Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan

Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan

What kind of onsen ryokan is Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan?

The ryokan with an amazing traditional garden is one of the best in Japan. This is like a cultural museum or a Samurai residence.  There are 6 rooms only. Each room has a unique private onsen. 

If you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure in Fukuoka, I would recommend it.  The experience is pure Japan and should be tried if you are in Fukuoka.

We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the garden when we visited in Nov. The gate decorated with autumn leaves, the pond, and the garden from the main hall was magnificent. This cannot be expressed in words. Everything was like a painting.

The property emphasizes private experiences for each guest. The grounds are much larger than you would expect from the entrance, and we hardly saw any other guests during our stay.

The property would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.
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How to go to Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan

1. Take a Kagoshima Line at Hakata Station and get off at Kiyama Station.  Both rapid and regular trains are acceptable. The journey time is 25 minutes for the rapid train and 45 minutes for the regular train.

2. Take an Amagi Line at Kiyama Station and get off at Amagi stationThe station is the last stop for the line. It takes 25min from Kiyama Station.

3. Turn left after you exit the ticket gate.  Then go to the bus stop of Amagi Kanko Bus.

4. Get on an Amagi Kanko Bus and get off at Akizuki Bus Stop.  It takes around 20min from Amagi Station.  Refer to the bus timetable*Mon to Sat in the blackSun & Public holiday in redIf this is your first visit to Fukuoka, you may be worried about where you should get off, so you may want to show the below Japanese sentence to a bus driver when you get on a bus. The bus driver will let you know when you arrive at the Akizuki bus stop.

Please let me know when you reach “Akizuki Bus Stop”

5. Then around 10min walk from the bus stop to the property.

Please note that there are not many street lights around the property. It is best to move during the day.

If you drive a car from Fukuoka Airport, it takes 60min. There is a free parking lot.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversaries?

If you are looking for a good place for a special occasion in Fukuoka, the property would be one of the best. The staff arranges cakes to celebrate an anniversary at an additional charge if you request in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a private outdoor hot spring called SAKURA.  Only the room has a large private outdoor one.  The others have private indoor ones only.

The ryokan has a relaxing and quiet ambiance with a clear stream flowing right beside the rooms. It was pleasant to hear the sound of the river as we relaxed in our room.

Then there is no room with western beds. If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to find modern properties.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, a Japanese tea set, and bottled water, etc.   The free WiFi reception was good.  Room service is not available.  There is a vending machine for drinks. Then there is no convenience store nearby.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.  *Food and drinks from outside are prohibited except baby food.

Then this is child-friendly. Children up to 2 years old can sleep together for free. They offer meals for children. You need to inform the age of your child when you book a room.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  Don’t forget to try them.  All of them are open between 15:00 and 23:00.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area. 

This is not a universal design but a wheelchair is available for borrowing.  There are some steps, but once you enter your room, you wouldn’t need to move around. If you bring someone with weak legs, you might want to inform the staff in advance as they arrange a room near the reception. I noticed that wheelchair users stayed here.
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Then there is a spa treatment shop. You need to make an appointment in advance if you receive a spa treatment. The spa shop is open between 15:00 and 20:00.
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There is no bar, no lounge, and no library to chill out at while having coffee.  That’s too bad. 

How about meals?

The authentic kaiseki food for dinner and breakfast was just wonderful.  The food is top-notch.  It may be a bit challenging for the western palate but it’s worth a try. This is one of the well-known gourmet ryokans in Kyushu. The portion tends to be average.  

You can enjoy food while viewing a beautiful garden.  Dinner is served in a private room in a Japanese-style banquet hall.
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Then breakfast is served in the banquet hall. The moment I walked into the banquet hall, I couldn’t help but admire the stunning view for a while. You can enjoy a meal while watching the magnificent carp swimming gracefully and the beautiful autumn leaves. Although we were in the same room as other guests, there was enough space between the tables.

If you are a solo traveler, they may be served in your room. 

Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies or dietary needs.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day. 

Then there is no nice restaurant near the property.  You may want to book a room including meals.  

Then after meals, don’t forget to take a walk in the garden.  It is indescribably beautiful.  The staff said that herons often appear in the garden. If you are going to stay here, you may want to check in earlier and explore in-house.

My impressions

All staff is sophisticated, elegant, and professional, but be mindful and respectful of the Japanese traditions here as it’s a very traditional accommodation. 

Then the best season to stay here is in spring or fall. If you are planning to stay during this period, it is best to book early.

Then access to the property wouldn’t be easy from Hakata city.  It takes around 90 by train and bus. However, it’s well worth a visit. It will be a very memorable ryokan on your trip. Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space. 

*You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan

Style Traditional Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 49,680 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact  info@seiryuan.com
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available in some areas
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available 
Location Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan’s MAP
Access Refer to the above
Address and TEL 〒838-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture, Asakura, Akizuki1058
Tel +81 946-25-0023
Official Homepage Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiyuan’s HP

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