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“Absolutely stunning” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sakoya
Melbourne, Australia
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“Absolutely stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2010

Couldn't get any accomodation in Nara in Cherry Blossom season so tried "Japanese Guesthouses' who found this Ryokan on Yoshino. The building is very old, beautiful and our room was stunning. Huge beautifully furnished (Japanese style) and with the most stunning views of the cherry blossom and mountains. The food was outstanding - meals all inclusive. Our waitress was delightful; she could not speak English but we managed with sign language and laughter. The service was wonderful. Staff have little english apart from Tsu who was very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble and he organised a very complex set of train tickets for us, even going to the station to purchase then for us.
There is both communal and private (indoor and outdoor) natural hot springs.
The accomodation was expensive as tourism has a short season in this beautiful town - but well worth the splurge. Would love to go back.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2009

I wanted to try a ryokan whilst in Japan but was nervous about straying from the comfort of western style hotels where I know how things operate. The trip to Yoshino took us to the very end of the train line deep into the countryside, so we were understandably releived the taxi driver knew the Sakoya (we had printed out the name and address in Japanese) when we arrived as beinng stranded was not part of the plan.
We were immediately struck by the beauty of the area, Yoshino has many world heritage listed sites of historical importance amidst the beautiful mountains. We were told that in April when the cherry blossoms bloom the entire mountain turns pink, the photos looked pretty, if we ever get to return it will be at that time of year. However as it was we had the entire town to ourselves. Walking the thin and winding roads, licking cherry blossum ice cream, looking at local wares and amazed by the temples and shrines we were passing, we were so grateful to be in a quiet shady part of Japan, having just come from Osaka we were pleased to see how different this place was from the city.
The Sakoya Ryokan made us so welcome. We paid what we initially thought was a lot for our stay, now I understand that for what we got the price was in fact very cheap. Our room was a suite, we had a powder room, bathroom, sleeping room and living room. We also had a private baclony overlooking the breathtaking mountains with a Japanese bath on it filled with water pumped from the hot springs.
The price includes breakfast and dinner each day, and this was a major highlight. I chose the western style breafast whilst hubby had the Japanese. We were both very happy and full for the day. The dinner cannot be raved about enough. We had fresh sushi, sushimi, fish from the local river, hotpot, soups, bbq beef, plum wine, sake...you name it, it was there. I don't eat fish myself and even so there was more than enough that I loved, we were never able to finish a meal. It was amazing.
The staff are so very friendly, the area was so extremely beautiful and everything was perfect. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sakoya
Address: 2620 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino-gun, Yoshino-cho 639-3115, Nara Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Nara Prefecture > Yoshino-gun > Yoshino-cho
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Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels / Ryokan in Yoshino-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sakoya 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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