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.
The capital city of Hokkaido is Sapporo, Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo served as the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics and today it is the transportation hub of Hokkaido. This city of 1.8 million people has several attractions such as the Sapporo Brewery and the Botanical Gardens. Sapporo's "Summer Festival" is held from mid-July to mid-August and the famous "Yuki Matsuri" (Snow Festival) is held every February. The Yuki Matsuri is an extremely popular event and it attracts over 2 million visitors to the city.
Welcome to Nakamuraya Ryokan. This Ryokan Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Sapporo. All of the guest rooms at Nakamuraya Ryokan are Japanese-style, and each room has its own private bath and toilet. There are also a women's bath and a men's bath, and both are open 24 hours a day. Nakamuraya Ryokan serves authentic Sapporo cuisine to its guests as well. Check-in time is after 14:00 and check-out time is before 10:00am.
Welcome to Kasho Gyoen Kicchi. This Modern Ryokan (see definition of ryokan styles below) is located in Jozenkei Onsen (Jozenkei Hot Springs) which is 1 hour southwest of Sapporo. Kasho Gyoen Kicchi is a traditional Japanese-style wooden ryokan on a lake surrounded by forest. Amidst this peaceful surrounding, the 10 Japanese-style rooms at Kasho Gyoen Kicchi all look out over the lake and at night the entire ryokan is lit up. There are hot spring baths and saunas for both women and men (s...