Accommodations

Hotels in Japan range from simple and efficient business hotels to the luxurious accommodation found only in Tokyo. Ryokan still fill the luxury niche in many locations.

Japanese accommodation is known for service at any level and even in smaller establishments in the 3 star category, staff will be polite, knowledgeable and friendly, while at the higher end the service often exceeds the highest expectations. Rooms at all levels are generally spotlessly clean and breakfasts are very good quality – though a Japanese “Western” breakfast will vary from the traditional, with salads being a very common addition, along with eggs, meats, toasts, rolls, yoghurt and fruit. Japanese breakfasts are also often available.

Traditionally, Japanese couples sleep next to each other on futons and though hotels provide beds, the prevalence of twin rooms, often with two single sized beds, still reflects this. Wherever possible, we will accommodate requests for double beds, though outside the larger cities twin rooms remain standard up to the 4 Star level.

Top end hotels are somewhat limited outside major cities, with 5 Star + really only available in Tokyo – though luxury ryokan are available throughout the country.

Below you will find a wide selection of accommodation to explore or choose one of the categories opposite.

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Aman Resorts Tokyo

The Aman is a well-known hotel brand around the world, and many Aman fans are keen to try out the hotel chain in whatever country they find themselves next. The Aman Tokyo is the most recent luxury hotel to open in Tokyo, and has the brand’s signature, monochrome, simplistic look in every aspect of its design.Located…

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Amanemu

The newest addition to the Aman Resorts constellation, Amanemu embraces the ancient Japanese bathing tradition of onsen, using nutrient-rich thermal springs to provide a contemplative and restorative retreat set among serene natural surroundings. Perched on the rolling hills of Ise-Shima National Park in southwestern Japan, Amanemu is a hot-spring sanctuary overlooking the calm waters of…

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ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

The recently renovated ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently located close to the Peace Park and is easily accessible from Hiroshima Station. The hotel boasts a comprehensive fitness centre, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Japanese, Chinese, and French restaurants are among the other extensive facilities on offer.

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

This mid-range hotel is situated conveniently close to the train station, and is ideally located in the tourism centre of the city. Comfortable, well-appointed twin and double rooms are available to choose from. The hotel boasts ample facilities for dining and relaxing, including Japanese and Chinese restaurants and a bar.

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ANA Intercontinental Ishigaki

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Maesato Beach in Japan’s southernmost city, the expansive grounds of ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort invite relaxation — whether your time is spent lounging by the pool, indulging in a deep seawater spa treatment, or enjoying the generous facilities for golf, tennis and marine sports. Rich cultural traditions, abundant coral reefs,…

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Aneyakoji Bettei

Aneyakoji Bettei, or Aneyakoji Villa, is a small, private hotel in a quiet neighbourhood of Kyoto. Equipped with traditional wooden-lattice windows and fixtures crafted by local artisans, Aneyakoji Bettei aims to provide its guests with the experience of living in Kyoto as a local. Aneyakoji has a bar which serves 20 different kinds of sake…

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Asadaya ryokan

Asadaya is more than 140 years old and the most famous ryokan in Kanazawa. It has only 5 elaborate rooms for guests in order to provide perfect services in accordance with the “sukiya” style of simplicity. Asadaya Ryokan is similar to a history or art museum, and has an excellent collection of sword guards from…

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Aura Tachibana

Located just minutes from Hakone Yumoto Station, Aura Tachibana houses large public indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.  They also have private open-air baths on the roof.  The baths, coupled with an incredible view of the hillside scenery, provide the ultimate spot for rest and relaxation. Aura Tachibana is well known for its Japanese-style dinner and breakfast.  They…

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Benesse House Hotel

Benesse House is a unique fusion of modern architecture and art that has a growing legion of worldwide fans. Designed by Japan’s most famous architect, Tadao Ando, the hotel successfully marries art, architecture and nature in a stunning environment. Guests have a choice of four separate hotel areas in which to stay: Oval, Museum, Beach…

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Beniya Mukayu

Beniya Mukayu is a luxury ryokan spa retreat nestled in the countryside of Yamashiro Onsen. Its architecture elegantly emphasizes contrasts between light, shade and neutral colours and every room has its own private open-air hot spring bath, with a wonderful view of the authentic Japanese garden. The traditional tea ceremony performed by the owner, yoga…

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Best Western Hotel Takayama

Located in the heart of old Takayama, the Best Western Hotel Takayama is within walking distance of the train station, as well as being within easy reach of the most popular tourist sights: the jinya (an old government outpost in a beautiful building), sake breweries, morning markets and museums. Japanese and Western restaurants are conveniently…

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Conrad Tokyo

Tokyo‘s Conrad Hotel is one of Japan’s best, with impeccable service, incredible views, and irresistibly luxurious rooms. Of Tokyo’s luxury hotels, the Conrad leans furthest towards a boutique hotel aesthetic, without compromising style and comfort. With a range of rooms and suites with garden or city views, the deeply comfortable rooms are designed with relaxation…

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Daien-in Temple

Centrally located, Daien-in temple is one of the oldest religious places in Koyasan. Originally named Tamon-in during the 10th century, the temple became famous for the statue of Amida Nyoria. Guests can attend the daily morning chanting Buddhist ceremony before eating a delicious vegetarian breakfast.

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Dogo Onsen Dogokan

This is a perfect blend of modern building and traditional ryokan. This modern Japanese-style building was designed by the famous architect Kisho Kurokawa. It was designed to complement nature and includes a beautiful and generously-sized spa area. Service is outstanding and visitors from abroad are warmly welcomed. The hotel’s location is ideal for visiting the…

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Edosan

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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Four Seasons Kyoto

The Four Seasons, which opened in 2016, is situated in the scenic temple district of Eastern Kyoto. Centred around an 800-year old ikeniwa (pool garden), the hotel offers guests a tranquil atmosphere in which to relax.In its spacious guest rooms, suites and Hotel residences, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto blends refined, modern aesthetics and the creations…

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Four Seasons Tokyo

This is one of Tokyo’s most expensive hotels and which offers the ultimate in service, privacy, and exclusivity. Next to Tokyo Station and within walking distance of the Ginza, it boasts one of the most convenient locations in town. Despite its bustling location, the hotel is buffered from the outside world with triple-glazed glass and…

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Fudo-in Temple

One of Mt Koya’s smaller temples, Fudo-in is located between the Mt Koya Visitor Centre and Okuno-in Cemetery. The temple is well known for its refined, welcoming atmosphere and peaceful setting, which is perfect for meditating. Join the morning prayer service and enjoy delicious vegetarian meals.

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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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Fujiya Hotel

Since 1878, the Fujiya Hotel has been renowned globally as one of the most classical resort hotels in Japan. With a reputation for incomparable hospitality and service, the Fujiya Hotel has drawn many dignitaries and celebrities from all over the world. The Fujiya Hotel now accommodates a maximum of 300 guests in 146 Western-style guest…

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Gajoen

As well as being one of the most famous ryokan in Japan, Gajoen is located in Myoken Onsen, a hot-springs resort renowned for its beauty worldwide. Gajoen’s charm lies in its simplicity: guests to this exclusive ryokan can expect farm-fresh cooking entirely prepared using locally-sourced ingredients, all picked and prepared on the very day of…

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Garden Terrace Hotel Miyazaki

Garden Terrace Hotel Miyazaki is a luxury boutique hotel, with peaceful bamboo surroundings, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma to blend with its environment. It is conveniently close to Miyazaki Station. The hotel has 10 Western-style twin rooms and 2 Japanese-style rooms, as well as 2 restaurants and a bar.

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Gifu Miyako Hotel

The Miyako is Gifu’s premier Western style hotel. Overlooking the scenic Nagara River, the hotel offers nearly 200 rooms and suites and is a great option for those visiting the city. There are many staff who speak reasonable English so communicating won’t cause any problems and the staff are well trained and diligent in looking…

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Gora Byakudan

Gora Byakudan is one of Hakone’s newest ryokan-style accommodation choices. It’s a beautiful new Japanese-style hotel with outstanding views in a secluded, peaceful setting. The location is wonderful, and the glass lobby offers some spectacular views. It is here that guests also enjoy their breakfast and evening meal, gazing out at the fog, and rolling…

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Gora Kadan

This exclusive Hakone ryokan has a great reputation, blending modern comforts with traditional Japanese ryokan aesthetics and service. It is a member of Relais & Chateaux, a French federation of independent luxury properties. Unapologetically expensive, the Gora Kadan is the premier choice in Hakone for a luxurious ryokan stay and whether as a base for…

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Hakone Ginyu

Hakone Ginyu is a South East Asian inspired Japanese ryokan, perched on the steep slope of the Haya River Valley. It is a more modern ryokan: whilst offering the traditional tatami flooring and futon bedding, there is still a perceptible sense of modernity and luxury in the property’s sumptuous design. As you walk in, you…

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Henjoson-in

Henjoson-in is a temple located beside Reihokan Hall and just in front of the lotus pond of the Garan. The temple’s 25 guest rooms provide customers with a TV, coffee and yukata. Hot spring baths are also on offer, including a herb bath. The dinner, served by local monks, is called ‘Shojin Ryori’ (vegan cuisine)….

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Hiiragiya Ryokan

A Kyoto institution, this luxurious ryokan first opened its doors in 1818 and has been owned and run by the same family for 6 generations. Famous for its Kyoto-style kaiseki dinners, Hiiragiya has hosted many famous guests and each room is differently decorated with art and antiques. Most rooms offer views of the traditional garden…

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Hongaku-in

Hongaku-in temple is surrounded by five unique gardens and is located at the centre of beautiful woodlands. Delicious ‘Shojin Ryori’ (vegan) meals are served when staying here and the temple is a good base from which to explore Mt Koya.

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Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Situated on the elegant Miya River, this characterful ryokan quietly sits by one of the town’s famous attractions, the red Nakabashi bridge. All rooms are furnished in traditional Japanese style, and you can enjoy their relaxing onsen baths as well as their seasonal cuisine. The ryokan reflects the rustic charm and peaceful ambience of the…

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Hoshinoya Kyoto

The resort is located in the hills to the west of Kyoto, in Arashiyama, an area favoured as a nature retreat by the people of Kyoto since the time of the first emperors of Japan. All 25 rooms offer a view of the Ooigawa River flowing through a deep gorge. Only accessible by its own…

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Hoshinoya Taketomi

This Hoshinoya resort is located in the heart of Taketomi Island village, one of the 91 government-designated ‘Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings’. By staying in Hoshinoya, you will experience the simple and traditional lifestyle of the Okinawa district in the comfortable and modern way, along with the approximately 320 villagers, including the…

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Hoshinoya Tokyo

Promising sublime and authentic Japanese ryokan hospitality in the heart of Japan’s capital, Hoshinoya Tokyo offers the genuine Hoshinoya experience. The rooms deliver traditional elegance combined with comfort to allow guests to escape from the bustle of the city outside . Each floor also features a common lounge exclusive to the guests of that floor…

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Hotel Claska

Tokyo’s only true boutique hotel, Claska was originally built in the 1970s and then refurbished in 2003 as a design hotel. The hotel has only 12 rooms (9 Western and 3 Japanese style), each filled with handcrafted furniture and low-key Japanese touches. No two rooms are the same: one has an attached terrace, another a…

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Located in the upper levels of Kyoto’s recently rebuilt railway station, the Granvia Hotel Kyoto is the most convenient as well as one of the most luxurious of Kyoto’s hotels. The Granvia offers excellent service, impeccably comfortable rooms, and a desirable selection of restaurants and bars from which to enjoy the city lights at the…

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Hotel Kanra

One of Kyoto’s newest hotels, the Kanra creates an exquisite blend of traditional Japanese design and contemporary boutique sensibility. Kanra is well located to the subway station, making an attractive and convenient place to stay in Kyoto. It’s quirky too: there is a cafe located in the lobby (which serves delicious, local coffee) and there are many…

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Hotel Nikko Alivila

Hotel Nikko Alivila is a high class resort surrounded by some of Okinawa’s clearest waters and beautiful coral reefs. The Spanish colonial style exterior with its red tiled roof and white walls is complimented by the blue ocean of Okinawa. The name “Alivila” is a combination of the Spanish words “alivio” (relaxation) and “villa” (country…

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Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa combines an elegant European atmosphere with the beauty of the four seasons. Being the tallest hotel in the Hokuriku area it features world-class views in an excellent location close to the station. After a day of sight-seeing, enjoy a meal in one of the unique restaurants of the hotel, or simply sit…

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Hotel Nikko Kochi Asahi Royal

Shikoku’s top western style hotel offers a prime location for exploring the southern part of the island. The hotel has 191 rooms and suites, a restaurant with great views, a tea room and fantastic service. The hotel has a waterfront location which commands a panoramic view of the central area of Kochi.

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Hotel Nirakanai Iriomotejima

Self-described as “Okinawa’s best kept secret”, Hotel Nirakanai is located on the wild and mysterious Iriomote island. Primeval forests cover the vast majority of the Iriomote, and the hotel offers the comfort and luxury of a high-class hotel within reach of a variety of breathtaking sights, sounds and experiences.

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Hotel Rocore Naha

With a great location right next to Naha’s vibrant heart, Kokusai Dori, the Rocore Hotel offers free WiFi and TVs with multilingual broadcasts in the simple but comfortable guestrooms. The theme of the hotel is “High Quality Okinawa”. Local materials, such as Ryukyu glass and Ryukyu limestone, have been used to create an authentically Okinawan…

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Hotel Solaria Nishitetsu

Located conveniently in central Fukuoka, only a 3-minute walk from Tenjin Subway Station and having direct access to Nishitetsu Tenji Station, Hotel Solaria Nishitetsu is a modern, stylish hotel. Guests can swim at the indoor pool and refresh in the sauna rooms, or enjoy Western dishes as served at the Transblue and grilled Teppanyaki dishes…

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Hyatt Regency Hakone

The most luxurious western hotel in Hakone, the Hyatt Regency offers its guests very spacious, tastefully decorated rooms with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Japanese hot-spring baths, excellent in-house restaurants and complimentary drinks served during happy hour create a relaxing resort atmosphere.

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Hyatt Regency, Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency opened its stylish doors in 2006. Just minutes from JR Kyoto Station, the Hyatt Regency is located in the heart of the richly cultural Higashiyama area, amidst the famous Chishakuin, Sanjusangendo and Yogenin Temples. With rooms blending Japanese and Western luxury, the Hyatt Regency excels at comfort, and brings already high levels…

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Iwaso

Situated in a picturesque part of Momijidani Park, the stylish luxury ryokan Iwaso has among their guest list members of the Japanese royal family and has been welcoming visitors to Miyajima since 1854. Each comfortable room boasts creative design, such as flame-shaped windows, openwork screens, latticework and alcove posts. The Wakamiya Hot Spring, named after…

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Izu Atami Koarashitei

Located on a beautiful hill with a fantastic view of Sagami Bay and surrounded by the peaceful countryside, Atami Koarashitei is a lovely retreat from urban bustle. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the inner garden, relax in the hot-spring baths, and enjoy delicious kaiseki cuisine.

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JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

The hotel is ideally situated, adjacent to the JR train station in the centre of the city and only a short walk away from Odori park. The hotel aims to provide a relaxing experience for all guests. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in earthy tones. There is a spa on the 22nd floor and…

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Jusandi Villa

“JUSANDI” means “sunset” in the local Okinawa dialect, and on the subtropical island of Ishigaki, surrounded by nature, sunset over the sea couldn’t be more beautiful. Jusandi Villa provides a moment of luxury with 4 individual villas each with their own garden and private pool. The restaurant serves delicious Japanese cuisine cooked from fresh local…

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Kagetsutei

A traditional inn with a huge Japanese garden designed by a famous garden designer. All rooms have great views of the garden. Relax and feel at ease in the open-air bath that is directly connected to each room. The cuisine is seasonal, fresh and utterly delicious.

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KAI Aso Resort

This is the perfect resort to take yourself away from busy city life and treat yourself with luxury. An awareness of the changing seasons is part of all aspects of this ryokan, from the perfectly presented kaiseki meals of the finest local ingredients to the ever-present spectacular scenery. KAI Aso manages 12 separate cottages for…

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KAI Hakone

KAI Hakone is a modern-style Japanese resort ryokan with tatami-matted rooms, although there are western-style room options too. The rooms are designed to provide a peaceful retreat with modern comforts. The highlights are the traditional kaiseki cuisine featuring local Hakone dishes and the indoor/ outdoor baths with one wall open to the view of the…

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Kai Izumo Matsue

An exclusive Japanese hot springs accomodation in Tamatsukuri onsen near Matsue, each of the stylish resort’s guestrooms’ open-air baths are fed by the area’s famed thermal waters. Delicious meals use the freshest local ingredients and a stay here is sure to please!

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KAI Kawaji

At this quiet getaway nestled along a scenic wooded ravine, relax in lush hot-spring baths and enjoy sweets made with freshly ground flour and grain at the traditional water mill. Enjoy the finest relaxation in KAI Kawaji’s hinoki open-air baths (a cypresswood bath) and rock open-air baths. All the rooms of this stylish ryokan resort…

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KAI Nikko

KAI Nikko is an exclusive Japanese hot springs accomodation in Nikko’s Chuzenji onsen. Guests at this luxurious resort ryokan can gaze out over Lake Chuzenji from their rooms, which feature classic architecture and traditional touches in a contemporary style. Guests can also enjoy seasonal Japanese cuisine, and the resort’s private open-air baths and sauna.

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Kaichoro Ryokan

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…

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Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Completely refurbished and reopened in 2015, this hotel has a lot going for it, but as a base for sightseeing in Kanazawa, its unbeatable location is what sets it apart. Kenrokuen Gardens, the city’s premier attraction, is under 10 minutes away on foot, it’s just 5 minutes to the Samurai Quarter and there are plenty…

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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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Keio Plaza Hotel

The Sapporo Keio Plaza Hotel is a comfortable, stylish hotel in a perfect location for exploring Sapporo and Hokkaido at large. With a pool, a gym, eight different bars and restaurants throughout the Keio Plaza Hotel’s many floors, this is also an ideal place to spend a lazy day in good company.

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Kerama Terrace Tokashiki

This compact hotel is a 2 minute walk from Tokashiki‘s pristine Aharen Beach.  The water is warm and the fish are plentiful.  You can rent diving equipment at the hotel for a reasonable price.  The staff at the hotel provides a wonderful service – nothing is too much trouble. With its restaurant, bar and spa,…

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Keyforest Hotel Hokuto

A property as stunning as it is exclusive, the Keyforest Hotel Hokuto acts as the crown jewel of the Kobuchizawa Art Village. With its six carefully-designed rooms, friendly international staff, private spa and intimate dining spaces, guests are sure to enjoy a highly personal experience. Though still relatively unknown to international tourists, the Art Village…

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Kinnotake

One of the most luxurious ryokans in the area, Hakone Kinnotake was inspired by Japan’s famous 10th century folktale “Taketori Monogatari”, in which the beautiful and mysterious Princess Kaguya is discovered in the stalk of a bamboo plant, and eventually returns to the moon. Kinnotake boasts 10 uniquely designed rooms and suites looking out on…

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Kotosankaku Ryokan

Just a 5-minute walk from JR Kotohira Train Station, Kotosankaku provides Japanese rooms with traditional futon beds, a minibar and Konpira Mountain views. Hot-spring baths, traditional meals and massage services are featured. Tatami (woven-straw) floors and shoji paper screens create a zen atmosphere in the rooms, some of which include a private hot-spring bath.

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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: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range ryokan  |   |  Place: Miyajima

Lamp no Yado

A luxury rural ‘sanctuary’ retreat located on the very tip of the Noto Peninsula, Lamp no Yado sits right beside the sea overlooking its very own private beach. Every room is Japanese style and has a private bath to relax in and take in the scenery. Lamp no Yado offers traditional dishes from fresh local…

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Mandarin Oriental is one of Tokyo’s premier hotels. Located Nihonbashi, the hotel is surrounded by good restaurants and is a stone’s throw from the famous Mizukoshi department store. It provides a luxury stay in one of the world’s busiest and most exciting cities. The hotel is located on the top floors of the Nihonbashi…

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Matsue Tokyu Inn Hotel

Matsue Tokyu Inn Hotel is located centrally – proud to be a landmark in front of JR Matsue Station and very close to its historical castle. The hotel provides comfortable guestrooms fitted with modern amenities, flat screen satellite TV and all its guestrooms have a wireless LAN connection.

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags:  |  Place: Matsue

Moku no Sho

A beautiful, modern Japanese ryokan hotel that offers a lovely place to stay, but located on the far western reaches of the Niseko area and some distance away from the slopes and nighlife so perhaps not ideal for hardcore skiers and those who want lots of après ski action. However, for those who fancy a…

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Motoyu Ishiya

Located in Fukatani spa, a 400 year old castle town on the outskirts of Kanazawa, this long established ryokan has a history of over 200 years. The brown coloured water of the hot springs is well known for its medicinal properties and there is a beautiful traditional garden with a Noh stage. Meals are based…

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Murata

Murata is an assortment of historical houses, collected from all over Japan and refurbished to the highest standard as private luxury cottage accommodation. Rooms feature private onsen baths and each is utterly unique. Murata is featured in the well known book ‘The Japanese spa: a guide to Japan’s finest ryokan and onsen’. Built in 1992…

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Nara Hotel

Founded in 1909, The Nara hotel first served as the premier guesthouse in the Kansai area for visiting dignitaries from Japan and abroad. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Japan, with most of its 129 rooms keeping their ancient glory, with wooden beams, European radiators and ceramic fireplaces. With a great location on the…

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Nikko Hotel Kumamoto

Located in the middle of the town, Nikko Kumamoto hotel is within walking distance of the famous Kumamoto castle. With 191 rooms and 6 restaurants available for business and leisure travelers to enjoy. Hotel Nikko Kumamoto also features the largest banquet room in the city, which can be used for various events, such as business…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags:  |  Place: Kumamoto

Niseko Hilton Village

This luxury resort has something for everyone, from families seeking adventure to those dreaming of a rejuvenating retreat. Slip into the open hot springs beneath bright blue skies and verdant Mount Yotei, or slip off to the spa for some indulgent pampering. With the hotel’s own ski slopes right on the doorstep, the Hilton is…

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Niwa no Hotel

Niwa no Hotel, meaning “Garden Hotel,” is an elegant hotel located in the centre of Tokyo. The hotel has a boutique feel to it, perfect for those looking for something a little different during their time in Tokyo. As the name suggests, guests are greeted by a lovely little garden on approach to the hotel,…

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Noborioji Hotel

The newly luxurious Noborioji hotel is nestled at the foot of Kofukuji temple, and the beauty of the surroundings is reflected by the masterful use of wood for the interior design of the hotel. Large windows also provide wide views over Nara park. There are only 12 rooms, with a minimum size of 40 square…

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Noku Roxy

The idea of a boutique hotel – small, intimate, upscale accommodation, where guests are made to feel at home – is a growing trend in Europe. In Japan boutique hotels are less common, but Noku Kyoto certainly fills this gap. The hotel’s style is very simple, and in this sense it is typically Japanese, yet…

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Oborozukiyo Ryokan

Oborozukiyo ryokan is nestled in a quiet area not far from Dogo Onsen station. Its design combines both comfort, elegance and tradition. All its rooms have private outdoor baths in the traditional Japanese style. You can also enjoy beauty treatment s in the Aesthetic room, or simply relax in your own lounge area. The menu…

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Odakyu Hotel de Yama

Odakyu Hotel de Yama is nestled on the shores of Lake Ashi, with superb views of Mt Fuji from the extensive gardens. Mt Fuji is one of those iconic images but regular visitors to Japan will tell you that it often becomes shrouded in cloud. The view is usually clearest in the early morning; staying…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags: ,  |  Place: Hakone

Okayama ANA Crowne Plaza

The ANA Hotel Okayama stands proudly as a stylish and sophisticated addition to the city’s skyline. Conveniently located at the hub of the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, it is both easily accessible and a popular stop for visitors to the Okayama Convention Centre. The modern interior is the handiwork of a team of world-famous, first-class…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags:  |  Place: Okayama

Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

Ideally located in the central part of Okinawa, Marriott Hotel is convenient in exploring both north and south of the island. The V-shaped building treats you to fantastic views of the sunrise in the morning, and sunset in the evening, from any of the 15 floors. Overlooking the beautiful East China Sea, the hotel also…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Luxury hotel  |  Tags: , ,  |  Place: Okinawa Main Island

Park Hotel Tokyo

The Park Hotel Tokyo stands atop the “Shiodome Media Tower” with a lofty view down from the 25th floor. Directly connected to Shiodome Station and only a short walk from Shimbashi Station, this hotel offers guests easy access to the metropolis. It is situated at the corner of Media City Shiodome, the new centre of…

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Park Hyatt Tokyo

The film ‘Lost in Translation’ was filmed at the Park Hyatt and this is the most internationally famous hotel in Japan. Located in Shinjuku, a modern and bustling area which is also one of the main transport hubs for the whole of Tokyo. The city views from all windows are incredible and on a day…

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Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula Tokyo is one of Tokyo’s super-luxury hotels. With a stunning ground-floor lobby connected to the Hibiya Metro Station, and reaching 24 stories above the fashionable Marunouchi district and the Imperial Palace Gardens, the Peninsula Tokyo makes no compromises in style, luxury, or service. The Peninsula is ideally located across the road from Hibiya…

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Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima

Just outside central Kagoshima, Rembrandt Hotel may be a short bus or taxi ride to the main sightseeing areas, but it provides clean spacious rooms and stunning views over the harbour. Many of the rooms also feature views of Sakurajima, an acitve volcano from which clouds of steam and ash can often be seen. Rembrant…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags:  |  Place: Kagoshima

Ritz Carlton Kyoto

Kyoto’s newest and most luxurious hotel, the Ritz Carlton opened in early 2014. Just 15 minutes from JR Kyoto Station, it is located in the heart of the city alongside the Kamogawa River and is well placed for sightseeing. Designed by Remedios Design Studio,, the Ritz-Carlton is a great fusion of modern and tradition, with…

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Royal Park Hotel The Nagoya

Only a 5-minute walk from JR Nagoya Station, this hotel is conveniently located on Sakura Dori, in the heart of the city. The hotel has 153 rooms which are modern and comfortably appointed. The restaurant, Monsieur Itoh, on the 2nd floor, serves hearty lunches and casual dinners.

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags:  |  Place: Nagoya

Ryokan Asaba

This luxurious ryokan complex was first built in 1675, and despite its sleek modernized décor, it still retains a strong traditional Japanese aesthetic. The complex is surrounded by a bamboo forest and overlooks a vast pond, a beautiful setting in which guests can bathe, relax and eat freshly-prepared seasonal meals in perfect tranquility. Just across…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Luxury ryokan  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Place: Izu

Ryokan Tanabe

This traditional Japanese ryokan is located near Takayama rail station. Its interior was designed and equipped by local craftsmen. In the lounge, you can find a traditional hearth built into the floor. The ryokan’s two public baths (Rock Bath and Cypress bath) are filled with natural mineral water and they are definitely worth a try….

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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…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range ryokan  |  Tags: , , , ,  |  Place: Yufuin

Seikansou Ryokan

Located just a short ride from the Hakone Yumoto station, this cozy small ryokan has only nine rooms, each named after a colour, which is then used for part of the interior of each room. The décor is traditional Japanese and pleasant, making your stay as relaxing as possible. The rooms have futon beds –…

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Sekisho-in Temple

The mountaintop settlement of Koyasan is one of the best places in Japan to stay overnight in a temple and experience Buddhist morning ceremonies. More than 100 temples surround the center of esoteric Shingon Buddhism, and some 50 temples open their doors to guests. A traditional vegetarian dinner is usually served in the temple at…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Temples  |  Tags: , ,  |  Place: Mount Koya

Sen no Mori

Sen No Mori, having only 2 villas, set in 20000 square meters, is located at the foot of Mount Aso. Nearby, a stream gurgles, and in the tranquility of the hot springs country at the base of magnificent Mount Aso, is an atmosphere of serenity to be experienced nowhere else – the perfect environment to…

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Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel

The Sheraton Hiroshima opened its doors during the Spring 2011 and quickly became established as the best place to stay in Hiroshima. This very modern hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with a swimming pool and spa. It is conveniently located next to Hiroshima Station which makes for a smooth tour. From here it…

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Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort

Located about 90 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport, the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort has 140 guest rooms designed to evoke regional architectural styles and offers upscale amenities and refined service. With ski-in, ski-out capability the Sheraton Hokkiado Kiroro Resort is ideal to enjoy a skiing holiday to the fullest.

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Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi

Located in Shiretoko Utoro Onsen, the Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi overlooks Utoro harbour. The hotel has 265 guest rooms, some of which offer private open air natural hot spring baths overlooking the harbour. Indulge yourself with a relaxing bath and beautiful scenery. The hotel houses two restaurants featuring Japanese cuisine, plus one dining hall with…

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Souji-in

With its roots in the 12th Century, Souji-in is a well established Koyasan temple and has been accepting guests since 1994. All rooms have a private Western style toilet and some have a private bathroom and unlike many Mt Koya temples, guestrooms also have air conditioners. Shojin ryori vegan meals will be served in your…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Temples  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Place: Mount Koya

Spa Hotel Alpina

Opened on September 9th, 2008, the SPA HOTEL ALPINA is a hotel that offers both the convenience of inns and motels and the luxury comfort of resort hotels. With a prime central location, a 3-minute walk from JR Takayama station and within 10 minutes to main tourist attractions, the hotel also features large natural hot…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags: ,  |  Place: Takayama

St. Regis Osaka

The St Regis, which was constructed in 2010, is Osaka’s newest five-star hotel, located on high-end Midosuji Avenue.  Lined with ginkgo trees and the flagships of luxury brands, Midosuji Avenue goes through Osaka’s most lively neighbourhoods: Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Dōtonbori, Amerika-mura, and Namba. A splendid hotel, the lobby is located high up on the 12th floor, and this…

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Suiran

Opened in Spring 2015, Suiran is a luxury ryokan-style hotel situated in the grounds of Tenryu-ji temple, to the west of Kyoto, and overlooking the beautiful scenery of the Hozugawa River. Two nearby structures, which are more than 100 years old, have been renovated to be the café and restaurant, thus providing guests with the…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Luxury ryokan  |  Tags: ,  |  Place: Arashiyama

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka’s most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. Tourist attractions like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and DenDen Town are all within easy reach, and the hotel sits above Namba station on Nankai Railway, offering a direct train access to the Kansai International Airport.

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Takefue

This is a special ryokan in the middle of a 32 acre bamboo forest. Set in tranquil surroundings, its eleven guestrooms have each got a traditional Japanese hearth, called “iori”, and have their own private baths; ideal for total relaxation. There are four open air baths with access for all hotel guests, as well as…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Luxury ryokan  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Place: Kumamoto

Takinoya Noboribetsu

Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful stay in Takinoya, located in Hokkaido’s most famous hot spring resort – Noboribetsu. Soak yourself in a private hot spring bath, or pamper yourself in the glorious open-air bath surrounded by the nearby forest. Afterwards, indulge in a traditional home-made Japanese meal in your room, made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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Takitei Ryokan

A traditional ryokan located upstream of the Saigawa River in central Kanazawa, Takitei is surrounded by the crystal clear river and rich natural environment, allowing guests to escape their daily lives and enjoy a truly relaxing time. The ryokan is located only 15 minutes from Kenrokuen Gardens, making it an ideal place to stay in…

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Tawaraya

A Kyoto institution, this historic ryokan, established in the 1700s, has been run by the same family for 11 generations. The building is not large, and neither are the rooms, but despite this – and the rather uninspiring exterior appearance – each room is a work of art in itself, and a stay here is…

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Tenku no Mori

Literally translated as “the forest in the sky,” Tenku No Mori is a luxury hotel and spa which offers stunning panoramic views of the mountains, lush forests and active volcanoes of northern Kagoshima. Dedicated to relaxation, well-being and ecological sustainability, you can expect to be hosted in a clean, spacious and tranquil environment where your…

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The Marriott Associa Hotel

Located immediately above Nagoya station, Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel is unbeatable in convenience. This luxury hotel offers a fitness club, designed with an Aegean motif, an exercise area and the latest relaxation facilities, including a thermarium and “warm room“, as well as a range of restaurants including French, Chinese, Teppan-yaki, California Grill. The Nagoya Marriott…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range hotel  |  Tags: ,  |  Place: Nagoya

The Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Palace Hotel enjoys one of Tokyo’s most prestigious addresses, right next to the central Imperial Palace. This might be one of the most recent luxury hotels to open in Tokyo, but it has a long history; initially founded in 1947, the hotel reopened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment taking three years. The…

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The Prince Gallery Kioicho

The Prince Gallery’s Kioicho Tokyo hotel is perhaps at first “hidden,” in the sense that you need ascend to the 16th floor in order to locate the lobby. Only a short distance from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and directly connected to Nagatacho Station, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho has easy access to the dynamic capital. It’s also conveniently…

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The Prince, Hakone

Surrounded by the rich natural beauty of Hakone, the Hakone Prince Hotel provides stunning views of both Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. In addition to indoor and outdoor hot springs baths, the hotel boasts a summer season swimming pool and a winter season skating rink, as well as tennis courts and numerous other facilities. The…

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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

Located in Osaka’s bustling Nishi-Umeda shopping district, the Ritz Carlton offers a haven of peace at the centre of the city. The hotel boasts Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and French restaurants, and guest rooms have superb views of Osaka city. The fitness facilities feature a swimming pool, fitness room, and saunas, and personal training services are…

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The Screen

A striking example of modern Japanese design, Kyoto’s Screen Hotel is only a short walk from both the ancient temples of Teramachi-dori (“temple town street”) and the shops and bustling nightlife of the Sanjo and Shijo districts. Each of the hotel’s thirteen guest rooms were conceived by a different artist or designer, so no two…

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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…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range ryokan  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Place: Hakone

Tokyo Shangri-La Hotel

Located in the chic Nihonbashi district, the Shangri-La hotel, with its 200 spacious rooms overlooking the city, is one of the newest luxury hotels built in Tokyo. The guests can easily access the hotel, just a few minutes from Tokyo station, and will appreciate Shangri-La’s unique brand of hospitality and service, as well as the…

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Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel is a new addition to the Tokyo hotel scene, with all the personality and vibrancy of surrounding Shibuya. It prides itself on its strong concept of socialising; the lounge/ bar area is full of young people relaxing, hanging out, reading or working during the day, and abuzz with activity in the evening. It’s…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Boutique hotels, Luxury hotel  |  Tags: , , , , ,  |  Place: Tokyo

Utoco Auberge & Spa

Located on the southeastern tip of Kochi Prefecture, in the city of Muroto. Utoco Auberge & Spa is the first residential facility of its kind. It combines deep seawater, naturally filtered over many years, with the beautiful nature and rich coastal environment of Muroto. Guests can experience various kinds of ocean therapy in this artistic…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Luxury hotel  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Place: Shikoku

Wanosato Ryokan

This luxurious ryokan has only eight Japanese-style rooms, which makes for a pleasant, intimate atmosphere that some larger properties lack. The thatched roofs of the former farmhouses and large gardens help to create a peaceful ambiance for guests, echoing the architectural style of the nearby Shirakawa-go folk village. All of the rooms have private toilets…

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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…

Type: Accommodations  |  Category: Mid-range ryokan  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Place: Miyajima

Yama No Chaya

Yama-no-chaya is a refined, luxurious ryokan which enjoys beautiful natural surroundings. The traditional wooden buildings are hidden in a leafy grove right by the Tonosawa hot spring. The ryokan has 5 large communal hot spring baths, each in exquisite settings, indoors and outdoors. Many rooms enjoy a view of the surrounding mountains and forest. The…

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Yoshikawa Ryokan

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ryokan Yoshikawa is proud to welcome its guests in the most authentically Japanese style. Its squeaky floors and narrow corridors and most of all the traditional tatami mat rooms with views directly into its delightful quiet garden, are part of Yoshikawa’s heritage since the ryokan was built more than…

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Yoshinoya Ryokan Kyoto

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Yoshinoya is a ryokan specialising in Kyoto cuisine. Both as a restaurant and ryokan, Yoshinoya has been introduced in the Michelin Guide for several years. The “yuba” (bean curd) is the specialty and delicacy of Kyoto, which of course is the specialty of Yoshinoya for you to enjoy! The…

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Yudanaka Yorozuya

A 5 star Onsen Ryokan-Hotel, the Yorozuya has long been one of the leading hotels in northern Nagano. Wonderful service will give you treasured memories for years to come. Some of the inn’s buildings are registered as cultural treasures by the government and meals specialise in using seasonal local ingredients.

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Yufuin Forest Inn Born

Situated in the forest of Tsukahara highland, Yufuin, Forest Inn Born is an intimate inn comprising only 3 rooms. The rooms are a stylish blend of Japanese and Western design, and there are onsen baths are available for your relaxation. The food served is fresh and seasonal, and great attention is paid to the aesthetics…

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Yufuin Kamenoi Bessou

Located in the heart of Yufuin hot spring district, the idyllic Kamenoi Bessou offers some unique services not available from the other ryokan in the area. Guests can choose from either the cottage style ‘hanare’ scattered around the grounds, or the western rooms in the main building. In the forest-like garden (perfect for a stroll…

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Yufuin Tamanoyu

As one of the founding ryokans of Yufuin, Tama no Yu offers a great sense of history along with the view of Yufudake mountain from the garden. This well-maintained garden has a bar, tea house and souvenir shop with the homemade and local jams and other delicacy available. The detached cottage-type rooms are also scattered…

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zaborin, niseko

Zaborin

Zaborin is a secluded luxury ryokan in the Hanazono woods in Hokkaido, part of the area spanning the resorts of Niseko. Inspired by Zen, the name Zaborin merges the traditional Japanese characters, ‘zabo’ (坐 忘) meaning “to sit, to forget” and the character ‘rin’ (林) representing a small forest or wood. Subtle, contemporary architecture and…

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