Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki

 

If you are looking for modern ryokans, I would highly recommend it.  It opened in Nov, 2017.  Facilities are the latest.  If this is your first time staying at ryokans, I really think you should stay here.  On the other hand, if you are looking for authentic ryokans, this is not.  The ambience is family-oriented, cozy and relaxed.  The property would be great for family with small kids, couples, or small groups, but not solo travelers.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with a private outdoor hot spring and a view of the valley.  It’s truly worth it.  You can see dynamic mountain views while soaking in the bath.  That’s the precious time.  Also the room is stylish, functional, and spacious.  Then, all of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, samue outfits, a humidifier, a coffee machine, welcome sweets, a green tea set, and a complimentary mini bar, etc.  Then there are many kinds of pillows you can choose.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff can provide baby chairs, baby baths, toys, books, and a nice kids room.    Wifi reception was patchy in the property.  Then complimentary coffee, tea, and sweets etc., were available at the bar lounge from 17:00 to 19:30, and some complimentary alcoholic beverages were available from 20:00 to 23:00.  On top of that, the property has a wonderful Japanese plum liquor cellar with a salon.  Don’t forget to visit the cellar as well.  Some complimentary coffee, tea and baked cakes were available at the salon.  It couldn’t be better.  Then room service is not available.  There are vending machines for drinks in-house.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Also the small gym in the main building is available.  It’s open from 6:00-9:00, 15:00-21:00.  Then there are some indoor and outdoor public hot springs in-house.  Also there are private family ones.  They costs 1,080JPY for 50min.  You need to book them at the front desk if you want to use.  All of them are open from 6:00 to 9:00, 15:00 to 23:00.  The spring quality wouldn’t be special if compared to others in Yufuin.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use  the public hot springs, use reserved private family baths, or book a room with a private outdoor one.  Then the property is universal design.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Then kaiseki cuisine for dinner and breakfast was just divine.  The food tends to be sophisticated.  If you are a gourmet, you should stay here.  The portion tends to be big.  All meals are served at a private room in a dining area.  Dinner starts either from 18:00 or 19:30.  Breakfast starts either from 7:30 or 9:00.  *Please note that inform 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 around the property.  You may want to book a room including meals unless you have a car.  Then the most important I would like to highlight is that all staff is very warm, proactive, and considerate.  I’m sure you can experience signature Japanese hospitality during your stay.  If you cannot find English speakers, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of young staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind it.  Overall the property has good value for money if compared to others in Yufuin.  Everything was unexpectedly good.  Then it is located 25min drive away from JR Hita Station.  Free shuttle service from the station or Hita Bus Center is available from 15:00 to 16:30.  You need to book it in advance.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  **Check in and out times 3:00PM/11:00AM   You need to inform staff of your expected arrival time in advance.   Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki

Style Modern Onsen Ryokan
Guest Rating Exceptional 9.6
Estimated Price 30,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact hibiki@oyama-net.ne.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi at the ryokan
Facility Information  Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
Free parking lot is available
Location Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki’s MAP
Access 25min by shuttle bus from
Hita Station or Hita Bus Center
Need to book it in advance
Address and TEL 4587 Ōyamamachi Nishiōyama, Hita-shi, Ōita 877-0201
Tel +81 973-52-3700
Official Homepage Okuhita Onsen Umehibiki’s HP