Yama No Chaya
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- Yama No ChayaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4First to ReviewJan 05, 2014
To have a ryokan experience and relax in hot springs in the middle of our 2-week trip to Japan, we stayed for one night at Yama No Chaya (in room called Tsukimidai B) and loved it. We had a private tub on a covered balcony (with an opening into a garden), plus ryokan has 3 more shared pools (men and women take turns using those pools). Our little tub was enough for us - we used it a few times before and after dinner and in the morning. The water is hot but just the right temperature. It feels really good. Another part of staying at a ryokan is to have a multi-course dinner served in your room - the dinner takes about 2 hours. We were somewhat concerned about what kind of food we'll get (we intentionally didn't mention any food restrictions when we made our reservation). But everything worked out just fine and we enjoyed our dinner. It was a visual pleasure as well, as the dishes are served in nice interesting plates and containers. We were sitting at a sunken table in our kimonos (or to be precise, in our yakatas, which are casual kimonos), and our assistant Sava would bring a course at a time and leave the room while we ate. (She would explain the dishes to us. She speaks some English - studied it at a university in Japan and spent a semester in Michigan and Australia). There is a small fridge in the room with beer and other drinks. You can also order drinks with your dinner. The room is a traditional Japanese room, with bare walls, tatami mats covering the floor (our room had 10 tatami mats - that's how they identify the size of the room). There was a little alcove on one side and it had a nice wall covering and a little table with pretty ikebana. We also had a separate (small) sitting area, plus a little balcony where you can sit also. The room overlooks a garden and a steep mountain further up. After dinner we plunged into a tub again, while they converted our room into sleeping quarters (the sunken table was gone, and the middle of the room had futon matrasses on the floor, with pillows filled with grain on one side, and fluffy comforters. We slept like babies and felt much rested. In the morning we spent some time in the tub and then had breakfast served in the room (breakfast was short, it only took 45 minutes). Again, a beautifully arranged set of dishes was brought up, but all at once. There were rice and steamed vegetables, raw fish, chicken and lots of other things that you don’t normally have for breakfast. It was pretty good again and definitely fun. The checkout is at 10am.
Getting there: you will likely come there by train. Don’t attempt to walk there and look for it yourself – it would be pretty impossible (unless you know Japanese – maybe then it’s OK). Ask at the station about a bus going there, then ask the bus driver where you should get off. Or take a taxi.