What is a Ryokan? Like a Western-style inn, maintaining the special, atmosphere and appearance is more important than providing the latest modern conveniences. Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Japan has eight beautiful regions rich in culture and diversity. Select a region to explore and view available ryokans.
Aomori Prefecture is the most northern prefecture on the main island of Honshu. Aomori faces Hokkaido and it also borders both Iwate and Akita prefectures. The largest city in Aomori Prefecture is Aomori, and during the first week of August the city hosts the annual Nebuta Matsuri (Nebuta Festival). The Nebusta Matsuri is one of Japan's largest festivals, and it features illuminated floats and a lot of energetic dancing by everyone involved. Other highlights of Aomori Prefecture are Hirosaki Castle (southwest of Aomori), and the Shimokita Hanto (Shimokita Peninsula) which boasts wonderful coastal scenery and wildlife, including a large population of wild monkeys. In Towada-Hachimantai National Park lies Japan's third largest lake, Lake Towadako. This large crater lake has crystal clear water and is surrounded by pretty pine forests. North of Lake Towadako lies Mount Hakkodasan which is a popular area for hiking during the summer months.
Welcome to Aoni Onsen Ryokan. This Traditional Ryokan has 32 Japanese-style guest rooms. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). There are also mixed hot spring baths (women and men bathing together). Traditional Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Aoni Onsen Ryokan. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. Parking is available.
Welcome to Tsuta Onsen Ryokan. This classic, north-country inn dates to 1909 and is one of Tohoku's most famous traditional ryokan. Tsuta means "ivy" in Japanese, a theme carried out in the decor and also in the dense, surrounding beech forest. Rooms in the oldest wooden structure (built in 1918) and an annex (built in 1960), both up a long flight of stairs, have beautiful wood-carved details and good views, while the west wing, a 1988 addition, has an elevator and the convenience of toil...
Welcome to Kazennosho. This Ryokan Hotel has 18 Japanese-style guest rooms, and there are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). Traditional Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Kazennosho. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. Parking is available.