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The Ryokans

Showcasing the spirit of their nation’s hospitality, traditional Japanese inns (ryokan), also known as omotenashi, date back over 1,300 years. Behind these family run properties lies the principle of harmony, which interlaces seamlessly with nature. To ensure guests receive the most gracious welcome, every single detail from floral arrangements that reflect the season to the freshest local ingredients used to prepare the finest cuisine, ryokan hospitality is a true Art.

GION-HATANAKA

(Kyoto)
Gion Hatanaka’s tranquility and friendly service, as well as a its maiko dinner plan, guarantee a relaxing stay in a fascinating traditional setting.

Rate: from JPY 63,000 for 2 persons/night


Area : Kyoto
Yasaka-Jinjya, Minamimon-mae, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi 605-0074
(〒605-0074 京都市東山区祇園八坂神社南門前)
Nearest Airport : Osaka International Airport (ITM)- 39 km
Nearest Train Station : Gion Shijo Station - 0.9 km
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Total number of rooms : 21

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HIIRAGIYA

(Kyoto)
Widely regarded as the most prestigious ryokan in the Kyoto area, Hiiragiya was a favorite of Nobel Prize-winning writer Yasunari Kawabata.

Rate: from JPY 105,000 for 2 persons/night


Area : Kyoto
Nakahakusancho, Fuyacho Anekoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 604-8094
(〒604-8094 京都市中京区麩屋町姉小路上ル中白山町)
Nearest Airport : Osaka Itami Airport (ITM) – 38 km
Osaka Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 80 km
Nearest Train Station : Shiyakusho-mae Station (Kyoto) - 300 m
Karasumaoike Station - 500 m
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Total number of rooms : 28

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L’HÔTEL DU LAC

(near Kyoto)
Guests of Hotel du Lac are treated to outstanding cuisine with wines selected by famed sommelier Shinya Tasaki, in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere amid lush natural surroundings beside the beautiful Lake Biwa.

Rate: from JPY 80,000 for 2 persons/night


Area : Nagahama
2064, Oura, Nishiasai-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken, 529-0721
(〒529-0721滋賀県長浜市西浅井町大浦2064)
Nearest Airport : Kansai International Airport (KIX ) - 191 km
Nearest Train Station : Nagahara Station – 3.6 km
Kyoto Station - 81 km
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Total number of rooms : 13

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SEIKORO

(Kyoto)
With its Taisho Period styling and interior design, combined with its modern comforts, Seikoro offers a unique taste of two worlds.

Rate: from JPY 55,440 for 2


Area : Kyoto
Nishi Tachibana Cho 467 Tonya-machi Dori, Gojo-sagaru 3 choume, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi 605-0907
(〒605-0907 京都市東山区問屋町通五条下ル3丁目西橘町467)
Nearest Airport : Osaka International Airport (ITM) - 38.0 km
Kansai International Airport (KIX) - 78.4 km
Nearest Train Station : JR Kyoto Station - 8 min. by car
Kyoto Kiyomizu-gojo Station - 100 m
Kyoto Shichijo Station - 600 m
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Total number of rooms : 22

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SUMIYA

(Kyoto)
Entering Sumiya, with its Edo Period (1630-1868) atmosphere is like stepping back in time. The ryokan’s tea ceremony, which is famous locally, is performed twice a month for


Rate: from JPY 84,000 for 2 persons/night


Area : Kyoto
Sanjo-sagaru, Fuyacho, Nakagyo-ku, kyoto-shi 604-8075
(〒604-8075 京都市中京区麩屋町三条下ル)
Nearest Airport : Osaka Intl. Airport (ITM) 38.9 km
Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) 79.6 km
Nearest Train Station : JR Kyoto train station - 15 min. by taxi
Nearest Metro Station : Karasuma-Oike Station – 7 min. by walk
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Total number of rooms : 20

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Hiruki Fukunaga
Hiruki Fukunaga from the Ryokan Collection shares:

“Despite its 1,300 year history, much of the world still knows very little about ryokans, the true essence of Japan. Located throughout Japan, the Ryokan Collection comprises 27 heritage, traditional and contemporary ryokans that strive to maintain the spirit of hospitality known as omotenashi.”
Secret Retreats Host Puppet China and South East Asia
All of our properties are family owned—their captivating spirit is embodied by their hosts who often dwell there themselves. Illustrating this family spirit, Secret Retreats has commissioned Indonesian artist Edward Pasaribu to design a range of traditional puppets that reflect the inner essence of true Asian hospitality. Each region has its own special puppet.

Our Story

After his voyage, Kim grasps the mission that his father had assigned to him—informing contemplative travellers about idyllic locations containing exclusive properties, which unveil a true essence of Asia.



From where one once watched the moon rise up into the sky as they emptied their glasses of sake, there remains to this day ryokan (traditional Japanese inns). Throughout Japan, from its edged cliffs to verdant mountains and snow-capped Mount Fuji, they symbolise omotenashi—the heart of the Japanese hospitality.

Her hair adorned with an orchid, the okami, the hostess and soul of a ryokan, explains that dwelling side by side with nature, this spirit illustrates in its pure form the Shinto art de vivre. Scattered from Hokkaido to Kyushu, each of the Ryokan Collection’s inns is exceptional. She gracefully describes their unique tiled roofs, their magnificent pavilions dotted with onsen (volcanic sourced hot baths that are often located outdoors), stone fireplaces, ikebana (Japanese floral arrangements) and large bay windows that overlook Japan’s legendary landscapes. “Traditional or modern, our ryokan offer ultimate refinement and the true splendours of Japan. They are nestled in national parks and forests, overlook crystal clear lakes and towering waterfalls. Essential, each echoes the beauty of nature and the four seasons,” she says.

Showcasing an art of living, a way of being, a form of courtesy and respect for the host, my okami adds: "The ryokan is central to our culture and, for the traveller, a place where the true essence of traditional Japanese expression is unveiled.” Indeed—from the traditionally clad staff and customs, to the ultra comfortable yet sparsely furnished rooms with tatami (floor mats) and their distinctive freshly woven rice straw aroma—I am transported to a different time and place.

Chado, or the Way of Tea, cannot be improvised. The mistress of the house takes her time with her spatula, silk cloth and wooden ladle. She carefully places some green tea powder (matcha) into a bowl, pours in hot water, and whisks it with a small bamboo whisk (chasen). After the tea ceremony, she slides the rice paper doors open to reveal a vast blue mountain backdrop, a prelude to my kaiseki dinner (traditional Japanese multi-course dinner using seasonal delicacies usually served in the guest’s quarters). A visual pleasure, every plate, dish, spoon and utensil used is beautiful beyond description—refined and exquisite taste at its best. Tonight I savour a Japanese turbot (hirame) served with julienned daikon radish, succulent oysters from the Noto peninsula, sashimi cut to resemble chrysanthemums, green tea ice cream, and sake from Akita.

Later, I sit under the gazebo made of cypress wood that embraces the valley blanketed with azaleas, camellias and lush foliage to listen to the river’s soft murmur, almost hearing it echoing André Malraux’s words: "the confidence of the universe."

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A typical day at a ryokan

  • 14:30 Arrival at the station - Transfers
  • 15:00 Check-in - Usually in the room
  • 15:30 Relax time in your room
  • 16:00 Onsen (hot spring bath)
  • 17:00 Spa and other facilities
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 After dinner
  • 23:00 Bed time
  • 07:30 Wake-up time
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Check-out

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    The Ryokan Collection

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  • From where one once watched the moon rise up into the sky as they emptied their glasses of sake, there remains to this day ryokan (traditional Japanese inns). Throughout Japan, from its edged cliffs to verdant mountains and snow-capped Mount Fuji, they symbolise omotenashi—the heart of the Japanese hospitality. (more)