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I Stayed at Amami Onsen Nanten-en, A 101-Year Old Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn)

It was indeed a pleasurable stay at this amazing ryokan.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan

I can’t believe my stay at this place is over and I’m now writing about my unforgettable stay at Amami Onsen Nanten-en in Japan. My experience is so fresh I can still feel the atmosphere and impeccable service that left me feeling spoiled.

How I booked my discounted stay

I was basically planning my trip and researching different hotel options online on Expedia when I stumbled on below worth-a-second-look deal right after typing “cheap hotels near Osaka airport” in the search box.

Expedia_Discounted price per night at Amami Onsen Nanten-en
You’ve got to be kidding me. Source: Expedia

I was literally shocked I didn’t know what to do. I really wanted to experience staying at a Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn) even for just a night although it is extremely expensive (you pay a lot to experience culture and authenticity). Do I buy it right that second? I was only planning to stay at a much cheaper place to save on costs, but. I. really. cannot. miss. on. this. big. one!!! I though it was a too good to be true deal at first, but right after checking on the reviews of the hotel, I couldn’t help but just book the deal before it goes (and hope it’s a real deal).

Expedia_Booking at Amami Onsen Nanten-en
I selected option 2 since you just have to add 8 bucks and you get the breakfast. Price comes with free parking, spa, and internet access. Source: Expedia

I paid a total of USD $72. Total includes USD $8 for the authentic and detail oriented breakfast as I read from the reviews and USD $5 for the local tax.

Expedia_Price increased at Amami Onsen Nanten-en
Whew! Good thing I secured that sweet $59 deal before the price went up! Source: Expedia

My unforgettable stay at Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Anyway, here’s my experience and review of this Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn so ‘magical’ it sounds sugar-coated but it’s true. Once you step inside Amami Onsen Nanten-en, you will experience the culture, ranging from traditional construction and decor to excellent hospitality and service the Japanese are known for.

Surrounded by scenic mountains and lined by a serene river, Nanten-en is in the Osaka prefecture but is far enough from the bustle of the big city, you’ll feel as if you are traveling back in time and isolated from the rest of the world. Unlike in Kyoto where ryokans are next to homes and other establishments, Nanten-en is particularly unique due to its secluded nature. It just takes about 40 minutes and 590 yen to go to Amami station via the Nankai Koya line from the Nankai  station in Namba where the touristy Dotonbori area is. Convenient, eh?

The pretty remote location of Amami Station
To put into perspective, Amami station is far enough to be remotely isolated and surrounded by scenic natural beauty, but is close enough to the big city (Osaka) it is just about 40 minutes away by train. Convenient, eh? | Photo via Google Maps
Amami Station
The magic begins in the lost train station of Amami – just a minute by foot to Amami Onsen Nanten-en. This train station is unlike the crowded train stations of the city – feels so rustic this should be a tourist spot in its own.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en is just a minute’s walk away from Amami station. There are traditional residential houses around the area but the only commercial establishment is the ryokan, so make sure to bring food if you don’t plan on ordering from the hotel – yes, it is accepted by the hotel, meaning no charges, if you bring your own food.

The main building of this ryokan was designed by renowned Japanese architect Dr. Kingo Tatsuno. Completed in 1913 and just turned 101 years old when I stayed there, Nanten-en has already been designated as a National Registered Cultural Asset.

Since I arrived at the station way too early for the check-in time (I arrived at 1:30PM when the check-in time is 3PM), I took time to take pictures of the village and talk to villagers (in sign language & a few Japanese words I learnt) including an old lady preparing dried cucumbers in her garden.

The main entrance of Amami Onsen Nanten-en
The main entrance of Amami Onsen Nanten-en.

An Exceptional Welcome

It’s 2:45PM and the cold comes to my senses so I decided to go right inside the ryokan and just wait for the check-in time inside. My heart was thumping with excitement as I approached the main doors of the ryokan. Another step and the Japanese sliding doors opened swiftly and I was greeted by two ladies wearing their Yukata. They bowed before me which led me to quickly bow respectfully in return as I entered the main room of the ryokan. After changing into slippers, they asked for my name and surprisingly they already know which room I’m supposed to be checked in so they led me straight to my gorgeous room.

My room at Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan
My gorgeous room with a nice view of a relaxing Japanese garden.
My private space at Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan
Inside my gorgeous room.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Foyer before my room
My own private foyer or the room before my room – the tall one draped by a blue cover is a mirror. This is where you fix yourself before heading out.

Service being swift and me experiencing an amazing sensory overload, I wrongly mumbled my already perfected “Arigato Gozaimasu!” as they served tea and a small sweet candy right after I sat down in my room. Turns out, the check in process in a ryokan happens in your room instead of the front desk equivalent in western hotels (and oh, I was checked-in right at that moment at no early check-in charge although I arrived 15 minutes early).

The lady wearing a kimono who checked me in asked if I would like to have dinner which I excitedly replied “Yes” to. I chose the Kaiseki meal (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) which is kinda expensive (JPY5,000) but still affordable enough if you just want to experience being spoiled with luxurious food stuff in your own room. I didn’t expect for the kaiseki to be a hearty meal, as I know kaiseki includes raw and exotic food items – I just wanted the experience. She asked the time I wanted the meal in which I replied “7:30PM kudasai (7:30PM please)”. I remember receiving an email from them a day earlier informing me of their menu.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Tea with candy after check-in
Tea and and a piece of sweet, chalky candy served in my room right after I checked in.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_A selection of tea in my room
A variety of tea served in my room for my drinking pleasure 🙂

Curious as I am, I checked out every inch and detail of my room – from the intricately woven tatami mats to the strategically placed warm lighting to the scrolls in the wall to the stunning view of the garden beautifully framed by the Japanese style window. Ahhh… At last! After a month of waiting, I was finally soaking up that much awaited moment.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en_Minimalist decor inside my room
Minimalist decor inside my room – they really have paid attention to every minute detail.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en_Traditional light fixture in my room
Soft lighting are strategically placed inside the room and all over the ryokan.

The Ryokan Experience

To maintain the minimalist look of the room, I opened the closet to store my backpack and to my surprise, there was a Yukata (Kimono robe) ready for my use. I immediately wore the yukata while following instructions from YouTube (Yes, I’ve rented a pocket Wi-Fi in Japan and yes, the ryokan has complimentary Wi-Fi access). I felt like I was living in the ancient Japanese times whilst sipping from my tea and soaking in the serenity, peace, and quiet.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Free amenities and toiletries
High-quality toiletries and Yukata for my use during my stay as I opened the closet.

After tea and some photo-op of my room and me wearing yukata I decided to try the Onsen (hot spring bath) – which I really needed because I have not slept nor taken a shower for many hours due to my hectic travel schedule. For some modesty, the onsen is separated into male and female quarters. Modesty aside, you are required to strip completely naked. It’s a good thing the male onsen was mine for the rest of my bathing session. While bathing and enjoying the spectacular view, I felt so relaxed and so spoiled that I’m literally experiencing this.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_The breathtaking view from the bath
The onsen has a stunning view of the mountains and the river. Ahhh, it is so relaxing to be dipping in really hot mineral water whilst feeling the cold breeze coming from the outside.

After almost an hour in the Onsen I dressed back in my yukata and went out to explore the surroundings of the ryokan. Ahhh, the stunning scenery! I can hear the gentle streams of the shallow river while looking at the mountains and strolling on the riverside. There weren’t a lot of guests in the garden except for the couple I saw briefly in the foyer. It was so quiet that I kinda felt lonely, but the privilege of being able to experience staying at a ryokan brought me back to my excitement. I realized I had 2 more hours before I needed to be ready in my room for the kaiseki dinner so I did have a lot of time for some sightseeing and picture taking. I also had a chat with Katsutoshi San, the manager of the inn. He spoke very good English so I took the opportunity to ask him questions about the history of the inn.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan
A stunning view of the ryokan backed by majestic mountains.
Sakura Cherry Blossom Flowers
I found sakura cherry blossom flowers at the garden, signaling the start of spring.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en_Temple in the Japanese garden
There are several mini temples found throughout the Japanese garden.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Old wooden bridge crossing the river
Old wooden bridges cross the river at Amami Onsen Nanten-en.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_River beside the Inn
The shallow river gorgeously lined by bamboo trees produces sounds that invoke serenity as you walk through nature.

Dinner Time!

It was already 7:20PM so I headed over to my room to prepare for the kaiseki dinner. A Kaiseki meal comprises a series of meticulously crafted dishes, each delicately arranged to evoke an artistic experience that harmonizes taste, texture, appearance, and colors. Utilizing only fresh seasonal ingredients, the cuisine aims to accentuate their flavors through thoughtful preparation. It frequently incorporates locally sourced elements. The final dishes are thoughtfully plated, selecting vessels that complement both the presentation and the seasonal motif of the meal. Adorned with real leaves, flowers, and edible garnishes resembling natural elements, the dishes are presented with care and attention to detail.

At exactly 7:30PM, there was a knock on the door. My heart went crazy again as I anticipated the approach of my feast. As expected, there was the initial bow of the lady wearing a kimono before heading over to my table to set up my meal.

The meals were aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. One dish even had a cherry blossom/sakura flower in it. I did not like the meal that much (but tried all of them nevertheless) because of the presence of raw and exotic food items. But since I wanted it for the experience, I must say I truly enjoyed this experience and will never forget. There were even two baby squids that seemed raw to me (I think they were just boiled), though I know that that was how they intended it to look like. When you chew the baby squid its gut explodes and a blast of flavours and different, unfamiliar textures run through your mouth. I also had some kind of desserts on sticks that changed in flavour with each bite (from sweet to salty to sour). I must say they’ve put extraordinary time and thought on the menu as each dish was carefully and artfully presented (and tasted expensive).

I think she knocked on the door for 5 more times as the kaiseki experience includes multiple courses. Outstanding service, it really is.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_First Course of Kaiseki Dinner
The first course – much more to come!
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_First Course Kaiseki Dinner
Kaiseki at Amami Onsen Nanten-en is artfully decorated – see the Cherry blossoms/Sakura flower? An oh, do you see the two slimy baby squids over to the right? Sorry by the way for the blur.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Kaiseki Dinner Desserts
These desserts are three of a kind! Well thought of. Each bite brings in a different and interesting flavour. Sorry by the way for the blur.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Almost finished with Kaiseki Dinner
Almost done with the whole set.

Sleeping in a Ryokan

After dinner I went outside for another quick round of sightseeing and chat with Katsutoshi San in the tea room which is a common area by the lobby.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Teapot in the Tea Room

When I came back to my room, the dinner table in the center of my room was already replaced by a futon for sleeping. Their service was so swift it went unnoticed I felt like I was a yukata clad Japanese master who had ninja servants. LOL!

I did another round at the rather empty onsen, organized my itinerary (and JR train routes and transfers) for Tokyo the next day while drinking sake in my room, and went for bed at 1AM.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_My futon bed laid out on the tatami mat
My bed (futon) for the night that the staff had laid out on tatami mat while I was out and about, without having to ask for it – impeccable service, really!

Breakfast and Check-out

Check-out time at this ryokan is at 10AM, but I planned to leave at 9:30AM to catch the early train and arrive in Tokyo the earliest, so I woke up at 8AM to bathe in the onsen for the last time.

Breakfast was served in a communal area with an incredible view of the garden backed by majestic mountains. That was when I realized the ryokan actually had several guests as I hadn’t noticed most of them during my stay. The best part? The breakfast. Need I say more?

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Japanese Breakfast
Artfully prepared delicate tofu, seaweeds, fish, rice, and tamago (eggs). I loved their breakfast.

After breakfast I went to the river for some last serene moment before I head to the hustle n’ bustle of Tokyo (check out my article here if you want tips to get the best accommodation in Tokyo), and then proceeded to check-out. Check-out process was really quick. I just gave them my room key and the payment for the kaiseki dinner and that was it. They accompanied me to the foyer where my shoe was waiting. I did my shoe, and then went out the doors of this fascinating and magical ryokan.

The exquisite service did not end there. As common in Japan, they waited for me to vanish from their views before finally closing their doors.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Shoes waiting for me at check-out
My shoes await for another adventure. Again, as consistent throughout my stay here – they anticipated my needs without me having to ask for it. Amazing attention to detail and impeccable, sincere service is all I can say about this ryokan.

If you wish to contact them, you may do so via below details:

Amami Onsen Nanten-en
158 Amami, Kawachinagano-shi, Osaka, 586-0062, Japan
TEL:0721-68-8081
(International:+81-721-68-8081)
FAX:0721-68-8012
Check-in 15:00p.m.
Check out 10:00a.m.

Do you have any questions about my stay in this ryokan? Feel free to comment down below!

Have any questions, or tips to share? Feel free to comment down below! 🙂

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2 comments

  • Hi! Your review is really helpful. Can I ask you a question?
    I’m going to book this ryokan this July. But still get confusing about a room with meal. If I book a room without breakfast , will I get a dinner too? Or get neither. Just a little bit confuse

    Thanks! :))

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      Hey Nan, thanks for commenting! Wow with you asking I suddenly miss my stay in this ryokan. I’m sure you’re gonna enjoy your stay there!

      The breakfast and the dinner you have to pay for, if it’s not explicitly included in your package. When you book your room, you’ll get to choose which package you want. There are packages which already include breakfast, and there are also packages that include both breakfast and dinner. If your chosen package do not have meals in it, you will have to order separately. Don’t worry, it’s explicitly stated in your package details if it includes meals or not. You can also bring in food and drinks from outside if you want.

      Enjoy your trip! 🙂

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I Stayed at Amami Onsen Nanten-en, A 101-Year Old Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn)

It was indeed a pleasurable stay at this amazing ryokan.

I can’t believe my stay at this place is over and I’m now writing about my unforgettable stay at Amami Onsen Nanten-en in Japan. My experience is so fresh I can still feel the atmosphere and impeccable service that left me feeling spoiled.

How I booked my discounted stay

I was basically planning my trip and researching different hotel options online on Expedia when I stumbled on below worth-a-second-look deal right after typing “cheap hotels near Osaka airport” in the search box.

Expedia_Discounted price per night at Amami Onsen Nanten-en
You’ve got to be kidding me. Source: Expedia

I was literally shocked I didn’t know what to do. I really wanted to experience staying at a Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn) even for just a night although it is extremely expensive (you pay a lot to experience culture and authenticity). Do I buy it right that second? I was only planning to stay at a much cheaper place to save on costs, but. I. really. cannot. miss. on. this. big. one!!! I though it was a too good to be true deal at first, but right after checking on the reviews of the hotel, I couldn’t help but just book the deal before it goes (and hope it’s a real deal).

Expedia_Booking at Amami Onsen Nanten-en
I selected option 2 since you just have to add 8 bucks and you get the breakfast. Price comes with free parking, spa, and internet access. Source: Expedia

I paid a total of USD $72. Total includes USD $8 for the authentic and detail oriented breakfast as I read from the reviews and USD $5 for the local tax.

Expedia_Price increased at Amami Onsen Nanten-en
Whew! Good thing I secured that sweet $59 deal before the price went up! Source: Expedia

My unforgettable stay at Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Anyway, here’s my experience and review of this Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn so ‘magical’ it sounds sugar-coated but it’s true. Once you step inside Amami Onsen Nanten-en, you will experience the culture, ranging from traditional construction and decor to excellent hospitality and service the Japanese are known for.

Surrounded by scenic mountains and lined by a serene river, Nanten-en is in the Osaka prefecture but is far enough from the bustle of the big city, you’ll feel as if you are traveling back in time and isolated from the rest of the world. Unlike in Kyoto where ryokans are next to homes and other establishments, Nanten-en is particularly unique due to its secluded nature. It just takes about 40 minutes and 590 yen to go to Amami station via the Nankai Koya line from the Nankai  station in Namba where the touristy Dotonbori area is. Convenient, eh?

The pretty remote location of Amami Station
To put into perspective, Amami station is far enough to be remotely isolated and surrounded by scenic natural beauty, but is close enough to the big city (Osaka) it is just about 40 minutes away by train. Convenient, eh? | Photo via Google Maps
Amami Station
The magic begins in the lost train station of Amami – just a minute by foot to Amami Onsen Nanten-en. This train station is unlike the crowded train stations of the city – feels so rustic this should be a tourist spot in its own.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en is just a minute’s walk away from Amami station. There are traditional residential houses around the area but the only commercial establishment is the ryokan, so make sure to bring food if you don’t plan on ordering from the hotel – yes, it is accepted by the hotel, meaning no charges, if you bring your own food.

The main building of this ryokan was designed by renowned Japanese architect Dr. Kingo Tatsuno. Completed in 1913 and just turned 101 years old when I stayed there, Nanten-en has already been designated as a National Registered Cultural Asset.

Since I arrived at the station way too early for the check-in time (I arrived at 1:30PM when the check-in time is 3PM), I took time to take pictures of the village and talk to villagers (in sign language & a few Japanese words I learnt) including an old lady preparing dried cucumbers in her garden.

The main entrance of Amami Onsen Nanten-en
The main entrance of Amami Onsen Nanten-en.

An Exceptional Welcome

It’s 2:45PM and the cold comes to my senses so I decided to go right inside the ryokan and just wait for the check-in time inside. My heart was thumping with excitement as I approached the main doors of the ryokan. Another step and the Japanese sliding doors opened swiftly and I was greeted by two ladies wearing their Yukata. They bowed before me which led me to quickly bow respectfully in return as I entered the main room of the ryokan. After changing into slippers, they asked for my name and surprisingly they already know which room I’m supposed to be checked in so they led me straight to my gorgeous room.

My room at Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan
My gorgeous room with a nice view of a relaxing Japanese garden.
My private space at Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan
Inside my gorgeous room.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Foyer before my room
My own private foyer or the room before my room – the tall one draped by a blue cover is a mirror. This is where you fix yourself before heading out.

Service being swift and me experiencing an amazing sensory overload, I wrongly mumbled my already perfected “Arigato Gozaimasu!” as they served tea and a small sweet candy right after I sat down in my room. Turns out, the check in process in a ryokan happens in your room instead of the front desk equivalent in western hotels (and oh, I was checked-in right at that moment at no early check-in charge although I arrived 15 minutes early).

The lady wearing a kimono who checked me in asked if I would like to have dinner which I excitedly replied “Yes” to. I chose the Kaiseki meal (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) which is kinda expensive (JPY5,000) but still affordable enough if you just want to experience being spoiled with luxurious food stuff in your own room. I didn’t expect for the kaiseki to be a hearty meal, as I know kaiseki includes raw and exotic food items – I just wanted the experience. She asked the time I wanted the meal in which I replied “7:30PM kudasai (7:30PM please)”. I remember receiving an email from them a day earlier informing me of their menu.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Tea with candy after check-in
Tea and and a piece of sweet, chalky candy served in my room right after I checked in.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_A selection of tea in my room
A variety of tea served in my room for my drinking pleasure 🙂

Curious as I am, I checked out every inch and detail of my room – from the intricately woven tatami mats to the strategically placed warm lighting to the scrolls in the wall to the stunning view of the garden beautifully framed by the Japanese style window. Ahhh… At last! After a month of waiting, I was finally soaking up that much awaited moment.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en_Minimalist decor inside my room
Minimalist decor inside my room – they really have paid attention to every minute detail.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en_Traditional light fixture in my room
Soft lighting are strategically placed inside the room and all over the ryokan.

The Ryokan Experience

To maintain the minimalist look of the room, I opened the closet to store my backpack and to my surprise, there was a Yukata (Kimono robe) ready for my use. I immediately wore the yukata while following instructions from YouTube (Yes, I’ve rented a pocket Wi-Fi in Japan and yes, the ryokan has complimentary Wi-Fi access). I felt like I was living in the ancient Japanese times whilst sipping from my tea and soaking in the serenity, peace, and quiet.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Free amenities and toiletries
High-quality toiletries and Yukata for my use during my stay as I opened the closet.

After tea and some photo-op of my room and me wearing yukata I decided to try the Onsen (hot spring bath) – which I really needed because I have not slept nor taken a shower for many hours due to my hectic travel schedule. For some modesty, the onsen is separated into male and female quarters. Modesty aside, you are required to strip completely naked. It’s a good thing the male onsen was mine for the rest of my bathing session. While bathing and enjoying the spectacular view, I felt so relaxed and so spoiled that I’m literally experiencing this.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_The breathtaking view from the bath
The onsen has a stunning view of the mountains and the river. Ahhh, it is so relaxing to be dipping in really hot mineral water whilst feeling the cold breeze coming from the outside.

After almost an hour in the Onsen I dressed back in my yukata and went out to explore the surroundings of the ryokan. Ahhh, the stunning scenery! I can hear the gentle streams of the shallow river while looking at the mountains and strolling on the riverside. There weren’t a lot of guests in the garden except for the couple I saw briefly in the foyer. It was so quiet that I kinda felt lonely, but the privilege of being able to experience staying at a ryokan brought me back to my excitement. I realized I had 2 more hours before I needed to be ready in my room for the kaiseki dinner so I did have a lot of time for some sightseeing and picture taking. I also had a chat with Katsutoshi San, the manager of the inn. He spoke very good English so I took the opportunity to ask him questions about the history of the inn.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan
A stunning view of the ryokan backed by majestic mountains.
Sakura Cherry Blossom Flowers
I found sakura cherry blossom flowers at the garden, signaling the start of spring.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en_Temple in the Japanese garden
There are several mini temples found throughout the Japanese garden.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Old wooden bridge crossing the river
Old wooden bridges cross the river at Amami Onsen Nanten-en.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_River beside the Inn
The shallow river gorgeously lined by bamboo trees produces sounds that invoke serenity as you walk through nature.

Dinner Time!

It was already 7:20PM so I headed over to my room to prepare for the kaiseki dinner. A Kaiseki meal comprises a series of meticulously crafted dishes, each delicately arranged to evoke an artistic experience that harmonizes taste, texture, appearance, and colors. Utilizing only fresh seasonal ingredients, the cuisine aims to accentuate their flavors through thoughtful preparation. It frequently incorporates locally sourced elements. The final dishes are thoughtfully plated, selecting vessels that complement both the presentation and the seasonal motif of the meal. Adorned with real leaves, flowers, and edible garnishes resembling natural elements, the dishes are presented with care and attention to detail.

At exactly 7:30PM, there was a knock on the door. My heart went crazy again as I anticipated the approach of my feast. As expected, there was the initial bow of the lady wearing a kimono before heading over to my table to set up my meal.

The meals were aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. One dish even had a cherry blossom/sakura flower in it. I did not like the meal that much (but tried all of them nevertheless) because of the presence of raw and exotic food items. But since I wanted it for the experience, I must say I truly enjoyed this experience and will never forget. There were even two baby squids that seemed raw to me (I think they were just boiled), though I know that that was how they intended it to look like. When you chew the baby squid its gut explodes and a blast of flavours and different, unfamiliar textures run through your mouth. I also had some kind of desserts on sticks that changed in flavour with each bite (from sweet to salty to sour). I must say they’ve put extraordinary time and thought on the menu as each dish was carefully and artfully presented (and tasted expensive).

I think she knocked on the door for 5 more times as the kaiseki experience includes multiple courses. Outstanding service, it really is.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_First Course of Kaiseki Dinner
The first course – much more to come!
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_First Course Kaiseki Dinner
Kaiseki at Amami Onsen Nanten-en is artfully decorated – see the Cherry blossoms/Sakura flower? An oh, do you see the two slimy baby squids over to the right? Sorry by the way for the blur.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Kaiseki Dinner Desserts
These desserts are three of a kind! Well thought of. Each bite brings in a different and interesting flavour. Sorry by the way for the blur.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Almost finished with Kaiseki Dinner
Almost done with the whole set.

Sleeping in a Ryokan

After dinner I went outside for another quick round of sightseeing and chat with Katsutoshi San in the tea room which is a common area by the lobby.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Teapot in the Tea Room

When I came back to my room, the dinner table in the center of my room was already replaced by a futon for sleeping. Their service was so swift it went unnoticed I felt like I was a yukata clad Japanese master who had ninja servants. LOL!

I did another round at the rather empty onsen, organized my itinerary (and JR train routes and transfers) for Tokyo the next day while drinking sake in my room, and went for bed at 1AM.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_My futon bed laid out on the tatami mat
My bed (futon) for the night that the staff had laid out on tatami mat while I was out and about, without having to ask for it – impeccable service, really!

Breakfast and Check-out

Check-out time at this ryokan is at 10AM, but I planned to leave at 9:30AM to catch the early train and arrive in Tokyo the earliest, so I woke up at 8AM to bathe in the onsen for the last time.

Breakfast was served in a communal area with an incredible view of the garden backed by majestic mountains. That was when I realized the ryokan actually had several guests as I hadn’t noticed most of them during my stay. The best part? The breakfast. Need I say more?

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Japanese Breakfast
Artfully prepared delicate tofu, seaweeds, fish, rice, and tamago (eggs). I loved their breakfast.

After breakfast I went to the river for some last serene moment before I head to the hustle n’ bustle of Tokyo (check out my article here if you want tips to get the best accommodation in Tokyo), and then proceeded to check-out. Check-out process was really quick. I just gave them my room key and the payment for the kaiseki dinner and that was it. They accompanied me to the foyer where my shoe was waiting. I did my shoe, and then went out the doors of this fascinating and magical ryokan.

The exquisite service did not end there. As common in Japan, they waited for me to vanish from their views before finally closing their doors.

Amami Onsen Nanten-en Ryokan_Shoes waiting for me at check-out
My shoes await for another adventure. Again, as consistent throughout my stay here – they anticipated my needs without me having to ask for it. Amazing attention to detail and impeccable, sincere service is all I can say about this ryokan.

If you wish to contact them, you may do so via below details:

Amami Onsen Nanten-en
158 Amami, Kawachinagano-shi, Osaka, 586-0062, Japan
TEL:0721-68-8081
(International:+81-721-68-8081)
FAX:0721-68-8012
Check-in 15:00p.m.
Check out 10:00a.m.

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2 comments

  • Hi! Your review is really helpful. Can I ask you a question?
    I’m going to book this ryokan this July. But still get confusing about a room with meal. If I book a room without breakfast , will I get a dinner too? Or get neither. Just a little bit confuse

    Thanks! :))

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      Hey Nan, thanks for commenting! Wow with you asking I suddenly miss my stay in this ryokan. I’m sure you’re gonna enjoy your stay there!

      The breakfast and the dinner you have to pay for, if it’s not explicitly included in your package. When you book your room, you’ll get to choose which package you want. There are packages which already include breakfast, and there are also packages that include both breakfast and dinner. If your chosen package do not have meals in it, you will have to order separately. Don’t worry, it’s explicitly stated in your package details if it includes meals or not. You can also bring in food and drinks from outside if you want.

      Enjoy your trip! 🙂

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