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Staying at a ryokan in Japan is a must if you want to understand deeply the country and its people. There are many ryokans in Japan and selecting the right one can be difficult. Japanese Guest Houses works with ryokans all over Japan. Whether you're looking for a traditional wooden building or a luxurious ryokan with all the comfort you can imagine our team of experts is here to assist you and make your stay at a ryokan an unforgetable experience.

Popular Destinations
#1 Mt Koya
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Koyasan (Mount Koya) is one of Japan's holiest mountains located in Wakayama Prefecture. In the early 9th century, the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi founded the first temple and it has grown to more than 100 monasteries surrounding the head temple of Kongobuji
#2 Hakone
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Hakone offers everything a vacationer could hope for. With mountains, lakes, hot springs, museums, and interesting historical sites Hakone is a must-see destination for any traveler to Japan.
#3 Kyoto
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The ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, Kyoto remains the most historically important city in Japan. There are over 1,700 Buddhist temples, 300 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, and some of Japan’s top museums and galleries are located in this city.
Our Suggestions
Off the beaten path
Off the beaten path
Maybe you've been to Japan before and are looking for your next great adventure. We have compiled a list of lesser known destinations in rural Japan that are totally worth the trip. Take a look at our recommendations for ryokans that are off the beaten path!
Hot springs
hot springs
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 which can be found at the ryokans listed at Japanese Guest Houses. Onsens are created from water heated naturally underground, and the water varies both in degrees and in mineral composition. The water is piped into the ryokans or other establishments, and then regulated at various temperatures. At many ryokans, there will be large indoor onsen for both men and women.
Temples of Japan
Ease your mind at one of our best Buddhist temples (Shukubo). Forget your daily routine, join monks in their morning pray, and taste vegetarian meals (Shojin-ryori). Though all temples are different, the following temples have been selected for the unique experiences they provide. Staying at such a temple is something you will never forget.
We work with over 400 ryokans!

Japanese Ryokans are simply the best way to have a true Japanese experience. Staying at a Ryokan will bring you back to the true senses of life. Fine dining, hot springs bathing, sleeping in Japanese futons, and wearing a Japanese Yukata (cotton robe) are some of the elements that will make your stay memorable. Such kind of experience and level of service can only be found at a Japanese Ryokans. Let us arrange your reservation at one of our 400 Ryokans, all around Japan.