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Monday, March 31, 2014



Hitoyoshi is a hot spring resort town and former castle town on the Kumagawa River in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu.

Miura-ya, Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto

As well as hot springs the city is known for boat trips on the Kumagawa, one of the three fastest rivers in Japan, and is also the destination of the Hitoyoshi SL, one of the few remaining steam trains operating in Japan.

Most of the accommodations on offer were a little pricey for my budget, but I was fortunate to find Miura-ya, conveniently located right on the river bank across from the castle ruins and only 200 meters from the boat launching point.

Miura-ya, Kumamoto Prefecture

I had a room in a brand new concrete block with views of the castle. The room was new, with all the usual amenities including en-suite toilet. Bathing was in the onsen in the basement of the older building. Unusually for such an establishment there was a LAN outlet in the room.

Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins, Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan

For the room only I paid 4,300 yen. I didn't have any meals, but they offer a room with 2 meals for 5,500 yen, which seems quite cheap.

17 Itsukamachi
Kumamoto 868-0035
Tel: 0966 23 5060

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