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Experience Japanese time travel.
Traditional scenery of the Japanese countryside

At the southernmost tip of Kyushu, Wasure no Sato Gajoen is tucked away in Myoken Onsen, a quiet hot springs town in Kagoshima prefecture.
Our small inn, consisting of 10 guest rooms, will provide you with the perfect place to escape from the everyday and the ordinary, allowing you to relax both your mind and body. We hope that after unwinding at our rustic estate, you will return home with memories of a pleasant stay with us. We at Gajoen humbly await your arrival and look forward to providing you with warm hospitality.

Identity

Guest room with Open-Air Onsen

We were the first hot springs inn to offer rooms furnished with a private open-air onsen.

Special Living Room with Onsen

Furthermore, our pursuit of the most comfortable bathing experience in ofuro (traditional Japanese-style baths) culminated with the creation of our "Ofuro Living Room".


Preserving architectural heritage: relocated traditional Japanese houses

Our thatched-roof cottages were built in the traditional style and carefully relocated and arranged as separate private rooms.

Stone carved basins

Single slabs of stone were brought to the estate and diligently carved to create the stone basins for our onsens.


Fresh organic vegetables from our garden

Cared for with love, the vegetables in our garden are grown in small quantities without the use of pesticides using organic farming techniques.

Our chicken farm

Our Satsuma chickens are raised with care in a farm surrounded by the richness of nature. We feed them only organic, pesticide-free feed to ensure their good health.

Sharing the local culture of the Satsuma region

We offer a unique look at the traditional culture of the Satsuma region through our traditional guest rooms.

Nestled among the various establishments dotting the area running along the Amorigawa river, Wasure no Sato maintains an aura of traditional Japan as if it were a small hamlet tucked far away in the mountains. There's a lot of traditional Japanese culture to soak in just by taking a stroll around our estate, such as the rustic thatched roofs of the cottages, and mother hens with their chicks ambling in a single file across stone pathways. We also have a few places that will provide food and beverages for you, so please feel free to visit them.

Cafe/Lunch/Library

Salon FUBOSHA

Book Salon & Cafe with Wi-fi access Our Book Salon & Cafe is a public space where you can read books, listen to music and relax. At lunchtime it turns into a cafe where we offer delicious meals and drinks.

Hearth Hut

In the evenings we offer Kappo-zakke, a traditional type of alcohol that is warmed in a stalk of bamboo placed over a fire. Cherish the one-in-a-lifetime experience of sitting around the fireplace and enjoying the night while sipping on this unique drink.

Spa Wellness

Public Onsen /Private Onsen

Private
onsen
provided at
No charge

Our public onsen "Tate-yu" and our private onsen "Utase-yu / Ramune-yu" are situated along the Amorigawa river. Outside of the hours of 12 PM to 3 PM, during which it is open to the public, "Tate-yu" can also be reserved as a private onsen. We own personal access to three geothermal wells that each have a different temperature. We combine them to regulate the temperature of our baths, so you can fully enjoy a soak in the perfect "fresh and rich water."

Reflexology

Hours of Operation

15:00~23:00

※Last admission is at 19:00.

Our Spa is located alongside the Amorigawa river. Let the soothing melody of trickling water and the wind rustling through the trees relax you into a moment of blissful tranquility.

Our 10 guest rooms were reconstructed from a relocated traditional-style Japanese house and arranged as separate cottages.
8 of these guest rooms are each furnished with an onsen with naturally sourced 100% pure hot spring water.

Standard Room

Our standard rooms are situated along the Amorigawa river.
※These rooms do not have an onsen, however, they are situated very close to the "Tate-yu" and "Utase/Ramune-yu" private onsen."

Guest room with Open-Air Onsen

Our hot springs inn was the first to offer private open-air onsen!!
Our open-air onsens are located on a wide wooden terrace facing the Amorigawa river. Relax here as you are soothed by the gentle sound of water flowing over river stones nearby and the naturally occurring negative ions lingering in the air.

Special Living Room with Onsen

We remodeled the space that was previously the guest room open-air onsen, turning it into an "Ofuro Living Room". With the addition of a roof and walls to the onsen floor, the space has been artistically transformed into a living room. Finally, we installed heated floors using the natural heat of the onsen. Additionally, we have furnished the room with a bed and sofa next to the onsen basin fed by 100% pure hot spring water so that, even in the showery weather of the rainy season or on the coldest winter day, you may fully enjoy your stay here regardless of the weather. "Wasure no Sato Gajoen" would like to offer you the chance to fully let go of all worries while soaking in the private open-air onsen, while reading a book, listening to music or even taking a peaceful nap. Here, you can spend your time in the comfort of your guest room relaxing to your heart's content.

Atype:Standard Room

「みず」MIZU

Our standard rooms are situated along the Amorigawa river.
These rooms do not have an onsen, however, they are situated very close to the "Tate-yu" and "Utase/Ramune-yu" private onsen.

【Floor Plan】
Japanese-style room (area: 8 tatami mats) + Toilet
(capacity 3people)


「ひかり」HIKARI

Our standard rooms are situated along the Amorigawa river.
These rooms do not have an onsen, however, they are situated very close to the "Tate-yu" and "Utase/Ramune-yu" private onsen.
※"Hikari" is a 4-person capacity guest room. Please call us for further inquiries.

【Floor Plan】
Japanese-style room (area: 12 tatami mats) + Toilet
(capacity 4~6people)

Btype:Guest rooms with a detached Onsen Living Room

「けやき」KEYAKI

Guest room furnished with a detached Special Living Room with Onsen. This is a terraced room connected with our "Sakura" guest room.
This room also offers a charcoal hearth that is built into a recessed space in the floor. During the winter, we outfit the table in the Japanese-style room with a heater and a thick blanket that skirts the edge of the table to keep you warm.

【Floor Plan】
Wooden flooring + Japanese-style room (area: 6 tatami mats) + Toilet + Terrace + Special Living Room with Onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 3people)


「さくら」SAKURA

"Guest room furnished with a detached Special Living Room with Onsen. This is a terraced room connected with our "Keyaki" guest room.
This room also offers a traditional sunken hearth is built into the floor.
During the winter, we outfit the table in the Japanese-style room with a heater and a thick blanket that skirts the edge of the table to keep you warm.

【Floor Plan】
Wooden flooring + Japanese-style room (area: 6 tatami mats) + Toilet + Special Living Room with Onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 3people)


「もみじ」MOMIJI

This is a guest room with a detached Ofuro Living Room.
It possesses 2 Japanese-style rooms and the room in the front has a Japanese-style charcoal brazier.
During the winter season, the table located in the back room is outfitted with a heater and a thick blanket skirting the edge of the table so you can keep warm.

【Floor Plan】
Japanese-style room (2area: 4 tatami mats+ 6 tatami mats) + Toilet + Special Living Room with Onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 3people)


「べに」BENI

This is a guest room with a detached Ofuro Living Room.
This room also offers a traditional sunken hearth is built into the floor.
During the winter, we outfit the table in the Japanese-style room with a heater and a thick blanket that skirts the edge of the table to keep you warm.

【Floor Plan】
Wooden flooring + Japanese-style room (area: 6 tatami mats) + Toilet + Special Living Room with Onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 3people)

Ctype:Detached Open-Air Onsen

「そら」SORA

This guest room is furnished with an open-air onsen and faces the Amorigawa river.
This annex is surrounded by nature and is situated close to the main building as well as the public onsen.

【Floor Plan】
Japanese-style room (2area: 6 tatami mats+ 6 tatami mats) + Toilet + Terrace + Open-air onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 3~5people)


「くさ」KUSA

This guest room is furnished with an open-air onsen and faces the Amorigawa river.
This annex is surrounded by nature and is situated close to the main building as well as the public onsen.

【Floor Plan】
Japanese-style room (2area: 4 tatami mats+ 8 tatami mats) + Toilet + Terrace + Open-air onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 3people)

Dtype:Special room with a detached Open-Air Onsen

「風」KAZE

This was first the guest room ever to have a private open-air onsen in Japan!!
This guest room has 2 connected rooms and features a spacious area with an open-air onsen and a couch on a wide wooden terrace facing the Amorigawa river.
Feel your troubles drift away as you slip into serenity while you listen to the soothing sounds of the nearby river.

【Floor Plan】
Japanese-style room (2area: 6 tatami mats+ 4.5 tatami mats) + Toilet + Terrace + Open-air onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 4people)

Etype:Premium room with an Onsen Living Room

Etype.お風呂リビング付離れ特別室

「椿」TSUBAKI

This duplex style guest house is tucked away in a secluded area at the back our estate and offers a Special Living Room with Onsen.
During the evenings, you can sit around the dining table outfitted with a hearth for extra warmth and share a wonderful meal with your friends and loved ones.

【Floor Plan】
1F/During room
2F/Japanese-style room (2area: 6 tatami mats+ 6 tatami mats) + Toilet + Special Living Room with Onsen (Onsen filled with 100% pure hot spring water with a carved rock basin and bathing area)
(capacity 6people)

Private Onsen

Public Onsen /Private Onsen
"TAKERU-YU"

Private
onsen
provided at
No charge

Our public onsen, "Tate-yu", is located along the Amorigawa river.
※Outside of the hours open for public use (from 12 PM to 3 PM), we accept reservations to use "Tate-yu" as a private onsen at anytime, day or night.

Private Carbon Dioxide Onsen
"RAMUNE-YU"

Private
onsen
provided at
No charge

Our private onsen, "Ramune-yu" is located along the Amorigawa river.
The hot spring water of this onsen is sourced from a geothermal well that has been naturally producing fresh water since long ago.
※There is no bathing area to shower, so please wash your hair and body in your room's bathroom or at "Tate-yu" before entering the private onsen.
※You can hang the reserved sign ("貸切利用中" or "Currently Under Private Use") on the door and enter at your own convenience.
※This onsen closes at 12 AM (midnight,) but please feel free to come for a soak early the next morning.

Meals

Homegrown, pesticide-free ingredients
harvested right here.

Our chickens and vegetables from our privately owned farm and onsite garden are bursting with energy and are cared for with love. We hope to provide you with a healthy dining experience so that you may treat your body well from the inside out.
We strive to serve you meals that are prepared using the freshest local ingredients.

Dinner

Soul food of the Satsuma region

1."Home-brewed "Umeshu" (plum liquor)
2.Assortment of local chicken sashimi
3.Seasonal vegetable platter
4.Salt-roasted sweetfish
5.Grilled vegetables served with a rich miso glaze
6.Braised local Berkshire pork belly
7."Dago-jiru", hearty dumpling soup
8.Tempura-style handpicked wild greens
9.Traditional "soba" buckwheat noodles
10.Steamed seasoned sticky rice with mountain vegetables and sesame miso soup
11."Mizugashi", a chilled jelly dessert
(Example Evening Menu for June)

Room-service meals

Your dinner will be brought to your room so that you may savor your meal at your own leisure.

Breakfast

Healthy breakfast that will make your body happy

You will start off your mornings at Gajoen waking up to the wafting aroma of freshly cooked rice trailing from the firewood stove in our kitchen.
Our breakfast is freshly made from vegetables harvested from our garden in the morning so you can taste the flavor of their freshness. We will prepare your egg and grilled fish dishes according to your tastes and preferred cooking style.
Our nutritious miso soup is full of homegrown vegetables and naturally contains essential vitamins and minerals you need to kick start your morning.
※We are currently offering a morning meal service to those who are not guests at our inn. Please place your reservation for breakfast by the previous day.

Ichou-no-ma

Breakfast is served in the Gingko Room "Ichou-no-ma" which is located right next to our kitchen.

Lunch

Our "Fubousha" cafe's breakfast menu featuring a chicken rice bowl set, a chilled salad ramen set and a hand-cut soba buckwheat noodle set recently received high reviews. We are offering a set package for 3,500 yen (excluding tax) that includes breakfast and admission to "Tate-yu". You are also able to order only the meal. Please feel free to inquire about these services.

Saigo-Don Set
2500 JPY

Our chicken rice bowl contains tender meat and eggs from healthy chickens raised on our chicken farm here at Gajoen. It also contains a heaping serving of vegetables. Homemade "Yomogi-dango" (sweet mugwort dumplings) and coffee are also included.

Ryoma-San Set
2500 JPY

Our soba noodles are made from buckwheat grown in Kirishima and cut freshly everyday. Our soup broth is flavored with natural dried sweetfish, which yields a truly delectable taste. Homemade "Yomogi-dango" (sweet mugwort dumplings) and coffee are also included.

Oryo-San Set
2500 JPY

The seasonal vegetables we use to make our salad ramen are harvested by hand from our vegetable field named "Tenku-no-Mori", meaning "Ethereal Forest". Homemade "Yomogi-dango" (sweet mugwort dumplings) and coffee are also included.

Salon FUBOSHA

Book Salon & Cafe with Wi-fi access
Our Book Salon & Cafe is a public space where you can read books, listen to music and relax. At lunchtime it turns into a cafe where we offer delicious meals and drinks.
In the evenings we offer Kappo-zakke, a traditional type of alcohol that is warmed in a stalk of bamboo placed over a fire. Cherish the one-in-a-lifetime experience of sitting around the fireplace and enjoying the night while sipping on this unique drink.

Inukai-no-taki waterfall

1.7km away from Gajoen lies the Inukai-no-taki waterfall, which translates to the "Waterfall of the Hunting Dog Breeder". (Height: 36 meters, Width: 22 meters)
Ryoma Sakamoto, a prominent figure in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate, visited this waterfall with his bride during his honeymoon, which is considered to be the first honeymoon in Japan. In a letter addressed to his older sister he referred to this waterfall as "Inken waterfall" (meaning, waterfall viewed in the shadows) expressing his profound admiration for the place by writing, "Truly, this is a rare place possessing unbridled otherworldly beauty". On days with good weather, you can see Mt. Takachiho-no-mine in the background.

Kumaso-no-ana

The area that is now known as the city of Kokubu had once been home to an ancient settlement of the So tribe. Practicing slash-and-burn agricultural techniques, the So people lived quiet lives in a region surrounded by steep mountains. However, they succumbed to defeat in a battle during the Yamato's efforts to expand their sphere of control. Ancient literary works such as the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki referred to the So people as the "Kumaso" (written with the characters for "bear" and "attack") because they possessed bear-like viciousness and bravery. This name is also recorded in the legend in which Yamato Takeru assassinates the last of the Kumaso leaders at a banquet by sneaking into the enemy's den disguised as a maidservant. Also, there are some people who claim that this cave is the actual spot where that happened. In February 1990, an artist by the name of Sadayuki Hagihara, a native of Kagoshima prefecture, decorated the walls and ceiling with shapes of snakes, stars and the moon swirling in vortexes using water-based paints. His art has been lauded as modern art that comes to life with the heartbeat of Japan's ancient people.


"Kirishima City Tourism Division"

Wake Shrine

This shrine honors Kiyomaro Wake, who moved to Kagoshima during the Nara period. Though stone-carved guardian dog statues typically guard the front of Japanese shines, at Wake Shrine it is wild boars that serve as the shrine's sacred guardians. It is said that the god who is enshrined here watches over children and grants blessings such as recovery from mobility issues, safe childbirth and scholarly aptitude. The Wisteria Festival is held here every spring.


"Kirishima City General Tourism Information Desk"
(Tel: Extension 2611~2613)

Shiobitashi Onsen Ryoma Park

The special properties of the hot springs water at Shiobitashi was said to heal sword and axe-inflicted injuries. As such, from the Edo period up until the Meiji period, this area became a popular place to visit for curing sickness and injury. It was said that Ryoma Sakamoto, who was suffering from a grievous would, stayed here with his wife for a long time waiting to recover. Currently, there are no facilities that offer lodging and this area has turned into a park. There are onsen facilities as well as a foot bath area.


"Shiobitashi Onsen Ryoma Park"

Kirishima Shrine

Ninigi-no-mikoto, the main character of the Japanese creation myth, resides in an ancient shrine located in the foothills of the sacred mountain, Mt. Tachiho-no-mine. Ryoma Sakamoto and his wife paid their respects to him at this shrine and gazed up at the giant sacred cedar tree on the shrine grounds.


"Kirishima Shrine"

Ame-no-sakahoko

When Ninigi-no-mikoto descended from the heavens, he wielded the sacred halberd called "Ame-no-sakahoko" which he used to pacify the land. He then impaled the weapon upside-down in the summit of Mt. Tachiho-no-mine (1573 meters) so that it may never be used again. The current halberd is merely a replica, however, it is said that when Ryoma Sakamoto visited with his wife, he removed it from its resting place at the summit and a comical episode ensued.

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General Information

In/Out 14:00/12:00
Style of accommodation Japanese
Toilets Western style & Toilet with shower
Meals available Evening meal & breakfast
Number of rooms 10 rooms
Capacity 30 people
Smoking/Non-smoking Smoking
English speaking ability Yes

Accommodation facilities & more details

Internet access Wi-Fi
Internet connection charges Free
Pets Allowed No
Onsen hot springs on accommodation Yes

Charges

Room Type Capacity Charge
Atype Standard Room 2~3people or 2~6people 28,230 JPY
Btype Living Room with Onsen 2~3people 36.870 JPY
Ctype Room with Open-Air Onsen 2~3people or 3~5people 36.870 JPY
Dtype Room with Open-Air Onsen 2~4people 40,110 JPY
Etype Living Room with Onsen 2~6people 62,790 JPY
Service & tax
included Service charge and tax(consumption tax 8% & bathing tax 150 yen). Price of 1 adult
※ New Year, Obon ,seasonal periods such as the GW may be subjected to a different price.
Most common charge style Room with breakfast included (per person)
Room with evening meal and breakfast included (per person)
Child primary school children:20,000 JPY
3years old~preschool children:13,000 JPY
Cancellation 7 to 1 day prior to arrival: 50%
On the day of arrival and No-Show: 100%
Payment Cash, Credit Card(VISA / MASTER / JCB / AMEX / DINERS / UC / DC)

Contact

Name of accommodation Wasure no sato GAJOEN
Area Myoken Onsen Kagoshima pref. JAPAN
Address 4230, Makizonocho Shukukubota, Kirishima-shi, Kagoshima, 899-6507, Japan

Kagoshima Prefecture Mizobe of climate
( Temperature and precipitation )

Mizobe annual average temperature : 15.9 ℃
annual precipitation : 2490.6 mm
statistics period : 1995-2010

PRIVATE RESORTTenku no Mori

"Tenku no Mori," the sister annex of "Gajoen," is dotted with 5 villas in an area 13 times as big as the Tokyo Dome. All of the individual villas in this ultimate resort offer superb views for guests to enjoy, along with open-air onsen using 100% natural fresh hot spring water.

Wasure no Sato Gajoen is a member of the Relais & Chateaux

"Relais & Chateaux" is a membership system born in France in 1954 for world-class hotels and restaurants. From its establishment, Relais & Chateaux has a members policy, and only accepts hotels and restaurants which have cleared their strict standards, represented by the "5 Cs." These "5 Cs" stand for "Courtesy" (heartfelt hospitality), "Charm" (a sophisticated and charming space), "Character" (characteristic and original style), "Calm" (a place where guests can unwind and relax), and "Cuisine" (high quality cuisine.) Hotels and restaurants must meet the criteria for these 5 elements in order to be recognized as genuine.