when planning this trip, my husband decided to mix things up a bit....so while we covered some big cities like kyoto and fukuoka, we also went off the beaten track to cover some smaller towns like kinosaki, karatsu and iki. a comfortable 1.5 hour ferry ride (where there are just carpet covered floors where people lie flat/ sleep) from karatsu, we landed at the port, where we then took a 20 minute cab ride to this lovely sea-side hotel. we arrived on christmas day, and was quite surprised at how quiet the hotel was. there was one girl looking after the reception, the restaurant and the concierge.
we stayed at a mix western and japanese style room, which was essentially two rooms (1 bedroom and 1 living room). the room had a large window that opened up to the water and it was really peaceful just sitting next to there, watching the sunset. the onsen was great and not busy at all. the highlight of our stay had to be our kaiseki dinner.....every dish was prepared to excellence and we still think back to it fondly.
it was the perfect setting for a quiet getaway, a place to get off the radar and completely recharge. More