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Aso no Shiki - Aso - Restaurant
1
9.3 Excellent (223 reviews)
C$ 211+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, ASO NO SHIKI is a 2-minute drive from Aso Shrine and 8 minutes from Cuddly Dominion. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: We loved our stay at Aso no Shiki. Unfortunately we got lost finding the place even though using navigation system in the car as well as google maps. We overshot the venue, we were looking for a road however the road was more like what we would call a lane way so we got confused. Once we overshot the venue the navigation system got confused too. However, we did find our way. It was fantastic. The staff were so friendly and even though we spoke almost no Japanese and they spoke limited English, we got on very well. We had booked for both breakfast and dinner. Dinner was traditional Japanese food and was great, we dressed in the Japanese yukata and jacket they gave us and sat in the dining room cooking our own meal over a fire in the middle of the table. The other guests mainly dressed in the gowns too which added to the pleasant experience. We cooked fish, chicken and beef and had miso soup and various side dishes. Oishii (delicious). As was breakfast which included various Japanese dishes as well as an egg cooked in a small pot over a candle. After dinner we washed in one of the private Japanese bathrooms and then soaked in the associated outdoor heated pool/bath. So relaxing. Our beds were traditional Japanese and close to the floor, which we managed very well and had a very comfortable night. The room had a traditional Japanese table and chairs, also close to the floor, and we were welcomed with some Japanese treats. The room had it's own private toilet and sink. We didn't always know what we were doing (our first time in a ryokan) but the staff helped us out, we had a bit of a laugh with them, and overall we had a lovely stay. I would definitely go there again.
Cons: When we couldn't find the venue easily we kept looking for the front as pictured on booking.com. Eventually we stopped in a car park where we thought the venue was and wandered around a bit to try to find the front. The venue is actually up on the next level from the lower car park where we stopped, and to the left. We couldn't see the front until we went searching. It would be nice if there was a picture of the location from the road.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff were extra helpful and very kind and helped us with a problem. The hotel had beautiful flower arrangements and lots of beautiful polished wood.
7.1 Good
Pros: Friendly staff. Good location.
Cons: They only played one song of Kenny G the entire time. No futon.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Really nice and cozy private onsen baths. Superb dinner and service.
Cons: Nothing, but for us westerners the Japanese breakfast is very different and hard to adapt to.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Four private hot springs and friendly reception, excellent breakfast
Cons: Room acoustics not so good due to timber structure
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent service
Cons: Neighbors roommates night time very noisy
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Staff was very welcoming and friendly. We arrived at Miyaji station in the evening and got surprised as some staff was already waiting to pick us up by car. At the Ryokan we were welcomed with delicious mochi and green tea. Although the kitchen was already closed, they even prepared a small dinner for us after we asked whether there is a restaurant nearby. The room was very big, clean and comfortable. So were the facilities. In particular, we enjoyed relaxing in the onsen. Breakfast was excellent. We haven't had so many local specialties anywhere else. Lastly, we were brought to Aso station by car the next morning to start our trip to the volcano. What a great service!
Cons: Nothing. We loved this place!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The extremely helpful and friendly staff. Lovely to learn about Japanes culture and food. Loved the Onsen's. It was a lovely relaxing stay.
Cons: Nothing
9.6 Excellent
Pros: I loved everything about my stay here. The staff is full of attention and really cares for their residents. The place is beautiful, quiet and the different baths are a perfect way to relax after a day of hiking. The room was big, quiet and comfortable.
Aso Base Backpackers - Aso - Building
2
9.2 Excellent (785 reviews)
C$ 34+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Aso Base Backpackers is a 2-minute drive from Cuddly Dominion and 6 minutes from Hanaasobi Garden. Featured amenities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Extremely surprise..the place is so clean n well organized, spacious enough with tables n chairs to occupied. Above all, there is staff to assist you, storage, free tea too.
Cons: Absolutely nothing. Highly recommended as the location is fantastic ..nearby to station Aso.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful, warm decor made me feel right at home. It was immaculately clean! Comfy beds and great wifi. The lounge was an amazing place to wind down after a big day and also provided plenty of social opportunities. I met some great like-minded people! I would definitely come back to Aso again and stay here once more! The staff were also ever so friendly and helpful. Thank you!
Cons: Not from personal experience as I bathed at the nearby onsen during my stay, but I heard from someone else that the shower only lasts 10 seconds before you have to push it to turn on again! Apart from that, absolutely nothing!!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Good location - just in front of Aso station, lawson is just few steps away. I feel so warm staying at here, room is very clean, kitchen is tidy, guests who stay here are so behave, no one is making noise in the bed rooms.
Cons: None
9.6 Excellent
Pros: A hostel in Aso with a good atmosphere. Nice rooms, good kitchen and other facilities The staf is excellent and helpfull. It is really close to the station (only a few hundred meters walking where also the bus to the vulcane departs), a supermarket and a little bit the rice fields. The rooms are efficient and there are plenty showers / toilets.
Cons: The weather:)
10.0 Excellent
Pros: I left my ipad in hostel and the host sent me back. Million thanks! Everything is perfect.
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Comfy beds! Clean and organized hostel with tons of information about the area!
Cons: All good.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Really awesome Guesthouse! Over the last weeks I stayed in a lot of places, but this one really stands out. The feeling of a lodge right at the bottom of Mt. ASO. Everything is clean and new and the rooms are decorated with warmth and love to detail. I recommend to start an early walk at six o clock when no cars or busses are there. The road up to Mt aso reveals some amazing views and you can walk up to three or four different peaks. Even so the way to the crater was closed, I enjoyed the long walk and had nice experiences :)
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The comfortableness, the cleanliness, i like this guesthouse so much. I stay here 4nights, it makes me feel like i am at home
Cons: Nil
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Perfect location
10.0 Excellent
Pros: nice place to stay, warm and clean, just 3mins from Aso bus station, a 24hrs lawson near by very convience.
Ryokan Kono-Yu - Aso - Building
3
9.0 Excellent (592 reviews)
C$ 569+
Overview Reviews
The Ryokan Kono-Yu provides a great place for travelers to relax after a busy day. When guests have some time on their hands they can make use of the onsite facilities. According to our trusted guests, the facilities at this hotel are first-rate. The Ryokan Kono-Yu is one of the top accommodation choices in Minamioguni.
7.5 Good
Pros: Onsen
Cons: Food is really a lot.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Friendly staff, spacious room, really big private onsen in our room.
Cons: Our whole group doesn't like the Wagyu beef in dinner course. It had to much fat which made the meat taste a little bit disgusting.
6.7 Good
Pros: Nice having Onsen in room. Excellent double Onsen, massage Maxine, towel service. Relax table could be nice addition
Cons: Price was much too high for what offered. Charging this high price and then: 1) Not premium meals - Wagyu beef was more like pure fat marbled w meat. Sushi was low quality and tough. No wine/sake was included w meal at charge of €600+ per night. 2) No drinks in room not even bottles of water offered on complimentary basis. veey pedantic to charge even for s bottle of water, a coke, a beer at these prices. 3) downstairs toilet not convenient This was a 5-star charge but so so much of a 5-star offering. Many more amenities and higher food quality and services should be offered to justify such a price
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything is perfect! Spacious and clean.
Cons: Nothing.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything at this ryokan was amazing! The staff were extremely helpful, patient, attentive and kind. They were happy to help us with any request or question. The facilities were also incredible. The rooms, with their private onsens, massage chair and tatami-mat room made our stay so magical and relaxing. The private onsens really are magical and better than many onsens we visited, they are a great addition to help you escape reality and enter this magical mountainous place - In your own time and space. The breakfasts and dinners were also fantastic and mind-blowing! So much food, each course bursting with different flavours. Fantastic experience I highly highly highly recommend this ryokan to all.
Cons: Nothing - everything was spectacular.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Massage chair was nice, and private onsen has both indoor and outdoor (this is what you are paying for!) Dinner and breakfast were really good. They bothered to ask in advance before our arrival if we were ok to have sashimi or horsemeat, and we were treated to horsemeat sashimi! Waygu beef shabu shabu, grilled ayu fish were all so nice! They all have a chinese/english staff which is a major plus to non-Japanese speaking guests. It seems most ryokans in Kurokawa has such staff.
Cons: The maisonette style separates the bedroom (2nd floor) from the shower, toilet and private onsen on the ground floor. It can be tiring having to keep climbing up and down. The public onsen were crowded with those outsiders on onsen hopping pass, and I took one look and gave it a miss. I could only use the private onsen in our room and the one for ryokan guests only which is quite simple. Very unfortunate but I guess this is the arrangement by the Kurokawa Onsen Association and nothing all the ryokans can control. Hence, looking for ryokans with private onsens for guest use only is very important.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The rooms are amazing and the dinner is really good! The staff is very professional and friendly and the location is quiet and comfortable. The onsen in the room overlooking the mountains is an unique experience!
Cons: The breakfast is nice but in the traditional Japanese style, which may not please everyone.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: A truly magical place. The private onsen was great. We went for a stroll in the evening through Kurokawa, it was an awesome experience. I highly recommend to book this ryokan
9.2 Excellent
Pros: the small details you found in the room. The cute towel and hand bag you can take away as a souvenir. They cares a lot in general, offered a small drink for free since they are barely late to pick us from bus stop. The encourage you to savor every bite of your meal never rushed anything. Even the waitress in training showed her best. The always there friendly staff that actually try very hard to plan your trip tomorrow. Even my girlfriend speaks decent Japanese it’s actually better to consult the staff for trip and bus tips. The bathroom is great. The best thing is this ryokan is the version 2.0 of a traditional Japanese ryokan without all the small hassle that bugs you cuz of the age of the facility. The facility is actually on par with the new generation hotel you find else where. You know some Japanese ryokan built in late 80s can be a scary scene in the night.
Cons: They are the best onsen host winner of 2018 of Kurosawa area. I can’t say it’s the best value for money but it worth every penny A bit far from central street but they take you there by bus.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Excellent staff, superb food, amazing onsen.
Cons: Bed and toilet on different floor
Kurokawa Onsen Yamabiko Ryokan - Aso - Building
4
9.0 Excellent (507 reviews)
C$ 389+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at KUROKAWA ONSEN YAMABIKO RYOKAN in Minamioguni (Kurokawa Onsen), you'll be steps from Yamakawa Onsen and a 4-minute drive from Meotodaki Fall. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic setting and I like the way you organize the meals in a separate building outside of the bedrooms and also the diversity of hot spring pools available. This improves both privacy and flexibility and diversity of experience. It was luxurious to have the outdoor pools mostly to myself both in the morning and evening during my stay, so that was a special treat. Of course the food was outstanding, so overall a wonderful relaxing stay in a wonderful place! Also I really appreciated the XXL yukata! Made a big difference for a big person! Domo Arigatou!
Cons: Air conditioner blows cold air on the futon. Easily adjusted but had to fool with the A/C settings and move the bed several times to keep that from getting difficult for sleeping. I would not call this a problem, just something to think about when you are setting up the rooms for guests to sleep. Also likely does not matter as much in the winter when people are trying to stay warm not cool :)
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Good location, nice circumstances. That's topical image of Onsen & Ryokan!
Cons: Basically no dislike for me.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Professional service and warm employees Hot springs are both comfortable Location is excellent Meals are delicious and attentive.
Cons: None
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Very authentic Japanese Onsen. Staff was very friendly. Onsen nice and clean. Private Onsen a Dream, especially the Stone Onsen. Very recommendable! Food was outstanding and pure Japanese style, very good!
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Good onsen. Private onsen provides. Good view from the room. Nice dinner
Cons: Staffs can speak English well but seem not friendly as other.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: We are lucky there is a staff from Hong Kong conducting working holiday. They schedule him to serve the meal, which is fantastic for us to distinguish the food.
Cons: I want to drink a coffee milk after the onsen at night.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The outdoor hot spring is awesome
Cons: Food is beautiful but taste so so
7.5 Good
Pros: The beds were super comfy. Nice food but not accommodating. Onsen was very enjoyable.
Cons: Dinner option was not given to us at the point of booking. Emailed staff but it was too last minute and was very pricey. Ended up having no dinner provided for us. Not adaptable to unforeseen circumstances such as last minute dinner arrangements. First time Travellers may not know how secluded the Ryokan is and where to find food.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The whole place is so beautiful, and the 5 private onsens are wonderful and always available to use. Amazing meals are served in a private room ... You get what you paid though weekends rates can be much higher ... for a special occasion get a room facing the river.
Cons: Price wise I think its still on the high side comparatively.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Amazing location in the nature, much better than many Ryokan in the area. Great choice of hot springs inside the premises (6 hot baths). Food was amazing and served in an excellent manner in a private dinner room, pity not to understand the effort and the quality of the various dishes.
Cons: English language is not really available everywhere, but they tried to help as much as they could.
Sozankyo - Aso - Building
5
8.8 Excellent (530 reviews)
C$ 271+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Sozankyo is a 2-minute drive from Hanaasobi Garden and 8 minutes from Cuddly Dominion. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: A very nice and cosy place with friendly receptionists. Enjoy the night and the dinner in this hotel.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The location (in the town of Aso), the traditional style, the excellent food (breakfast and dinner), the public and private baths, the huge and comfortable room looking to the garden and the river, the very helpful staff, the cosy reading room.
Cons: Nothing except perhaps the outer looks of the building seen from the street, but that's irrelevant.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Staff was very helpful and nice. Room is reasonable size. The private and public onsen are great. Dinner and breakfast are delicious and the set up was beautiful.
Cons: None
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff are friendly and helpful. The dinner is delicious.
Cons: NA
7.1 Good
Pros: overall room was good, but a lot of unusable space. the balcony was nice with table and chairs but the view not so nice.
Cons: nothing particularly special especially for the price for the room. buffet breakfast was nothing spectacular again for the price we paid.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Nice meals and private bath with reservation
Cons: Small water basin in toilet. No bathroom inside the room. Lack of electric sockets.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Private onsen for booking
Cons: A bit of noise in the room at night
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Atmosphere, smell of wood in room, amazing dinner, good bar, good spa.
7.5 Good
Pros: Traditional Japanese style property. Hotel offers pick up and drop off to and from the bus stop for our group of 9 people.
Cons: Staff in the reception speak very little English except one Chinese girl who can communicate in English or Mandarin.
Shinwaen - Aso - Building
6
8.8 Excellent (398 reviews)
C$ 360+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Shinwaen is within a 15-minute drive of Cuddly Dominion and Aso Shrine. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Had a nice stay at this traditional ryokan. Very friendly and helpful staff who gave good recommendations for dinner. It was great to have both outdoor onsen and private onsen. Great traditional breakfast spread featuring seasonal produce.
Cons: Rooms can be a little cold at night, staff kept chasing us for breakfast.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Amazing food Wonderful friendly staff Traditional surroundings
Cons: Better signage would make it easier to find
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Food and private onsen bath in the roon
Cons: None
10.0 Excellent
Pros: We loved the atmosphere, the food, the baths, the staff... Great place to stay.
Cons: Nothing, loved everything.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The dinner and breakfast were exquisite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The food is very delicions, the staffs are kindly and nicely, I enjoy my stay there. Next time, I want to stay there at least 2 nights.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The Japanese room type is special to us. The room is cosy enough. The outdoor hot springs are excellent. They are large enough and with good outdoor view. The private hot springs are good too. The breakfast is nice Japanese style breakfast with numerous dishes. They are special . You can enjoy the free juice and coffee bar in the lobby as well. The outdoor decoration on our way to the outdoor hot springs is surprisingly great. There is also a mini-library. It is really a comfortable stay. The staff are really helpful and they manage to use google translate well to communicate with customers from different countries! We are delighted to have a stay here.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: It’s a beautiful Japanese style hotel. Great outdoor onsen, both breakfast and dinner are great. Staff doesn’t speak English well but they are smart to use the app to translate.
Cons: Nothing really
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The staff were very welcoming, the surrounds and rooms were beautiful, the breakfast was delicious and outdoor onsen extremely relaxing. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend it. We want to come back for another visit.
Cons: There was nothing I didn't like about Shinwaen.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The breakfast is excellent and the staff are so friendly and courteous.
Cons: Shared bathroom and basins.
Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Ichinoi - Aso - Bedroom
7
8.7 Excellent (334 reviews)
C$ 249+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Ichinoi in Minamioguni (Kurokawa Onsen), you'll be steps from Yamakawa Onsen and a 4-minute drive from Meotodaki Fall. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The room was HUGE with a lovely sitting area near the window where you can have drinks and enjoy the sounds of the little river bubbling underneath. The baths were nice and the dinner was lovely. My cousin is pesketarian and they catered to her very well! The onsen pass lets you use three other onsens of your choice, and it was so nice to walk around in the yukata and dip in the different onsens.
Cons: I wish the onsen pass was included in the price!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful onsen baths, and brilliant food!
Cons: Food is served in a dining room, not the guest rooms as in other ryokans
9.2 Excellent
Pros: It is slightly away from the centre (up a small slope). However it is away from the walking crowd. It is also along a 4km hiking trail. We have discovered an unmarked trail-path the leads us back to the Ryokan after Lover’s Hill (part of the hiking trail). There is 2 hiking trail around 4km each. The staff is very friendly. Especially the Oji-san who drove us to and fro the bus stop.
Cons: The outdoor onsen is a bit small next to the forest. However, it is all natural. The water temperature of the indoor onsen is slightly cold (need fixing)
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The service is very friendly. And almost enjoy and feel like home.
Cons: Nothing
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Staff were really friendly and helpful. We were a bit lost and the driver led us by car all the way from the town's gas station. Lots of variety for on board dinner and breakfast. Dinner was delicious. Indoor and outdoor onsen were just next to each other split by a door, so was very convenient.
Cons: Bathrooms were located outside and at ground floor, so if you're in Level 1, you'd have to walk down the stairs. Just note its a chore in winter :)
7.9 Good
Pros: Very helpful and kind staffs at reception!! My shoe has a broken sole so the kind staff let me use the hotel sandel (Ge - ta) to wander around Kurokawa onsen during my stay and on my last day i was stupid enough to loose the hotel sandle while i was busy taking photo with my other shoe at the bridge in Kurokawa city center. Somebody took them away!! The hotel is so kind enough not to charge me for the hotel sandel I lost!! Thank you thank you for all the smile to welcome me and for your kind hospitality while i was on my solo trip to Kurokawa onsen and I feel welcoming here!! ^^ - Onsen has a good temperature to heal all my tiredness and my skin felt smooth afterward. - Dinner is lovely with beautiful presentation!! - Special thanks to the young male receptionist and the old guy (A manager maybe) for all their help on my shoe issue!!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: All staff was kind. There was staff who can speak Korean. It was very convenient. Dinner and breakfast were so nice that we felt like being treated well.
Cons: The floor of the open area spring bath was a little dirty.
7.9 Good
Pros: Room was large with exceptional space outside room shoji to enjoy small brook and garden. Dinner service was exceptional although taste was adequate, not exceptional. Free shuttle from the bus stop. Onsen are open as early as 7 AM Very easy access to walking trails.
Cons: Outside spa was small and not so warm. Buildings are relatively new, with traditional design but not as much traditional material. I never figured out the heat heater controls completely. The only male/female onsen are private and come with an extra fee.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: We like everything! The gracious shuttle driver, location away from the main roads (a slight uphill walk but not difficult), the large tatami room with balcony, the totally awesome kaiseki meals (truly wonderful), the respectful privacy offered by all staff, the heavenly futon to cuddle under, the outstanding onsen - so clean and beautiful.
Cons: Nothing we didnt like. Everything was excellent!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Great service, amazing onsen facilities and wonderfully prepared dinner!
Cons: The breakfast might not be to everybody's liking (typical ryokan breakfast including soup, fish etc.)
Minshuku Asogen - Aso - Building
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8.7 Excellent (307 reviews)
C$ 117+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Minshuku Asogen is a 4-minute drive from Cuddly Dominion and 7 minutes from Hanaasobi Garden. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The onsen, its a private onsen, and makes you feel exclusive, the room is big and comfy, so is the walkway and the entire building. Very nice place to stay
Cons: Slightly at a higher price but it was worth it.
7.5 Good
Pros: Staff is nice, food is good
Cons: We stayed two nights expected two diff dinner, but just slightly diff actually.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic place if you wish to stay at a traditional hotel. This is a hotel with several rooms. The rooms are large and have their own toilet. Everything is clean and lovely decorated. We very much enjoyed the onsen bath. The owner explains how to use everything. We booked with breakfast and dinner, which we can highly recommend. The food is absolutely delicious and they serve so many dishes and plates, that it is hard to finish all of them. We would definitely return to this place on a future trip. It is located in a scenic area. We think that a car is required to reach it. Parking is available and free.
Cons: -
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Entire ryokan seemed very new (or updated), had very nice decor, spacious rooms, extremely clean, private family baths. Front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again!!
Cons: A little far from Aso Station (3.9 km) but we had bikes and so it was not an issue.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Value for money for the great room space.
Cons: Not much things to do around the accommodation.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: nice place, near to the main road at ASO. nice dinner, nice breakfast, nice spring, nice room I will be back again if I go to ASO again.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Clean and I like the private onsen
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Overall the minshuku is comfortable, u can hv yr private onsen outside yr room、room is spacious n clean. The dinner n breakfast we’re gorgeous n delicious . (in fact more than we can eat
Cons: The location is near bus stop but a bit inconvenient to catch bus to sightseeing due to the limited transportation、buses are not frequent.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Private bath. Staff was helpful in making last minute requests of having a ground floor room.
Cons: Rooms are near one another. Able to hear other guests’ mumbling sounds if they are talking loudly in their rooms.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: We really appreciated the help from the girl who checked us into our rooms. She was amazing. She also prepared our breakfast which was really good and yummy. The public bath was clean and lovely.
Cons: Nothing that we didn't like
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Luna Observatory Auberge Mori No Atelier in Minamiaso, you'll be in the mountains, just steps from Mt. Aso and a 4-minute drive from Shirakawa Springs. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The accommodation offered an observatory/star gazing tour. The guide didnt speak too much English but his enthusiasm was contagious. It was a little cloudy that night but I am so grateful that it cleared up later. I saw a shooting star! If you are travelling around the Mt Aso area would definitely recommend this place. P.S if you miss out on booking the dinner at the accommodation, ask reception to recommend a restaurant :)
8.8 Excellent
Pros: The whole experience, very cozy set-up, local fresh food and observatory experience. The staff even went extra mile to provide little surprise gift for everyone during the breakfast.
Cons: Price slightly higher.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Like its name, this is the Observatory theme hotel. There is the Star Observation Tour after dinner and you should not miss it. The dinner and breakfast is great.
Cons: They accept cash only. Should notify guests in advance about this policy.
6.7 Good
Pros: Food and friendliness, helpfulness of staff. This hotel has a charm that is hard to put into words. We have stayed three years ago and came back. The telescope experience was limited as it was a cloudy night.
Cons: Uncomfortable beds. Bathroom very outdated. Perhaps a short explanatory sheet in English about the telescope experience. We have stayed st the hotel before and as we were the only ones booked for the telescope experience it was done in English.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Highly hospitality staff. The star tour was fascinating. My son was shocked by the huge telescope. Delicious local fresh food.
Cons: The car navigation failed to show us the correct location but had to rely on google map
7.5 Good
Pros: quaint and rustic place. pls try to check in on Sunday for a special treat of some classical music performances.
4.6 Okay
Pros: The only saving grace about this place is the western fine dining dinner and maybe the observatory if you are lucky to have a clear night.
Cons: The room is pathetically small. There is not even space to lay our luggage flat for packing. The toilet and bathroom were so tiny that you can hardly turn (so expect to walk in and then reverse back to get out). The bed mattress is as hard as cement. It is much worse than on a tatami in a traditional Ryokan. I have to use the blanket as extra bed lining to be able to get to sleep, else it is hurting my bones. There are water seepage marks at the wall paper and the room is not tidy or clean. They only have 2 private onsen (actually small room with a bathtub of hot water) and we are only given 30 mins per room. I have a family of 4, we have to take turns to shower and dip, as the kids are teenager. They should have given us 2 slots for 4 pax! Not considerate at all. The worst is that they only accept CASH. This was not stated in the booking information! So we run out of cash after paying a big sum for our stay and had to draw on our credit cards. So, fine yourself a better place and not risk trying this hotel. Looks/photos can be deceiving.
7.9 Good
Cons: No lift and Pay Cash only
7.9 Good
Pros: Really friendly staff and unique hotel experience. The food is delicious and fresh.
Cons: Room space is small.
7.5 Good
Pros: Nice western meal. Beautiful location. Staff try their best to communicate in English
Cons: A little write up in English on observatory star night would be very useful.
Guest House Asora - Aso - Building
10
8.6 Excellent (242 reviews)
C$ 72+
Overview Reviews
Guesthouse Asora is located in Aso and takes about 10 minutes walk from JR Aso Station, near Aso Shrine and Mo-Mo Farm Takehara Farm. It takes about 45 minutes to Kumamoto Airport by car. Free WiFi is available in the guest rooms. The hotel possesses 4 rooms.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: How it felt like home!
Cons: This is a homey, quaint guesthouse that is very clean, quiet and relaxing. We stayed in a Japanese style room. However, the futon was abit thin and the pillow was too hard. There were no blinds or curtains of any sort blocking out sunlight at the window so it affected our sleep.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The hostess is very friendly and kind. The location of the house is great, it is very near to Mount Aso. The house is very clean, comfortable and well-decorated. There is a common area where you can chat with each other. Free parking is provided. You can use the bicycle for free in the first 2 hours. It is awesome for being able to explore the neighbourhood with bicycle. The host also prepared many travel guide and local tips for us.
Cons: Towel is not provided in this accommodation. You have to make your own bed before sleep.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The place is simple and the staff is super nice and funny. It's a small place (with a human size) where you can discuss with the other guests and meet some nice people. It's also calm during the night and it's not a loudly place at all.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: it was a peaceful and lovely place in Aso
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Really nice guesthouse, everything was so clean. Good location and very comfortable!!!!
Cons: All good!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: This hostel is run by a wonderful host called Jun Jun, she made our stay very special. When we arrived she gave us all the Information of the local area, where to eat, where the onsens were and information about mount Aso. Unfortunately the volcano was too active for us to visit the crater however Jun Jun told us about route 111 which allowed us to drive through the volcanic mountain range which was beautiful. The house is fully equipped, there is even a communal space where you can make food. Great place to stay and we would highly recommend anyone to stay here whilst visiting Aso.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The friendly host and the spacious tatami room
Cons: Location
9.6 Excellent
Pros: It’s sooo clean not even one dust was seen in the room. The hostess was polite and friendly, even made her own props to help communication. A lot of free food in the fridge. Provides bikes for rent.
Cons: Street outside is really dark without street lamp, it’s hard to go out (by foot or bike) without proper lighting. The flashlight provide is too week.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Extremely nice staff, very clean and cozy. It is near the station and a lot of restaurants.
Cons: The beds were not very comfortable (a bit hard).
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Very friendly hostess ! Thank you for caring so much
Cons: Lights out at eleven may be too early for some, but for us it was alright because we wanted to get Up early.
San-Ai Kogen Hotel - Aso - Lobby
11
8.3 Excellent (355 reviews)
C$ 290+
Overview
With a stay at San-ai Kogen Hotel in Minamioguni (Kurokawa Onsen), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Yamakawa Onsen and Sky Park Azamidai Observatory. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
El Patio Ranch - Aso - Building
12
8.4 Excellent (88 reviews)
C$ 201+
Overview
Located in Aso, EL PATIO RANCH is in the mountains, within a 15-minute drive of Ubuyama Farm and Ikeyama Suigen. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
Yumeoi-so - Aso - Building
13
8.1 Excellent (1,275 reviews)
C$ 184+
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic buffet.. I mean, one of the highlights of my entire trip to Japan.
Cons: Public bath unavailable to westerners with tattoos
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Private onsen ,free bike hire and hot footbath!
7.1 Good
Pros: Comfort family hotel, not that I can tell from your web site! Little old and the hot springs didn’t seem to be within the hotel facilities! I’m general, an old fashioned japan motel!
Cons: Hot springs were not what I expected, small and not very old!
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Our family stayed in the Japanese-style room for three for one night. The room size is bigger than many other hotels in Japan. it's a Japanese style room with three tatamis, a japanese styple sitting area plus a western coffee table with two chairs (it's convenient for those can't sit long on the floor), a dressing corner and a toilet. I was shocked when i found no bath room in our room and soon understand that guests living here must go to enjoy the onsen, so we guessed bath room facilities would provide there. Every guest is invited to choose their favourite kimono (Japanese traditional clothings) including male. It's a fun to choose with your family together. you can match your own belt after you pick your kimono. We drove out for dinner, when returned it's around 9pm, we just tried our luck to see if we can engage a private onsen for our family. And we were lucky to have one in no additional charge. A simple bathroom is attached together in the family onsen room. The family onsen room is nice, face to a small private yard and we saw the bright moon in the sky. There has some paid private onsen room too, check with the reception if you need. The buffet breakfast is nice too, worth for the money because of it's quality food, most are Japanese food, however, we love Japanese food. It's a family friendly hotel with many children facilities. There is a big supermarket in short driving distance (966 Uchinomaki, Aso-shi) but close at 9pm daily. A small van parked outside the supermarket selling Japanese BBQ meat, we tried and very nice.
Cons: although they have two parking lots, but not that enough. As it's not easy to get there by public transport, most guests drive.
7.1 Good
Pros: Breakfast and location is good
Cons: That would be better if the room has "bathroom"
7.1 Good
Pros: Very nice place
Cons: Traditional hotel
9.2 Excellent
Pros: I like the room private onsen pool very much! We had a slight traffic accident before came check-in this hotel. And the reception uncle was fluent in English, and the manger both helped us to call car rent company and the police, translated Japanese to English. We finally had settled down the trouble and continued next day place to visit. May I thank you the hotel once again .
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Private onsen
6.7 Good
Pros: Karaoke, ping pong and mother activities are included in the price.
Cons: Typical Japanese - we meet friends and family - hotel. Pretty old and crowded.
Tsuruya - Aso - Building
14
8.1 Excellent (286 reviews)
C$ 311+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, tsuruya is a 2-minute drive from Aso Shrine and 8 minutes from Cuddly Dominion. Featured amenities include luggage storage and an elevator (lift). Free self parking is available onsite.
6.7 Good
Cons: room too cold, no wifi
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Traditional atmosphere Cocooning room So many attentions (lighting a candle in he room after dinner for example) Excellent food
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Rustic and charming and the room was warm and cozy. Very nice staff. Comfortable bed. Outside bath and shower was great and beat enjoyed when not raining but offered private bath by the staff which was great!
Cons: A bit higher end for the level of rustic japanese ryokan but overall very good
7.5 Good
Pros: Great staff, excellent food- catered for vegans.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: It was a beautiful haven of peaceful relaxation and everything was just such a wonderful experience. The outdoor bath was so amazing as was the room and traditional breakfast. Thank you.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Delicious meal, excellent service, good and tidy environment!!!
Cons: A bit far away from JR. it will be better if driving yourself. Nearby shops close early. Please better plan your meal earlier or eat in the hostel:) (good meal by the way;))
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Breakfast and dinner were absolutely fabulous. Rooms were Japanese style and were good.
Cons: Nothing
5.8 Okay
Pros: The breakfast was very elaborate and delicious.
Cons: The place is a little old and it doesn’t come with onsen bath, only a tiny family bathroom.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Well we certainly had a unique experience at this fine Ryokan. Our room was very nice with comfortable double bed (western style) but with a tub / shower outdoors on our private porch. Tub supplied by local hot water (but no too hot). We were prepared delicious and gracious vegetarian meals. (Eating Japanese style). Very welcoming staff and with decent English. Free WIFI in bar. Free parking. Very special.
7.1 Good
Pros: It’s the right place for one to experience traditional Japanese ryokan. Great atmosphere and attentive friendly staffs.
Cons: Everything is a bit worn. Sound of heater fan is very loud and disturbing in my room. Dressing area of indoor bath too cold.
Aso Resort Grandvrio Hotel - Aso - Building
15
7.9 Good (1,656 reviews)
C$ 163+
Overview Reviews
A stay at Aso Resort Grandvrio Hotel - ROUTE-INN HOTELS - places you in the heart of Aso, a 4-minute drive from Aso Farm Land and 7 minutes from Aso Sarumawashi Theater. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a computer station, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Aso? This hotel features 11556 square feet (1074 square meters) of event facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful scenery with golf course and mountains.
Cons: None.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Breakfast is good
5.1 Okay
Pros: The Onsen (spa) was quite nice. It was very quiet.
Cons: We took this hotel because everything else was booked out. We didn't know that it is a golf hotel and that it is very far from the actual town Aso. The staff had no clue about activities outside the hotel and could hardly speak any English. This hotel is good if you are above 50, have a car and want to play golf. Otherwise it's too far away from town and has very poor connection to public transport.
6.7 Good
Cons: Beds were very uncomfortable and hard to sleep on.
6.7 Good
Pros: Onsen
Cons: Room too small, the dinner was too expensive because the time of our group was second round with less food,
6.7 Good
Pros: Twin room is big n neat. Buffet dinner has wide variety n need to pay for 4000 yen per person. Buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. Staff is approachable n willing to help. There is 36 holes golf course n the view is beautiful.
Cons: Need a car to the hotel. Tour groups staying in the resort. Therefore busy at the dinner buffet. Go for 6pm or 6.30pm buffet cos they didn’t replenish much after 7pm. Only one indoor onsen pool n 2 small outdoors. Room is out dated n needs some renovation.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Love the onsen, especially the outdoor onsen, and the green surroundings (It has a golf course!)
Cons: A little away from everything so driving is necessary to get to shops, restaurants.
7.1 Good
Pros: The views is nice for photo taking.
Cons: The staff didn't give a correct information on the Onsen facilities and the timing of the opening. We need to find out ourselves.
7.1 Good
Pros: Quiet
Cons: Far from main road
9.2 Excellent
Cons: Hot spring is not clean. There are bugs inside.
6.7 Good
Pros: Good hot spring
Cons: The air condition isn’t function
Aso Plaza Hotel - Aso - Building
16
7.9 Good (951 reviews)
C$ 232+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Aso Plaza Hotel is a 1-minute drive from Hanaasobi Garden and 7 minutes from Cuddly Dominion. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a safe deposit box at the front desk, and an elevator (lift). A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge, and free self parking is available onsite.
7.5 Good
Pros: Spa was very nice. and breakfast was good.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent breakfast, nice view especially the outdoor public bath. Room size is just average for a 4-people family, bathroom is a little bit small. Staff are so friendly, the best place to stay in Aso city
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The best Onsen Hotel i had ever stay in Japan. Our room was upgraded from std room to Kumamon tatami room on 6th floor with a minimal fee. The view of the Rice field with the mountains backdrop was awesome & breathtaking. The staffs are really friendly and tried their best to serve us although they barely speak English. Good Wide spread of breakfast . Uniquely, The staffs fixed our Futon mattress everyday about 6pm . The indoor and outdoor onsen were well equipped, superb and clean. There’s additional fee of 600 yen chargeable fr Onsen facility. Enjoyed every moment of it. There’s shuttle service to the train station . Ample Carpark available
Cons: We requested for high floor but was given 2 nd floor as the hotel rooms are all fully booked. Abit noisy from some event held in the convention hall. Otherwise all are great !
7.9 Good
Pros: The staff are very friendly and helpful. The onsen is also good.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Location is good, room is big, dinner and breakfast is good and delicious!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The View
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Very good breakfast
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Breakfast OK with good coffee.
7.9 Good
Pros: The rooftop onsen had quite an enjoyable view! The hotel is situated near convenience stores as well!
Cons: The hotel looks rather old and dated, it's probably time to refurnish! Service wise, it was good but probably not up to the level of personalized service that we received at other Ryokans.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Offer many onsen option - option 1: roof top (indoor and outdoor) and option 2: Ground level onsen - huge bath area and offers both indoor and outdoor. Offer tatami room which offers great view of mountain surrounding it. The milk ice-cream at the entrance is milky and taste great!
Cons: Nil
Kanpo no Yado Aso - Aso - Building
17
7.9 Good (247 reviews)
C$ 144+
Overview
Located in Aso, Kanponoyado Aso is a 3-minute drive from Aso Shrine and 6 minutes from Sensuikyou Ropeway. This ryokan is 11.2 mi (17.9 km) from Mount Aso and 11.2 mi (17.9 km) from Mount Aso. Business, Other Amenities Free self parking is available onsite.
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Aso Villa Park Hotel & Spa Resort is a 1-minute drive from Cuddly Dominion and 7 minutes from Aso Shrine. Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
7.1 Good
Pros: Good location for Aso volcano
Cons: It was a bit dated, in need of decorating. It was quite noisy.
5.0 Okay
Pros: Nice staff, changed room without hesitation after some issues mentioned.
Cons: The tidiness. There were hairs everywhere in the bathroom and stains all over the carpet and sofa. The smell in the bathroom was pretty bad.
6.7 Good
Pros: Cool room, little far from the station but all the hotels are quite far from the station. Bathroom is from nineties and so is the hotel but it was comfortable. The restaurant is very nice aswel for dinner as for breakfast!
Cons: Aso is a tourist trap, there are like three busses in a whole day that do return to kumamoto so people tend to stay in aso itself for longer hikes which drives the prices of these hotels way up because they can!
4.2 Okay
Cons: The hotel is a bit far from the JR station and there is no shuttle offered by the hotel. For travelers who are taking public transport, it is not so convenient. The onsen is small and lack of maintenance. There isn't much choice of restaurant in the hotel or around the hotel. We have to stick with the buffet dinner in the hotel; and the food does not value for the money we paid.
Kurokawa Mori no Cottage - Aso - Building
19
7.4 Good (51 reviews)
C$ 179+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Kurokawa Mori no Cottage in Minamioguni (Kurokawa Onsen), you'll be steps from Yamakawa Onsen and a 4-minute drive from Ota Onsen.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: This cottage was perfect for our trip to Kurosawa onsen, we stayed 2 nights in this wonderful fully equipped cottage in the mountain/woods. The host was so helpful before we arrived giving us lots of information about the onsen hopping passes and the surrounding area. When we arrived we had a very warm welcome by the lovely couple that own the cottages, giving us lots of lovely treats and games to play. The cottage was very comfortable, kitted out with TV, bath/shower and fully functioning kitchen. As there are not many restaurants in the area it's best to do a big food shop and cook breakfast and dinner yourself. There is a lovely seating area outside where you can eat or have a BBQ. (Have to hire the BBQ before you arrive) We would advise that you need a car to reach Kurokawa onsen as well at this cottage as it's located a short drive from the village. All round wonderful stay and one of our favourite parts of Japan. The host made us feel so welcome and wanted to ensure we had the best time.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Staff was amazing, super friendly, kind, helpfull
Cons: Nothing, it was perfect!!
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The owner is very friendly, she used translate machine to communicate with us.
Cons: If do not have own vehicle, difficult to reached it. As the cottage located far from the sightseeing and hotspring area.
7.9 Good
Pros: It's a good place if you're travelling on a budget, with a family or a group of friends and have a car! But the owner was nice enough to drive us to the bus station.
Cons: You definitely need a car! We were there for 1 night (not really ideal) and there was a huge group of young students partying in the other cabins and the grounds. They were making a huge amount of noise during the day and at night!
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great place with everything you need.
Tabinoyado Asonoyu - Aso - Building
20
7.3 Good (40 reviews)
C$ 192+
Overview Reviews
Located in Aso, Tabinoyado Asonoyu is a 4-minute drive from Hanaasobi Garden and 9 minutes from Cuddly Dominion. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
6.7 Good
Pros: Staff were very helpful and friendly. They even had a parking space reserved in anticipation of our arrival. Plenty of visual and multi-language guides for how to use onsen, wear yukata, and lay out your futon (my favourite was Kumamon showing how to use the onsen). Some good restaurants and bars within 10-15 minutes walking distance. Decor was nice. Onsen was good.
Cons: In order to shower you must go to the onsen. It felt a bit pricey, but the price occupies a nice middle ground in the Aso area somewhere between a hostel (cheap) and a high end hotel or high end ryokan (insanely expensive). Parents complained about the futons being thin, I didn’t notice to be honest, I slept like a babby.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: The outdoor bath is highly enjoyable
Cons: The dinner is simple but adequate.
5.8 Okay
Pros: Cheap ryokan and a good choice to visit Aso. Typical rooms and you can come back all night. Mainly young people there.