Onyado Chikurintei

Takeo, Japan

At a Glance

  • Accommodation set amidst cliffside gardens with a forest of trees, perfectly golden in autumn
  • Enjoy the exclusivity of one of only eleven guest rooms, it’s the ultimate escape
  • Hot spring fed baths, which are outside to make the most of nature
  • Private, bamboo-lit dining on the moon-viewing deck in some of our favourite rooms
  • Tailor-made menus and bespoke ingredients, designed in accordance with seasonal specialties
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The best time to visit Kyushu is in the spring from March – May with pleasant warm temperatures and autumn from September – November when days will still be warm. The summer months from mid-June to early July can be very wet with torrential rain and July - August are the hottest months with high humidity. December – February is usually reasonable but temperatures can drop below freezing with snowfall.

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Description

Onyado Chikurintei is a traditional Japanese ryokan known for its fine use of nature to create award-winning accommodation. Each of its eleven rooms is set in an exclusive spot with views of Mt. Mifune and the gardens of Mifuneyama Rakuen.

At Onyado Chikurintei, guests can wander amidst the hundreds of thousands of trees, which are colourful and enigmatic in every season. Azaleas and spring maples light the way in spring, while golden leaves reflect off the waters of private baths in the autumn.
 
Each of the rooms is hidden away in the garden’s 495,000 square metres to provide intimacy and tranquillity. Some of the rooms are traditionally Japanese in style with tatami mats, while others effortlessly blend Western influences like double beds and indoor baths. Outdoor hot spring fed baths are the perfect place for rejuvenation and are a feature of some of the rooms. The VIP room has hosted Japanese royalty, and has the largest outdoor bath and a kitchenette.
 
Dining options are led by locally-sourced, seasonal produce such as lobster and beef. Chefs create bespoke menus which fit with the environment and food is beautifully presented in traditional Japanese porcelain; a taste of perfection. Some rooms have the option to enjoy private dining on bamboo-lit terraces as the sun goes down over the forest and mountain. There’s also a tea bar, where you can sip local drinks with stunning views. Public baths at the accommodation are fed by the hot spring waters of nearby Takeo Onsen Spa and are beautifully presented alongside bamboo groves, granite and cypress.
 
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Accommodation

Each of the eleven guest rooms is unique, and designed with the surrounding environment in mind. They all have views of Mt. Mifune and they all have aspects which combine comfort with nature. Take the flat stones which house the outdoor, private hot spring baths, for example, or the terraces which open out on to the garden’s forest. Japanese style rooms have tatami mats, or there are rooms with Western beds. The VIP room has hosted royalty, and has the added benefit of a kitchenette.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Onyado Chikurintei, however there are no specific facilities or dining options for them.

Facilities

Chefs make the most of locally-sourced, seasonal produce to design the restaurants’ tailor-made menus. Tempt your taste buds with lobster from the Genkai Sea or Saga beef, served to perfection in traditional Japanese porcelain. There’s also an open-air tea bar exclusively for guests, where drinks are savoured sat at dimly lit low-level tables, just as the locals do.

 

Activities

The ryokan’s gardens and hot springs provide the ultimate haven of tranquillity. Wander underneath Mt. Mifune on trails through hundreds of thousands of trees, which radiate beauty in every season. Takeo Onsen Spa feeds nature-led outdoor baths, both public and some rooms. Enjoy the health benefits of mountainous hot water.

Experiences

  • Aso Exploration

    Drive to Kusasenri and enjoy views of the Mt Aso Crater. Dare yourself with a walk across one of the longest and highest suspension footbridges in the world before continuing to explore the streets and galleries of Yufuin town.

  • Highlights of Nagasaki

    Visit the highlights of Nagasaki including Nagasaki Peace Park and Ground Zero, the Bomb Museum and the Glover Garden. End the tour with a quick stop at the Megami Bridge.

  • Scenic Beauty of Yakushima

    Admire the beautiful scenery of Yakushima as you visit the Senpirao falls and stroll along Yakusugi Land, a park populated by cedar trees of over 1000 years old!

  • Trekking Kirishima

    Embark on a 2-3 hour hike in the Kirishima mountain range. The area is filled with stunning highlands, volcanic lakes and hot-springs.

Location & directions

Takeo, Japan

The accommodation is set amidst the gardens of Mifuneyama Rakuen near to the hot spring town of Takeo Onsen Spa. Despite its hidden location, it’s easily accessible by train from Hakata Station in little over an hour, and three local airports. Nagasaki is the closest, 40 minutes away.
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