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 Miyamaso Takamiya. This traditional ryokan is located on the hill of Zao Onsen. The Zao hot spring are well known for skin care. The ryokan was first built in 1716. It has been renewed and now offers all modern comfort. Miyamaso Takamiya stands a little back from center of the town, it is a very quiet and relaxing place. The guest can enjoy 7 different bathes open 24 hours. The hotel has 22 rooms, including 5 rooms with a private outdoor bath. Due to his location, the ryoka...
Welcome to Omiya Ryokan. This Modern Ryokan has 37 Japanese-style rooms. All of the rooms have their own private toilet and bathing is done in Omiya Ryokan's indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. The shared indoor women and men's hot spring baths hold up to 15 bathers, and they are open 24 hours a day. The shared outdoor women and men’s hot spring baths hold up to 10 bathers, and they are also open 24 hours a day. Omiya Ryokan serves seasonal Japanese cuisine to the guests. Check-in time is aft...
Welcome to Okazakiya Ryokan. This Modern Ryokan has 38 Japanese-style guest rooms, and all of the rooms have their own private toilet (most guests prefer to bathe in the ryokan's hot spring baths). There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). Traditional Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Okazakiya Ryokan. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. Parking is available.
Welcome to Wakamatsuya. This Modern Ryokan has 27 Japanese-style guest rooms. There are indoor and outdoor stone and wooden hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). There is also a "family bath" which can be privately reserved. Please ask at the front desk for details when checking in. Traditional Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Wakamatsuya. Check-in time is after 3:00pm and check-out time is before 10:00am. Parking is available.