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.
Arriving on a late flight but have plans to stay at a ryokan far from Tokyo or Osaka? Flight delays, long lines at immigration, exchanging money, finding your way around Narita and Kansai International airports, …it usually takes longer than you think to finally leave an airport. It is best to stay the first night at one of our Tokyo, Narita, or Osaka ryokans. With the 17:30 (5:30pm) check in times at the ryokans, you probably won’t make it. Relax and get rid of your jet lag at a nearby Tokyo, Narita, or Osaka ryokan or hotel before heading out to your next ryokan stay.
Traveling to the popular hot spring area of Hakone? How about fitting a visit to Mt Fuji? Do you want to explore Kamakura and Enoshima Island, or travel around the Izu Peninsula? Go to the Odakyu Railway website for rail information and learn all about their FreePass (discount round-trip tickets) for these areas. Here is some more information on the Hakone Free Pass