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.
Yamagata Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region facing the Sea of Japan. The prefecture is full of hot springs, ski and snowboard slopes, hiking trails, and rich culture. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Yamagata Prefecture is Yamadera which is a large complex of ancient temples. It was founded in 860 A.D. and today there are 40 temples scattered among huge cedars trees on a steep, rocky hillside. Another popular attraction is Zao Onsen (Zao Hot Spring) which is the main center of activity in Zao Quasi National Park. Zao Onsen has over 120 ryokans and hotels with indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. In the park there are many hot springs, ski slopes, volcanoes, and crater lakes. Indeed, this area offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Japan. Other attractions in Yamagata Prefecture include the Mogami River and its boat ride and Dewa Sanzen (three sacred mountains of Dewa).
Welcome to Notoya-Ginzan. This wooden, 4 story Traditional Ryokan is gorgeous with plenty of character and history for guests looking to experience traditional Japanese accommodation. There are 15 Japanese-style guest rooms in both wings of Notoya-Ginzan, and each guest room has its own private toilet. There are 3 indoor and outdoor wooden and rock hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only) but the outdoor bath is closed during the winter season. There is also a “family ...
Welcome to Showakan. This wooden Traditional Ryokan is located in the heart of Ginzan Onsen and it has 11 Japanese-style guest rooms. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). Traditional, local Japanese cuisine is served to the guests at Showakan. Parking is available.