The Best Ryokan in Japan

For the True Japanese Experience


Shijo-Kawaramachi / Kyoto

Hiiragiya Ryokan

Built in the Bunsei era (1818) the Hiiragiya delivers in all areas. With superb hospitality, décor and facilities, guests to this ryokan can experience Japanese culture at its best,

Shijo-Kawaramachi / Kyoto

Ryoan Kazuki

This ryokan is situated close to Rokkakudo Shrine which is located in the center of Kyoto and has a Noh-style stage (used in traditional Japanese theater) as part of its interior. You can also enjoy the Koumeiseki hot spring which has several baths with their own unique characteristics and top class Japanese cuisine from Kaden restaurant.

Shijo-Kawaramachi / Kyoto

Sumiya Ryokan

Whilst this Sukiya-style ryokan is located in the heart of Kyoto, guests staying at this inn will be amazed by its level of quietness and tranquility. Delicious kaiseki-cuisine is also one of the highlights of staying here and for anyone interested in trying authentic Japanese green tea, a tea house evening takes place every month on the 7th and 17th day.

Shijo-Kawaramachi / Kyoto

Tawaraya Ryokan

Operating for more than 300 years, this ryokan boasts a long-standing history as one of the oldest ryokan in Kyoto. In the Edo and Meiji period it was used to house nobles and feudal lords and is proud of its high level of hospitality that continues to this day. In-room dining for evening and morning meals is also available.

Shijo-Kawaramachi / Kyoto

Kanamean Nishitomiya Ryokan

This traditional Kyoto ryokan known as Kanamean Nishitomiya was established 140 years ago and boasts Sukiya architecture and beautiful gardens. It is in the heart of Kyoto city with easy access to museums. The finest kaiseki-cuisine, which uses seasonal ingredients and includes alcoholic beverages such as wine and traditional Japaenese sake (rice wine) makes for the perfect way to get a taste for authentic Japan. It is an inn that combines the traditional with the modern and has exceptionally high levels of hospitality.

Nakagyo / Kyoto

Hiiragiya Bekkan Annex

A traditional Japanese-style, cypress-made inn located in the heart of Kyoto. It has an old feel and quiet surroundings, and guests are met with polite service.

An authentic Japanese style ryokan hotel close to Togetsukyo Bridge, the symbol of the Arashiyama Area in Kyoto. The baths are all fed with 100% natural hot springs and kyo-kaiseki (course dinners uniquely developed in Kyoto featuring local ingredients) is served.

This peaceful, old ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) is located across the suspension bridge in Takao, Kyoto's inner parlor. This room has an open-air bath from which guests can look out on the Kiyotaki River, and from early June to early July, guests can enjoy seeing Japanese fireflies from their rooms and the open-air baths.

Kameoka / Kyoto

Sumiya Kiho-an

This ryokan has the warmth of the trees and was built with the image of a Tamba village headman's mansion in mind. The open-air bath made from cherry blossom trees is exquisite.


Nara Park / Nara


Get a feel for traditional Japan with a visit to an inn which embodies the essence of Kyoto. Established more than 100 years ago, the ryokan has soothing hot springs and top class evening meals with the option for in-room dining. Only 10 minutes from Nara Station and within walking distance to famous temples it’s the ideal place to stay for sightseeing.


Shirahama / Wakayama


Combining traditional and modern Japanese design, superb hot spring facilities and delicious evening and morning cuisine, this is a great location to unwind. You can also experience breathtaking views of the sea.

Koya-san / Wakayama


This inn is located in the center of Mt. Koya and convenient for visiting the nearby temple. Its shojin-ryori, or Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, is cordially prepared with seasonal ingredients and is very popular with guests. The inn's Japanese garden and pond create a tranquil atmosphere where Nishikigoi carp are always swimming.


Himeji / Hyogo

Yumenoian Yuyake Koyake

This ryokan is close to Himeji Castle ,which is a world heritage site, and in located in the only onsen region of Himeji. With an emphasis on relaxation, its furniture is provided by the renowned handmade craft shop BC Kobo. Savor the delights of fresh seafood from the Seto Inland Sea.

Arima Onsen / Hyogo


Guests to this ryokan can look forward to the best in hospitality, from being greeted with green tea during their stay to traditional Japanese cuisine that is prepared with seasonal ingredients. In order to ensure complete relaxation during your stay, evening and morning meals are served in your room. A private dining room can also be arranged for large groups who wish to eat together.

This luxury hotel welcomes a new era of Japanese hotels with a 150,000 sq. m garden, forest relaxation experiences, and herb garden. A mist sauna, jacuzzi bath and open-air baths are available separately for both men and women.


Tomonoura / Hiroshima

Migiwatei Ochi Kochi

Migiwatei Ochi Kochi opened in 2010 and is located in Tomonoura which is home to Tomo fishing village. It is approximately at the center of the Seto Inland Sea. All rooms at this ryokan boast spectacular ocean views and include their own open-air baths. This ryokan also offers traditional Japanese cuisine that will leave your mouth watering.


Tamatsukuri Onsen / Shimane

Hoshino Resorts Kai Izumo

This ryokan is equipped with open-air baths in all of its 24 rooms. Opened in 2007, it incorporates the perfect combination of traditional and modern Japan . Be amazed by the ryokan's high quality cuisine.


Dogo Onsen / Ehime

Bettei Oborozukiyo

This Sukiya-style ryokan is located in lush green surroundings, at the center of the Dogo onsen district. It features sophisticated modern-style Japanese décor and a welcoming, atmosphere. Rooms include their own open-air bath which have views of a Japanese garden. Ideal for adults looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.