Daimaru Besso

Daimaru Besso

What kind of onsen ryokan is Daimaru Besso?

This is like a historical museum.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would recommend it.  Everything, such as architecture, decorations, interior, and a large garden is amazing. On top of that, it takes just around 30min from Hakata Station by train.

Alternatively, if you are looking for an authentic ryokan with a private hot spring in Fukuoka, you may want to stay here.  There are some rooms with wonderful private indoor hot springs.

On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  The housekeeping was excellent, though.

Once we entered the property, we felt as if we were being drawn back to old Japan. You’ll be surprised to find a quaint ryokan with wonderful hot springs in Hakata City. There are no famous tourist attractions around here but it is worth staying at Daimaru Besso. During your stay, you can simply enjoy looking around the beautiful historical Japanese architecture and well-kept gardens on the grounds.

The ryokan would be great for couples, solo travelers, family, or small groups.  I noticed that there were many business persons here who come alone. After finishing their work in Hakata city, some of them go to the ryokan to take a relaxing hot spring bath and check out the next day.
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Is the location easy to access?

It’s easy from Hakata Station.  Take an express train from Hakata Station, then get off at JR Futsukaichi Station, and it a 15min walk to the property.  Alternatively, you can get a Taxi from JR Futsukaichi Station. It costs JPY900. Please note that sometimes there are no cabs in front of the station at night. If you want to take a cab, make sure you arrive by evening.

Then if you take an express bus from Fukuoka Airport, get off at Chikushino Bus Stop. It takes 25min. Then just a 5min-walk to the property. But it is not recommended to go there by bus as there are very few buses.

If you take a taxi from Fukuoka Airport, it takes 35min and costs around JPY5,000.

Then if you drive a car, check a map carefully in advance as it wouldn’t be easy to find the property.

Rooms I would recommend?

The property has three wings called Taisho-tei, Heian-tei, Showa-tei, and one private annex. I would recommend a room in Heian-tei. All rooms in the Heian-tei only have private hot springs in the cypress bathtubs, but it seems that other rooms have no private ones.

Each private hot spring in the Heian tei has its own quaint circular window. It’s great to be able to soak in a private one whenever you want during your stay. The quality of the spring is also very good. The temperature of the spring is 48 degrees Celsius, so you need to wait until it cools down or add tap water.

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

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, Japanese sweets, and green tea bags, etc. 

Complimentary coffee is available at the lobby between 7:00 and 22:00.  You can also order cheesecake, chocolate cake, Mont Blanc cake, chocolate ice cream, and vanilla. *250JPY each. The lobby is a great place to have tea as the ambiance is relaxing and the furniture and interior are tastefully arranged.

Room service is not available, but each room has a mini-bar that contains beer, Coca-Cola, orange juice, plum wine, and water. The prices are less expensive than convenience stores. Beer is JPY200, the others are JPY100. There is no vending machine for drinks.

There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here. 

Free Wifi reception is available except for rooms in Taisho-Tei. If you stay in Taisho-Tei, you can connect to the internet around the lobby only.   

Then, this is child-friendly.  The staff provides meals, tableware, and yukatas for children at an additional charge if you request in advance.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are very large historical communal indoor hot springs.  The spring quality is excellent, very creamy, and moist.  All of them are open from 5:00-10:00, 11:00-25:30.  If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area. Even though you stay in the Heian-tei, don’t forget to try them. The ambiance is amazing.

Then Daimaru Besso is not a universal design.  If you bring someone with weak legs, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing, but the property is very large.  This is like a maze.
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How about meals?

The Japanese kaiseki food dinner and breakfast would be OK, but not special.  The portion tends to be small.

If you are planning to have dinner here, I would recommend the pork Shabu Shabu or Beef Sukiyaki course. You need to order in advance. Then you can choose western or Japanese breakfast in advance. Basically, the breakfast is Japanese, so if you want Western food, let the staff know in advance.

All meals are served in a private room. When it is time for dinner, a staff will come to pick you up in front of your room and take you to the dining area. If you are a solo traveler, all meals are served in your room.

After dinner, you can order night meals, such as noodles, rice balls, and sushi pockets, etc., at affordable charges.

Then as far as I know, there are no restaurants around, so I would recommend booking a room with meals.

My impressions

Overall, the property has great value for money.  If you want to get an authentic onsen ryokan experience in Fukuoka, you may want to stay here.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Daimaru Besso from the below space.   Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Daimaru Besso

Style Traditional Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 26,136 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact  info@daimarubesso.com
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Daimaru Besso’s MAP
Access refer to the above
Address and TEL 1-20-1 Yumachi, Chikushino, Fukuoka 818-0058
Tel +81 92-924-3939
Official Homepage Daimaru Besso’s HP

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