Popular on Social Media Sites! Five Select Ryokan in the Chugoku Region
The Chugoku Region is the area in the west of Honshu. It consists of the five prefectures of Tottori, Shimane, Okayama Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi, each with many tourist destinations. Here, we introduce five select ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in the Chugoku Region that are highly rated on social media sites.
1. Takenoya Ryokan (Shimane Prefecture)
This is a ryokan that is just one minute by foot from the main entrance of Izumo-taisha, a shinto shrine famous for its matchmaking benefits. It is an established ryokan that has been open for 140 years. The guest rooms are in the main building—a wooden structure that retains the appearance of the ryokan at the time it was established—and the new building with updated facilities and decor. The Soga Room in the main building is a special room where VIP guests, such as members of the imperial family, have stayed. It is a wonderfully relaxing room with a view of the beautiful Japanese garden. In addition, there are guest rooms that mix Western and Japanese elements, as well as standard Japanese-style rooms. Dinner is kaiseki multi-course cuisine consisting of fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan and ingredients unique to Shimane Prefecture. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms and English and French-speaking staff on site.
2. Miyajima Seaside Hotel (Hiroshima Prefecture)
This is a hotel on Miyajima, an island famous for the World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine. The hotel faces the sea, and there are beautiful views of the sea from all guest rooms. The guest rooms are all Japanese-style rooms in which you can relax on the tatami mats and enjoy the sea breeze. Dinner is a cornucopia of Japanese dishes made with fresh seafood and an abundance of seasonal ingredients. There is room service, so you can enjoy the meal in the comfort of a private space. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas and English-speaking staff on site.
3. Hokumon Yashiki (Yamaguchi Prefecture)
This is the only ryokan in Hagi Castle Town, which is a World Heritage Site. The ryokan is on the grounds of a warrior's residence in an area with a town view that retains the characteristic vestiges of a castle town. When you enter through the imposing front gate, you are welcomed by the hospitality of a ryokan and a cheerful space that incorporates elements of Western-style design. The ryokan has large shared baths and open-air baths with natural hot spring water. There is a wide selection of guest rooms, ranging from a deluxe VIP room, where you are surrounded by the beauty of a first-class Japanese ryokan, to a suite with a private garden, rooms designed in the modern Japanese style, and compact Western-style rooms. There are also luxurious rooms with private open-air onsen hot spring baths. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
4. Kansuitei Kozeniya (Tottori Prefecture)
This is an onsen hot spring inn not far from the Tottori Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes in Japan and a popular tourist destination. At this inn, you can enjoy free-flowing natural hot spring water in a variety of bathrooms, including large shared bathrooms with baths made of rock and hinoki Japanese cypress, open-air baths, and private bathrooms. Guest rooms include Japanese-style rooms and Western-style rooms with beds. There is also a special annex, the Hoden, that faces the garden. There is free Wi-Fi in the guest rooms and English-speaking staff on site.
5. Ryori Ryokan Tsurugata (Okayama Prefecture)
This is a historic ryokan in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter known for its beautiful town views. The ryokan is in a distinguished building that was built in 1744 as a merchant house. The guest rooms, which make use of the pillars and floors that represent a long history, are comfortable spaces with a sense of tradition. The spacious Japanese-style room, Achi, is highly recommended. It is a great room to relax in while enjoying a view of the courtyard that has a 400-year-old tree and lanterns. The dinner served in the guest rooms is kaiseki multi-course cuisine made with ingredients both from the sea and land that have been carefully selected by the head chef. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
Ryokan inns, where you can feel the traditional Japanese atmosphere, are great places to stay if you are traveling in Japan. Many have rooms that combine Western and Japanese elements and come with beds, so select the type that suits you.
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