Hinoharu Ryokan

If you are looking for small authentic ryokans in Yufuin, I would highly recommend staying at Hinoharu Ryokan.  There are 11 rooms only.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  We didn’t see other guests even though the property was fully booked.  Absolutely the ryokan completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  The surrounding neighborhood would be so quiet even though there are so many tourists on the main street during the day.  Once you enter the property, it’s like you’re in another world.  The ambiance is serene, charming, and quaint.  Hinoharu Ryokan would be great for couples, solo travelers, small groups, or family.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, you must be happy.  Then if you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with an outdoor private hot spring on 1F.  The room is Japanese minimalistic, but truly relaxing.  We fully enjoyed our private bath until check-out time.  That’s precious time.  The spring quality was soft, smooth, and moist.  If you are a hot spring freak, you should try it.  We felt the luxury and authenticity at once.  Facilities tend to be bit worn-out, but the housekeeping was excellent.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-mattresses in tatami rooms, this is not for you.  There is no room with western beds on tatami mats in the property.  Then free WiFi reception was good in the property when we stayed in March 2019.  All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, tea bags, bottled water, and a Japanese tea set.  There are Shiseido skincare products for men and women in the bathroom.  Also, a DVD player, an air cleaner, and a loudspeaker were placed.  Room service is not available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Then Hinoharu Ryokan is disabled-friendly.  The building on 1F only is a perfect universal design.  There is room for wheelchair users.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  If you bring wheelchair users, I would highly recommend Hinoharu Ryokan.  You may want to request a room on 1F near the entrance.  Then there are outdoor communal hot springs.  Also, there are two outdoor and one indoor private family hot springs that you can use for free whenever they are not occupied.  All of them are open from 7:00-23:00.  *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use the private family ones, or book a room with a private one instead.  Then the Japanese kaiseki food experience was wonderful.  Each delicious dish makes the most of the original taste of local ingredients.  The portion tends to be average.  All meals are served in your room or a private room 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 all staff tends to be professional, warm, and helpful.  Service is exquisite, attentive, and very discrete.  Definitely you can experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch.  Overall Hinoharu Ryokan has good value for money if compared to others in Yufuin.  The experience is pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  Then access to the property would be easy from Yufuin Station.  The location is a 15min-walk from the station.  A free shuttle service is not available.  At last, the property is very popular.  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, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Hinoharu Ryokan 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 18:00, you need to inform staff in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for Hinoharu Ryokan on Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Hinoharu Ryokan

Style Traditional Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.4
Estimated Price 40,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@hinoharu.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the property
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Hinoharu Ryokan’s MAP
Access 15min walk from Yufuin Station
Address and TEL
Tel +81 977-84-3106
Official Homepage Hinoharu Ryokan’s HP