This was our next stop on the Kumano Kodo after Kawayu Onsen and offered a total contrast to the Fujiya Ryokan in that location. This ryokan has the air of traditional Japan, somehow time warped back to the 1950s or 1960s. It is faded and frayed around the edges, however I thought that this was part of the property's charm. It has great traditional architecture, excellent food and fantastic baths.
The Azumaya fits perfectly with the misty, sulphurous atmosphere of Yunomine. It's fun to change into yukata and paddle around some of the other hot springs in this traditional village, deep in a narrow forested valley. The nearby Tsubo-yu Onsen is a must. A tiny bamboo shed covering a hot spring that must be the smallest listed part of a UNESCO world heritage site in the world. Quite a magical place. (Travelled April 2016)More