With so many ryokans across Japan; from tiny home stays to larger inns, it’s hard to decide where to stay. These are some of our favourites.
This modern five star ryokan in Ginza, Tokyo, offers world class opulence with a Japanese aesthetic. Surrounded by upmarket department stores and luxury boutiques, this area is a hotspot for shoppers and very popular for its nightlife. The ryokan is elegant, sophisticated and serene; an oasis amongst the busy Tokyo streets.
Owned by the same family for six generations, this ryokan in Kyoto is one of Japan’s most beloved traditional inns. Accomodation is modern but reflects the aspects of Japanese architecture and decor that make a ryokan such a peaceful place to stay. Serving exquisite Kaiseki cuisine on handcrafted ceramics, this ryokan has long been a favourite haunt of Japanese writers for its tranquility.
With an incredible restaurant serving seasonal, fresh, colourful cuisine, a gym, a swimming pool, a large public spa, an open air onsen and a divine massage treatment room, this ryokan is all about luxury. Rooms look out onto traditional zen gardens, allowing guests the space and freedom to focus on the beauty of nature.
The Minamikan ryokan is over 130 years old and is steeped in tradition. The 14 rooms are all unique and offer guests different aspects of Lake Shinji. The food on the property is prepared by chefs using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations. There is both an indoor and an outdoor onsen with amazing lake views. This ryokan is a fine place to relax and enjoy your holiday in Matsue.
In Gifu prefecture you can stay at this traditional ryokan which has a choice of small and medium sized rooms. Some are without private baths, so request this at the time of booking if it’s important to you. The Hidatakayama hot springs feed into the onsen here and the tubs are comforting and allow guests to feel at one with nature. Enjoy sightseeing in the area; there are lots of walks, markets and historic buildings to explore in the region.
From skiing and snow sports in winter, to hiking, cycling and river rafting in the summer, Hokkaido is all about exploring the outdoors and the Zaborin ryokan offers guests simplicity and beauty in the extreme. Each villa has its own indoor and outdoor private onsen with sensational, unobstructed views, as well as the mod-cons of wifi, TV and bluetooth speakers. The cuisine is of the highest standard too. Chef Yoshihiro Seno is local to the area and showcases local ingredients and cooking styles using the skills he developed working for many years in Japanese restaurants in New York.