Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City

Usa is a city in northern Kyushu whose claim to fame is the historically prominent Usa Jingu Shrine. For travelers, a visit to the shrine is the main and sometimes only reason to stop by this quiet city, which is usually used as a stop over for other travel destinations in the area. But if you appreciate cozy accommodation and are looking for unique guesthouse experiences, then we recommend you give Usa a bit more of your traveling schedule and spend the night at the fabulous Naru Guesthouse.

Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City

Run by the Kosaka family, Naru is a charming guesthouse set in a former ryokan hotel which for 70 years operated as Narumi. After traveling for three years around the world and making meaningful connections they decided to make Usa their base, renovate the old ryokan and open up a place where they could welcome guests with open arms as they were welcomed during their travels. As the owners explain, the name Naru means “to make it happen”, and as such, they wanted to create a setting that makes new and fun experiences happen for its guests.

Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City

Naru Guesthouse is located in the Yokkaichi neighbourhood of Usa, which although is a quiet area, it is surrounded by several izakayas, restaurants, and cafes. All of these are within walking distance from the house, although, once you’ve walked past Naru’s front door you’ll be tempted to just stay in enjoying the hospitality of the hosts and the beautiful decor, especially of the bedrooms. The four large tatami rooms on the second floor, have all been decorated with different themes in mind that reflect the Kozakas’ love of nature and the places they have visited. The sun room is decorated with a yellow color scheme and with elements representing Europe. All rooms have plenty of space, and are perfect for unwinding after a day of sightseeing.

Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City
Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City

Beyond the private rooms, the common areas are equally inviting and perfect for either catching up on your reading, or chatting with other travelers, which is always a plus of staying in this type of accommodation. For the winter travelers, the lounge is furnished with several “kotatsu” or heated tables that are sure to keep you warm when the temperatures drop. It is at this lounge where home-cooked meals are served for dinner and breakfast depending on your booking. A nice touch for breakfast in particular is the option to choose between Western or Japanese-style breakfast for those who don’t want to give up their toast and fried eggs. Either way, the food served at Naru is the same food the Kozakas eat on a daily basis so you get to experience a bit of the life as a local.

Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City

One thing that we particularly love about the stay at Naru Guesthouse is that Kozaka-san is also a tour guide for Usa and its surrounding area. He is the man to talk to when you are ready to make the trip over to Usa Jingu, of which he knows the ins and outs, and curious facts which are hard to get while touring on your own. These tours and the sincere conversations with the Kozakas are the cherry on the cake that make the stay at Naru a memorable experience.

Stay at Naru Guesthouse in Usa City
Facility Name
Naru.Guest House
Address
Oita Pref. Usashi Yokkaichi 1441-2
Phone
0978320147
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Usa-jingu Shrine
Address
Oita Pref. Usashi Minamiusa 2859
Phone
0978370001
Hours
[Apr.-Sep.]5:30-21:00
[Oct.-Mar.]6:00-21:00
Closed
Tuesday
Introduction
This Shinto shrine is famous for being the head shrine of all 40 thousand Hachiman shrines in Japan dedicated to Emperor Ojin as the god Hachiman in a syncretic belief system which combines elements of Buddhism. Enshrining Hachiman as well as Hime and Empress Jingu, the shrine was founded in 725. The grounds are spacious, and the main shrine building, a National Treasure, is divided between an upper building located on a hill and a lower building located at the base. The first hall of the upper building is believed to provide luck with money and business; the second and third are believed to provide luck with love and easy childbirth.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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