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.
Ninety miles (144 kilometers) north of Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture lies the historical site of Nikko. Nikko's colorful shrines and temples and its national park offer the visitor a wonderful combination of both Japanese history and natural beauty. Nikko means "sunlight," and its shrines and temples were constructed in the 17th century in honor of the great shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. This complex of temples and shrines at Toshogu are the highlight of Nikko, and afterwards visitors can explore the mountains along Nikko's numerous hiking trails. At the nearby 200,000 acre Nikko National Park sits the tranquil lake of Chuzenji-ko and the resort of Yumoto. Below are some photos and further descriptions of Nikko.
Welcome to the Hotel Kosho. This is a Ryokan Hotel and it is located on the same grounds as Umeyashiki. The Hotel Kosho is the Bekkan while Umeyashiki is the Honkan. There are 25 rooms. most of them Japanese style, and every guest room has its own private bath and toilet. There are shared indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men at the Hotel Kosho (same gender bathing only). The Japanese garden is very large, measuring approximately 10,000 tsubo (30 tsubo = 100 square me...
Welcome to Nikko Hoshino Yado. This is a Modern Ryokan with 21 Japanese-style rooms. One of the highlights of Nikko Hoshino Yado is the beautiful, wooden men and women's glass-enclosed hot spring baths which are located in the ryokan's Japanese garden. There are also indoor women and men's hot spring baths and a small outdoor hot spring bath. Nikko Hoshino Yado serves traditional Japanese cuisine including "Oyuba" (a kind of tofu dish). Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is b...
Welcome to the Tokinoyu. This Modern Ryokan is located in the heart of Nikko city. It takes only 10 minute by walk from the Tokinoyu to the world heritage Shrines and Temples of Nikko. The Tokinoyu combines Japanese atmosphere and modern comfort, it was founded in 2010. The Tokinoyu has 20 Japanese style rooms, 10 rooms have their own bath and toilet; the other 10 rooms have a private toilet. This ryokan does not serve dinner, but a casual Japanese breakfast can be served.
Welcome to the Fuwari Ryokan. This Modern Ryokan is located in Nikko and its heart warming atmosphere and abundant nature will help you relax. Guests can enjoy the hot spring bathes and the family bath can be reserved for 50 minutes of private use for 2,000 yen (price subject to change). The staff will warmly welcome you and help you to enjoy your stay in Nikko. Do not forget to try the Fuwari cookies, those chocolate cookies are the specialty of this ryokan.
Welcome to Tokanso. This is an older, run-down Standard Ryokan. However, it is conveniently located in central Nikko with easy access to the nearby temples and shrines. Tokanso has 18 traditional Japanese-style rooms, and there is also a shared bath (same gender only) which looks out over Tokanso's Japanese garden and the beautiful surroundings of Nikko. Local Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests. Check-in time is after 14:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am.
Welcome to Miharashi. This cozy Standard Ryokan has Japanese-style rooms, and it is located near the shores of beautiful Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. (Warning: there is a main road in front of Miharashi, so please be careful as the traffic can get busy). Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Miharashi. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00am.
Welcome to Senhime Monogatari. This Modern Ryokan has 44 rooms (most are Japanese style), and each guest room has its own private bath and toilet. In addition, each guest room at Senhime Monogatari faces the Otani River. Indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only) are available 24 hours a day. Senhime Monogatari takes special pride in its local, seasonal cuisine served to the guests, and in the morning guests have a choice of either a Japanese or Western ...
Welcome to Umeyashiki. This Standard Ryokan is the Honkan (original building) located on the same grounds as the Hotel Kosho. Umeyashiki was originally a temple but today it is an older, run-down ryokan in need of renovation. The ryokan has 32 Japanese-style rooms and shared indoor hot spring baths (same gender only). Umeyashiki does not have an outdoor hot spring bath but guests can walk to the Hotel Kosho and use their outdoor hot spring bath (it is a 1 minute walk and guests must wear ...
Welcome to Hotel Tokugawa. This Modern Ryokan has 7 rooms where you can enjoy views of the stars. From their outdoor hot spring baths you will be able to take in the Japanese garden. Hotel Tokugawa served carefully arranged Japanese cuisine that will make you feel like you are in old Japan.