A traditional inn with open-air hot springs and jade-colored waters
There are countless onsen ryokan (local inns with hot springs) in Kumamoto Prefecture . If you want unforgettable accommodations, though, look no further than Sozankyo.
The rooms here are immaculately detailed in traditional Japanese style, with tatami floors, comfortable futon bedding, sliding doors and panoramic views from large windows. Some even have their own private rotenburo, or outdoor onsen.
How to Get There
You can reach Sozankyo by train followed by a bus or taxi ride, or by car.
Alternatively, the Aso area is a 50-minute drive from Kumamoto. There is plentiful parking at Sozankyo.
The waters are renowned for their healing benefits
Course dining is prepared with locally sourced produce
Bathing at Sozankyo
The waters at Sozankyo are famous for their healing properties and are frequented by top athletes. The public bathing facilities include a large bath with jade-colored water, a rotenburo open-air bath, barrel baths from Kumamoto, and ashiyu or foot baths. Soothe away your aches and pains in the restorative waters, which will leave your skin feeling moisturized and toned.
Eat like a noble at court
At Sozankyo you'll find kaiseki (course) dining at its finest, with locally grown produce, rice, and milk. Kaiseki dining offers tidbits of a selection of dishes, allowing you to taste dozens of distinctive flavors in one meal. While there are tempting wagyu or Japanese beef options available for carnivores, vegetarians can also be accommodated with advance notice.