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Reviewed 29 March 2016

The ryokan is tucked away in a beautiful little village near Kurokawa, and the setting was perfect for a one-night onsen getaway 

We had a rental car and it's just a 10-min drive from Kurokawa, so getting there was no issue at all.

We arrived at 6pm (which is considered quite late since dinner is supposed to start at 6pm), so once they checked us in and drove us down in their golf cart to our cottage to load off the luggage, we went straight for dinner. We had a half-board package and it included a 7-course dinner, which was adequate, but not great. The plating and presentation was fantastic, but the food was struggling between “modern” and “traditional” Japanese and ended up somewhere in the middle. One classic example is the main dish (where you got to choose beef or fish) and we went for the beef, it turned out to be a Western-style mini “steak” which was honestly quite flat, without the flare of a “steak” nor the char-grilled flavours of a Japanese robatayaki. Same goes for breakfast the next day, nothing really worth mentioning. It wasn’t bad, just not what you were expecting at a luxury ryokan.

The meals aside, this ryokan was GREAT! Loved the layout and surroundings, very quaint and peaceful. We had an A1 type room, which was half of a standalone cottage, facing the expansive fields at the bottom of the village. We loved the view, especially in the morning when the sun is out, so refreshing! The room itself has everything that we needed: Japanese tatami living room, Western bedroom, large bathroom with an indoor onsen and shower, great in-room amenities like the espresso machine and a fun Japanese-style PJ. It’s a good balance between Japanese and Western with modern comfort (lots of electric sockets!), and it was so cozy and comfortable (and warm since it’s still 3 degrees outside in late March) that made you want to stay in and spend more time in the room!

We also visited their public onsen, which was so small (would fit 4 adults and anymore would simply be uncomfortable) and basically just a modern indoor pool-like setup, so I would much rather prefer my private in-room onsen which was far more enjoyable. We haven’t tried but you can also use other public onsen of their sister properties with more interesting locations e.g. onsen in a cave, outdoor garden, etc., they are either a short walk or shuttle bus ride away.

Finally, we booked an in-room massage to finish off the evening, which was a Shiatsu-style massage using finger pressure and quite relaxing. It’s a “light version” of the Chinese Tui Na, so I won’t recommend it to those who are accustomed to more vigorous and deep-tissue massages, but it was perfect for us after onsen and right before our sleep.

All in all, a pleasant stay in a picturesque village!

  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Irene I
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

As some other traveler here, we were suggested Miyama Sanso when trying to book at Yamamizuki. The two resorts share the Yamamizuki Onsen, which is very close. This was super, cause the Sanso own onsen is modern, but boring.
The resort is a couple of kilometers outside of the village, we had a rental car, but they also offer a shuttle service to and from the village
We paid about 250euros per person per night, which is a lot. And we were expecting a lot. The price included both breakfast and a 7 course Japanese dinner.
We weren't disappointed, the service was super, our unit was a B1, which meant it had an additional bath tub outside and everything we could asked for, including an espresso machine.
We just really wished we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Danilo M
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Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

This ryokan is located in the hills of Kurokawa and is beautiful. As each ryokan is a separate cottage there's a lot of privacy. The cottage is very big and clean. Love the private onsen where we could open the windows and enjoy the breeze. The room is well equipped with coffee machines and amenities.

Service was impeccable.

Food however was just so so and the portion was not particularly big. We wanted to order more but they said they didn't have extra ingredients to make additional portions which we found quite odd.

The area is beautiful and you can rent a bike from the tourist centre which is 5 mins from the ryokan and ride up the hills. As the bikes are electric bikes it was a fun experience.

Stayed: October 2015, traveled with friends
1  Thank Fiona S
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

Newly opened since October 2014, this ryokan was introduced to us by Yamamizuki ryokan (sister ryokan) coz the latter was fully booked.
Miyama Sansou is located at a very secluded corner of Kurokawa - a distance from the Kurokawa village. There are 8 houses, so altogether, there are 16 semi-detached units.
Each unit has its own bedroom, living room, dressing room, bath house n private onsen. The price is probably the steepest in the Kurokawa area - 46000 for 2people , including breakfast so we paid about 57600 for the one night's stay including dinner .

What is good :
It is new n fittings r unquestionably luxurious n elegant. It is just v comfortable n you will feel pampered . Dinner (5000 yen per person a night) is superb in presentation, too pretty to eat in fact :D Its seclusion means you have to eat dinner here.

What is disappointing :
Since guests r paying a lot for the stay, they should have total freedom n privacy to use all the facilities in the ryokan. After all, the configuration of the property , the very private nature of the 16 units means its selling point is "luxury in privacy".
This means complete privacy from guests who are not staying at the ryokan.
However this ryokan allows guests from Yamamizuki to use their public onsen, which I feel is not very reasonable. My own personal experience : when I entered the public onsen at 5pm n saw the crowd of about 10 ladies, I baulked n left. I knew they were all guests of Yamamizuki coz they use the walkway to cross over to the next property n their robes are different from Miyama Sansou's. This is a big minus point.

Tip 1 : Inform the ryokan the time your bus is arriving. They can arrange to pick u up from the Kurokawa bus stop.
Tip 2 : Avoid staying at the 2 units located next to the public bath house

  • Stayed: May 2015, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mordecai12
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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2018, traveled as a couple
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