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 the Takinoyu Hotel. This large Ryokan Hotel has both a “Honkan” and a “Bekkan”, and in total there are 111 Japanese style and Western-style guest rooms here. From the guest rooms there is a view of the hotel’s lovely Japanese garden. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only), and the outdoor hot spring baths are easily accessible from the indoor baths. Fresh, local cuisine is served to the guests at the Takinoyu Hotel. Par...
Welcome to Yubo Ichiraku. This Modern Ryokan has 45 Japanese-style guest rooms and 8 Western-style guest rooms. In addition, 17 of the guest rooms at Yubo Ichiraku have their own private outdoor hot spring bath. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only), and the outdoor hot spring baths have a view of the ryokan’s Japanese garden. There is also a “family bath” which means guests can hang a sign outside of a bath and bathe privately. Yama...