The Best Ryokan in Japan

For the True Japanese Experience


Yufuin / Oita

Yufuin Tamanoyu

Formerly a retreat for Zen priests,Yufuin Tamanoyu is now a modern hot spring resort with a total of 15 different cottages. Rich in natural scenery, guests can enjoy the superb green surroundings whilst relaxing in the soothing hot springs. Meals include high quality gourmet that incorporates a variety of fresh ingredients.

Yufuin / Oita

Kamenoi Besso

Originally built as a villa 80 years ago, Kamenoi Bessou is surrounded in nature and includes two large communal baths. Traditional Japanese dishes with local ingredients and specialties to the region such as black beef and hot pot are available at the on-site restaurant. In-room dining is also available.

Yufuin / Oita

Sansou Murata

Located in a quiet area of the mountains with superb views of the natural surroundings, this ryokan also includes a restaurant, bar and shop. The guestrooms consist of traditional Japanese décor and seasonal ingredients are used in the ryokan's cuisine.

Yufuin / Oita

Soan Cosmos

Soan Cosmos is a small hot spring ryokan that serves healthy Japanese-style cuisine prepared with its own homegrown vegetables and rice. The ryokan takes pride over each of its carefully produced dishes with guest frequently returning to experience the superb service again. Each room has its own open-air bath and large communal baths are available as well.

Beppu / Oita

Shiosai no Yado Seikai

Offering dynamic sea views from the comfort of an open-air bath on the beach, as well as an indoor beauty room, this Beppu resort ryokan prides itself on being the only one of its kind in the area.

Yufuin / Oita

Yufuin Hanayoshi

This inn offers a stunning view of Yufuin. The gorgeous scenery, especially when accented by the morning fog, will take guests breath away as they relax in the inn's spa.


Kokonoe / Kumamoto

Hoshino Resort Kai Aso

This hotel overlooks the peaks of Mt. Aso and is spread across 6.5 acres of land, It includes 12 private suite guest rooms which let guests appreciate the true magnificence of the natural surroundings. Kaiseki-cuisine that makes use of the finest seasonal ingredients is served in the evening and traditional Japanese breakfast is available in the morning.


Takeo Onsen / Saga


Boasting a quiet and peaceful atmosphere with beautiful natural surroundings, this ryokan once entertained the Emperor of Japan. All rooms include their own private open-air bath and the in-room evening and morning meals incorporate the finest seasonal ingredients.