16 Best Ryokans In Kumamoto, Japan - Updated 2023

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The beautiful green city of Kumamoto is nestled on the island of Kyushu in Japan. With a history that dates back hundreds of years, there is a plethora of unique sites to explore and things to do to try. For example, discover the 17th-century Kumamoto Castle, the reconstructed Honmaru Goten Palace, and the Suizenji Garden. The gardens were created in the 1630s. Kumamoto is a major city so alongside the rural and historical sites there is also lots to see and do in terms of entertainment and dining. We think that the best way to discover Japan’s unique culture is to dive straight into it. Start planning your ideal holiday, let’s take a closer look at the best ryokans in Kumamoto, Japan.

1. Hanare No Yado Hanagokoro (from USD 263)

Showcasing hardwood flooring and stylish furnishings, Hanare No Yado Hanagokoro will ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay. It features a hot spring bath where you can decompress.

Every room is air-conditioned and comes complete with amenities such as a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box, and comfortable beds. If you enjoy hiking, you can explore the trails available in and around Minamioguni.

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Hanare no Yado Hanagokoro

Wifi Available

Address: Manganji 5349
9.64 km (6.0 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services

2. Kumamoto Wasuki Tsukasakan (from USD 126)

Kumamoto Wasuki Tsukasakan is an excellent option for travelers looking for 3-star accommodation at an affordable price. It is conveniently located only a 12-minute drive from Kumamoto Station, a 14-minute walk from Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and a 16-minute walk from Kumamoto Castle. All rooms include air conditioning, a wardrobe, a flat-screen television, and a seating area for your comfort and convenience. There is also a desk and free WiFi so you can work if necessary.

In addition, the 3-star ryokan provides free luggage storage, a vending machine (drinks and snacks), a public bath, a meeting space, and photocopying services. If you have any questions or concerns, you can freely approach the 24-hour front desk at any time of the day.

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Wasuki Tsukasakan

Wifi Available

Address: Kamitoricho 7-35
39.88 km (24.8 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Lift

3. Yutorelo Yamaga (from USD 36)

Yutorelo Yamaga is one of the best places to stay in Kumamoto for its superb facilities and sophisticated ambiance. Here, you can choose a room of your choice, from standard family rooms to Japanese-style rooms. Every room has a private bathroom with a bathtub, a flat-screen television, free WiFi, and comfortable beds. There are, however, some rooms with seating areas where you can sit back and relax. On-site parking is offered at no cost and is accessible on the premises.

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Yutorelo Yamaga

Wifi Available

Address: Munakatadori 702
36.27 km (22.6 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Fishing Skiing

4. Kurokawa Onsen Shinmei-kan (from USD 138)

Kurokawa Onsen Shinmei-kan is a must-stay accommodation as it provides excellent amenities that will undoubtedly relieve your worries temporarily. You’ll be able to pamper yourself with their five hot-spring baths and the 30 meters (98.4 feet) long cave bath. The rooms here are outfitted with tatami floors and amenities such as flat-screen television, a seating area, a toilet, and a fridge for your comfort and convenience.

If you’re looking to get explore the area, this 3-star ryokan provides a free shuttle ride to Yu-Station and the bus stop.

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Kurokawa Onsen Yama no Yado Shinmeikan

Wifi Available

Address: Manganji 6608
10.95 km (6.9 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Restaurant Free parking Internet services Safety deposit box Heating Luggage storage WiFi Available

5. Okyakuya (from USD 305)

Another historical listing, this time, the Okyakuya first opened its doors in 1722. It is located just a stone’s throw from the Kurokawa Onsen and is nestled in the historic district. This means that there is plenty to see, do and explore within easy walking distance. There are a few different room choices so be sure to select the room that best suits your needs.

Each room has to air-condition, and flat-screen television and some include a small seating area. To ensure your comfort the hosts also kindly provide a traditional Yukata robe, slippers, and a hairdryer. It is worth noting that although the rooms do have a private toilet, full bathrooms are shared.

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Wifi Available

Address: Manganji 6546
11.01 km (6.9 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Safety deposit box Heating WiFi Available Free WiFi

6. Minshuku Asogen (from USD 72)

If you are looking for one of the Kumamoto ryokans with onsen, consider staying at Minshuku Asogen. More than just an average ryokan this site also has newspapers, a fax machine, and a photocopier that guests can use when they need to. We love the bright pine-wooden flooring throughout the property and the large windows that let in plenty of light.

You can book a private bath, relax in the common lounge and enjoy a delicious onsite meal. The staff are known for being particularly helpful and friendly.

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Minshuku Asogen

Wifi Available

Address: Otohime1506
7.62 km (4.8 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Massage Soundproof rooms

7. Fumoto Ryokan

With a number of indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths, this ryokan feels spacious and welcoming. The lodgings are traditional and have plenty of historic charm. The property is nestled on the banks of the river and the surrounding nature creates a calming atmosphere. There is a choice between traditional or western-style bedrooms which means that you can choose to either sleep in a western bed or on a futon on the floor. The bedrooms also include a flat-screen television, and for added luxury, an air purifier.

Alongside the seven onsite hot springs, guests can also unwind in the large public baths, choose a souvenir from the gift shop and enjoy a healthy Japanese meal in the main dining room.

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Fumoto Ryokan

Address: Manganji 6697
10.98 km (6.9 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

8. Ryokan Ayu no Sato (from USD 64)

Located near to the Hitoyoshi Train Station, this is an easy-to-access ryokan. First founded in 1941, it has been welcoming guests for many years. At the Ayu no Sato ryokan you can enjoy the numerous hot-spring baths which are available both inside and outside.

You can also join in the sauna, take advantage of the concierge service, and relax in the shared lounge. This site definitely adds a touch of elegance, class, and luxury to the traditional ryokans. There are both western and Japanese-style rooms and WiFi is only available in the communal areas.

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Ryokan Ayu no Sato

Address: Kokonokamachi 30
91.99 km (57.2 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Sauna Terrace Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking

9. Shinwaen (from USD 211)

Our favorite thing about this ryokan is that all of the meals are cooked using home-grown vegetables. You can’t get much fresher than that! The property itself is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is very charming.

Inside, free WiFi is available so that you can communicate with your loved ones back from home as well as in-room massages can be scheduled for an additional charge. There is free parking onsite, or the JR Aso Station is just a short 15-minute drive away.

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Address: Uchinomaki 1354
3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

10. Yumeoi-so (from USD 91)

Yumeoi-so is your best bet if you’re looking for 4-star accommodation at a reasonable price. With its large, public hot spring baths and 12 private-use hot spring baths, you will definitely experience the relaxation you need.

Staying on the premises will never be boring as it has a games room where you can play traditional Japanese games, table tennis, and karaoke where you can sing all the songs you like for free. There is also a children’s room where children can have fun.

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Wifi Available

Address: Uchinomaki 385-1
4.22 km (2.7 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Lift Massage

11. Hitoyoshi Ryokan (from USD 85)

This registered historic property has a touch of elegance and class that you would expect from the 1930s furnishings. The rooms are particularly big and all feature tatami floors and futon beds. The is also a small western-style seating area alongside the traditional low-level table associated with ryokans.

There is a 24-hour hot spring bath onsite and a pretty Japanese-style garden. The bath is separated by gender so this might not be ideal if you plan to go with a partner. WiFi is available throughout the building, the bathrooms are shared and there are drinks vending machines.

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Hitoyoshi Ryokan

Address: Kamiaoi 160
92.29 km (57.4 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

12. Ryokan Yamanoyu (from USD 174)

If you are worried about understanding Japanese, then choose a ryokan with English-speaking staff. Our recommendation is the Ryokan Yamanoyu, which is just 500 meters (1640 feet) from the popular Kurokawa Onsen.

All of the rooms in this property are fitted with a flat-screen television and air conditioning. The rooms are en-suite and include complimentary toiletries. The front desk is 24 hours, you can rent a car directly from the ryokan, enjoy the hot-spring bath, and even indulge in room service.

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Ryokan Yamanoyu

Wifi Available

Address: Manganji 6601-4
10.96 km (6.9 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Room service Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Lift Massage Car hire

13. Oogi Onsen Oogiso (from USD 54)

Set in a very quiet and secluded area, you are guaranteed absolute tranquility at this ryokan. Both breakfast and dinner are offered onsite and there is a small fridge in each room so that guests can prepare their own lunches.

The ryokan is 4 stars but the bedrooms are not en-suite. There are two outdoor onsens which are open 24 hours and are the perfect place to sit outside and gaze upon the stars. Ultimately, we think it is very romantic.

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14. Oyado Kurokawa (from USD 132)

Last, but by no means least, is the Oyado Kurokawa ryokan which is on the Kawabata Main Street. The property offers clean and comfortable lodgings with five hot-spring baths that can be reserved for private use. There are also photocopying facilities, drinks vending machines, and a cafe onsite that sells breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside alcoholic drinks.

The rooms are smaller than some of our other listings but there is still plenty of space. Each room includes air-conditioning, a flat-screen television, a fridge, and a kettle. The hosts also kindly provide Yukatas for each guest.

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15. Hitoyoshi Onsen Nabeyahonkan (from USD 62)

If you are looking to stay in a truly historic ryokan then your ideal match might be Hitoyoshi Onsen Nabeyahonkan. Offering lodgings since the Edo Period, this property is very unique. It also has some of the best views of Hitoyoshi Castle and the Kuma River.

The property is in an excellent location, within easy walking distance of many local amenities. The rooms are of average size and include a flat-screen television, seating area, and kettle. There are plenty of local eateries nearby, but guests can also enjoy onsite dining. The ryokan also offers free bicycle hire so that you can explore the local area.

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Hitoyoshi Onsen Nabeyahonkan

Address: Kokonoka 22-2
91.95 km (57.2 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

16. Kurokawa Onsen Okunoyu (from USD 183)

With its relaxing ambiance and excellent amenities, you will surely have a great time at Kurokawa Onsen Okunoyu. It features a thermal-heated indoor pool where you can plunge and go for a swim. There is also a public bathing area with a cave bath and an open-air bath where you can relax and decompress. Gambanyoku stone sauna is also available for a fee.

Each room has a flat-screen television, a fridge, and a seating area where you can unwind.

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Kurokawa Onsen Oku no Yu

Wifi Available

Address: Minamioguni-machi Manganji Kurogawa 6567
11.41 km (7.1 mi) from Daikanbō Lookout

Parking Terrace Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Safety deposit box Heating Fax/photocopying

Grab your Yukata and get ready to experience Japan

We love exploring unique and interesting ryokans. Each one feels special and memorable in its own way. We wanted to share with you, our favorite ryokans in Kumamoto, Japan so you too can enjoy these traditional inns. As expected they are very popular so book now to avoid disappointment.

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