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Reviewed 4 December 2014

Getting there was not easy, as my travel agency provided me with the wrong information about the location, with an incorrect name of the Ryokan and without phone number and web address. As there was nobody at the (correct) bus station to pick me up, I got help from others to direct me to the tourist information. They were then able to figure out where I have booked, and 15 mins. later I was picked up by car.

I ended in an unforgettable Ryokan, a room (each in a separate house) like a dream, a private onsen (hot outdoor bath), delicous breakfast and dinner (in your private dining room) with tens of small bowls and dishes, nearly each with its own soy sauce to dip the fish, tofu, and vegetables.

Apparently I was the only foreigner there, and they won't have much anyway. Nearly nobody is talking English. The waiter and me, we used Google Translate on a tablet to communicate: He was speaking Japanese, I was speaking English in the tablet's microphone and Google translate did a good job producing an understandable translation for each of us.

Make sure you remember the maze-like path to your room, as the rooms have names written in Japanese and not numbers, every entrance looks the same, and it would be embarassing ending in the wrong room.

Even as the price is high for a night, it's an unforgettable experience.

Stayed: October 2014, traveled solo
Thank Joachim H
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Stayed at Ayanosho following a night at Sanga in Kurokawa, as it was near New Year holiday and everything booked. Was a bit nervous about the Western/Japanese fusion thing, as well as its location in Ota Onsen. It turned out to be a very nice stay, and offered a good value.

The "western" thing at Ayanosho include the English farm house where one can have free coffees, the western furniture here and there. But otherwise, it's still a traditional Japanese ryokan at heart. Same very nice and professional service as we've found elsewhere, same high-quality kaiseki-dinner and breakfast, same great amenities and room.

The feel of Ota Onsen is very different from Kurokawa, however. It's in a small plain surrounded by farmland, unlike the forested valley in Kurokawa. And there's nothing to do outside the ryokan.

Each room is like a little villa, with total privacy. The private outdoor rotenburo is fed by both a hot and cold tap, so the water temperature can be adjusted. We also used the public baths, and they were very clean with large bathing areas, an indoor bath and sauna, and two levels of outdoor baths - on both the men's and women's side.

I will say that for a foreign tourist staying for one night in the Kurokawa Onsen area, Ayanosho would not be my recommendations, but if one's already staying one night at Kurokawa proper, then adding an extra night at Ayanosho can be refreshing and interesting. And it's only a few minutes' drive from Kurokawa Onsen.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled solo
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