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.
Nagano Prefecture is often referred to as the "Roof of Japan" because it is home to the Central, Northern, and Southern Japanese Alps. It is the fourth largest prefecture in Japan with an area of 13,585 square kilometers. The capital city, Nagano, came to world attention with the 1998 Winter Olympics, and with the new Hokuriku Shinkansen line built for the occasion it is a quick 90 minute train ride from Tokyo to Nagano. There are four national parks in the prefecture, and it is possible to enjoy outdoor activities all year round from camping and hiking in the spring, summer, and fall to snowboarding and skiing in the winter months. The Japanese Alps provide innumerable hot springs where you can relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Japan.
Welcome to Yudanaka Onsen Seifuso. This Traditional Ryokan was built in 1890. You can find very eccentric sculptures throughout the ryokan. Guests can relax in different styles of hot spring baths. Yudananaka Onsen Seifuso serves fresh, seasonal Japanese cuisine to their guests. In the winter please check in to Yudanaka Onsen Seifuso early as there is a lot of snow on the road leading up to the ryokan. It is better you check-in early at the Ryokan especially in the winter because the way ...
Welcome to Korakukan Jigokudani. This rustic mountain Minshuku is the nearest ryokan (only 100 meters) to the beautiful Jigokudani Yaen National Park in the mountains of the Yudanaka Onsen in Nagano. It is also known as the birthplace of "Go" (a Japanese strategy board game). Korakukan Jigokudani has 12 traditional Japanese-style rooms. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men at Korakukan J...
Welcome to the Yoroduya Onsen. This Modern Ryokan in Yudanaka Onsen was founded over 200 years ago and is known for it's excellent service. This ryokans has 28 rooms all with private indoor hot spring baths. You can also take advantage of the 5 public hot spring baths including 2 traditional rotenburo or open air baths and a family bath were you can reserve some private time in a hot spring bath. The building is modern but the owners have worked hard to maintain Japanese aesthetics and de...
Welcome to Shimaya Ryokan. This Modern Ryokan has 12 Japanese-style rooms, and 9 of those rooms have their own private bath and toilet. There are shared indoor hot spring baths for both women and men, as well as a family bath that can be reserved for private use. Local, seasonal cuisine is served at Shimaya Ryokan. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. Parking is available.
Welcome to Hotel Tsubakino. This Modern Ryokan has 27 guest rooms, including both Japanese and Western style rooms, and all of them have private shower rooms. The hotel also provides high speed internet access for its guests. There are shared indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, as well as private baths (for an additional fee) made from Hinoki wood or Japanese ceramic. Guests are served a mix of Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine, including local Shinshu beef, at Hotel Tsubakino.