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Oyasukyo Onsen: Experience the Authentic Ryokan


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Hidden in the heart of the mountains of the Yuzawa region, there are many small onsen villages to relax in: welcome to Oyasukyo Onsen. Take time to immerse yourself in this special culture and become familiarized with the ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. A ryokan’s hospitality and a great care for travelers are superb. Come and stay at this unique accommodation, Motoyu Kurabu, which is a part of Oyasukyo Onsen.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

 

Onsen Surrounded by Nature

It is true that Oyasukyo Onsen is a remote place hidden in deep mountains. Visitors comes here to relax and connect with nature (if in Japan, we never really lose it though). Many accommodations will offer you a unique and a traditional bath experience. I was fortunate to stay at Motoyu Kurabu which is one of the most luxurious ryokan in the area. This ryokan would deserve some stars if it was located in France. The outdoor onsen offers you a beautiful mountain view covered with snow. The hot springs are not mixed, but if you want to share it with your family, several suites have private onsen. Unfortunately, it was snowing a little when I visited, but the landscape masked in thick fog also added some charm.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Motoyu Club
Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Arrival under a shower of snowflakes!
Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Private onsen in the suite Doutan

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Japanese Traditional Architecture

Motoyu Kurabu represents the quintessence of Japanese architecture, combined with the comfort of the 21st century. At the entrance, you put your shoes in a heated space (I really appreciated this detailed care because it was extremely cold). The ryokan staff was always welcoming and caring while I walked along a long corridor to mu room on the soft tatami. Upon arriving at your room you will be absolutely awestruck. First of all, it is the scent of sweet wood witch fills the room. Then, notice all the slender and minimalist architectures. If you book a suite, you will have the joy of having access to your own private onsen, to relax and keep your privacy. Also, you can put on a yukata after your bath to wrap you comfort. Upstairs (yes, the suites have a separate bedroom!), Comfortable futons are waiting for you to spend the night. Motoyu Kurabu provides access to free WiFi, as well as all bath accessories (towels, beauty products, toothbrush …).

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Motoyu Club’s map.
Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
In the traditional suite room.
Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
comfortable Futon on the floor.
Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Reading corner.
Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
And always, superb ceramics…

Try Local Gastronomy

If you don’t try a kaiseki ryori in Japan, you will miss a great culinary experience. Why ? Because having the honor of eating a kaiseki dinner means enjoying an exceptional meal made with local ingredients with unparalleled freshness. Many people will admire the fine presentation of these beautiful dishes. Your mouth will appreciate a tasty meal cooked by the talented chefs. A kaiseki is the aesthetic and harmonious alliance of tastes, textures, appearance and colors; It’s an art rather than merely cooking. No one offers better cuisine than Motoyu Kurabu. A succession of fifteen small dishes will allow you to discover the flavors of the region. In addition a nice selection of local sake and shochu (Japanese spirits) can accompany your meal. The private dinner space will avoid any disturbances.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Kaiseki meal.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Inaniwa Udon.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

In the morning, forget the coffee and the brioche to taste the traditional Japanese breakfast, Japanese breakfast is famous for keeping you healthy for a long time. For Westerners, the experience is not always easy to wake up to, but tastefully, it is delicious. If you are brave enough, try nattô ( fermented soy beans) in their miso soup.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
Traditional breakfast!

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.

Oyasukyo Onsen in Yuzawa to Experience the Authentic Ryokan, Akita prefecture, Tohoku, Japan.
… and desserts.

How to Get There?

Oyasukyo Onsen is a remote area. I recommend that you rent a car or take a bus from Yuzawa Station. The bus doesn’t run very often, but you can get there without problems. The route of Ugo Kotsu Bus takes about one hour and costs 1,120 yen from the front of Yuzawa Station Tourist Office to Oyasukyo Onsen or Motoyu Onsen.

Tip! This is something peculiar of Japan: we take a numbered ticket when we get on a bus, and we pay the driver at the exit. You can use 1,000 yen bill or coins to pay for. Take the opportunity to discover the charms of the area, and local crafts by stopping at the Yuzawa Arts & Crafts Museum.

Snow outside JR Yuzawa Station
Yuzawa Station.

Snowfall in Yuzawa

Bus stop at Motoyu Onsen
The bus stop “Motoyu Onsen”.

Regarding fares, consider between 11,000 to 17,000 yen per person to stay at Motoyu Kurabu. This price includes sleeping, onsen, kaiseki dinner and breakfast.

    
Name Motoyu Kurabu
Category Ryokan
Address 100-1 Yumoto Minase, Yuzawa 012-0183, Akita Prefecture
Access
100-1 Yumoto Minase, Yuzawa 012-0183, Akita Prefecture
Opening Hours Check-in 16:00 / Check-out 10:00
Price Range 11.000 yen -
Payment options Both