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« Thread started on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 02:33am »

There aren't many reviews out there of the lodgings along the pilgrimage, so I thought I'd put together a list of places I've stayed at so far. I've stopped earlier than planned today due to my ankle acting up and rain, so I have the time and energy tongue All are paid inns or hotels, all found in the guidebook.

You'll notice that I stayed in a few different places in Tokushima City. That's because I stayed there multiple times to rest due to inflamed knees. There are also big spaces in lodgings in Kochi Prefecture because I took some buses and trains to save time (also due to said injuries I sustained, resulting in lack of time and physical limitations).

Please note, though, that these are purely my own experiences and personal opinions. Opinions will, of course, vary. I have noted prices where I remember them, but I didn't really write any down. Sorry about that.

I will modify this post as I go and stay at different places.

1. Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae (Tokushima City; Business Hotel)
An average business hotel, though my bed was rock hard and not comfortable. Complimentary hot breakfast, but I didn't have time to try it. Coin laundry available.

2. Minshuku Kotobuki Shokudou (Between T5 and T6)
Simple minshuku with a very warm, friendly family. They served up a big hot pot for dinner and a delicious breakfast the next morning. Their daughter even carried up a big stove to my room to ensure I was warm despite the physical exertion of carrying it up the stairs. They gave me a large handkerchief with a map of the Shikoku pilgrimage on it as ossetai.

3. Ryokan Sakura (Yoshinogawa City, near T11)
Nice place that even allowed me to stay a 2nd night due to my knees being too bad to take on the hike to T12 (without meals, though, for the 2nd day; I think it was because there were no other guests, either because there were none or they were closed that day and allowed me to stay out of pity/sympathy). One hour of free Wifi offered. One of their younger staff spoke a bit of English. The old man who sent me off on the day I left gave me onigiri, a can of cold green tea, medicated pain patches (for my knees), and a lovely handwritten note as osettai.

4. Hotel Clement Tokushima (Tokushima City)
A step up from the usual business hotels without being overly expensive. It's also right at the train station, which is convenient. Nice place and comfortable, though nothing stand out. The staff at the front desk usually speak a bit of basic English. There is a restaurant on site, but I didn't eat there, preferring to explore the myriad of restaurants around the train station. Hotel offers laundry service, but is kind of pricey. They had a laundry line in my room's bathroom, so I did a bit of sink laundry and hung them to try using the line.

5. Sudachi-kan (Kamiyama Town, near T12)
Simple accommodations but very warm hosts who are obviously very dedicated to the pilgrimage and henro. The son speaks good English and helped me and another foreign henro make reservations at the next minshuku. Meals are eaten family-style, with everyone huddled around a table, chatting over dinner/breakfast. 4000yen, which includes huge delicious meals and a trip to the local onsen (they will drive you there and back). I paid only 3500yen because I was not able to partake of the onsen (woman problems). However, the other foreign henro told me the onsen was fantastic, especially after the hike to T12. They gave us onigiri, an orange (or whatever citrus fruit it was), and candy as osettai. Laundry available. They do have a dog, if that matters to anyone (I.e. Allergies).

6. Minshuku Myozai (right beside T13)
Nothing particularly stand out, though not in a bad way. The meals were fantastic, and dinner even included sashimi and the most delicious tempura I've ever eaten. Laundry available. The rest of the facilities were fine. Each henro received a small bottle of liquid to massage into sore muscles as osettai.

7. Business Hotel Astria (Tokushima City)
Fairly minimal business hotel but the front desk staff were warm and cheerful. There is a restaurant on their main floor, but I didn't try it. If I remember right, it was 5100yen for the night. No meals, of course.

-- At this point, after somehow hobbling to T19 and staying the night in Tokushima City, I relocated to Kyoto to rest for several days, then returned to Shikoku to give the pilgrimage another go. --

8. Kaneko-ya (Katsuura Town, just before T20)
Stayed here after returning from Kyoto. Basic minshuku. Owner spoke a few words of English. Only one bath room, so men and women have to take turns (although, female henro are rare enough, so they probably don't have to segregate very often, haha). However, the bath is huge and was wonderful to soak in. Meals were notably smaller than most other minshuku and ryokan I've stayed in. They were a good size for me, but I've noticed I have a smaller appetite than most.

9. Michinoyado Sowaka (at the base of T21 ropeway)
Nice facilities with a huge public onsen. Coin laundry available. Meals were good, but the dining room is big so everyone sort of sits separate. Staff were nice but a bit distant. Wifi available but I couldn't get it to work when I was there. They have some sitting areas and lots of manga to read if you can read Japanese tongue

10. White Beach Hotel (Kannoura)
I took the train from T22 to T23, then continued taking the train to its terminus, Kannoura. This hotel is right on the beach. It's run down but it was fine and the beds were comfortable. Complimentary breakfast in their on-site restaurant was offered, but it didn't start until 7 am, so I skipped it in favour of starting earlier to get further. No convenience stores nearby, but the front desk staff did point out three nearby restaurants.

11. Hotel Nahari (Nahari Town, between T26 and T27)
Another old, somewhat run down hotel. However, the front desk staff were very friendly and cheerful. I saw plenty of families staying there. Restaurant on-site. They offer a continental breakfast (onigiri and bread/toast with butter and jams, and of course, tea, coffee, and/or juice) for an additional 360yen (I think?), or a full traditional Japanese breakfast for 1000yen. They have a ofuro available, but I was too tired to go in and try it. Coin laundry available. Not sure if they have an elevator, if that matters to any of you. Also, their walls are extremely thin and sound travels through them like air, so noise can be an issue, depending on who your neighbours are (mine kept hitting snooze for an hour first thing in the morning while I had a migraine).

12. Yuan (Konan City, near T28)
A really nice, small Western-style minshuku (if you can imagine that). The owners are incredibly warm and enthusiastic, and they served up what I consider the best meals I've had so far this pilgrimage (which is really saying something). Meals were eaten in a small dining room (table only sat 4, so I suspect that' the max number of guests they can have at a time), so it encourages henro to chat with each other. Western-style bed was very comfortable. When finding it, look out for the bright yellow house. 6700yen.

13. Kochi Youth Hostel (Kochi City)
It's off the main henro trail, but is right near Engyojiguchi Station on the JR Dosan Line. I stayed here mostly because I had stayed here before on a previous trip to Japan and enjoyed it that much. The owners speak pretty good English and are very warm, friendly, and helpful. The place is huge and features lots of natural wood. Meals available on request for an additional price. I've never tried them (I prefer to head to Hirome Market to eat Kochi's specialty, katsuo no tataki) but I've been told their meals are very good. My single room was 3000yen/night (I stayed for 2 nights because I just like Kochi that much). Laundry available (pay for it at the front desk). Both showers and ofuro available. Wifi and computer available on the 1st floor (Kondo-San, the owner, says if you're lucky, you can get it on the 2nd floor, too, but not always). Complimentary green, black, and cold tea (help yourself). Kondo-San used to work for a sake brewing company, and offers a sake-tasting course for a small fee (reserve in advance). English website: http://www.kyh-sakenokuni.com/english.html

14. Business Inn Tosa (Tosa City; listed as BH Tosa in the guidebook)
Basic business hotel with everything you'd expect. The lady who checked me in was friendly and when she realized I couldn't read the instructions for opening the door and turning on the lights (kanji is difficult!), she came up to my room with me and showed me herself. The lady who took my reservation over the phone also took care to speak nice and clearly for me, too (my Japanese is minimal, so if someone speaks fast or with a thick accent, I struggle). 5400yen for the night. Bakery/Cafe right next door, and a Family Mart and post office nearby, too. Check out isn't until 10am and the hotel is on the henro trail between T35 and T36, so because I didn't make it to Temple 35 today (achy ankle + rain + dirt paths and slopes), I plan to get to the temple first thing in the morning, then return to the hotel to check out and pick up my backpack, then head to Temple 36.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 04:21am »

on Mar 23rd, 2017, 02:33am, kotoko wrote:
3. Ryokan Sakura (Yoshinogawa City, near T11)


Good to know since I'll be staying there myself after yoshino ryokan was fully booked!


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4. Hotel Clement Tokushima (Tokushima City)


Oh look! Another place I will be staying. Didn't get answers to any place near T1 except for one that said it's on holiday on sunday so ended up there. Good to hear it's not good enough.


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5. Sudachi-kan (Kamiyama Town, near T12)


Thanks for this! I'm staying there as well and had been wondering what kind of lodging is there on middle of mountain cheesy Seems it's furnished enough to have beddings for customers? Ie no sleeping bag needed? If so good enough and rest sounds very good as well.

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They do have a dog, if that matters to anyone (I.e. Allergies).


Oh yes! This matters a lot! In a positive way cheesy I love dogs! Hopefully the dog is playful one that likes to play around as I love playing with dogs(and kids...Wonder if that's related?).

Thanks for the tips. I'll check if others as well how they fit to my plans.

edit: Hotel nahari is on my plans so I might stay there. Yuan I would LOVE to stay just for curiosity of western style but alas I really need to push further from that to get enough time to visit Kochi castle if plans hold up.

Others would require significant changes to plans so less likely I use them.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 06:05am »

I'm glad my post has managed to give insight to at least one fellow henro!

Just a note on Hotel Nahari that I somehow forgot: the walls are paper thin, like wow. It was to the point that the person in the room next to mine had their alarm go off (and they kept hitting snooze...argh!) and I almost thought it was *my* alarm. I actually checked all my devices just to make sure. At one point, around dinner time, some little kids were yelling in the hall and I heard everything as if there wasn't a door and a wall between me and them. Just FYI. I'll amend my original post to add this point. I imagine it's still better than camping out, though.

As for Sudachi-kan's dog, she was really sweet and let me pet her and scratch behind her ears, so she's friendly :3 The owners gave her my leftover meat, haha. Also, yes, Sudachi-kan has beds and bedsheets, so no need for a sleeping bag. I got put in the bunk bed room (being the only female guest that night) while the men seemed to get a tatami mat room with futons.

Just a word of advice, though: it's great to have a plan but ensure to keep an open mind and allow for flexibility. I had awful luck in the beginning of my pilgrimage. First, inflamed knees that had me limping and hobbling by day 2, necessitating many days off (I even went back to the mainland). When my knees healed up, I tackled T20 and T21, but on my way down from T20, slipped on some loose dirt and twisted my ankle. My ankle is still bothering me and has slowed my pace significantly and I've been taking public transportation in places both to save on time and to allow my ankle to rest. Two nights ago, I (lightly) strained a muscle in my lower back, so I've been feeling my backpack weight a bit more than usual (I have a history of really bad back strains, possibly a slipped disc, so I half expected this to happen. Still sucks, though.) So, basically, I take things day by day and make lodging reservations the evening before based on how I feel and how spaced apart lodgings are.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 06:45am »

It's great to read about your trip! It sounds so fun. I also stayed at Sudachi-kan and Michinoyado Sowaka.

After such a hard day of walking, arriving at Sudachi-kan was fantastic. The food was great. The man who showed us to our rooms and drove me to the onsen apparently also drives people to the temples in the area and I kept seeing him again and again up until maybe temple 22. The onsen, which was much further away than I expected, was an oasis of luxury. It would make a fine vacation destination on its own. It had all sorts of things I've never seen before like push button hot waterfall stalls.

Michinoyado Sowaka was nice too. They didn't offer me the option for the dormitory style accommodation and gave me a huge tatami room that was extremely nice, which an hour later they came and moved me out of and put me into a tiny room instead. I just laughed at the situation. Some Henro I met from France ended up sleeping in a tent outside near the river in freezing winds, so I was just glad to have a room at all.

I took the train to the second to last stop after 23, Shishikui, in hopes of camping at the michi no eki, staying in the Hashimoto bus, or staying at a low cost lodging. Unfortunately the Hashimoto bus no longer exists, the michi no eki didn't allow camping, and I could not contact the owner of the lodging, so I walked through the tunnel to Kannoura and ended up staying at the campground on the beach right next to the White Beach Hotel. I was the only one camping, and having the beach to myself that night was amazing but a little eerie. I was glad the hotel was there as I discovered in the morning that it's the only place in town to buy cigarettes lol.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 07:13am »

on Mar 23rd, 2017, 06:05am, kotoko wrote:
Just a word of advice, though: it's great to have a plan but ensure to keep an open mind and allow for flexibility. .


Would love to have some flexibility but i have just 2 days free for this stint to temple 39 and about same for the second half. Any more slowing than that and it would take me 3 or more trips. Expensive and risks not getting chance to finish pilgrimage. Could end up with only part done with no more

So while I can do some alterations slowing down much has bad risks. Not optimal but not rich enough to say screw work :/ lucky to be able to do this as is. Standard holiday would be shorter and on summer season so i'm lucky as it is!

So i have plan and try to book according to it. If not possible look for alternatives(like use taxi to get to lodging and back where i left) depending is slow down due to need of rest or lodgings full.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 25th, 2017, 07:18am »

(Ran out of space in my first post, so am continuing my list here.)

15. Kokumin-shakusha Tosa (near T36)
Beautiful hotel with great views, but on the expensive side (7300 yen, including meals, which you might want to accept because there aren't any stores nearby). However, Shiohama-so might be closed (my Japanese isn't great and the lady who answered spoke really fast; I did catch the word "tomare", though) and Minshuku Nazuna wasn't answering. Attentive staff and most seemed to know a few words of basic English. The manager(?) has a good command of English and was super helpful, including driving me and two other henro to the ferry port as osettai and giving me train schedule information and tips on walking Cape Ashizuri. They have both an indoor bath and an outdoor one. To get there, take the little path leading to T36's okunoin. The path can be found just behind the stamp office and is steep in places, but the alternative is to circle all the way around.

16. Hotel Crown Hills Nakamura (Shimanto City near Nakamura Station)
Typical business hotel but comfortable enough. Ofuro available on the first floor, but I didn't try it. Coin laundry available. 5900 yen for a single room. Breakfast available for an additional 760 yen starting at 6:45am. Breakfast was buffet style with a big spread and both Western me Japanese food available. Convenience store next door.

17. Business Hotel Nancho (Tosa-Shimizu City)
Definitely has seen better days. It is old and run down and not all too clean. My bed sheets are clean but the carpet in my room has old stains. 5400 yen. Tv operates only if you pay so since I don't understand Japanese TV anyway, I didn't even use it. Probably wouldn't stay here again. Although not marked in the guidebook, there is a Lawson's a minute away on foot.

18. Minshuku Kanaesaki (between Tosa-Shimizu City and Otsuki)
Basic minshuku but hostess was friendly (only spoke Japanese, though). Dinner and breakfast were good with lots of fish. 6000yen including meals. Near the Kanaesaki lighthouse and rest hut (which also houses a small colony of feral cats) and about 7 km before Tsukimiya Shrine.

19. Business Hotel Plaza Misho (near T40, Ainan Town)
Another old, kind of run down business Hotel but my room was clean and bed was comfortable. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. Very close to T40 and convenience store nearby. 4600 yen.

20. Uwajima Youth Hostel (Uwajima City)
A bit run down as well but the staff member on duty was incredibly friendly and she even came to my room to ask if I wanted to see the nice sunset that evening and then we spent some time chatting. She spoke good English and helped me make reservations for a few days after. It is located a bit far and is up on a hill but it has fantastic views of the city with the castle practically staring back at you in the distance. 3600 for one night in a room with 2 beds and even a table and sitting cushions (I was the only guest that night so I had the place all to myself). Coin laundry available. Free tea and coffee and, at least when I was there, oranges. Bring food before you go there because you'll have to down the hill to the nearest convenience store.

21. Matsuya Ryokan (Seiyo City, near T43)
Was highly recommended in the guidebook so I went for the splurge. They quoted me a price of 10800, but brought it down to 8900 on check out (henro discount maybe?). It's an actual ryokan where you choose your meal times and everything. The bath was absolutely amazing, the food was top notch, and the service was great. The person who took my reservation spoke some English but the front line staff only spoke Japanese.

22. Umetako Ryokan (Ozu City)
A little dusty in places but it was otherwise in great condition and comfortable. The owner was super friendly and hospitable and I can't sing my praises enough about him. He warned that the Ryokan is hard to find because there is a restaurant with the same name nearby, so he met me at the restaurant to show me the way. When I got to my room, he had taken the mattress from the 2nd bed and doubled up on my bed to make it more comfy. Laundry was free (hang dry only though). I had my own toilet (the squat kind though) and sink. The bath was large and can be reheated, which was awesome. I asked for no meals but in the morning, he snuck me a couple of onigiri anyway, and then gave me a fantastic packed lunch as osettai (not just onigiri but fish, tamagoyaki, half a croquette, a slice of orange). 4860 for my night's stay.

23. Ikadaya (between Uchiko and T44)
Really nice ryokan with friendly hosts. This reservation was made for me by the lovely staff at Uwajima Youth Hostel and they were a bit hesitant to accept a foreigner due to language concerns, but they still accepted me (knowing I could speak a little Japanese; not sure how it would have went if I spoke none). The food was delicious and you sit on a floor cusion next to a smoldering fire pit - really unique. 8800 for the night, including 2 meals.

24. Omogo Ryokan (near T44)
Stayed here for 2 nights (to spend the 2nd day going to T45 and back). Runs more like a minshuku than a ryokan. Truthfully, it came highly recommended in the guidebook but I would say it's just ok - not great, not bad. Except for my rice and tea, my food is cold (though the flavor is good). My room is comfortable and clean. The owner is nice but she only speaks Japanese, so we can't converse much. She's much chattier with guests who are fluent in Japanese. 7000/night including 2 meals.

25. Sen Guesthouse Matsuyama (Matsuyama city, near T51 and Dogo Onsen)
I had been here before so I booked a dorm bed here again. Incredibly nice, friendly, and helpful staff. The owners (an American/Japanese couple) and one of their current staff have done the pilgrimage and can offer advice or just chat about it (in English or Japanese!). Convenience stores, restaurants, a shopping arcade, and Dogo Onsen are all nearby. Laundry machines available (paid), although you can also hang your clothes up on their rooftop patio. I highly recommend this place. 2800/night for my female dorm bed.

26. Cyclo no Ie (Imabari, right next to the JR station)
Geared more towards cyclists (usually for the Shimanami Kaido) but all types of guests, including henro, are welcome. Very friendly and helpful staff, most of whom speak decent to great English. You get a map of the area on check in, highlighting recommended restaurants with Imabari's specialty foods and sights (I went to two of the restaurants and one of the cafes and they were all fantastic). The whole hostel is beautiful and looks pretty new. 2500/night for a dorm or capsule bed. Not much in ways of locked storage, though. Lots of restaurants and a couple of convenience stores nearby. Coin laundry available, although the dryer was really expensive. You can hang dry your clothes on the clotheslines, though.

27. Saijo Urban Hotel (Saijo City, right next to the JR station)
Really nice, comfortable hotel. Surprisingly, I got a brand new towel from them as osettai when I checked in. During the day, there was usually someone at the front desk who knew some basic English. There is a cafe and restaurant on site but I didn't try them. Lawson's literally right next door. Vending machines selling drinks and cup ramen on the first floor. Coin laundry and public bath available (in addition to the usual shower in your room). 6300/night for my single room.

28. Coco Cross (Miyoshi Town, near Mt. Unpenji and next to Awa-Ikeda Station)
Stayed here because Minshuku Okada was fully booked and Miyoshi Town had the closest accommodations and this was cheap (though on the farther end of town). The building is old and run down but the furniture and things like that look newer. According to their website, they are in the process of renovating an old hotel so it makes sense. They have a cafe/bar/restaurant but it closes on Mondays and Tuesdays and I stayed on a Tuesday. When I resigned myself to another night of convenience store food, the owner later called up to my room to tell me about buying bento boxes for a discounted price at a nearby supermarket. The owner is really helpful and speaks good English. 7-11 right across the street.

29. Hatagoya (Kanonji City, near T68/69)
A little motel that was comfortable enough. A couple of restaurants nearby. Laundry facilities available but were kind of expensive. They serve bread and juice in the mornings as a complimentary breakfast.

30. Mi Casa Su Casa (Zentsuji City, near T76)
Located right next to Konzoji Temple and literally beside Konzoji Station. It's a small guesthouse so don't expect much but it was very comfortable (the beds have the usual thin futon mattresses on top of a western-style mattress so i slept really well, haha). The owner speaks good English and is incredibly friendly and helpful. For example, after a couple of American henro went to buy food, a storm blew in and she went out with umbrellas to try to find them. Washing machine available but hang dry only. Free bicycle rentals available. Not recommended for very light sleepers due to being next to a train station, but personally I had no issues with noise. 2500/night for female dorm bed.

31. Wakabaya Guesthouse (Takamatsu City)
Really beautiful Guesthouse with a friendly owner who speaks good English and French in addition to his native Japanese. His 2-year-old son is ridiculously adorable. Everything was clean and comfortable. A few small restaurants nearby, and a 7-11 is a few minutes walk away. Washing machine available for 100/wash but hang dry only. 3000/night for mixed dorm bed (only mixed dorm available; no female-only dorm). Kotoden Hanazono Station nearby.

32. Hotel Sun Route Tokushima
Super nice hotel with a public bath on the top floor. Right across from Tokushima Station. Front desk staff seemed to have a basic command of English and English information pamphlet for the hotel is available. 8800/night.
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 25th, 2017, 07:28am »

@slc
Thanks! Some days it's fun, while other days, I want to take the train to the nearest city and call it quits. Thankfully, my knees seemed to have healed just fine and my ankle is doing ok as long as I don't walk too much on it, so it's making things a bit more enjoyable. Any tips on getting through the CApe Ashizuri section?

I never get offered the dormitory options, either. I wasn't even aware Sowaka had a dormitory! But my Japanese isn't good enough to ask and navigate a full conversation around it. It's expensive so I just keep an eye on my chequing account and make sure the numbers are ok.

I was really jealous of the guys who got to go to the Onsen after T12! It's one of those times I wished I was a man, haha.

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Ah, that makes more sense, then. Planning short sections is ok, but I'm attempting this over two months, so I'm glad I didn't plan are ahead. I just take it day by day. I was really, really fortunate to get this time off work and I saved up for years with this goal in mind.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 31st, 2017, 4:50pm »

I'll add to that. Pavilion Surf Shop, by the 7-11 in Shishikui is dreamy. 3000 for a private room, no meals.

Hashimoto-ya, in Yuki just before Tainohama beach: don't! The heater doesnt work, it was freezing cold, short rations of average food, for 7800, the most I spent so far.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 1st, 2017, 07:14am »

The surf shop lodging clearly had an amazing view, but the day I arrived the shop was closed and the number for the lodging went unanswered, so don't count on it 100%.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 2nd, 2017, 04:03am »

平勢旅館(heizei ryokan?) Flat out refused to take me the moment they heard i'm foreigner. Wouldn't recommend calling there short of being able to fake you are japanese
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 3rd, 2017, 04:43am »

on Apr 2nd, 2017, 04:03am, tneva82 wrote:
平勢旅館(heizei ryokan?) Flat out refused to take me the moment they heard i'm foreigner. Wouldn't recommend calling there short of being able to fake you are japanese


Yeah I've been refused a couple of times when my Japanese wasn't up to par.

Where is that ryokan located?
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 3rd, 2017, 6:25pm »

on Apr 3rd, 2017, 04:43am, kotoko wrote:
Yeah I've been refused a couple of times when my Japanese wasn't up to par.

Where is that ryokan located?


Don't think it's my japanese except maybe for non-standard speech patterns. We talked enough if he didn't get that i can do better than basic greetings i'm surprised!

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 9th, 2017, 4:47pm »

@Kotoko: Hi, thank you for sharing that list and recommendations. It is very helpful. I asked you through instagram (dobra_karma_katowice) and now just registered at this forum smiley
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 11th, 2017, 05:04am »

on Apr 9th, 2017, 4:47pm, Kasia wrote:
@Kotoko: Hi, thank you for sharing that list and recommendations. It is very helpful. I asked you through instagram (dobra_karma_katowice) and now just registered at this forum smiley


I'm glad you found it and you find it helpful! I will continue to update my posts as I go along.
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« Reply #14 on: May 12th, 2017, 11:18pm »

As an integration to your list, here is mine. We went by bike and started from Zentsuji (temple 75). Also posted on www.cicloamicingiappone.blogspot.nl

For the reservation we used to call in the morning for the evening. If they could not speak english, we asked our lodger of the day for help or advice.

Day 1: Zentsuji city, Kaze-no-kuguru, 0877 63 6110.
Nice place to stay, friendly and English speaking owner. Don't miss it!

Day 2: Takamatsu city, Daiwa Rionet hotel


Day 3: Higashi-kagawa city, Minshuku Shiokaze, 0879 33 5567
Though the owners do not speak English, they do their outmost best to communicate, and you will be able to do it, too. Very friendly. They can arrange dinner.

Day 4: Ishii town, Pension Yasuragi, 088 678 0198

Day 5: Komatsushima city, minshuku Funa-no-sato, 0885 37 1127
After a long day, what's better than soaking into a hinoki scented ofuro? No English is spoken, but you won't need it.

Day 6: Kannoura, minshuku Ikumi, 0887 24 3838
A place for surfers where also a Henro is welcome. Very friendly and caring owner, his smile will give you the most warming welcome. And he speaks English, too.

Day 7: Tano town, minshuku Misono, 0887 38 2224 or via henrohouse.jp
Nice place with close by onsen. Possibility to have dinner, the kind landlady speaks English and can provide a lot of advices.

Day 8: Kochi, minshuku Kochi-ya, 088 841 3074
Nice minshuku right in front of temple 33. No English is spoken.

Day 9: Susaki city, business hotel Satsuki, 0889 43 0300

Day 10: Kuroshio town, hotel Nest West Garden Tosa, 0880 43 0101

Day 11: Tosa-shimizu city, Lodge Camellia, 0880 84 1377
The owners speak very little English, nevertheless you will be able to enjoy some conversation and, even better, they make a delicious curry (included in the room fee).

Day 12: Sukumo, business hotel Flex, 0880 63 6123

Day 13: Seiyo city, business hotel Matsu-ya, 0894 62 3232

Day 14: Matsuyama, henro house Heiwadorii, via henrohouse.jp
Recently opened, it's not yet listed on the Henro book. Close to Matsuyama castle, it's a very nice place where you will feel at home. Landlady speaks good English.

Day 15: same as day 14

Day 16: Omishima, guest house Fujimien-shimanami, 0897 87 2025
We found it calling at the number of the hotel and they redirected us there, since they were fully booked. Landlady speaks English, is really caring and the location is fantastic. It's not on the Henro route!

Day 17: Nihama, henro house Yokoya, via henrohouse.jp
Very nice place, very kind landlady with whom you will enjoy having conversations. She speaks a good English and can also arrange dinner or breakfast.

Day 18: Marugame, business hotel Chisun inn, 0877 21 3711
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