Mid-range ryokan

Ryokan in this range will typically cost from around 15000 – 25000 Yen per person per night, including breakfast and dinner. Although the buildings may often be old (sometimes hundreds of years old!) the level of service and the fabulous meals are still an integral part of any ryokan stay.


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Not overlooking but actually inside Nara Park, the picturesque cottages that comprise this 100 year old ryokan are as close to Nara’s main attractions as you can possibly stay. This is not a five-star luxury hotel, but the traditional cottages are very comfortable. With the chance to see the local deer taking a nap right…

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Fujioto Ryokan

Fujioto is, hands down, our favourite place to stay in the Kiso Valley. Conveniently located on the main road in historic Tsumago, this charming, family run ryokan provides friendly service and delicious traditional meals. As with all accommodation in the area, this is traditional Japanese style; rooms are spare and simple but the ancient wooden…

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Kanponoyado Nara

Kanponoyado is a quiet and comfortable inn on the western side of Nara, offering a base from which to explore the ancient capital. The elegantly decorated guest rooms and indoor and outdoor natural hot-spring baths provide a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Delicious seasonal food is served in the restaurant overlooking the garden.

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Kurayado Iroha

Located on the beautiful Miyajima island, Kurayado Iroha is a wonderful ryokan located right by the sea, midway between UNESCO Itsukushima Shrine and the Miyajima Ferry port. The ryokan’s luxury rooms contain elements of the contemporary and the traditional, and offer spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea, Indulge in delicious Kaiseki cuisine, take a…

Type: Mid-range ryokan  |  Category: Western Honshu  | 

Saigakukan Ryokan

Saigakukan is a traditional Ryokan nestling on the hillside on one side of Yufuin village, with superb views across the plateau to Mt Yukudake. With only 24 rooms, this ryokan has an intimate atmosphere enhanced by its authentic architecture and rural setting. Though the rooms are traditional in style, Saigakukan can offer western beds for…

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Tokinoyu Setsugetsuka

Setsugetsuka is conveniently located in front of Gora Station and all rooms have private open-air baths with fantastic views of Mount Hakone. The Ryokan has a variety of hot spring baths, both indoor, outdoor and on your room’s balcony! Very popular with domestic tourists, it’s a wonderful place to take a break in the Japanese…

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Watanabe Ryokan

You will find this small family-run ryokan at the end of a narrow alley lined with old wooden buildings, minutes away from the World Heritage site of Itsukushima shrine. All rooms have traditional Japanese baths made of fragrant cypress wood, but what really makes Watanabe Inn stand out is the delicious Japanese kaiseki cuisine served…

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