When it comes to experiencing the authentic charm and beauty of Japan’s northernmost island, selecting and booking the best Hokkaido boutique hotels and traditional ryokan for your stay is essential to ensuring a great holiday in this fascinating country. Hokkaido is famous for its rural landscapes and unspoiled nature, and is a very popular destination with skiers, snowboarders and outdoors enthusiasts renowned as it is for its mountains and deep powder snow in winter. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in the traditional Japanese way of life is by staying in a traditional Ryokan on Hokkaido or booking into one of our superb Hokkaido boutique hotels through Secret Retreats.

Hotels in Hokkaido:



Takinoya Ryokan
In the Countryside

Takinoya Ryokan

Hokkaido Boutique Hotels: A Perfect Blend of Luxury and Style

An array of Hokkaido boutique hotels, handpicked by the Secret Retreats team, offer an unparalleled blend of luxury, style, and personalized service. Our Hokkaido boutique hotels are committed to catering to the discerning traveler who seeks an intimate and exclusive experience. From contemporary designs to traditional aesthetics, each hotel selected and curated by Secret Retreats must be independent, have its own distinct character, and create a captivating ambiance that sets it apart from the mainstream and big brand accommodation choices. As you will most likely begin your Hokkaido adventure in the island’s capital city, we offer some exquisite Sapporo boutique hotels where you can expect impeccable attention to detail, elegant furnishings, and modern amenities. Each of our carefully chosen Sapporo boutique hotels features spacious rooms and suites, often adorned with local artworks and crafts. The cozy atmosphere and refined elegance of a Secret Retreats curated hotel makes them a perfect sanctuary after a day of hiking or skiing followed by a well-deserved glass of something cold and refreshing in the garden of the fascinating Sapporo Beer Museum.

Indulge in Exquisite Japanese Cuisine at our Hokkaido boutique hotels

In addition to the luxurious accommodations, the Hokkaido boutique hotels our team trust to take care of you and your family boast exceptional dining experiences. On-site restaurants will showcase the region's diverse culinary offerings, serving delectable dishes crafted with locally sourced seasonal ingredients offering a true taste of the region. Whether you're craving fresh seafood, renowned Hokkaido wagyu beef, or traditional kaiseki cuisine, the expert chefs at our incomparable Hokkaido boutique hotels will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

Traditional Ryokan Hokkaido: A Window to Japan's Beguiling Past

For a truly authentic Japanese experience, you cannot beat staying in one of our carefully selected traditional ryokan in Hokkaido. Ryokan are traditional Japanese inns that have been preserving Japan's cultural heritage for centuries. The island is home to a wide range of ryokan in Hokkaido with private onsen, or hot springs, each offering a glimpse into the country's ancient traditions and customs. One of the defining features of a traditional ryokan on Hokkaido is the emphasis on simplicity and harmony with nature. Upon entering one of the best onsen ryokan in Hokkaido, you will be transported to a time gone by with the warmth of tatami-matted floors, minimalist decor, and shoji sliding doors. The rooms of our traditional ryokan in Hokkaido are typically furnished with futon beds, low tables, and traditional Japanese-style seating, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the serene ambiance.

Discover the Meaning of Omotenashi at a Ryokan in Hokkaido Japan

Expect to experience traditional Japanese hospitality known as “omotenashi” when immersing yourself in a Ryokan in Hokkaido Japan. Our team of attentive staff will go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. From serving elaborate multi-course kaiseki meals to assisting you with the intricacies of Japanese tea ceremonies, the staff at Ryokans tend to your every need providing an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression. Starting life as a restaurant more than 100years ago, the absolutely stunning Takinoya Ryokan exemplifies the meaning and qualities of omotenashi. This elegant traditional ryokan is located in southern Hokkaido in the much loved Noboribetsu region, famous for its natural beauty from ancient forests to volcanic scenery and some of the best hot springs in Japan.

What to Do When Staying in Hokkaido Boutique Hotels and Traditional Ryokan

When you book Hokkaido boutique hotels and traditional ryokan through Secret Retreats the concierge team is on-hand to help you plan and book your choice of the many activities and attractions that Hokkaido has to offer for you to enjoy:

  • Explore Hokkaido's Natural Beauty: Hokkaido is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, including national parks, hot springs, and picturesque coastlines. Take advantage of the Secret Retreat’s dedicated concierge services at our best onsen ryokan choices in Hokkaido to plan outdoor excursions such as hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park, enjoying a relaxing dip in the famous hot springs of Noboribetsu, or capturing stunning views of the lavender fields in Furano.
  • Indulge in Local Cuisine: Hokkaido is a paradise for food lovers, with its abundance of fresh seafood, such as uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe), and sashimi. For a unique culinary experience, consider booking a cooking class through perhaps with one of our Hokkaido boutique hotels selected for your Hokkaido travel itinerary or visiting local markets to learn about Hokkaido's rich culinary traditions and deep heritage where agriculture and a wide variety of quality produce are concerned, Hokkaido is a foodie’s paradise.
  • Experience Hokkaido’s Winter Wonderland: Hokkaido's snowy winters offer a magical setting for all the best winter activities. Many Hokkaido boutique hotels and traditional ryokan on Hokkaido can arrange winter sports activities for guests such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Explore the world-famous ski resorts of Niseko to delight in its unbeatable powder snow or immerse yourself in the tranquility of a snow-covered village like Biei. Hokkaido is for skiers and snowboarders what Indonesia is for surfers, this beautiful island is a bucket list destination for skiing with a great choice of locations and ski resorts with skiing to suit every style and every ability, and not forgetting Hokkaido’s unrivalled apres-ski too.

A journey to Hokkaido with Secret Retreats, staying in a carefully selected, just for you, choice of Hokkaido boutique hotels or a traditional Ryokan in Hokkaido with private Onsen, is an invitation to discover the very essence of Japan. So, pack your bags, embark on this enchanting adventure, and let the Secret Retreats team unveil for you a world of timeless beauty and incomparable hospitality while staying at the best of Hokkaido’s boutique hotels and traditional ryokan and enjoying one of our renowned tailor-made or ready-made Japan travel itineraries.
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