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Kamenoi Besso
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    Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

    With the disappointment at Ryokan Tanokura, just across the road within the beautiful precinct of Lake Kinrin lies Kamenoi Besso.
    The entrance garden was amazingly beautiful. The lobby was filled with very tasteful mid century Scandinavian furniture yet the moment you step out on the path to your room, its classic Japanese ryokan at its best.
    The room is classical and immaculately maintained (the ryokan was built in 1900 by a beppu businessman as his private resort).
    Best of all, the food is yum yum yum. The pairing of the dishes is 3 star Michelin if not more.
    Would I return? Most definitely, YES!

    (Ryokan Adventure in Kyushu-Takefue, Tanokura, Kameou Besso)

    Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
    2  Thank BorneoNomad
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    Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

    I spent one night at this lovely hotel. It was really a great place to relax. I booked a Japanese Western room, which turned out to be a house with a small backyard, with onsen in the bathroom. There was a Japanese living room, and a bedroom with two beds. This is great for people who are not used to tatami in Japanese rooms.

    The hotel is right next to a small beautiful lake. They also gave us a map for a one hour walk in the neighbourhood. It was a nice walk passing by many different places such as temple, bridge, farmland, garden and the beautiful lake.

    Food was great as well. We had lunch at the restaurant but dinner and breakfast in the room. All of them were delicious, with a good variety of seafood, vegetables and tender beef.

    Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
    Thank chandg
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    Reviewed November 4, 2015

    Kamennoi besso is one of the best luxury ryokan in Japan. It is also one of the first ryokan which revitalized Yufuin and made Yufuin famous as in today.

    Its interior and Japanese garden are perfectly beautiful beyond a word can explain. It makes you suddenly forgot that you are in a 21th century. It is like a dream that you were in Japan in Meiji era. The experience is really worth the money that you pay.

    Another great thing is their authentic Japanese cuisine. I had a fantastic 11 courses dinner here. Many exotic dishes that hard to find even in Japan. Sushi of many exotic fishes, very fresh uni, matsuska beef, grilled matsutake mushroom soup, and many more. I also asked the staff to pair sake for me and I got Fukuoka sake which matched perfectly with the cuisine.

    • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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    3  Thank Karn C
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    Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

    A traditional style ryokan but everything in tip top condition. I especially like the cozy sitting areas at the lobby where they serve complimentary plum wine to guests. We had a very nice and spacious western room with twin beds. There's an onsen bath inside the bathroom but I prefer the public open baths at the ryokan. They provide massage chairs in the changing room. The highlight of our 2-night stay had to be the exquisite dinners (and breakfasts) they served. The kaiseki dinner on the first night was a feast to the eye by itself, everything was artistically presented and tasted so good. The second night we had Shabu Shabu and it was wonderful as well. Last but not least, our serveur was most attentive and friendly (sorry, forgot his name) and handsome too, he looks more like an actor :))
    The only thing we didn't like was the access to the hotel. You have to drive in and out through narrow roads and battle with oncoming cars and endless crowds of tourists- which was really a pain. Nevertheless, Kamenoi Bessou will still be our choice should we visit Yufuin again.

    • Stayed: December 2014
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    Thank TPHK
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    Reviewed August 20, 2013

    Very traditional Japanese Ryokan. Modest and warm service of "ryokan" is very different from that of a "hotel", but this is what I wanted. Yufuin has gotten so touristy and the whole town was full of Korean/Chinese/Taiwanese tourists. But once you enter the Kamenoi entrance, there is this quiet garden with thatched roofs. These roofs/building/garden must be extremely hard to maintain, and I have understood the price to stay at this hotel.
    I have stayed in June but there were some ants crawling in our room. Its some problems that old buildings might have and was not to the point which annoyed me. As for the rooms and facilities, there is a normal bath in your room and also a very small tub in your garden. The water quality was okay but as I prefer sulfur springs and heavy water, it felt a little bit plain. There is one public bath (which I did not try), and was a small coffee lounge/library where you can read books while you listen to the classical musics (coffee was quite nice). Few walks away and you can go to their shop which is open to public.
    Dinner was very traditional and nice, nothing to complain - they made us the rice balls with the left over rice for our late night snacks.

    I have stayed in Murata as well, Murata is more of the modern and comfortable room/service while Kamenoi is more of the traditional Japanese style. Its two different style and hard to compare.

    • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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    2  Thank erika-lux-miller
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