What kind of ryokan is Yoyokaku?

This is my cup of tea.  If you are looking for an authentic Japanese ryokan adventure in Saga prefecture, you should stay here.  We felt the luxury and authenticity at once.  It’s truly worth a visit.  On the other hand, if you are looking for modern ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it.  The ambiance is serene, authentic, and elegant.   The property would be great for couples, family, or solo travelers.  There are 20 rooms only.  Absolutely the ryokan completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  We were welcomed warmly and escorted into a beautiful tatami room.

Is the location easy to access?

The location is near Karatsu Station.  It takes 6min by TAXI.  It costs around 700JPY.  A free shuttle service is not available.  It takes 90min by train from Hakata station to Karatsu Station.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a corner room with a garden view on 1F.  We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the traditional garden.  Also, the garden illuminated at night creates a mysterious atmosphere.  The architecture is spectacular with attention to every detail.  Just hanging out on-site would be so exciting for you.  The room is well-maintained, spacious, and cozy.  The housekeeping is excellent even though the building tends to be aged.  The décor is “Japan minimalistic”, but truly relaxing.  Then there is no room with western beds in tatami rooms.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon, you may want to find others.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  A humidifier was placed in our room.  Complimentary coffee is available at the lounge.  Room service is not available.   The free WiFi reception was good in the property.  I noticed that a PC was placed at the lounge to use someone.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff provides yukatas, meals, and tableware for small children if you request in advance.

How about In-house Facilities?

Yoyokaku is not a universal design but there are few steps if you stay at rooms on 1F.  There is no lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room on 1F.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  Also if you have a lot of luggage, you may want to request a room on 1F as it would be a bit hard to go up and down stairs.  Then there are indoor communal baths using well-water.  They are not hot spring, though.  They are open from 6:00 to 23:00.   *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.  Some rooms have Japanese cypress wooden bathtubs.  You may want to book a room with it if you don’t use the communal ones.  Then bicycles are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is a vending machine in-house.  There is no convenience store within 5min walking distance.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.

How about meals?

Karatsu-style kaiseki food is top-notch.  If you are a gourmet, you must be happy.  It may be a little challenging for the western palate but it would be a great experience.  Dinner is served in each room and breakfast is served in the 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 if you don’t like kaiseki cuisine, you may want to go out for dinner as there are some local restaurants around Karatsu Station.  If this is your first visit Karatsu, you should ask the staff about recommended restaurants.

My impressions

All staff tends to be professional, elegant, and friendly.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality, you should stay here.  Overall, Yoyokaku has good value for money if you compare to authentic ryokans in Hakone, Atami, or Izu.  There are many local return guests here.  If you want to chill out at the ryokan, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend of Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Yoyokaku from the below space.   You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Yoyokaku

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 26,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available 
Location Yoyokaku’s MAP
Access 75 min by train from Hakata Station
Address and TEL 2-4-40 Higashikaratsu, Karatsu-shi
Saga 847-0017  Tel +81 955-72-7181
Official Homepage Yoyokaku’s HP

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

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