When you travel, don’t you want to rest your body and wash away the day’s exhaustion in preparation for the next day? Here are five recommended hotels in Fukuoka that have guestrooms with open-air baths where you can relax without being self-conscious.
Wakita Onsen, which is located between the cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu and has long been known as the “living room” of Fukuoka, is an area that takes pride in being surrounded by lush greens on three sides. In this hot spring area, you will find Nansuikaku, a hotel that boasts of a historical appeal and modern refinement that is filled with a relaxed atmosphere emanating from the tatami-covered floors in the lobby and hallways. It houses three guestrooms that have an open-air bath, including the room that comes with a private bath made from Shigaraki pottery with a view. There are also rooms with open-air baths made from Hinoki cypress, and those with Hinoki cypress bathtubs on a wood deck. Soak in any of these hot springs while listening to the murmuring stream of the Inunaki River and enjoy your own blissful moment. Complete the experience by eating the hotel’s exquisite kaiseki (multi-course Japanese) dinner that uses ingredients harvested from the local mountains and seas. Nansuikaku is recommended to people who want to enjoy a relaxing and luxurious time while surrounded by a wealth of nature.
Located in the Harazuru Onsen district, Roppokan is a Japanese-style inn where all guestrooms offer a panoramic view of Chikugo River. Here, you can rest your body and soul by soaking in the free-flowing hot spring, which is famous for its beauty effects, while marveling at the gorgeous countryside. This hotel has seven guestrooms with open-air baths and half-open-air baths, each of them unique in their own right. You can enjoy the scenery of Chikugo River and the natural hot springs by staying in the guestrooms that come with open-air baths that will give you an open feeling, as well as by soaking in the vast bath that is annexed to a small garden, the Shigaraki bathtub and the Hinoki cypress open-air bath. The dishes served at this inn make use of carefully selected seasonal ingredients, and will give you a taste of Japanese dishes that infuse Italian and Chinese cooking styles.
Located in the Akizuki Onsen district, Seiryuan is a Japanese hotel and restaurant that is overflowing with a Japanese vibe. In this expansive property that is integrated with rich nature, you will find a gorgeous Japanese garden that will give you a glimpse of the beauty of nature in all four seasons. There are six guestrooms that are separate from the main building at this hotel. Each guestroom comes with its own bath, but they have different setups and views to offer. The sole guestroom with a dedicated open-air bath is popular among guests as it offers them the chance to enjoy a quaint open-air bath and sauna made of rocks. The hot water will be good for your body and will give your skin a moist feeling, and soaking in it for a long time will help melt all your tiredness away. Don’t forget to partake of this hotel’s sumptuous full-course meals which change every month, and are mainly made out of ingredients from Kyushu that were handpicked by its head chef. Guests will be able to enjoy these dishes with their five senses thanks to their distinctive aromas and textures.
Fukahoritei is located in the breadbasket region, right in the middle of Chikugo Plains. This verdant property houses the main hotel building that is a renovated 180-year-old Japanese-style house, and five detached guest rooms that are all equipped with open-air baths. The guestrooms were constructed using natural materials for the walls, columns and tatami mats, and have their own open-air bath that is filled from natural hot spring gushing from 500m underground, so guests can take their time and relax while gazing at the garden. If you get hungry, you can try various dishes that use the freshest vegetables harvested from the hotel’s kitchen garden, eggs, and rice cooked in a hearth. Make yourself at home in your own private space while relishing food that is good for your body.
5. Morino Nanakusa
Situated in a small town between Fukuoka and Kitakyushu, Morino Nanakusa is a hotel enveloped by nature that houses seven separate cottages that have their own distinct designs. The huge Japanese-style cottages with three rooms each has a drawing room and a bedroom, and one of them comes with a Jacuzzi-style open-air bath. Meanwhile, the seven Western-style guestrooms feature a Jacuzzi bathtub or a Jacuzzi-style open-air bath, thereby making them look like full-fledged vacation homes. You can have your meals, which use local ingredients from the sea and land, in the comfort of your own room. How about passing the time in peace while looking at the sky from the Jacuzzi-style open-air bath?
If you travel to Fukuoka, how about making time in your itinerary to bathe in a hot spring to relieve your body and soul?
*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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