Uwajima is not the kind of place where you would think of spending 60 hours. It’s a small coastal city on the tiny island of Shikoku. Yet sixty hours are the right amount of time to live the most authentic Japan experience. Kiya Ryokan is a two-storey wood and glass building. Rent the whole place. Choose one of the rooms to settle in for the night. In the early hours of the day, when everyone else is still asleep, fill the bath in the private spa with hot water. Have dinner at Idakaya for a dreamlike experience. In the morning, go for a stroll among the ripe citrus groves on the hills south of the city. In the afternoon, walk along the walkways of the pearl farming factories, that look over Kyushu. Bartholomeus is the guardian of these precious moments and your local friend for the years to come.
Words Paola Corini
Translation Raffaella De Tommasi
Thanks to Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Bartholomeus Greb