A ryokan is a type of Japanese inn where you can experience Japanese aesthetics. Here are 5 recommended ryokan in Japan that are over 100 years old. If you stay at one of these, you'll be able to have the best lodging experience possible.
If you want to find an onsen where you can take it easy in the mountains instead of being surrounded by a lively onsen resort, head to Tokine no Yado Yunushi Ichijoh. This ryokan has been in business for around 600 years. Their most popular point is their creative cuisine, a Japanese-style meal held in a beautiful Japanese-style room. It's said this meal is the best in all of Tohoku. Also, another thing to enjoy in ryokan is the onsen, and at this ryokan it's said their bath is effective for burns and hip pain. The famous military commander Date Masamune even bathed here! The water also helps make your skin smooth, so it's a bath popular with women.
While you may feel a little uneasy hearing that the establishment is 600 year old, it's actually been renovated recently so you can visit without worry.
1. Kamasaki Onsen Tokine no Yado Yunushi Ichijoh (Miyagi)
Entaijiso is a perfect ryokan for people who believe that the guestrooms in old ryokan are inconvenient and uncomfortable. All of their rooms are clean and comfortable, and all of them are equipped with WiFi. While the combination of a well-established ryokan and internet is a little surprising, it's really helpful to have so you can check your e-mail and look up travel information. Of course, it's important to be clean and comfortable, but the real joys of a ryokan are the food and the onsen. Here you can enjoy a table full of Toyama-style dishes made with fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan.
They have a large public bath that includes an open-air bath, so you can add bathing outside to the memories of your trip as you listen to the Kurobe River stream by.
2. Unazuki Onsen Entaijiso (Toyama)
Juhachirou is a great ryokan for people who want to enjoy different types of baths. They have various baths that you can enjoy, including the Kura no Yu bath made around 120 years ago from a renovated mud wall storehouse, the Kawa no Se bath that has a great view of the Nagara River, the open-air Kawa no Ne bath, and more. This onsen is said to be great for recovering from exhaustion and for muscle pain, and it seems like it plays a big part in helping visitors relax!
The food is made with the theme "local production for local consumption," and it's made with freshly harvested and caught ingredients from the mountains and the river. Also, for those who like Japanese beef, you can enjoy high-class Hida beef!
3. Nagaragawa Onsen Juhachirou (Gifu)
Just the words "Kyoto ryokan" makes people's hearts flutter. There are plenty of recommended ryokan here, but Hiiragaya is particularly recommended to foreign travelers thanks to the great location and sukiya-style (tea ceremony arbor) guestrooms that retain their atmosphere from the 19th century.
Their cuisine wins on quality, not just gorgeousness and volume! No matter what dish they serve, it's all prepared with care so you'll feel like you're eating kaiseki-style cuisine. Breakfast is made up of Kyoto-style side dishes, so you can enjoy local food without having to leave your hotel.
4. Hiiragiya (Kyoto)
Nishimuraya Honkan is definitely the place for people who like crab. Between November and March, this well-established ryokan serves crab cuisine that will satisfy everyone. During the rest of the year, they offer high-quality Tamba beef and fish caught in the Sea of Japan.
They have various baths, including one that's made with Japanese cypress from the bathtub to the ceiling, a stone open-air bath, a tile-covered Chinese-style bath, and more. Also, since there are various outdoor baths around Kinosaki Onsen, you can walk to each of them wearing yukata (light kimonos) and traditional geta sandals so you can enjoy the full experience of Japanese onsen!
5. Kinosaki Onsen Nishimuraya Honkan (Hyogo)
All of these ryokan have their own charms that you can enjoy when you stay there. Staying at a slightly luxurious well-established ryokan can be one of the best parts of your trip.
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