Kaede no Shoja

Kaede no Shoja

What kind of onsen ryokan is Kaede no Shoja?

This is like a Japanese-style holiday mountain villa.  If you are looking for rooms with nice private indoor and outdoor hot springs, you should stay here.  Most of the rooms have private indoor and outdoor hot springs.  If you are a hot spring freak, you must be excited.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  There are 10 rooms only.  We didn’t see other guests even though it would be fully booked.  Once we arrived at the property, a staff immediately escorted us to a cozy tatami room and then checked in in our room while having green tea and Warabi mochi.  Absolutely the property completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  The surrounding neighborhood was so quiet.  Kaede no Shoja would be great for couples, family, small groups, or solo travelers.  The ambiance is cozy, serene, and relaxed.

Is the location easy to access?

The location is a 25min-walk from Yufuin Station.  It wouldn’t be easy to find the property.  You may want to ask the staff to pick up from the station.  Free shuttle service is available between 15:30 and 18:00.  It takes 10min by car.  You need to book it in advance.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend booking a room called Momiji.  The room is truly charming, quaint, and comfortable.  We fully enjoyed our private onsen until check-out time.  Also, a hot stoned bath was installed in our bathroom.  The spring quality is soft, smooth, and moist.  The water temperature tends to be high.  When you fill a bath, you need to adjust the temperature with cold tap water.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to book a room with twin beds.  Most of the rooms have no western beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, tea bags, bottled water, and a Japanese tea set.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  Free Wifi reception was good in the property when we stayed in 2018.  The housekeeping was excellent.  There is a vending machine for drinks.  Room service is not available.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessitates before coming here.

How about In-house Facilities?

There is a private family and a foot hot springs in-house which you can use for free whenever they are not occupied.  All of them are open from 16:00-22:00 only.  There is no communal hot spring on-site.  Then Kaede no Shoja is not a universal design.  There are some steps in-house, but once you enter your room, you wouldn’t need to move around as each room has private hot springs and all meals are served in your room.  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.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  Then the property is pet-friendly.  There is a room called Muku where you can stay with your dogs.

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How about meals?

The Japanese food experience was wonderful, but two consecutive nights of traditional full-course Japanese meals here were a bit too much for us.  There are some nice restaurants in Yufuin.  You may want to go out for dinner if you stay here for two or more nights.  All meals are served in your room.  If you bring small children, it would be so convenient.  *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.

My impressions

All staff tends to be friendly, warm, and helpful.  Sincere and wonderful hospitality greeted us the moment we started parking our car.  Also, they are very informative.  If this is your first visit to Yufuin, you should ask them about recommended spots.  Overall, the onsen ryokan has good value for money if compared to others in Yufuin.  If relaxation is your main purpose, the property would be perfect.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Kaede no Shoja from the below space.  *If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Agoda 

Info about Kaede no Shoja

Style Mountain hut-style ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 30,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact +81-977-28-8181 from overseas
0977-28-8181 from domestic
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the property
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Kaede no Shoja’s MAP
Access 25min walk from Yufuin Station
Free shuttle service from the station
Address and TEL
1270−28 Yufuinchō Kawakami Yufu-shi Ōita
Tel +81 
Official Homepage Kaede no Shoja’s HP

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