Kaichoro Ryokan, Ikaho Onsen
One of the newest of Japan's top ryokan, Ikaho Onsen's Kaichoro is perhaps the most luxurious: flawless rooms meld the best of Japanese and Western architecture, secluded open-air onsen baths are ensuite to all suites, and exquisite French Kaiseki dinners are unparalleled at all but a handful of the world's best restaurants.
The Kaichoro's recent opening belies a rich history - the Fukuda family has been running ryokan in Ikaho Onsen for 17 generations. The modern Kaichoro - cradled by the larger and longer running Fukuichi ryokan - is a luxury incarnation of an inn run by the Fukuda family 14 generations ago. This incarnation is modern indeed, and rooms reflect the best of luxury ryokan in a Zen like simplicity as well as all that is best in a luxury hotel, with futuristically high-tech lighting and music controls, numerous flat-screen televisions, and sliding screens which stylishly hide this all from sight.
While the rooms are simply exceptional, the food is breathtaking. Six months before the Kaichoro opened its doors, Chef Shigeru Arai searched Japan - and much of Europe - for the very best ingredients. Those not grown in the ryokan's organic kitchen gardens are sourced directly from exclusive suppliers, many of whom also supply the Emperor's kitchens. Dinners are a fusion of traditional French and Japanese techniques and seasonal luxury ingredients, and are served with exceptional sommelier-chosen complimentary wines and sakes.
Ikaho Onsen is nestled in the misty hills of Gunma Prefecture, about an hour by car from the Shinkansen Station at Takasaki and two from Tokyo.
Bookings at the Kaichoro Inn can be made through Into Japan Specialist Tours:
UK office +44-(0)1865-841443
Japan office +81-(0)3-3263-6093 >
FacilitiesPrivate outdoor bath, Private Garden, Spa
5-4 Koto, Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gunma
Check-in / Check-out
Check in after 1 pm / Check out by 11 am
Shinkansen to Takasaki then private car to the ryokan