The Best Ryokan in Japan

For the True Japanese Experience

Hokkaido

Noboribetsu / Hokkaido

Takinoya

This is a long-standing Japanese-style inn located in the Noribetsu Onsen district. It boasts both large public and open-air baths. Savor the delights of kaiseki-cuisine whilst enjoying the spectacular view of the inn’s traditional Japanese garden from each of the private dining rooms. Reservations can be made for Japanese and Western style rooms as well as rooms with their very own open-air baths.

Noboribetsu / Hokkaido

Ryotei Hanayura

This is a luxury ryokan located in the Noboribetsu Onsen district with each room including an open-air bath and carefully selected seasonal cuisine for your delectation The soft, warm fragrance of flowers and wood make this inn a relaxing, soothing location for women.

Spectacular views of Toya Lake can be enjoyed from the large open-air public baths and all rooms at this ryokan have a lake side view. At night, admire the beautiful stars, or watch the fireworks light up the night sky all from the comfort of the hot springs. The ryokan is also proud of its buffet cuisine which is perfect for families.

Tokachigawa Onsen / Hokkaido

Tokachigawa Onsen Sanyoan

This inn focuses on providing personal, sincere hospitality, offering only 11 guest rooms in all to achieve a more intimate atmosphere. Sanyoan also boasts tantalizingly fresh and Michelin-recognized Japanese cuisine made with seasonal, local ingredients and healing natural hot spas and aromatherapies that delight the five senses.

Otaru / Hokkaido

Ginrinsou

This well-established inn of only 18 rooms first opened its doors more than 130 years ago and continues to welcome guests to the North with sincere hospitality to this day. Located in the highlands of Hiraisomisaki, the inn's large, stone-craft open-air bath affords guests a view of Ishikari Bay as they soak in the inn's famed hot springs which are pumped from a private source.

Shikotsuko Onsen / Hokkaido

Shikotsuko Daiichi Hotel Suizantei

This hotel stands by Lake Shikotsu in the National Park with a copper roof as its symbol. It has four special guest rooms with private open-air baths and private gardens. The staff welcomes you with delicious Japanese kaiseki dishes prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients.

Shikotsuko Onsen / Hokkaido

Shikotsu-ko Tsuruga Resort Spa Mizu no Uta

Located on the shores of Lake Shikotsu about half an hour from Chitose, these facilities offer sodium-carbonated saline hot spring outdoor baths. In tandem with the spa itself, the hotel aims at revitalizing both body and mind. The food at the buffet is prepared with the minimum amount of salt and oil and is heavy on vegetables.

Located in historic Shiraoi, this resort hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Kokoro no resort treats each guest with exceptional care, writing a new page in the history of the region.

Noboribetsu / Hokkaido

Boro Noguchi Noboribetsu

Each of this luxury resort's guest rooms includes a private bath. The hotel also rents private Ganbanyoku saunas where guests can lie on soothing, warm stones.

Aomori

Misawa, Komaki Onsen / Aomori

Hoshino Resort Aomoriya

From festivals, Toji(hotsprings as a therepeutic means to ease ailments), cuisine and local entertainment, this inn will give its guests a feel for various kinds of Aomori culture. Stepping inside the accommodation, you will find free-flowing hot springs and floating open-air baths inside of a pond as well as the finest cusine Aomori Prefecture has to offer. A free pickup service is also available from the airport or station (reservations should be made a minimum of 3 days in advance).

At the heart of Mount Iwaki in Aomori Prefecture and located amongst the scenic beauty of Owani Onsen district, this ryokan oozes traditional Japanese décor and custom. It features some superb architecture and cleverly integrates nature into its surroundings with its rooms’ fixtures and fittings.

Akita

Kakunodate / Akita

Kakunodate Sanso Wabizakura

In the distance of the clear blue sky, close to the mountain lies a distinctive Kayabuki style private house, complete with 10 rooms and free-flowing hot springs. Located only 10 minutes by car from Kakunodate-bukeyashiki and surrounded in nature, it is a location where you can appreciate the beauty and customs of old Japan.

Yamagata

Akayu Onsen / Yamagata

Sakurayu Sanshuyu

This ryokan has 7 rooms that have their own exclusive open-air baths. It is a place that has an inviting ambience and that will make you feel completely at ease during your stay. With the finest in breakfast and evening meal cuisine, delivered in a warm and welcoming environment that conjures up a feeling of sentimentality,you might be forgiven in thinking that you were in the comfort of your own home.

Fukushima

Iizaka Onsen / Fukushima

Onyado Kawasemi

Everything about this ryokan, from its fine cuisine and exquisite furnishings to its second to none hospitality will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into somewhere special. Enjoy the delights of in-room dining in the evening and an unrivalled level of seasonal freshness with kaiseki-cuisine. Every moment at Onyado Kawasemi will make you appreciate how it spectacularly combines innovation and tradition.