What is a Ryokan? 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.
Akita Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region in northern Japan. The climate in Akita Prefecture is characterized by short summers and long winters. In fact, central Akita Prefecture has some of the highest snowfalls in all of Japan. Akita Prefecture is full of natural beauty, and includes many popular tourist attractions. Lake Tazawako is a crater lake located in eastern Akita Prefecture, and it is the deepest lake in Japan. Kakunodate is an old castle town also in the eastern part of the prefecture and it is full of well-preserved samurai houses. Lake Towada is another crater lake and with its many waterfalls and rapids it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Tohoku region. The Hachimantal Plateau is located south of Lake Towada and it is known for its hot springs, mountain climbing, skiing, and snowboarding. The Ogahanto Peninsula in western Akita Prefecture sticks out into the Sea of Japan and has a beautiful, rugged coastline. In 1993, the Shirakami-Sanchi mountain range, which spreads over Aomri and Akita Prefectures, was declared a World Natural Heritage Site and contains one of the world's largest beech forests.
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Welcome to Tsurunoyu Onsen. This wooden Minshuku is located near Yamanoyado Bekkan, and it has 30 Japanese-style guest rooms. None of the guest rooms have their own private bath and only a few of the guest rooms have their own private toilet. The hot spring baths here date back over 350 years, and there are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). There is a "family bath" which can be privately reserved, and there are also mixed outdoor hot spring bat...
Welcome to Yamanoyado Bekkan. This Traditional Ryokan is located near Tsurunoyu Onsen, and it has 9 Japanese style guest rooms. All of the guest rooms have their own private bath and toilet. There are indoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only), and they are open 24 hours a day. The guests also have free access to the outdoor hot spring baths at Tsurunoyu Onsen (Tsurunoyu Hot Spring) which is 1 kilometer away. Traditional Japanese cuisine is served to the guests at Y...
Welcome to Kyukamura Tazawako Kogen. Located in Nyuto Onsen, this Modern Ryokan is located near the beautiful crater lake, Lake Tazawako. It has 38 rooms, of which 25 are Japanese style and 13 are Western style. 3 rooms have private toilets and baths, while all the others have private toilets only. There are two indoor and two outdoor hot spring baths (same gender only), open 15:00-9:00. Buffet style meals are served at Kyukamura Tazawako Kogen. Check-in is after 15:00 and check-out is be...
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
Part of the Rediscover Group of Travel Companies Rediscover Japan Co., Ltd. (Japanese Guest Houses)
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