Showcasing the spirit of their nation’s hospitality also known as omotenashi, traditional Japanese inns (ryokan), 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.

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Ryokans Around Akita

Miyako Wasure

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Meaning “Escape from society”, and with no other houses or hotels in the vicinity, this ryokan is an ideal place in which to relax and rejuvenate amid luxury. Miyakowasure takes its name from the small deep purple tea flowers that grow in the garden.  Overlooking a tranquil lake, the majority of the guestrooms feature a private onsen (hot spring bath). Sample a flight of local nihonshu (sake) complemented by a multi-course dinner made using Akita’s fresh local ingredients, and enjoy Miyakowasure’s hearty breakfast, served in multiple courses. The welcoming deep silence here allows one to hear the trickling water from the stream, the life of the woods, the birds singing, even the sound of soft snow falling.

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    Onsen
    Miyako Wasure is the only hotel located in the Natsuse-no-yu onsen area. Built from Aomori Hiba, a type of tree in the cypress family that grows in the Aomori Prefecture, with separate access for men and women, the communal bath Togen-no-yu is open 24/7. Reservations are required for the open-air bath, especially during the cherry blossom season.

    Food
    Seasonal cuisine is served using the best local ingredients. This area is known for its high quality water, vegetables, rice, sake and beef. Enjoy savoury dishes including inaniwa-udon (handmade noodles), kiritampo (mashed rice toasted on skewers), and other regional specialties.

    Taenoyu

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    Set in the mountains covered with trees along the Sendatsu River, this unique onsen (hot spring) features five separate bath locations. Every evening they are switched in order to allow men and women to experience them all. The open-air bath, which is gender mixed, feels like an infinity pool, and overlooks a giant waterfall at the edge of the space. One indoor bath has a rock-lined edge filled with orange-golden colour water, and is almost an open-air bath itself, providing views of the forest outside its wooden overhang. 
Another indoor bath is filled with stones and clear water, allowing one to experience a foot massage when you press your feet against the bottom of the bath. Enjoy leisurely breakfasts and afternoon tea served in the dining area amid mountain views. Savour multi-course dinners complemented by Akita’s local sake, or nihonshu, produced from Akita-grown rice and pure spring water.

    Rate: from JPY 26,136 for 2 persons /night

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      Onsen
      In Akita, onsen are seen as an extension of the earth, a source of vitamins and minerals that enrich the naturally hot water that bubbles from the ground. The peaceful surroundings filled with lush Japanese beech (buna) trees and mountain water streams make for peaceful hikes in between baths during the spring, summer and fall.

      Food
      Mountain vegetables and plants need to survive harsh snow conditions during the winter, but in the spring, mountain vegetables (sansai) are seen as power food. It is believed that eating sansai gives power to detox and nourish the body. Sample kiritanpo, a local dumplings from the Akita Prefecture made from pounded rice mashed into a cylinder shape, toasted on a fire on Japanese cedar skewers, served with sweet miso soup.
       

      Ryokans Around Hokkaido

      Takinoya

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      With its spectacular location amidst the beautiful nature of Hokkaiko and the healing waters of Noboribetsu onsen, Takinoya is an elegant and friendly place to ease both body and mind.

      Rate: from JPY 52,800 for 2 persons /night

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        Ginrinsou

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        A former “herring estate” built on 1873, Ginrinsou, with its superb service, breathtaking views and fine architecture, is one of Hokkaido’s finest ryokan.

        Rate: from JPY 99,000 for 2 persons /night

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          Ryokans Around Kanazawa

          The Kayotei

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          Showcasing the finest in art, culture and nature, combined with exquisite arts and crafts by local Yamanaka craftsmen, this is a splendid traditional ryokan.

          Rate: from JPY 74,300 for 2 persons/night

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            Wanosato

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            Beautiful traditional buildings and delightful mountain produce make this a memorable ryokan.

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

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              Ryokans Around Kyoto

              Kyoto Hot Spring Hatoya Zuihokaku

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              Offering a blend of Kyoto interspersed with art and onsen (hot spring), this Japanese style hotel is set around a 910-metre deep natural hot spring in the centre of Kyoto. Guestrooms are adorned with Japanese tatami (woven straw mats) and the semi-open air onsen on the top (8th) floor offers wonderful views of Higashiyama, and Kyoto Gozan, which is famous for its incredible ceremonial bonfire.

              Rate: from JPY 34,860  for 2 persons/night

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                Food:
                The cuisine features locally grown Kyoto vegetables and top quality ingredients sourced from around Japan. In addition to the kaiseki multi-course menu, the bright and airy restaurant also serves lunch, hot pot dishes, and Kyoto sweets.

                Onsen:
                These private onsen are the only natural hot springs in the Kyoto area. There are two different types of baths. The Higashiyama Bath (Rock) features intricate wall paintings with cherry blossoms and autumn leaves by the artist Hideki Kimura. The fragrant wood steam from the Nishiyama Bath (Wood) provides an extremely relaxing atmosphere and helps to wash away fatigue.

                The Junei Hotel

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                Featuring a total of eight guestrooms, this small community-based luxury hotel was especially designed to showcase an enticing “amenities that enliven the five senses” concept. The guestrooms have a traditional Japanese with modern flair concept, and were modelled akin to historic Kyo-machiya (traditional Kyoto-style wooden townhouses). Each guestroom is at least 50sqm is size, and features authentic elegant Japanese style spaces with myriad facilities to allow guests to relax and unwind.

                Rate: from JPY 35,000 for 2 persons/night

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                  Food:
                  Kyoto is the ultimate cultural capital of Japan. It is also famous for its rich, traditional gastronomy. The Junei’s chef offers Kyoto cuisine with a modern creative twist, and is well-known for his shidashi-ryori, best served with a glass of local sparkling sake from Tanzan Shuzo.

                  Pampering:
                  Luxury is all about details. Guests can enjoy a curated collection of quality amenities to match the hotel’s aesthetics including imabari towels, 100% cotton gauze pajamas, handmade flower crystal pottery, and a hydrogen bathtub with shigaraki ceramics.

                  Gion-Hatanaka

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                  Offering a fascinating traditional setting and a maiko dinner plan, this tranquil ryokan guarantees a relaxing stay.

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

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                    Seikoro

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                    Featuring Taisho Period style and interior design, combined with modern comforts, this ryokan offers a unique taste of two worlds.

                    Rate: from JPY 55,440 for 2

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                      Otozure

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                      This ryokan’s spacious 18 rooms located in a new building next to the century old Otani Sanso ryokan carries on the traditions of omotenashi in a breathtaking setting.

                      Rate: from JPY 73,500 for 2 persons/night

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                        Ryokan Kuarashiki

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                        Guests here can experience attentive service and exquisite cuisine amid lovingly preserved, centuries old kura buildings in the heart of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

                        Rate: from JPY 64,400 for 2 persons/night

                         

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                          Nakanobo Zuien

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                          Located near the city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Arima has been a popular weekend getaway for residents of Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka for well over a thousand years. At Nakanobo, everywhere you look there are beautiful touches of tradition and refined taste, as well as premium hospitality – all designed to help its guests relax and ease them into the calm, tranquil onsen lifestyle.

                          Rate: from JPY 65,100 for 2 persons/night

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                            Ryokans Around Kyushu

                            Takefue

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                            Takefue’s location,nestled in a bamboo grove, gives it a unique otherworldly air, this and its exquisite food, beautiful outdoor baths, rustic authenticity and premium service make this an outstanding ryokan.

                            Rate: from JPY 64,000 for 2 persons/night

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                              Ryokans Around Tokyo

                              Kinugawa Kanaya

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                              Built in 1931 by John Kanaya, this is Japan’s oldest Western-style hotel. Located in the heart of the renowned Kinugawa Onsen resort, it faces the mountains and the Kinugawa River. Besides a private onsen in most guestrooms, there are also two large communal onsen, complemented by kaiseki cuisine showcasing seasonal and local ingredients, and an art deco cigar lounge.

                              Rate: from JPY 73,740 for 2 persons/night

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                                The Hot spring at Kinugawa Onsen was discovered in 1691. At the time, the land belonged to Nikko Shrine, and thus could only be used by feudal lords or monks on pilgrimage to Nikko. The spring is classified as alkaline hot spring; its odorless waters are gentle to sensitive skin.
                                Kanaya offers classic Japanese cuisine, based on the traditions of kaiseki dining combined with some Western elements. The menu changes monthly and features locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

                                Yamanochaya

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                                A friendly atmosphere and fine cuisine complement glorious bathing and lovely surroundings to make Yama no Chaya a restful escape, close to Tokyo. The wooden building stand quietly on a hillside, next to a suspension bridge above the Hayakawa Gorge.

                                Rate: from JPY 37,680 for 2 persons/night

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                                  The hot spring water pumped from its source 300m below the hotel is rich in minerals and has beneficial effects on health. It is one of the 7 hot springs of Hakone, built during the early Showa period and surrounded by a bamboo forest.
                                  The Chef proposes creative dishes from local seasonal ingredients. Our homemade soup stock is the base for many dishes. The main menu changes monthly.

                                  Moritaya

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                                  Situated a mere 90 minutes from Tokyo on the Shinkansen bullet train in Bandai Atami, this intimate 9-guestroom ryokan is set around three distinctive and unique attractions: Goshikinuma (5-coloured lakes), Lake Inawashiro and Aizuwakamatsu Castle.

                                  Rate: from JPY 47,800 for 2 persons/night

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                                    ONSEN: Immerse into traditional Japanese culture and experience the diverse onsen (hot springs) featuring colourless, odourless and tasteless alkaline springs, which are famous for giving skin a silky smooth feel. The ryokan features both public baths for men and women that are open 24 hours a day, as well as three private baths.

                                    CUISINE: Each kaiseki ryouri dinner comes served on locally handcrafted Aize lacquerware. Savour delightfully prepared local ingredients including maple salmon, beef or duck, accompanied by premium sake.

                                    Hakone-Ginyu

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                                    The mixed Japanese and Balinese interior design, magnificent views of the Mountains of Hakone and a full range of pampering spa services. along with the marvelous hot spring baths, make Hakone-Ginyu a perfect place to seek inspiration.

                                    Rate: from JPY 60,000 for 2 persons/night

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                                      Located on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula, Seiryuso is a convenient escape from Tokyo. The breezes and palm trees give it a tropical ambience, and the 50-meter pool with natural onsen hot spring water is a rare delight.

                                      Rate: from JPY 51,000 for 2 persons/night

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                                        Hakuunsou

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                                        Hakuunsou’s homey yet elegant atmosphere and beautiful open-air baths by the Chitose River make this ryokan a fine choice for a deeply relaxing stay.

                                        Rate: from JPY 57,000 for 2 persons/night

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                                          Yagyu-No-Sho

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                                          Surrounded by bamboo forest, Yagyu-No-Sho embodies the essential simplicity of traditional Japan, with exquisite kaiseki cuisine and Kendo and Mai practices on the premises.

                                          Rate: from JPY 84,300 for 2 persons/night

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                                            Atami Fufu

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                                            Only 40 minutes from Tokyo on the Shinkansen (bullet train), this luxurious and relaxing ryokan offers serenity, onsen (hot spring) pampering, fine dining, and innovative personalised service in a quiet and discreet setting.

                                            Rate: from JPY81,000 for 2 persons/night

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