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.
Okinawa consists of over 100 islands, and it is a popular destination for those wishing to escape the Japanese cities and experience long, sandy beaches; excellent coral reefs; and lush vegetation. The main island is "Okinawa-Honto" (or simply Okinawa), and it is the most populated island because of the capital city of Naha and the presence of the American military bases. There are a number of historical attractions including Shuri-jo (pictured below) and war memorials in the south from the Battle of Okinawa. From Okinawa, visitors can go and explore the outer islands to "get away from it all" and see the best this area has to offer including wonderful beaches, terrific diving spots, and lush tropical vegetation.