The hot springs in Japan really do offer a wonderful experience. Many foreigners, though, may be a little shy when it comes to the communal type of bathing typical at hot springs. So I would like to introduce a delightful hot spring that an entire family can enjoy in privacy.
The hot spring is at an inn called Ryukeien, which is in Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu — the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. Ryukeien has four hot-spring baths that are designated for private family use. A sign on the door indicates whether the bath is vacant or occupied. Surrounded by trees and with a nearby river, the baths are in a lovely natural setting. It is also possible for visitors not staying at the inn to enjoy bathing in the hot springs.
Ryukeien offers a warm, friendly atmosphere, and it provides a variety of traditional Japanese dishes to enjoy during one’s stay. My family and I had a very pleasant time at Ryukeien, and I would highly recommend it to all families wanting to enjoy the Japanese hot-spring experience.
Name: Debbie Lo
District Airport Office, Taipei
Cabin Service Section
7075-1 Tanohara, Minamioguni-machi,
Airport: Kumamoto Airport
For non-residents, the hot spring is open
8 a.m.–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.
ACCESS: Ryukeien is about 60 minutes by taxi from Kumamoto Airport