Kagoshima Prefecture Myoken-Onsen Gajoen
鹿児島県 妙見温泉 雅叙苑
Rustic beauty: thatched roofs and stone baths
Gajoen is a collection of traditional thatched kominka (old folk houses) that were dismantled, relocated and reconstructed here. Each room has its own stone bath brimming with rustic beauty. In recent years, it’s become relatively common to reuse these old houses in Japan, but the pioneering presence of the Gajoen version is unwaveringly and eternally alluring for its dignified style. When meal preparation begins, wisps of white smoke rising from the kamado (traditional kitchen furnace/stove) seep from the thatched roof. It all reminds me of the traditional Japanese lifestyle bequeathed from ancient times.