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.
Aomori Prefecture is the most northern prefecture on the main island of Honshu. Aomori faces Hokkaido and it also borders both Iwate and Akita prefectures. The largest city in Aomori Prefecture is Aomori, and during the first week of August the city hosts the annual Nebuta Matsuri (Nebuta Festival). The Nebusta Matsuri is one of Japan's largest festivals, and it features illuminated floats and a lot of energetic dancing by everyone involved. Other highlights of Aomori Prefecture are Hirosaki Castle (southwest of Aomori), and the Shimokita Hanto (Shimokita Peninsula) which boasts wonderful coastal scenery and wildlife, including a large population of wild monkeys. In Towada-Hachimantai National Park lies Japan's third largest lake, Lake Towadako. This large crater lake has crystal clear water and is surrounded by pretty pine forests. North of Lake Towadako lies Mount Hakkodasan which is a popular area for hiking during the summer months.