Gosoku no Kutsu
2237 Shimoda-Onsen, Amakusa machi, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, Japan
Japan’s ryokans offer one of the most unique hospitality experiences available anywhere in the world, and for that they’re quite rightly sought after. But the genre in its most historically correct form can, for an outsider, present obstacles. For anyone who’s not yet ready for total immersion in tatami-style tradition, entrée comes in the form of one of several hybrid-style, Western-influenced ryokans, of which Gosoku no Kutsu is a leading representative.
The location, on the west coast of Amakusa, today feels splendidly secluded, far as it is from Honshu’s big coastal cities. But back in the 16th century, when Japan was making tentative steps towards contact with the West, Amakusa was one of the first ports of call. And with its three European-influenced villas, it’s this legacy which Gosoku no Kutsu consciously recalls.
They’re split up into fifteen units, and if the style is somewhat restrained, the comforts are legion. All of them are to some degree or another open to the lush greenery on the surrounding hillside, and if it’s a bit of oneness with nature you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Add the obligatory hot-spring baths, an included dinner and breakfast, and a thoroughly old-fashioned approach to service, and you’ve got yourself a very fine introduction to traditional — but not too traditional — Japanese country life.
How to get there:
A complimentary shuttle bus to/from Hondo port, Hondo bus terminal or Amakusa airport can be arranged with at least three days advance notice. Approximate transfer time is 45 minutes.
Transfer-In Schedule: anytime after 14:30
Transfer-Out Schedule: 08:45, 10:45,
*Guests should keep in mind the shuttle may pick up other guests at various locations.
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- 15 Rooms
- Style: Contemporary Classic
- Atmosphere: Quiet
- Gosoku no Kutsu
- 2237 Shimoda-Onsen, Amakusa machi
- Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, Japan
Hotel amenities and services
- Central air conditioning
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi