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Nogamihonkan Ryokan
Ranked #11 of 138 Hotels / Ryokan in Beppu
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

Upon arrival dismayed to discover that the hotel/ryokan is quite a bit older than expected, with more than a few uneven floors and 'old smokey' smell.

We were initially put into a smoking room, despite requesting otherwise, which was rectified soonafter, however the floors are not separated into smoking/non-smoking, so there was the occasional bad smoking odour even in our room.

The private bathroom attached to our room had no hot water for the shower, we had to get help from the staff to even get the bath running hot water, which it did only after 5 minutes running cold.

The onsen/family bath was fantastic, worth visiting even if not staying at the hotel.

The western breakfast was quite good, and quite large.

We had dinner one of the nights, but were put in the less-attractive breakfast area, which was largely dissappointing. This was a bit of a mystery to us, as the nicer dining areas were not full, and we were sitting at a basic table setting on vinyl floor as opposed to sitting on tatami would have been far more enjoyable.

The room was spacious, with some decent views of the nearby mountains. The service was great, with hot water for tea with a locally made sweet to accompany on a daily basis. All of the little old maids are very nice and always willing to help where they can.

The hotel was close to full during our stay, and the noise from the other guests sometimes caused disturbances.

If you can deal with a few rough edges, and except this place for what it is, you will have a nice time. If you are looking for a prestine ryokan experience, you will have to spend a few more dollars.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hayley s
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Torrance, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

My son and I stayed here and it was great! The staff was friendly, helpful and the front desk was always manned. We liked it so much; we spent a second night here. With three private baths available (06:00 – 24:00), there was no problem in reserving one

Although it is located within a short walking from the JR Beppu Station, we took a taxi (700 JPY) when we first arrived. I plan on staying here again on my next trip to Beppu. Starbucks and 7/11 is just around the corner.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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3 Thank Hansode_Ojisan
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Pulau Ubin, Singapore
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34 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

Even though my family and I read the review of this place, we went ahead to book 2 rooms because my relative had previously stayed here and recommeded it.
It was not that easy to find the Ryokan, but I believe another reviewer gave pretty good directions that we were able to follow.
Unfortunately, the wear and tear of the many years it has been around, probably is catching up and the place can definitely do with some refurbishment.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank G0dL0vesU
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

Property is a basic ryokan located in downtown Beppu. Only 12 minutes to train station and 8 minutes to long distance bus stop and ticket office on foot. The famous Takezawara where sand bath is available is couple minutes on foot. We opted for room only without meals.

Some travelers have shared concerns that this property is located in a red light district. Rest assure that the entertainment districts are very safe in Japan. We noticed quite a few young people and families staying at this ryokan.

If you are experiecing ryokan and/or onsen for the first time, or if budget is a concern, than this ryokan is a good choice. If you are looking for a better experience, than would highly recommend traveling another 23 kms (18 miles) to the west and stay at Yufuin Onsen.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelbug96825
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Mairena del Aljarafe (Sevilla)
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

This ryokan has charm and a great Japanese atmosphere, but it also needs a good refurbishment. There are three public baths (onsens) that can be reserved for an hour for your personal use. They are OK. At night you can here noise from the street, so sometimes it is difficult to sleep. You can choose between Japanese or Western breakfast. For the Western breakfast, you cannot choose the things you want, so you have to take bacon and eggs, bread, a glass of juice, a glass of milk and corn soup. The staff is very nice.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vonNeumann
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2011

Beppu at first glance feels like a japanese version of a British seaside town, cheesy music played on the street, smell of the sea, amusement arcades and an old laid back town compared to the high tech, high rise buildings in the
The ryokan was easy to find using lonely planet we took a right off the main road opposite the shopping centre. It has a very seventies decor throughout, almost kitsch but nonetheless clean and tidy. All the staff were friendly and we got by with their broken English and gracious smiles.
My fiancé and I got a double room with ensuite and it was huge.
Having never stayed before in the ryokan we did find the whole process of coming back to the room finding our beds pulled out of the
cupboard and made up by some pixies a little startling. And again when you left during the day the pixies magically put your bed away. Okay maybe no pixies but it was a
new strange experience. Also the 'pixies' left a jug of iced water and cups on the table at nighttime which was a nice touch.
We tried both the Japanese and western breakfast which were both
very filling. Neither of us finished.
The onsen alone is worth staying in here as you can hire for free your private onsen for 50 mins a time. Most public onsen only allow single sex bathing so this is a rare opportunity as a couple to relax together. Also, yukata is supplied.
Other point to note is that there is a red light district and we spotted a strip of clubs from our window but that was the extent of the intrusion. You don't really notice it otherwise.
If there is one unique feature of Beppu and what we will always remember and laugh- the cheesy street music, we tried looking for the speakers.....turned out it was coming from the drains. Check it out, it's not mentioned in any of the guidebooks.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Snugglywuggly
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Helsinki, Finland
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

Just the beautiful, private onsens would be reason to go back there. Their wooden semi-open air onsen was maybe the best we tried during our round trip in Japan. Real Japanese experience, which you can share with your loved one - the thing you appreciate most for so many hotel onsens are only for public use.

Good value ryokan, not new, not so spotless, but clean enough to have comfortable stay in this lovely onsen town. Not a hotel, but Japanese style ryokan, so be ready to sleep on futon and wear yukata (Japanese bath robe) at breakfast and when going to onsen. Manager speaks fluent English and can give good advises on day trips and nearby restaurants. Just few hundred meters off the main street and in the middle of Japanese eateries.

Very centrally located and easy to find, so don't believe other reviewers who claim otherwise. Just walk down the main street from JR train station and solely once turn to right. All you have to do is pick the right road, can't be so difficult? I also disagree with others who are saying that Nogamihonkan is far from Hells and outdoor onsens: well this ryokan is located in central Beppu like all the other good value ryokans and hotels; Hells are in Kannawa area, where you can get easily by bus (from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on bus you choose, day passes available). I recommend staying in Beppu, which is charmant little city with funny "redlight district" (as other reviewers call it, nothing to be scared of) and small restaurants. The atmosphere is Beppu is very laid-back. I wouldn't even recommend the "Hells", it's a tourist trap, but the nature onsens are definitely worth trying (and hiking), for example in Myoban area you'll find serious treats among those "hidden baths".

I would be happy to go there again. Nogamihonkan's wooden onsen is among the things I miss the most from Japan.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BadIdeaPolarBears
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Property: Nogamihonkan Ryokan
Address: 1-12-1 Kitahama, Beppu 874-0920, Oita Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Oita Prefecture > Beppu > Beppu Station , Beppu Onsen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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#3 Best Value Hotel in Beppu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nogamihonkan Ryokan 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nogamihonkan Ryokan, the typical Japanese style inn ( Ryokan ) with natural hot spring (ONSEN) were established in 1938. We welcome foreign visiters to enjoy ONSEN and impressive experience of Japanese culture. We locate at the downtown Beppu, only 10min walk from Beppu station. There are many restaurants and shops around us, so visiters can enjoy various local foods and shopping. ... more   less 
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