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!