nice. It's not large and cozy.

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  4. very informative, glad you enjoyed Japan.

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    1. Kak Lela,
      We always have and always will enjoy Japan. :)

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  5. Oh but this is gorgeous! I love the clean, modern, functional-yet-luxurious look. If I were forced to choose between the inside and the outside bath at this onsen, I'd probably ... collapse in confusion. Both, please!

    PS: It's hanami in Tokyo, right? So it's so cold that we all need hot baths to defrost, right? Right.

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    1. Yes! Yes! Yes!

      You need hot baths after your hanami excursion.

      Sunday excursion going well, I hope? :)

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    2. It was an interesting day! ^^ I went for an early walk along a river in Kita-ku - breathtaking! - but when I reached Asukuyama Park (next to Ōji Station) it was so impossibly crowded that I fled. I ended up in a cemetery with several cherry trees in full bloom, in blissful solitude. (Nope, not Yanaka.) [Patience. Post to follow.] I would've loved to end this day at an onsen, because I walked for six hours. :)

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    3. Sounds like you had a fun day, crowd notwithstanding. xD

      Legs deserve a treat for all the hardwork done today!

      Can't wait for the post(s) to come up! Hurry, please! ;)

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  6. It looks like very expensive accomodation. I like very quiet area like this cottage. After soaking in bath tub, a glass of beer is very nice.
    Did you enjoy Japanese dishes?

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    1. It wasn't that expensive. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the place was, at the rate we paid.

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  7. The outdoor bath looks interesting, but the bath tub doesnt looks comfy to me:)

    Simon

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    1. Oh but it is. Nothing beats sitting quietly in an onsen and relax. ^^

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  8. Looks really nice. I should think about spending time in a nice onsen like that someday.

    Did you try ALL of the buttons? One of them says "massage"... ... My favourite question once was, "the red button is to turn it off, right?" by someone already using it. ^^

    Oh, I'm not surprised that only old men were in the mixed onsen. Usually it's just old people, or at least that's what all of my students and friends have said. :)

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    1. Yup, ALL. But can't remember the outcome of all the buttons. I think one had air blowing. ;p Wonder that was the massage function? ;)

      I read somewhere that mixed onsens are usually frequented by old people too. Anyway, if one expect to see naked women in a mixed onsen one might be disappointed. Ladies can wear a towel entering a mixed onsen. At least that's what Taenoyu Onsen does allow! ^^

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  9. Looks like a wonderful place to relax! I especially like the modern bathroom and the choice of using the outdoor tub.

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    1. Can't live without a high tech toilet in the house! LOL

      The indoor/outdoor baths are really nice. To have them all to ourselves are especially nice too. :)

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  10. The bed does look comfy! I wanna sleep till late! : D

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    1. I wanna do that too, but sleeping in during a vacation is such a waste! ;)

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  11. No yukata for kids? Then Raimie was ..... naked???? Muahahaha!

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    1. Aiyoh! No need be naked lah. He wore his thermal wear to sleep. Can also what! kikiki

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  12. I always wonder how "mixed" is mixed onsen. Read from those Japanese comic that men (perverted one especially) love mixed onsen, in hoping to see some beautiful young lady.

    Now I know... only old uncles are there, hmph! Nothing much to see, I guess.

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    1. Beautiful young ladies don't go there one. kakaka And ladies were allowed to wear towels in mixed onsen. So cannot see ladies. But can see men's. hoooooo

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  13. But I'm a very shy person, prefer private onsen, hehehe~

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    1. At first you may be shy lor. Then you realized everyone is also the same and the shyness will be gone! All you want to do is enjoy soaking in the onsen! Trust me! :)

      Going to a public onsen is actually fun. Much more fun than a private one. ^^

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  14. That's a pretty nice place to stay! I want to spend some days there too^^

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    1. You should! I totally recommend it. :)

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  15. Hi. I am trying to book this place for my trip but note that they did not allow onling bookings.

    Did you call them direct to book and did they speak English?

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    1. A friend in Kyushu helped us with the booking.

      I'm not sure whether they speak English at all because all our conversations were in Japanese there. Very basic Japanese on our part. Normal Japanese on theirs. ;p

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