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Reviewed 21 January 2015

I've been a number of times (and have tried other places at a similar level throughout Japan).
Kayoutei beats them all. The food is superb (and plentiful!), the baths are hot and relaxing, the facility is lovely -- and quiet!. The staff are unfailingly friendly.
There are restaurants in the nearby town only a few minutes walk if you are so inclined.
I come away rested and refreshed each time.

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled solo
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Thank david g
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Reviewed 11 December 2014

This hotel is located along quite a secluded place far from civilization and convenience stores. Luckily Japanese GPSs are really accurate.

This is quite a quaint little hotel with only 47 rooms. It is a traditional ryokan style with dinner and breakfast served in-room. The rooms are large and clean tatami style rooms each with a view of the river running just behind. From our balcony you can see the steam rising from the onsen located in the basement level. There is a beautiful outdoor onsen overlooking the river, something not to be missed.

This hotel is not the most modern or the most updated, but service staff were excellent and as was the food. I cannot agree with the reviewer who stated that the food was not good.
Dinner was a sumptuous 12 course affair and we had trouble getting up after eating dinner. It was certainly one of the best ryokan meals that we have ever had. The sashimi was sweet and fresh, the nabe was excellent and soup was delicious. Breakfast in the room was excellent as well.

The Onsen is really good, with natural mineral spring water, it make you skin feel smooth and not dry at all. It was so good we went again in the morning to see the view of the onsen by the river!

A very good onsen hotel indeed!

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank DrChristophe
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stayed here for one night, 10 mins drive from Kagoshima..

Pros:

- Great breakfast and dinner
- Clean room
- Nice service
- Great onsen view

Cons:
- No restuarants and convenient store nearby, must choose to eat in hotel

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Anthony_Chow
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

Kayoutei was THE WORST out of all the onsen ryokans / hotels I've stayed in Japan. I just couldn't believe how this place can stay in business. The food (kaiseki dinner and breakfast) here was really disappointing. A bento box from a conbini (convinience store) is probably tastier and fresher than their food. It was just insultingly bad with low quality ingredients. My guests and I couldn't eat more than a bite.
Hotel interior was terrible - (disgusting hallway carpets with stains, room wallpapers falling apart, really beat-up elevator & carpet, room mosquito screens with dead bugs hanging, room toilet tank with old stains, room bathroom without a working fan, old and cheap looking brown fabric sofa on the tatami floor..just completely distastefully done old interiors..and no wifi in the room).
The hotel was like a Showa style ghost house - no other guests except us and a couple of other people.
They charged us about $200 per person. We thought it was a Complete rip-off!! This place was more expensive than Sanga Ryokan, Seikai Hotel, Takanosho Ryokan?!?! I would say this hotel is a two-three star hotel with terrible food.. It was our big big mistake to stay there.
I will never stay there again and will not recommend this place to anyone.

During our Kyushu trip, we also stayed at Seikai Hotel in Beppu, Yoyokaku in Karatsu, Sanga in Kurokawa, Takanosho in Aso, and Ishiharaso in Kirishima. All of them were superb and I highly recommend them.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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11  Thank JapanMuse
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  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled with friends
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