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Located in the heart of Hita city in Oita prefecture, Hita Ryokan Sanyokan offers you the traditional ryokan experience with views of the Mikuma River. In addition, this ryokan also has hot springs (onsen) and a special offer for a dinner cruise along this river. It is ideally located on the shoreside. Read on to hear about my complete experience in this luxury ryokan!
The Hotel Sanyokan Hina-no-Sato
Ryokan Sanyokan Hina-no-Sato is a few minutes walk from the Mikuma River and 10 minutes from JR Hita Station. The hotel is really spacious boasting 44 rooms. The ground floor has a terrace that lets you enjoy the scenery of the Mikuma River. Perfect for exploring the city!
The room I had was very large. With low furniture and traditional futon bedding on a tatami floor. I was also able to enjoy the exceptional view of the river from this room! Before my dinner cruise, I enjoyed relaxing in the room while admiring the view! All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV and a toilet. On the other hand, there was no private bathroom in my room, but I was able to bathe in the common baths which also overlooked the river!
The ryokan has private baths in some of the rooms and of course there are public baths separated by gender which have a magnificent view of the river. There is always a front room for undressing, equipped with wicker baskets for guests to leave their belongings in. After undressing, head into the washroom and sit on the stool, wash with soap, rinse well with the hand shower and then go to the hot tub, in these bathes the water was 44 ° C, hot enough to relax and enjoy the view !
Dinner Cruise at Hita
Finally it was dinner time! We waited at the bottom of the hotel at a specific time. Then we took a Japanese boat named Yakatabune. Mikuma River is very peaceful and calm. Here, it often gets very hot in the summer, so taking a cruise is the ideal way to get away from the heat, and to freshen up.
The traditional boat, Yakatabune is about 10 meters long, and its weighs is about 1 ton. As soon as you arrive, you have to take off your shoes because the inside is covered with tatami. The ryokan offers traditional cuisine with locally produced products such as grilled beef steak … delicious! Everything was very good. In addition to Wagyu beef, there are a plenty of delicious meals: miso soup, pickles, rice, sashimi, grilled ayu river fish, steamed pork … The cruise was a wonderful experience, and we were very lucky to enjoy the sunset viewing boat ride that evening!
Around the end of dinner (Note: this is a limited chance only from May to October), we were able to watch the cormorant fishing. Fishermen let cormorants dive underwater to catch fish. Cormorant fishing is a 400-year-old tradition here. This practice was recorded as an intangible cultural property of Oita Prefecture.
Dinner (when there are no dinner cruises) and breakfast will be served in a large room equipped with several small cubicles. The cubicles allow a bit of privacy as if you were in a restaurant. Breakfast is served as a buffet. A multitude of Japanese and Western dishes are available!
Useful Information : Ryokan Sanyokan Hina-no-Sato
Official website: here
Make a reservation: here
For dinner cruise service, you can contact the ryokan directly :from here
Original article by : Estelle
Translated by: Aika Ikeda