This post is continued from Trip to Shikoku in 2015 spring – Part 2, from Toyo port to Matsumaru via Matsuyama.
I spend one hour to get Matsumaru station by Yodo line local train. This is the nearest station for Morinokuni Hotel. But it took another 30 minutes to get Hotel. Hotel staff picked up us at the station and gave us a ride. If we drive, it is more accessible but if we take public transportation, it is not.
Morinokuni hotel offers high quality hospitality in the remote area.
The car ran along the gorge and it was very scenic. You may be wondering why I picked such an inconvenient place to stay. Whe I found this hotel online and saw some photos. And I read many positive feedback. Since then, this hotel had been on my wish list.
And I finally got there!
Imperial Hotel in Kamikochi is the model on this hotel, Morinokuni Hotel. The interior and hospitality were very impressive.
When we checked in, we were noticed that there was no other guests other than us by hotel staff. Even though it was shoulder season, I did not expect that situation. Anyway all facilities belonged to us!
We could choose Japanese style room (Tatami room) or Western style room (bed). We picked Japanese style when I booked.
The hotel gave us valley side room because there was no other guests.
The interior is very simple. It had washlet (shower toilet) too.
Japanese style room does not have bath. But the hotel has Onsen public bath. Western room has bathroom.
Very tasty dinner with artistic presentation
Dinner was the biggest reason why we visited there. Most of hotel guests were impressed by this hotel’s meal.
Dinner was so yummy. It was much more than my expectation! I would like to show you all dishes.
They could arrange the menu for child.
Same dessert was served in kids menu.
I was very satisfied with these dishes. Local ingredients were very fresh and tasty. We really had a good time.
Very classic breakfast
We could choose Western style or Japanese style. My daughter and myself took Japanese and my wife took Western.
This was not very special, like dinner. But it was very classic and tasty.
Around the hotel
It was cold in the morning. But mountain air through the canyon is so fresh and crisp! The hotel is located in the heart of Nametoko canyon. Nametoko means “slippery floor”. The bed rock at the bottom of river is so smooth. In summer season, some part of the river become natural water slider.
There are lots of trails along the canyon. I did not have enough time to walk many trails. But I enjoyed scenery and short walking.
Since it was very busy trip, I stayed there only one night. I really want to visit this hotel one more time. I will spend more hours to enjoy the nature surrounding the hotel next time. This hotel was amazing and very attractive.
Continue to next post, Trip to Shikoku in 2015 spring – Part 4, travelling along Shimanto river to Kochi.