tour,bath, and dining
Kayabuki no Sato features seven traditional thatched-roof houses from different periods in history that have been relocated from all over Japan. The interior of several houses displays several thousand antiques that date back as far as the Taisho period, from rustic historic chests to tiny make-up kits. You would be hard-pressed to find a collection of antiquities that is comparable in Japan, even in larger institutions such as the National Museum. In addition, the village puts on regular seasonal activities throughout the year. Visitors are encouraged to spend a day experiencing the sights and sounds of ancient Japan. An entrance fee of ¥500 is charged for anyone not staying at the facility overnight.
The two most famous public baths on offer at Yakushi Onsen Hatago are open to visitors for a fee of just ¥1,200. Satano-yu, a medicinal onsen that boasts restorative powers, is open from 10am to 4pm. Takimino-yu, an outside onsen with a commanding view over the river valley and nearby waterfall, is open from 11am to 2pm.
Visitors are encouraged to experience traditional irori cuisine inside a thatched-roof house. Reservations are required.
Kayabuki no Sato comprises a unique studio that allows visitors to watch hand-made soba (buckwheat noodles) being made by an experienced master chef. The delicate noodles are made fresh in the morning on a daily basis.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in an introductory day-trip plan that allows them to make the most of their visit to Kayabuki no Sato Yakushi Onsen Hatago. Called Irori Gosen, the plan costs ¥4,500 (with tax) and includes a lavish lunch spread, onsen charge and sightseeing fee.