Immerse Yourself in Spring! Seven Accommodations in Eastern Japan to Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms!
If you are visiting Japan in the spring, why not stay somewhere you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms? We introduce seven select inns in Eastern Japan where you can see the cherry blossoms from open-air baths or in the garden.
1. Choseikan (Niigata Prefecture)
This is an inn in Murasugi Onsen in Gozu Onsenkyo at the foot of Mt. Gozu in Niigata Prefecture. The inn has a garden that spans approximately 13,200 sq.m. so guests can spend a relaxing time surrounded by seasonal nature. The onsen hot spring has a history of about 700 years. There is an open-air garden bath surrounded by nature in which guests can soak while enjoying the cherry blossoms in the spring. The garden has three private baths that guests can book. The guest rooms that surround the garden include Japanese-style rooms in the main building, as well as rooms with open-air baths in a two-story annex. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms and English-speaking staff on site.
2. Hotel Kaminoyu Onsen (Yamanashi Prefecture)
This is an onsen inn up on the hills above Kofu City in Yamanashi Prefecture with fantastic views of the city. It is in a quiet area surrounded by cherry trees with a view of Mt. Fuji. The large shared bathroom with quality hot spring water has seven different bathtubs including an open-air bath. There are also four private baths that can be rented, including an open-air bath with a view of Mt. Fuji that is free to rent. The guest rooms consist of standard rooms as well as Japanese-style rooms with views of Mt. Fuji and reasonably-priced Western-style rooms. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
3. Motoyu Ryokan (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Motoyu Ryokan in Atsugi Iiyama Onsen in Kanagawa Prefecture is an established ryokan in a rural area full of seasonal flowers and plants. The appeal of this onsen is the alkaline spring water; one of the top hot spring waters of the country. At this inn, guests can soak in the streaming open-air bath while enjoying the seasonal landscape and the sound of the stream. Guest rooms include Japanese-style rooms in which wood creates a feeling of warmth, as well as rooms with private open-air baths where guests can enjoy the onsen hot spring in the comfort of their own rooms. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
4. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (Tokyo)
This is a particularly popular hotel among the high-end hotels in Tokyo. It offers guests a luxurious time under the theme of "Bringing Japanese hospitality to the world" Although it is in a large city, it has a garden in which one can feel nature and encounter seasonal landscapes and creatures such as cherry blossoms in the spring and fireflies in the summer. There is a large selection of guest rooms, each with either a garden view or city view wonderful for seeing the city lights at night. Each rooms is luxurious and all rooms, starting from the standard rooms, are spacious and relaxing. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms. There are staff who speak English and Chinese.
5. Takaragawa Onsen Ousenkaku (Gunma Prefecture)
This is an inn in Takaragawa Onsen in Minakami Onsenkyo. The grounds that are surrounded by untouched nature have three mixed-gender open-air baths and one female-only open-air bath in which guests can enjoy the onsen hot spring while feeling the flow of a pristine river nearby. Yuami-gi bathing wear are offered to female guests so they can comfortably bathe in the mixed-gender baths. In the spring, guests can enjoy a bath with a view of the cherry blossoms. All guest rooms are traditional Japanese-style rooms. An added benefit is that guests can choose the patterns on their yukata kimono. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
6. Awanoyu (Nagano Prefecture)
This is an established ryokan in the mountains of Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture that has been open for more than 100 years. The beauty of the changing nature and the ancient onsen hot spring soothes the body and soul. The recommended bath is the large open-air bath that has a wonderful view of the cherry blossoms in the spring. It is a mixed-gender bath but bath towels for bathing are available to rent. At this inn, you can enjoy hot spring water that changes into a variety of colors, such as milky white and cobalt blue, when it comes into contact with air. The inn also has gender-specific internal baths and private baths. The guest rooms consist of Japanese-style rooms in which you can feel the atmosphere from the time the inn was founded and rooms with beds in Japanese-style rooms. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
7. Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa (Tokyo)
Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa is in a convenient location just five minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station, where the Shinkansen bullet train stops. The 20,000 sq.m. Japanese garden has seasonal plants and flowers, ponds, and a variety of historic remains that are significant for their historic and artistic value. There are cherry blossoms in the spring, so you can take a walk while enjoying the blossoms. All guest rooms, including premium suites and Japanese-style rooms, are designed to the highest specifications. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and English-speaking staff on site.
This time, we introduced accommodations in Eastern Japan, centering on the Kanto Region. The cherry blossoms are usually in bloom between late March and early April in Tokyo but varies by region, so be sure to check in advance.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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