Wakamatsuhonten (Ryokan)-Part 2: "Enjoy the Furo & Food at a Japanese Ryokan" Top 5 Page for this destination Narita Hotel Tip by Wild_Orchid
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When I was planning my trip in 2004 to 2006, it was not easy getting a Ryokan in Narita from the internet. There were a number of websites, but they weren’t that helpful as many were in Japanese without any English and the rest didn’t have sufficient information and pictures.
Finally, I got brave and asked erstwhile VT’er manueleb to help me. He recommended Wakamatsuhonten – and said that if I wanted a treat, this is where I should go. After my initial efforts to book it failed, Manuel, who can speak Japanese, helped me to place a call to the proprietress and secured a good deal for me (lowest internet price).
So, how was the experience?
It was fantastic! Very memorable from start to finish.
Lost in Translation
Upon our arrival at Narita JR station, I placed a call to the Ryokan to request for a complimentary pick-up. In halting Japanese and part English, I told the person that I would be waiting on the East exit of the JR station (there is another station in Narita which is the Keisei Liner station) and he replied to look out for two women in a car.After 5 minutes of waiting, my husband and I saw two women in a car and I started to raise my hand to waive. Just then a guy in his early twenties stopped his car at the kerb and looked at us enquiringly. It was the guy I had spoken to on the phone. It seems that he was looking out for two women, while I too had been expecting two women! How's that for Lost in Translation?
When we arrived, the lady owner, herself walked out to carry our bags in. Signing in was fuss-free, and we were shown to our rooms by a lady dressed in a simple blue servicable kimono. She was to serve us during the course of our stay.
To my surprise, in front of our room door, was a handwritten sign with my name in English. Some rooms had names hand-written in Japanese letters.
Everything in its place and a place for everything...
Immediately upon entering the room, we took off our shoes and these were stored neatly away by the lady. The bags were carried in by the young gentleman.
Right in the middle of the tatami floored room was a low table. She indicated to us that we should be seated. She then brewed a fresh pot of Japanese tea, which we accepted happily with our cold hands. There was also a little Japanese seaweed cookie for each of us!
At about 7 pm, we were served a most scrumptious Japanese dinner. There was a little bit of everything. After dinner, I cajoled my husband to try out the Furo (Japanese baths). He was rather reluctant, as it was a public bath and he was not used to the idea. However, I can be quite persuasive and cajoled him to try it out. I went to the woman's bath, while he went to the men's bath. There was another lady in mine, while there was an entire family in his! LOL
Anyway, the bath was so relaxing, that my husband actually stayed in longer than I did. He actually kept me waiting outside-wondering what had happened to him!!
That night, snuggling into our comfortable, fluffy mattresses on the tatami floor, we fell into a deeply restful sleep.
The next day at the chosen time, there was a discreet knock on the door. The mattresses were stored away in the cupboard, the low table pulled to the centre of the room, and we were served a the Japanese breakfast. The warm breakfast was totally fresh and delicious, especially on that cold morning.
The proprietress helped us to call a taxi and even helped to load our bags onto the taxi. What a truly wonderful ryokan stay!
Address: 286-0026 Omotesando, Narita 355
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: the website is in Japanese.
The hosts speak limited English but sufficient for arranging pick-ups and so forth.
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