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Stay in a luxury Ryokan and vegetarian meal in Yufuin


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In Japan, there are traditional Japanese inns,  so-called ryokan. They offer us a gorgeous experience to spend a beautiful night as well as onsen (hot springs bath), rotemburo (open-air bath) and traditional rooms. Follow the guide to discover a luxury ryokan and enjoy a vegetarian meal in Yufuin.

Ryokan Tanokura

Entrance hall

Ryokan Tanokura (由布の料理宿 旅亭 田乃倉) in Yufuin shows us an extended hospitality with a well designed entrance hall as you enter, making me feel a warm atmosphere.

Lobby of Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

A ryokan

A staff will guide you to your room while explaining how the onsen bath is for public use. There are many onsens, but you can not get into all of them. The entrance is separated by gender, in other words, you only need to remember two kanjis: 男 and 女. The first indicates that it is for men, while the second is for women. This is to avoid making mistakes. But if you really have a doubt, red is about women and blue is equal to men. Closing hours of onsen is from 1 am to 5 am.

Onsen of Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Upon request, a shuttle service is available to use for free, picking you up and taking you back to the station.

Bedroom

The habits and customs

A room consists of several small rooms. In order to explore them, you must take off your shoes and leave your shoes in the room entrance.

In Japan, there are shoes for each rooms and here it is no exception to the rule. You have them for your bathroom, the toilet and outside. But be aware that you have to walk barefoot on tatami floors!

Bathroom

The bathroom has all the necessary amenities: hairdryer, razor, shampoo, and towels, etc.

If you want to take a bath, you have to wash your body in advance as the bath in Japan is a symbol of relaxation to be shared.

Bathroom in Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

The main room

The room is large with true Japanese style with its sliding paper doors and all-wood decoration. Decorated as simple as possible, they are nonetheless very refined and elegant.

Spacious room in Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

There is a traditional Japanese table as well as a futon to sleep in. And you can watch TV while drinking Japanese tea or any other drink.

Coffee table and futon in one of Tanokura ryokan rooms in Yufuin, Oita prefecture, Japan

The exterior

There is a rotemburo, which is a private onsen outside in small garden. Same as before, you have to take a shower before going inside. Also you must not put your head under water either.

Private Rotenburo at Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

After entering the water, you will enjoy its warmth and its benefits for your skin and body.

Onsen at Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

The relaxation area

The room also offers a relaxation area with a small table and two chairs. In the evening at dusk, take a moment of reading or writing while drinking tea and listening to the sound of water and birds.

Relaxation area at Tanokura Ryokan in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Finally, the ryokan offers you a yukata which is light summer kimono, so you can wear at any time.

In Short

This charming accommodation in the heart of Yufuin offers an idyllic setting for all the attractions to spend the perfect stay. There are different onsens where you can soak in hot baths as many times as you want. You can have a great sleep in a spacious and relaxing room which offers all the amenities. And if the onsen was not enough, or you need more privacy, you can enjoy a private rotemburo. A haven of peace and relaxation, Tanokura Ryokan is the perfect place to stay in Yufuin.

Vegetarian meal at Restraunt Yunotake-an

After taking a hot spring bath, it’s time to go eat. Restaurant Yunotake-an (湯の岳庵) is located near Lake Kirin and only a few steps away from Tanokura Ryokan. This restaurant offers not only a great meal course (Kaiseki ryori), but also a vegetarian meal.

Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

A staff takes me to a coffee table or a higher table.

A table set at Yunotake-an restaurant in Yufuin, Oita prefecture, Japan

The entrance

Greeted warmly by a smiling and friendly staff, the meal starts with a fig and its sauce. A tasty mixture brings an explosion of flavor in the mouth thanks to its sauce.

Entering a vegetarian meal at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

 Entering a vegetarian meal at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan
Followed by mushrooms which are grilled on the fire with a kick of kabosu that brings a fresh bitterness.
 Entering a vegetarian meal at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan
After mushrooms,  corn, potatoes and peppers are served. The set goes very well.
 Entering a vegetarian meal at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan
Then grilled peanuts are served, which is hot and juicy inside. Cooked by simple to produce their own taste.

The dishes

Once the entry is over, I am curious to discover what next awaits me, that is a sansai nabe. This dish is a true delight for me. Once again, it’s a very nice surprise.

Sansai Nabe at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Vegetable Tempura at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan
Fruit and vegetables tempura with salt to sprinkle on it.

But that’s not over yet. As a Japanese meal without rice is a rather rare thing, and rice of course has its place in this meal. It comes with tsukemono and miso soup with tofu. A real treat!

Rice, Vegetables and Miso Soup at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Dessert

Finally, the dessert consists of a pudding with its caramel and cold coffee sauce.

Dessert at Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Green tea served at Yunotake-an restaurant in Yufuin, Oita prefecture, Japan
Meanwhile, hot tea is served before the meal ends.

After this delicious meal, nothing better than going to walk beside Lake Kirin so that you can digest. Taking adventure around there is such a great idea.

Kirin Lake steps away from Yunotake-an Restaurant in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture, Japan

In short

This restaurant near Ryokan Tanokura, will meet all your expectations and those of your taste buds. Quality food is served by friendly staffs. Cooked as it should, these are highlighted and bring their share of surprises in the mouth. It was a real treat for both my eyes and mouth. Having dinner in a beautiful setting, almost two hours have passed without seeing the time so much that meal I hypnotized by its quality.

Useful links to stay in Yufuin

Yufuin onsen

Ryokan Tanokura

Restraunt Yunotake-an and Ryokan Kamenoi besso

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