The Best Ryokan in Japan

For the True Japanese Experience

Hakone, Yugawara

Hakone / Kanagawa

Hakone Suishoen

This ryokan provides 23 different rooms all with their own unique charm that include in-room open air baths and stylish décor. Part of the ryokan has also been registered as a tangible cultural asset which has since been reformed into a restaurant. Enjoy the finest in teppan-yaki-style kaiseki-cuisine.

Located on a hill surrounded by trees and bamboo groves, this ryokan is built in the traditional Sukiya style, an architectural form based on constructing rooms used for the tea ceremony. Enjoy authentic Kyoto-style Japanese kaiseki dishes here.

Hakone / Kanagawa

Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone

Located along a river stream, all rooms of this ryokan have a relaxing river view. Forget about your day to day life for a moment by immersing yourself in the serenity of nature and sooth both body and mind in the semi-open air baths.

Hakone / Kanagawa

Gora Kadan

A modern ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) with a traditional Japanese flavor. Enjoy their excellent cuisine.

Hakone / Kanagawa

Gora Hanaogi Sounkaku

Located in Gora, the perfect base-camp for excursions around Hakone, this traditional ryokan stands just outside Sounzan Station. Guests will enjoy a sweeping view of Sagami Bay, the beautiful natural surroundings, the plentiful hot springs, and the peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.

Hakone / Kanagawa

Gora Hanaogi

The atmosphere of this inn is permeated by the natural feeling of warmth given off by the abundant use of ancient Japanese Zelkova (Keyaki) wood. Guests will enjoy relaxing in their rooms' private open-air baths, which are brimming with high-quality hot spring water, while gazing out at the mountainous landscapes of Hakone.

Hakone / Kanagawa

Gora Hanaougi Madoka no Mori

One of the three inns from the Gora Hanaougi Group, the Madoka no Mori provides its guests with a traditional Japanese feel. The tatami-laden rooms and surrounding trees all add to the ambience.

Yugawara / Kanagawa


Quietly standing, tucked away inside the Wakakusa Mountain, this ryokan does away with the unnecessary inferences of life, focuses only on what is most important: top class hospitality. It can be arranged for evening and breakfast meals to be eaten in your room and all of the ryokan’s cuisine is from the finest local vegetables and fish.

Yugawara / Kanagawa


Standing on elevated ground in a tranquil region with a superb panoramic view, this ryokan places an emphasis on aesthetic beauty. All rooms are south facing with spacious interior. Arrangements can be made for evening and morning in-room dining. Enjoy all 7 bathing areas which include 5 open-air baths.

Mt. Fuji, Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko / Yamanashi

Shuhoukaku Kogetsu

Experience the splendor of Mt. Fuji from the surroundings of Lake Kawaguchi. Guests to this ryokan can appreciate the lush green beauty of their inn and the closeness to the neighboring lake. Whether it be forgetting about the bustle of everyday life for a while or taking part in some of the local leisure activities to the area, there's plenty of ways to spend your time here. In-room evening and morning meals are available for guests of up to four persons.

Kawaguchiko / Yamanashi

Wakakusa no Yado Maruei

A popular ryokan located in tranquil surroundings near Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Immerse yourself in the open-air baths with magnificent views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi every season, and feast on fresh seafood and wholesome country goodness in a harmonized kaiseki dinner course.

Kawaguchiko / Yamanashi

Kozantei Ubuya

The Midori Spa House boasts beautiful views of Mt. Fuji that all but guarantee an amazing stay, relaxing both body and mind. A pure-Japanese-style hotel offering views of Mt. Fuji over Lake Kawaguchiko from the large windows of every guestroom.

Kawaguchiko / Yamanashi


Visitors to this ryokan can admire the breathtaking views of Mt Fuji and its surrounding lakes, relax in the spacious terrace or take a dip in the hot springs that provide majestic views.

Kawaguchiko / Yamanashi


Relax at Konansou, and soak your feet in a footbath on the roof, with the perfect view of Mt. Fuji.

Fujiyoshida / Yamanashi

Hotel Kaneyamaen

Enjoy a panoramic scene of Mt. Fuji from the grand garden in the large 60,000 sqm premises. The Reiho Taiko drum show and Mt. Fuji seen from the large bath are also popular.

Nishiyama Onsen / Yamanashi

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (Formerly Keiunkan)

Officially recognized by the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest accommodation in the world, this ryokan boasts generous supplies of natural overflowing hot spring water which is used by its large communal hot springs and in-room baths. Enjoy the serenity of this fabulous piece of Japanese history.


Nikko / Tochigi

Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko

Admire the majestic views of Lake Chusenji from this beautifully constructed hot spring ryokan. Incorporating kaiseki-cuisine that uses local ingredients, a hinoki wooden bath and traditional craft such as Nikko geta (footwear), this inn is an excellent way to experience the finest in Japanese tradition. The hinoki wooden bath lies inside the thick-timber framed bathroom which exudes an irresistible charm. There is also an open-air bath that is surrounded in nature. There are 33 different types of room to choose from, including western-style rooms, corner rooms with excellent views of Mt. Nantai, and rooms with marble and wooden baths. Whichever room you decide upon, you won't be disappointed.

Kawaji Onsen / Tochigi

Hoshino Resorts KAI Kawaji

Located along a mountain stream, this Japanese-style inn specializes in organic cuisine, where its fresh ingredients are inspired by its surrounding woodlands. With open-air baths surrounded by a stream, and operating windmills that ground flower, a trip to this ryokan will provide an experience like never before.


Kusatsu Onsen / Gunma


Located on five thousand square meters of land, Tsutsujitei has about three thousand square meters of natural forests with rustic gardens. Surrounded by nature and with a great view of the mountains of Shirane in the distance, this ryokan provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Japan.