Perching at the top of Kawazu Valley, lies Amagiso ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn of wood and tatami mats, rice-paper walls and kimonos. Whether you are experiencing Japanese onsen for the first time, or you are a well-seasoned lover of them, then this is the ideal ryokan. With no less than 28 onsen at the bottom of a gorge, on whose lip the ryokan is perched, idyllically scattered beneath a waterfall, this is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty of Japan. Each guest room is equipped with Japanese tatami matting and some come with private baths which can be enjoyed at your own leisure. In the traditional style of a ryokan, all meals are served in the dining area, with a menu of superb locally sourced Japanese cuisine which varies with the seasons.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson