Bettei Soan

Bettei Soan

What kind of villa-type onsen ryokan is Bettei Soan?

This is like a small village.  If you are looking for modern ryokans with peaceful mountain views, you should stay here.  Each villa-type room has a private outdoor hot spring.  You can fully enjoy your private outdoor bath with a beer in hand whenever you like.  The spring quality is amazingly creamy, thick, and soft.  There are only 8 villas.  We never met other guests.  Absolutely the property completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t get a rental car.  Bettei Soan is located near Mt.Aso, not in Kurokawa Onsen.  It takes 30min from Kumamoto Airport by car.  There are few public means of transport around here.  Free shuttle service is available from JA Kugino kyuyujo-yoko Bus Stop only.  You need to book it in advance.  There aren’t many buses on this route, so the location would be inconvenient unless you have a car.  Then the ambiance is very cozy, tranquil, and friendly.  The property would be great for families with children, small groups, solo travelers, or couples.
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How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, colorful yukatas, pajamas, a green tea set, bottled water, and a coffee machine with capsules.  Also, this is child-friendly.  The staff offers items for small children, such as baby cribs, chairs, and meals, etc. if you request in advance.  Room service is not available.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  The free WiFi reception was good in the property.

How about In-house Facilities?

Facilities tend to be the latest.  There is no communal bath in Bettei Soan, but you can use indoor and outdoor communal hot springs in the main building called Hotel Yumeshizuku.  They are open from 15:00-24:00.  It takes just 5min on foot from Bettei Soan.  Staff can send you to the venue by resort cart.  *Please note that if you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal baths.  Then Bettei Soan is almost universal design.  There are few steps in-house.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a villa near the entrance.
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How about meals?

Japanese cuisine experience wouldn’t be special.  If you are a gourmet, I wouldn’t recommend it.  All meals are served in your room.  Dinner starts from 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, or 19:30.  You need to check-in by 18:00 if you have dinner on the property.  If not, check-in by 20:00.  Breakfast starts from 7:30 to 9:00.  *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, as far as I know, there is no restaurant around the property.  The location is out of the way.  You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

The staff tends to be not sophisticated.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  Overall the hardware is nice, but the software is not the same class.  If you want to relax while viewing peaceful mountains, the villa would be one of the best.  At last, don’t forget to check the weather forecast before booking a room.  You can view magnificent landscapes while taking a walk in good weather.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Bettei Soan from the below space.  You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Please note that check-in and key-collection take place at the reception of Hotel Yumeshizuku.  Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Agoda or

Info about Bettei Soan

Style Villa-Type Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the property
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Bettei Soan’s MAP
Access  30min by car from Kumamoto airport
Address and TEL 5-56 Kain, Minamiaso, Aso District,
Kumamoto 869-1411 
Tel +81 967-67-4555
Official Homepage Bettei Soan’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.