Ohana

Ohana is not luxury, but amazingly unique.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, you should stay here.  Perhaps, if you are keen on Japanese history, culture, and food, etc., I would highly recommend it.  You must be so excited to explore the property.  On the other hand, if you are a hot spring freak, this is not.  There is no hot spring on-site.  Ohana would be great for family, small groups, couples, or solo travelers.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a renovated room with views of the Shoto-en garden.  You can fully enjoy viewing an awesome garden while chilling out at the room.  Most of the rooms were renovated in 2017, but some wouldn’t be renovated yet and they are worn-out.  The renovated room tends to be modern, brand new, and relaxed, but the bathtub was so small.  Also if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to book a room with twin beds.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, a complimentary minibar including beer, tea bags, and a coffee machine with capsules, etc.  Also, there were Mikimoto amenities in the bathroom.  The free WiFi reception was good in the property.  Room service is not available.  There are some convenience stores nearby.  Then Ohana is not universal design but a wheelchair is available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the entrance.  Then there are communal baths in-house, 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 traditional building, a traditional banquet hall, and a history museum in-house.  You should visit all of them during your stay.  Then local food experience for dinner and breakfast was good, but it would be challenging for the western palate.  All meals are served in a dining area.  *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, as far as I know, there is no nice restaurant for dinner around here.  There are some restaurants and cafes for lunch, though.  Most of them are closed before 19:00.  If you go out for dinner, you may want to ask the staff and book a table in advance.  Then the staff tends to be patchy.  This is Fukuoka.  I guess it’s OK.  If you expect a 5-star hotel service, this is not.  The location is a 10min taxi ride from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station.  It costs around JPY1,000.  It takes 70min by train from JR Hakata Station to Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station.  Alternatively, if you have enough time, after getting off a train at the Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station, you should experience the attraction of 70 minutes of a boat ride to downstream from a pier near Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station to the last station of the property.  It costs JPY1,600 for 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 hut at a ticket counter at JPY100.  Direct sunlight is very strong.  If it’s rainy, raincoats are available for borrowing.  Then the best season to stay here would be except the summer season.  It’s very hot and humid in Fukuoka in summer.  You may feel reluctant to go sightseeing.  At last, if you want to chill out at the property in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, mid-Aug, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  The property would be crowded during the above period more than you expect.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Ohana from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  *Check-in and out times 15:00/10:00  If you check-in after 19:00, you may want to inform staff in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for Ohana on Booking.com

Info about Ohana

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
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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