A stunning ryokan set in the dense forests of rural Kyushu, great for those looking for classic accommodation and the full traditional Japanese experience. There’s a sense of slightly dreamlike perfection to the surroundings: the established trees that shelter the property reflect their seasonal changes into still ponds flickering with carp. Each of the rooms is traditional and unique, matching its calm, minimalist style to the peaceful setting.
The full kaiseki ryori dining experience awaits, all while looking out on a gorgeous Japanese garden that is a destination in itself. Akizuki was the location of a short lived uprising by local samurai in the 19th century opposed to the westernisation of Japan, and this lovely ryokan is very much a bastion of its location’s history.
Surrounded by the forests south of Fukuoka, this hotel is very easily reached. A 1.5 hour train journey (or a more leisurely bus ride) will lead you straight to this sylvan idyll.
A very traditional property
Private onsen in each room
No bar or entertainment
Large communal onsen indoor and outdoor (rotenburo)
It felt like a little oasis… a true contrast to the city.
Discover what to expect from staying at Akizuki Onsen Seiryuan
Ryokan can be expensive, sometimes eye wateringly so, and many are well worth every penny. While the Akizuki does command a premium, it is comparatively low, making it especially good value. The more modest cost is just a bonus; this is one of the best ryokan around anywhere.
Dinner is served in your room and the chef will prepare an array of seasonal specialities from fresh, local ingredients. It will be spectacular. Even breakfast is extra special, taken in the large tatami hall with panoramic views of the exquisite garden.
Each room is individually named, and the sakura room has a beautiful outdoor onsen that really enhances the hot spring experience. It is difficult to imagine a more traditionally Japanese space.
Wander along the ancient trails of Kumano Kodo and its spiritual shrines, enjoying the peaceful, and enchanting surroundings as well as taking in the hospitality of local families along the way.