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Reviewed 5 January 2014

I had stayed in many places in Japan over last couple of years, some of them cheap, some disappointing, but Sumire was possibly the worst of them all. Yes, it looks very fancy on the photos.Yes, it serves local food Shimonoseki is famous for. But it's terrible. Let me explain.

I am sure this place used to be grand about 40 years ago - but since then not a single thing was fixed or upgraded. It is totally neglected. Yellowed paper tearing off the dirty walls. Yellow water in the taps! Cheap, incredibly ugly carpet (!) on the tatami in our room. Our bathroom was out of service. The smell of mold was terrible. Unappealing views and area. The food looked and tasted good, but eating it when you are surrounded by dirty walls in a smelly room is unappealing, plus some of the plates were not clean. You need to trust the place to enjoy raw fish and blowfish...

Now, the price. It cost us a whooping $200 for two people. For similar price in Kyoto, you can stay in a beautiful, clean, old ryokan and enjoy fabulous food in soul-calming surroundings. So save yourself money, sleep in a cheap hotel and visit Shimonoseki fish market for incredibly fresh and cheap sashimi and sushi.

At the very end I want to add that staff in Sumire was exceptional. I have never met such warm and genuinely kind hosts. They are like a beacon of light shining in this sad place.

Date of stay: June 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2017
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Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 July 2016
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Reviewed 7 June 2015
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Date of stay: May 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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