Yufuin Baien is a Japanese ryokan located in the Yufuin Onsen hot spring resort area in Oita Prefecture, Japan.
This is by far one of the more reasonably priced ryokans that we've been to which delivered above and beyond our expectations.
It really helped that the staff took good amazing care of our baby J. He cried when they bode him farewell.
The inn has a variety of guest rooms, including traditional Japanese rooms, Western-style rooms, and detached cottages. All of the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and many of them have private balconies or patios with views of the garden or Mt. Yufu.
Image of room from Yufuin Baien
There are rooms with en-suite open and semi-open air baths. These rooms are designed as stand-alone huts/
Imagine having this at your backyard!
The little stand alone huts that one can stay in.
Interior of the huts.
Images of room from Yufuin Baien
The inn also has a restaurant that serves traditional Japanese cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. The food is delicious, and the service is excellent.
Yufuin Baien is a popular destination for couples, families, and groups of friends. It is a great place to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We enjoyed all the dishes they served. The restaurant at Yufuin Baien serves traditional Japanese cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. The food is delicious, and the service is outstanding.
We were assigned our own private room which was wonderful! We had a dedicated server who oversaw our needs. The meal is served course by course. The dishes never failed to delight, and, at times, surprise us. Each meal was very elaborate, and decadent.
One of the starters.
Grilled beef - self yakiniku
Sashimi - I've not had skin served as part of the sashimi course before.
Starter served on another day.
The hot springs at Yufuin Baien are some of the best in Japan. The water is said to have healing properties, and it is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. You can soak in the large communal bath, the semi-outdoor rock bath, or the hinoki-cypress bath.
The inn has three hot spring baths, including a large communal bath with views of Mt. Yufu, a semi-outdoor rock bath, and a hinoki-cypress bath. The hot spring water is said to have healing properties, and it is a great way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of exploring.
The private onsen - no charges, family. The reason why one would need to use the private onsen often is because most of the rooms do not have shower facilities.
View from walking back from the public onsen. Image from Yufuin Baien's Instagram
The gardens at Yufuin Baien are a sight to behold. They are beautifully landscaped, and they are full of flowers, trees, and ponds. You can spend hours wandering through the gardens, taking in the sights and sounds.
Image from Yufuin Baien's instagram
The inn is surrounded by a 33,000 square meter garden (庭園), which includes ume-plum and cherry blossoms, the only marsh with wild Mizu-Basho (skunk cabbage) in Kyushu, small rivers, and sidewalks full of fireflies.
If you've got the chance to visit Yufuin, please consider staying here. This place is really value for money, when one takes into account the quality of the meals, private dining room, and the luxurious rooms.
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