Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture is known as a picturesque hot spring town. Below are five ryokans (Japanese inn) that are located in two hot spring districts in this area – Unzen Onsen (Unzen Hot Spring) and Obama Onsen (Obama Hot Spring). All these accommodations have been enjoying rave reviews from guests on booking sites.
1. Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan
Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan, located in the Unzen Onsen area, boasts a history that spans more than 350 years. As an inn that has even been visited by the imperial family and literary artists, it is known as a place where guests are treated with the kind of hospitality that shows great sensitivity to their needs. Here, you will be able to relax in peace while gazing at the Japanese garden.
The hot spring that you can soak in, both in the large public bath and open-air bath, is a sulfur spring that is known for its skin-beautifying effects. The cloudy and murky hot white water will make your skin smooth and silky. Those who want to soak in their own private space should make use of the rent-able family bath. They have Japanese-style rooms, as well as Western-style rooms with a bedroom. For dinner, you will get to savor a number of dishes made using fresh seafood while relaxing in your room. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
2. Iseya Ryokan
Obama Onsen boasts abundant hot spring water, as well as one of the highest fountainhead temperatures in Japan. At the center of this area, you will find Iseya Ryokan – a long-established inn that was opened about 340 years ago. Here, you can enjoy the hot spring by taking a dip into the large public bath or the open-air bath with a panoramic view of the ocean. The hot spring that fills the baths is a slightly acidic sodium chloride spring. It has excellent heat retention effects, so it will thoroughly warm your body. If you book in advance, you can use the private bath with a relaxation room (1,000 JPY/person for 50 minutes).
The guest rooms available at this ryokan are standard Japanese-style rooms, but they also have five guest rooms with semi-open-air baths, as well as one Western-style room with a barrier-free design. For dinner, load up with local seasonal flavors, including seafood, Nagasaki Wagyu beef, Unzen’s certified branded pork, and vegetables that are picked that very morning. Savor the taste of onsen-mushi dishes, which are cooked using the steam coming off the hot spring!
3. Ryokan Yunoka
Located in Obama Onsen, Yunoka is a yu-yado (hot spring inn) where you can enjoy free-flowing hot spring water while admiring the scenic view of the ocean from the cypress open-air bath at the rooftop. Aside from the open-air bath, there is also a large public bath, as well as private baths where you can soak in the hot spring water.
Guests can choose between standard Japanese-style rooms and three Western-style rooms (double or twin) with semi-open-air baths. You will get to spend a luxurious time at this ryokan, as you can enjoy the pleasant hot spring water in the comfort of your own room. One of the features that guests love about this ryokan is its interior design that has a modern vibe, with indirect lighting in a space that widely uses natural materials, such as plaster, wood, stones, and hemp. When dinner comes, you will get to relish kaiseki ryori (multi-course meal) that uses fresh seafood caught from coastal waters.
Kunisaki is a quaint hot spring lodging facility in Obama Onsen that only has 10 guest rooms. You will surely get to relax inside this cozy ryokan.
The hot spring in this facility is completely free flowing from the fountainhead. With its large public bath and three private baths – stone, cypress, and open-air baths – you will be able to fully enjoy the hot spring water that is the pride of this ryokan while enveloped in an atmosphere that suits you. At the stone private bath, you can even drink alcoholic beverages while soaking in the hot water! There is also a detached guest room, which is a renovated kominka (old Japanese-style house), that is located within a short walking distance from the main building. It has three Japanese-style rooms, an indoor bath made from cypress, and a spacious open-air bath. Wi-Fi is free throughout the whole property.
Jyokiya is an inn that will let you experience the hot spring atmosphere at a reasonable price. At the large public bath filled with hot spring water, which is reputed to be one of the best in Obama Onsen, there is a steam bath. Inside the ryokan, there is a mushigama (pot for steaming) and yugama (kettle) that draws steam from the hot spring, which has a temperature of 105℃, that guests may use for free. You can steam and enjoy fresh vegetables purchased from the nearby shop, as well as freshly caught fish and dim sum.
There is a wide variety of guest rooms available at this ryokan – from compact Japanese-style rooms that are recommended for solo travelers, up to large and spacious rooms that are perfect for families and groups. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
When travelling in Nagasaki, how about visiting Unzen to enjoy its famous hot spring? Should you have trouble choosing accommodations, please use this article as your guide.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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