Between the two population centers of Makurazaki to the west and Ibusuki in the east, the southern coast of Kagoshima has few accommodation options.
There are a few resort type hotels, but they were outside of my price range, so I was happy to discover Imayoshi-so. It's located in the village of Ei, 20km from Makurazaki , 21km from Ibusuki, and 8km north of Kaimondake, the biggest "attraction" in the area, so perfectly placed for a night's stay as I walked the coast.
Imayoshi-so was a fairly standard minshuku, with large tatami rooms, TV, kettle & green tea etc. They have a large banquet room so are a good option for groups. Wifi was also available but the strength of the signal varies by room. I was the only guest the night I stayed so it was a little eerie.
There is a small restaurant/dining room on the ground floor, but I stayed sudomari, without meals, and paid 4,500 yen for the night. Imayoshi-so is located a few hundred meters from Nishiei station on the JR Ibusuki Makurazaki Line, the southernmost rail line in Japan.
1425 Eichokori, Minamikyushu, Kagoshima 891-0701
Tel: 0993 36 0062
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