Forgotten Village Gajoen, a thatched inn in Kagoshima Prefecture that preserves the original landscape of Japan that I had almost forgotten.

The “Forgotten Village Gajoen” is a thatched inn that preserves the original landscape of Japan that I had almost forgotten.

It is located less than two hours by flight from Tokyo, and despite its excellent accessibility, the beautiful inn that blends in perfectly with the lush nature of Kirishima is popular among tourists from Japan and abroad.

In this article, I will introduce in detail the charm, location, room features, and cuisine of this luxurious ryokan in Kagoshima Prefecture that also offers hot springs.

Location of Gajoen

Location of Gajoen
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Gajoen is located in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Kirishima City has many historical spots and nationally famous shrines, and is a tourist destination visited by many people every year.

Some of the must-see tourist spots in Kirishima include Kirishima Jingu Shrine, the most famous power spot in Southern Kyushu, Kirishima Onsen Ichiba, where you can find souvenir stores and restaurants where you can buy specialties from Kagoshima and Kirishima, and Nittozan Saigou-don Village, which is located near Mt. From the top of the mountain, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay from Takachiho Mine.

It is a good idea to stay at Gajoen and take your time to visit these sightseeing spots. Gajoen is located in a great location for sightseeing.

The charm of Gajoen

The charm of Gajoen
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Gajoen is a thatched-roof inn that basks in the original landscape of Japan.

It is located in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, along the Amafuri River, away from the hustle and bustle of the ryokan district, and is characterized by its traditional thatched-roof inn that has been relocated to resemble a traditional village.

The inn features a hot spring bath hollowed out of a huge monolithic rock, and local cuisine using vegetables harvested from the land of Satsuma and local chicken raised on the farm under direct management. You can fully enjoy the time flowing slowly while bathing in the original Japanese scenery that everyone feels nostalgic for.

You can also enjoy the Myoken Onsen (hot spring), a private bath with its own spring water that has been gushing out naturally since ancient times, and the Kenyu, a large bathhouse for men and women that was created by hollowing out a huge monolithic rock weighing about 20 tons in six months.

In the baths, where you can soak in the water as if you were sinking into the earth, you can forget about the noise of everyday life and spend a luxurious time.

Gajoen Room

Gajoen Room
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Gajoen offers a total of 10 rooms, 8 of which are equipped with 100% hot spring baths.

The most recommended is the special guest room with a bath living room (Type E), a maisonette-style detached room with a bath living room located at the back of the property.

On the first floor is a living room with a box-shaped brazier containing a furnace, and on the second floor is a spacious room connected to the bath living room and a 6 square meter Japanese-style room, where you can relax after a long day of travel.

This restful space of a Japanese style room is recommended for use with your loved ones and also for family use.

You can also spend some time in the superb open-air bath provided in your room.

Gajoen Cuisine

Gajoen Cuisine
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Gajoen’s cuisine is the local cuisine of Satsuma, which uses organic vegetables and local chickens, soul food that can cleanse you from the inside out.

Using local chickens raised by running around in a poultry farm and fresh vegetables from their own vegetable garden, the original local cuisine of Satsuma brings out the best of the taste and aroma of the ingredients.

The menu changes with the seasons, so no matter which season you visit, you will be well satisfied.

Wouldn’t you like to stay at a ryokan in Kagoshima that offers all these luxuries and a hot spring?

Basic information about Gajoen

Facility Name Forgotten Village Gajoen
Address 4230 Shuku Kubota, Makizono-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Japan
Phone Number +81995-77-2114
Budget Approx. 80,000 yen for 2 persons (tax included)
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In this article, I have introduced the charm of “Forgotten Village Gajoen,” a thatched inn that preserves the original landscape of Japan that I had almost forgotten.

Gajoen is a luxurious inn located in an excellent location for sightseeing in Kirishima City, where you can enjoy delicious meals, spacious and relaxing rooms, and even hot springs.

If you have a chance to visit the area, please try it out.