Kotohira Kadan 琴平花壇
Soak into 400 years of history
The town of Konpira in Japan's southern island of Kyushu draws visitors for the striking mountaintop shrine of the same name. Situated just down the hill is the 400-year-old ryokan Kotohira Kadan—a favorite of Japanese writers and Buddhist pilgrims. The inn is comprised of a main building and several independent villas, all transported from other parts of the island and renovated into beautiful guest villas.
Among its many virtues, Kotohira Kadan is known for its sumptuous kaiseki meals, drawing heavily on locally-sourced ingredients. Guests also appreciate the hot spring baths, or onsen, with their rejuvenating waters and lovely views out to the Seto Inland Sea. After climbing the 756 steps to the shrine and back, a restorative soak is exactly what's needed.