Best hotels and hostels in Kyūshū

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Karatsu

    Yōyōkaku

    In a word: gorgeous. Also: rambling and minimalist, with 100-year-old woodwork, a pine garden and Karatsu-yaki pottery for your in-room seafood meals. Koi swim lazily in the immaculate 200-year-old garden. This property is a real getaway, yet it's less-than-10-minutes' walk from the castle. Even if you can't stay here, visit the on-site gallery of Nakazato family pottery.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fukuoka

    With the Style

    It's anyone's guess what the name means, but 'style' is indeed the byword at this sleek designer hotel. You could easily imagine yourself poolside in Hollywood around the fountain courtyard. Each of the 16 rooms exude rock-star cool, all include breakfast, minibar and welcome drinks, and guests can reserve complimentary private use of the rooftop spa or penthouse bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ibusuki

    Hakusuikan

    Visiting dignitaries might stay in the sumptuous, 40-room Rikyū wing, but those of more modest means can splurge on the less expensive of Hakusuikan's 164 rooms. The opulent onsen/ rotemburo /sand baths are worth the stay by themselves. There's a choice of Japanese or Italian meals; the Fenice Italian restaurant is as tasty as it is attractive.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kurokawa Onsen

    Sanga Ryokan

    Deep in the gorge, this romantic riverside ryokan is worth the 1.5km trip from the town centre for peace and pampering. Seven atmospheric common baths (in stone, cypress and more), 16 deluxe rooms (some with private onsen), exquisite kaiseki meals, attention to detail, heartfelt service and English-speaking staff make this a prime place to experience Japanese hospitality.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Beppu

    Yanagi-ya

    In a former Meiji-period curative spa, this intimate, dark-wood ryokan makes great use of Beppu's healing waters. Rooms (some with beds, others with futons; some with private facilities) are heated with onsen steam, and meals (Japanese or Italian) are cooked in onsen water (lunch ¥1400 to ¥2700, dinner from ¥5000); try cooking your own if you like.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yufuin

    Yufu-no-Oyado Hotaru

    This lovely, family-run traditional ryokan is nestled among cypress and bamboo. A variety of onsen make it a lovely spot for dippers, and one of the owners speaks excellent English. It's about ¥1200 by taxi from the Yufuin Station area.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Beppu

    Beppu Hotel Umine

    In-room onsen with water views, gorgeous common baths, savvy contemporary design, excellent restaurants and oodles of personal service make this Beppu's top stay. Rates are expensive but include snacks in the library lounge.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Shimabara

    Hotel Nampūrō

    This cheerful, busy resort is the place to stay, especially with kids in tow. English-speaking staff are welcoming, and there's a large family-friendly play area for young children, a pool (summer only), inflatable toys, and even a pen with goats and rabbits. For onsen bathers, multiple rotemburo (outdoor baths; day-use permitted) offer stunning sea views, especially at sunrise.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Aoshima

    Minshuku Misakisō

    Gracious and friendly, this modern minshuku is a one-stop shop: a place to stay, a (guests-only) bar, a lunchtime cafe and a surf-rental outlet (boards from ¥3000; cafe and rental closed Wednesday). Rooms are mainly Japanese style, with one Western option. All are clean and very convenient for surfers or sunbathers: just cross the street and you're at the beach.

  • Lodging in Unzen

    Unzen Sky Hotel

    The lobby is ageing, but the 53 well-maintained rooms (mostly Japanese style, with private facilities) are a great deal. The rotemburo (outdoor bath) is in an attractive garden, and the boat-shaped indoor bath is the largest in Unzen. Families will appreciate the baby seats for the bath. Day-use bathing (¥800/700 with/without towel) is also fine.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kirishima-Kinkō-wan National Park

    Ebino-Kōgen Sō

    This friendly onsen hotel boasts some excellent facilities, including mountain-view rooms (mostly Japanese style), coin laundry, and English-speaking staff. The lovely rotemburo (¥520) is open to the public from 11.30am to 8pm, and there's a family-style bath deep in the forest (¥1030 per hour). The location, near Ebino-kōgen village, is superb and the restaurant makes tasty meals.

  • Lodging in Aoshima

    ANA Holiday Inn Resort Miyazaki

    This shiny white, semi-cylindrical, beachfront tower with glass elevators has ocean-view rooms and onsen above the treetops (day use ¥1050). Low-season rates are surprisingly reasonable for the quality; peak-season prices can rise by ¥5000 or more. There's a large fountain and pool (open mid-July to August), a gym, multiple restaurants, and some children's attractions; the beach couldn't be closer.

  • Lodging in Miyazaki

    Miyazaki Kankō Hotel

    This towering hotel has two buildings: the west wing, and the more recently remodelled east wing (with room prices ¥2000 to ¥3000 more per person). Even if the decor in the public spaces is a little frilly and dated, rooms are relatively spacious, there are several fine restaurants, and there's an onsen with rotemburo (day use ¥1000).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Takachiho

    Solest Takachiho Hotel

    Crisp, comfy and contemporary, this stylish new hotel sits behind a black-box facade. Most of its 68 rooms are Western style (twin-bed rooms are significantly larger than doubles and have separate bathing and toilet areas), and all have rain showers and decent-size bathtubs.

  • Lodging in Fukuoka

    Dormy Inn Premium

    Its rates aren't the cheapest in town and its rooms are pretty cramped, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The Dormy Inn has a natural onsen (hot spring) in addition to in-room showers, and rates include nightly bowls of ramen. Plus, the location next to Canal City is hard to beat. Prices rise substantially at weekends.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fukuoka

    WeBase Hakata

    The 3m-tall sculpture of a cat in a diving suit standing guard outside is your first clue that this place is not like the others. Spanking-new, 164-bed, nine-storey WeBase pays tribute to Hakata's shipping history with clever nautical motifs throughout, and it calls the minimalist private rooms 'cabins'. The up-to-date bunk beds have built-in reading lamps and electrical outlets.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yufuin

    Makiba-no-ie

    There's atmosphere aplenty in these dozen thatched-roof huts with Japanese rooms, sink and toilet surrounding a beautiful rotemburo. The antique-filled, garden-view restaurant offers jidori (local chicken) and Bungō-gyū teishoku (local-beef set meals) from ¥1600. Lunch, by reservation only, includes bath admission. Otherwise, visitors can use the rotemburo (¥600, until 5pm daily) and the eight family (private) baths (from ¥1800).

  • Lodging in Ibusuki

    Ryokan Ginshō

    The exquisite 2nd- and 9th-floor rotemburo of this upmarket beachfront ryokan have expansive views and a lovely relaxation garden. There's a broad range of rates depending on room facilities and view (ocean-facing rooms are pricier). For meals, there's an onsen vent right in your dinner table, for genteel servers to cook Satsuma-age (deep-fried fish cake) before your eyes.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nagasaki

    Sakamoto-ya

    This magnificent old-school ryokan has been in business since 1894. Offering shippoku-ryōri (Nagasaki-style kaiseki) and personalised service, Sakamoto-ya has just 11 rooms, each with a hinoki-buro (cypress bath). Hallways are lined with Arita-yaki pottery and there are postage-stamp-size gardens off 1st-floor rooms. From Goto-machi tram stop, walk past S-Peria Hotel and turn left; it's diagonally across from the TV tower.

  • Lodging in Kagoshima

    Green Guest House

    Clean and compact, this five-storey hostel is very convenient to the ferry docks, which is useful if you're planning a trip to Sakurajima. Separate-gender dorms and private rooms are available. Check out the views of Sakurajima from the roof deck. Some English is spoken at the front desk, and all important signage is in English and Japanese.