If you come to Japan, you want to leisurely enjoy hot springs, right? Ryokan, traditional Japanese inns, are best for that, but there are a variety of ryokan, from places where you can stay without taking meals, to ryokan where they deliver the food to your room, to ryokan that have open-air baths in each room. Here are 5 high-class ryokan where you can enjoy some luxury.
The hot spring ryokan, Gora Kadan, is a ryokan representative of Hakone that has a great location surrounded by Hakone's lush nature. Inside the facility, the well-organized atmosphere and the fragrant beautiful floral decorations help give the space a luxurious feeling that will excite you. There are various guestrooms types and designs, like those with an open-air bath attached to those in a detached building, but in all of them you can relax both mind and body. The plentiful waters of the natural spring is clear, gentle on the skin, and helps those that are sensitive to the cold. The food, which is so delicious it's worth visiting the ryokan just for a meal, is genuine kaiseki-style cuisine ingredients chosen from all over Japan and freshly caught seafood. You dine in your room so being able to enjoy your meal at your own pace is a plus! Also, the ryokan's spa is called one of Japan's finest and it's very popular so please try it. This ryokan is perfect for people who want to spend their time luxuriously by doing nothing but relaxing.
1. Gora Kadan (Kanagawa)
Atami Fufu, in Atami, is a Japanese-modern stylish ryokan surrounded by deep forest. Each guestroom is a suite room of 60 - 100 square meters and has an open-air natural hot spring bath with water directly from the well attached! What luxury! You can spend all day in the bath from morning to night without worrying about anyone else!
For dinner, you can choose from a teppanyaki (hibachi grill) where the food is prepared in front of you as though you're enjoying a show, a restaurant where you can sit at a private or semi-private table to enjoy Japanese food prepared by chefs with great experience, or leisurely enjoy Japanese food in your room as though you're in a villa. No matter what you choose you can be fully satisfied by the carefully chosen ingredients and Atami seafood. You can easily go to the restaurants in yukata. After dinner, it's recommended that you go to the lounge and relax surrounded by candlelight while you gaze at the courtyard with a glass in your hand. This is the ryokan for spending a lazy, extraordinary time.
2. Atami Fufu (Shizuoka)
Yumenoi-an Yuyake-Koyake is a luxury ryokan in the undeveloped woodland of Yumesaki-cho in Himeji. There are 17 guestrooms total, and all of them are modern, private spaces with open-air baths attached where you can enjoy the sight of the woods. Since you can lazily enjoy your own time there, it's quite popular. The bedrooms are Japanese spaces that have modern design tastes added to it, and the open-air baths are made out of either mosaic-style or granite. Each room is decorated differently so every time you visit you'll make new discoveries. Meals are taken in the dining room and the food is prepared with seasonal vegetables and ingredients taken from the ryokan's vegetable garden or local farms for colorful kaiseki-style cuisine that will satisfy you. The private bath here has hammocks and sofas available as well, so you can enjoy the hot spring while taking a break. It's a very rare opportunity so please try it!
3. Yumenoi-an Yuyake-Koyake (Hyogo)
Shuzenji Sekitei Oni no Sumika is a purely Japanese ryokan with separated guestrooms in Japan's leading historical onsen resort area of Shuzenji. All the rooms are arranged so they're surrounded by a Japanese garden, so they all have satisfying views of garden lanterns, garden stones, trees, and flowing water. Just gazing out at the tasteful garden will give you a feeling of luxury. The open-air bath is made out of solid rock to look like it's hidden in a cave, and the waters help with nerve pain. The water in the rooms is also natural spring water, so you can enjoy the water any way you like!
Also, you can enjoy colorful kaiseki cuisine made using seasonal ingredients from Izu and Shuzenji. This ryokan will allow you to get your fill of local food and hot spring and spend your time in supreme bliss.
4. Shuzenji Sekitei Oni no Sumika (Shizuoka)
The biggest charm of Onyado Kawasemi in Fukushima is that their cuisine is made using carefully selected ingredients not just from the area but from all over Japan. They bring out the best of the ingredients as much as possible to create meals that surprise and move people by their unmatched deliciousness. This is definitely something you should taste yourself! There are 12 guestrooms total. The rooms on the first floor have open-air baths attached, while some of the second floor rooms are sukiya-style (a traditional Japanese style of architecture usually used for tea ceremony arbors). From each room you can see the bamboo thicket, a garden with virgin forest, the stream, or other sights that allow you to luxuriously experience the four seasons. Depending on the season, you can also see wild birds.
Iizaka Onsen, the hot spring region where Onyado Kawasemi is, is called one of the three best onsen of Oshu, and you can enjoy that famous spring in the huge glass public bath and the open-air bath surrounded by nature. There is also a sauna, so please try it. This is a luxury inn where you can enjoy delicious food and lush nature.
5. Onyado Kawasemi (Fukushima)
There are various kinds of luxury ryokan, including those that have detached guestrooms or saunas. Look them up carefully so you can solidify your travel plan.
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