What kind of ryokan is Ohana?

This is not luxury ryokan, but unique.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, you may want to stay here.  Alternatively, if you are keen on Japanese history, architecture, culture, and food, etc., I would recommend it.  This is a samurai residence where a lord used to live. The area around the property flourished as a castle town a few hundred years ago.

From the main entrance, there are three buildings: a western-style building, a museum, and the ryokan. The Western-style house, which has been standing for 100 years, is wonderful. All three buildings are connected, and you can tour the inside of all three buildings if you stay here. Especially at night, the traditional garden and the buildings are lit up, creating a mystical ambiance. Don’t forget to visit a traditional banquet hall after dinner. The majestic garden can be viewed from the banquet hall. It will surely be an unforgettable memory.

On the other hand, if you are a hot spring freak, this is not.  There is no hot spring on-site.

Then if you are planning to visit here, the best time is during the Yanagawa Doll Festival. During the festival period, from mid-February to early April, stores, souvenir shops, and restaurants, etc. are very lively with many traditional colorful balls and dolls. This is a springtime scene that can only be seen here in Yanagawa.
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Is the location easy to access?

From JR Hakata Station, take Airport Line and get off at Tenjin Station. It takes 6 minutes. Then take Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line bound for Omuta at Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station, and get off at Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station. It takes 50 minutes. Then the property is a 10min taxi ride from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station.  It costs around JPY1,000.

Alternatively, if you have time, after getting off a train at Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station, I would recommend experiencing the attraction of 70 minutes of a boat ride downstream from a pier near Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station to the last station near the property.  It costs JPY1,600 per adult.  Refer to the map of a boarding point.  Before taking a boat, don’t forget to go to the restroom.  Also, if the weather is fine, you may want to rent a traditional triangle hat at a ticket counter at JPY100.  Direct sunlight is very strong.  If it’s rainy, raincoats are available for borrowing.

Rooms I would recommend?

There are 20 rooms only. If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a superior room with a view of the Shoto-en garden.  You can fully enjoy viewing an awesome garden while chilling out in the room.  Most of the rooms were renovated in 2017, but it seems that the standard rooms haven’t been renovated and they are worn out.

The superior rooms tend to be modern, brand new, and relaxed, but the bathtubs were so small.

Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to book a room with twin beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, tea bags, a coffee machine with capsules, a complimentary minibar including beer, etc.  Also, there were Mikimoto amenities in the bathroom.  The free WiFi reception was good on the property.  Room service is not available.  There are vending machines. There are some convenience stores nearby.

How about In-house Facilities?

Ohana is not a universal design but a wheelchair is available for borrowing.  If you bring someone with weak legs, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they arrange a room near the entrance. 

Then there are communal baths on 3F, but they are very small.  I wouldn’t recommend using them.  All of them are open from 17:00-22:00. 

Then there is an amazing traditional garden, a western building, a large banquet hall, and a history museum.  You may want to visit all of them during your stay. Admission is free for hotel guests.

How about meals?

The local kaiseki food for dinner and breakfast was good, but it would be challenging for the western palate.  All meals are served in a private room in a dining area.  Dinner starts between 17:00 and 19:30. Breakfast starts at 7:30 or 8:00. *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day. 

Then there are some restaurants for dinner near the property that serves the famous eel, but if you don’t like eel, there are several yakitori *grilled chicken restaurants around Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station, so you may want to go to the station area, although it is a bit of a hassle. You need to get a taxi as it takes 40min on foot. If you are a first-time visitor, ask the staff for more information.

My impressions

The staff is all very polite and helpful. Then this is a great place for history buffs. It’s possible to make a day trip from Fukuoka City, but if you are planning to visit, I would recommend staying here, because the garden and the surrounding area lit up at night is also very charming and quaint.

Lastly, if you are visiting here in the summer season, I would not recommend it because it’s very hot and humid. It’s hard to walk around outside and do sightseeing. If at all possible, visit during the non-summer season.

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Info about Ohana

Style Traditional Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 20,196 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@ohana.co.jp 
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Ohana’s MAP
Access 10min by taxi from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station
Address and TEL  832-0069 Fukuoka, Yanagawa, Shinhokamachi 1
Tel +81-944-73-2189
Official Homepage Ohana’s HP

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