If lovely, kimono-wearing Misa Asaba herself doesn't personally greet you, perhaps her sister-in-law Airi, fluent in English, will.
The wisdom and experience of generations has made Asaba a refined and peaceful retreat. The family's philosophy is spelled out in its brochure:
- "Over the years, we began to acquire the notion that nothing calms the hearts of our guests more soothingly than nature itself; the way a river flows, sparks of light that flitter through a bamboo forest, or the melody of birdsong."
Despite its age, the interior of Asaba is so well kept and so light and pristine that it is hard to believe it is even 30 years old, let alone more than 300. And the inn's wi-fi -- among the strongest we encountered in Japan -- attests to the family's commitment to preserving its high standards and providing conveniences modern travelers depend upon.