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“ideally located japanese style ryokan with onsen” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Onsen Hotel Nakahara Besso

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Onsen Hotel Nakahara Besso
Ranked #22 of 80 Hotels / Ryokan in Kagoshima
Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“ideally located japanese style ryokan with onsen”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2010

This one is recommended in the 2009 edition of the Michelin Green guide. We stayed in a Japanese style room (tatamis & futons). Minor problems are that there is no Internet access in the rooms the only possibility is with your laptop to use the Lan cable of their single internet station in the lobby, which worked in practice, also on the last day I finished my breakfast (Japanese style - excellent) when finally they brought my wife's "European" style breakfast (20 minutes wait). Location is great about 10 minutes away from JR Kagoshima Chuo using Electric Street cars and just west of a buzzing shopping district with an endless choice of restaurants. Ferry to sakurajima volcano is about a 15 minutes walk. The very active volcano produces ashes and dust blanketing the town, very impressive. We enjoyed our stay and would return to this ryokan.

  • Stayed August 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2010

I read the previous reviews of this hotel before booking our trip to Kyushu and took a chance, and was not disappointed. I booked online and requested a Japanese style room. After leaving Beppu my wife and I arrived at the Kagoshima Chuo train station then caught the street car to Tenmonkandori Station stop A short strole through the Tenmonkandori shopping mall heading towards Terukuni Shrine we found the hotel directly across a small city park. The friendly staff greeted us and directed us to our spacious tatami room on the 7th floor overlooking the park. The staff speaks limited English, so our very limited basic Japanese came in handy with a lot of smiles and bowing. My wife and I wanted to immediately explore the neighborhood, so we walked to Terukuni Shrine one block away and paid our respects and offerred our gratitudes for our safe arrival and enjoyable tour. We found the immediate neighborhood full of historical sites, statues, and museums honoring the city's past heroes and history. After finding a local ramen shop for dinner in the mall we headed back to the hotel to experience their onsen. The onsen is located just past the lobby front desk with separate rooms for males and females. It isn't big, but just right for a relaxing and very hot soaking with indoor and ourdoor pools. We stayed for two nights and would stay here again when we return to Kagoshima. The hotel's location is within a short distance to the Sakurakima Ferry Pier via streetcar. We've traveled all over Japan and stayed in all kinds of hotels from small to very large. This is a great bargain and just perfect for independent travelers on a budget.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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150 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2009

I stayed a total of three nights, before and after my visit to the Island of Yakushima. This hotel is a seven story, major size hotel, but is a family operation. The Japanese style rooms were unusually spacious and the dining service was first rate. Out of my travels in Japan and United States, the Nakahara ( the family name ) wins first prize for the best hospitality. The owner's son, who is one of the managers, personally drove me to the ferry terminal and rail station! While I would not describe the decor as lavish, what was striking about the public areas of the hotel was the beautiful displays of pottery in the lobby and hallways.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
    • 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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Additional Information about Onsen Hotel Nakahara Besso

Property: Onsen Hotel Nakahara Besso
Address: 15-19 Terukunicho, Kagoshima 892-0841, Kagoshima Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kagoshima Prefecture > Kagoshima > Furusato Onsen
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Kagoshima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Onsen Hotel Nakahara Besso 3.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
onsen hotel(non smorking hotel) big public bath(natural hot spring) outdoor public bath guest room (both Japanese style and bed style) free wi-fi parking 30 cars access very convinient ... more   less 
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