What kind of onsen ryokan is IKI Retreat KAIRI MURAKAMI?

If you are in Fukuoka, you should visit and stay at IKI Retreat KAIRI MURAKAMI.  The property must leave a lasting impression.  Access to the property would be inconvenient, but it’s well worth staying here.  The location is in IKI Island.  It takes around 90min from Fukuoka Airport.  This is one of the best luxury resort ryokans in Japan.  There are 12 rooms only.  Each room has an outdoor private hot spring with a nice view.  If you are looking for resort ryokans surrounded by beautiful islands, I would recommend it.  Once we entered the lobby, we were impressed by the beauty of the ocean.  This is like a postcard.  It was good without any comparison.  We checked in at the lobby while drinking champagne, and we were escorted to a magnificent tatami room.  The ambiance is unique in that it feels luxurious and down to earth at the same time.  This is an elegant design expressing unique Japanese sensitivity.  IKI Retreat KAIRI MURAKAMI would be great for couples, solo travelers, small groups, or family.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com

Is the location easy to access?

Traveling from Fukuoka Airport to the property is a little tricky.  First, go to Port of Hakata from Fukuoka Airport by taxi.  It takes 15min by car.  It costs around JPY2500.  Then board a Jetfoil when you go to IKI Island.  It takes 60min and costs JPY4,300 for per adult.  Refer to the information.  Then after getting off the Jetfoil, take a taxi to the property.  It takes 15min by car.  Alternatively, you can get a car for rent.  Staff can arrange a taxi or car at an additional charge if you request.  After booking a room, the staff would contact you by e-mail to take care of your requests, such as transportation, etc.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary in Kyushu?

If you are looking for venues for special occasions, the property would be one of the best.  The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend corner rooms as you can chill out at the room while gazing at a gorgeous setting sun.  It looks as if it were painted.  We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the views.  The room is Japanese minimalistic, but truly relaxing.   Each room has twin beds on tatami mats.  The housekeeping was excellent.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, samue outfits, water bottle, a complimentary minibar including beer, and green tea bags, etc.  There were POLA and L’OCCITANE bath amenities in the bathroom.  A DVD player was placed in our room.  Room service is available.  Free WiFi reception was good, but sometimes slow when we stayed in 2019.   Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff provides yukatas, meals, and amenities for small children if you request in advance.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful communal indoor and outdoor hot springs with dynamic views.  The spring quality is great.  You may become a hot spring freak.  They are open from 6:00 to 24:00.  We fully enjoyed the outdoor hot springs under a starry sky while hearing to the sound of waves.  That’s precious time.  Also, there is a nice private family hot spring in-house.  It costs JPY5000 for 45min.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area. You may want to use the reserved private family bath instead.  Then you can use a gym for free from 6:00-24:00.  You need to bring your sportswear, etc.   Also, some bikes are available at an additional charge.  Then the property is almost a universal design.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can help you.  Also, there is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming to the island. 

How about meals?

The seafood kaiseki was just divine.  We tried Teppanyaki for dinner.  All ingredients were surprisingly high-end including abalone, crab, lobster, IKI beef steak, and sea urchin, and beautiful presentation.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  We had IKI beef curry to call it a night.  There were free refills for the curry.  Also, they have nice wine, shochu, and sake lists to complement the meal.   If you are a gourmet, you must be so happy.  Dinner starts at 18:00.  You need to check-in by 18:00 if you have dinner here.  After dinner, don’t forget to visit the bar.  They have a large selection of alcohol.   Then you can choose Japanese or western cuisine for breakfast.  Breakfast starts from 7:00-9:00.  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 near the property.  You may want to book a room with meals.

My impressions

All staff is so friendly.  From check-in until check-out the staff did many little things to personalize our stay.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  If you want to gain extremely valuable experience, it well worth staying here.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about IKI Retreat KAIRI MURAKAMI from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com

Info about IKI Retreat KAIRI MURAKAMI

Style Luxury Resort 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
Access Refer to the above
Address and TEL    Tel +81 920-43-0770
Official Homepage IKI Retreat KAIRI MURAKAMI’s HP

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

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