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Stay and Relax in Luxury! 5 Hotels in the Sendai Outskirts with Rooms with Open-Air Bath

The Japanese way of traveling is doing a lot of walking in sightseeing, and then after that, unwinding by soaking in a hot bath that can soothe the exhausted mind and body. Here are five of the top ryokan (Japanese-style inn) and hotels in the outskirts of Sendai where you can take a nice hot bath anytime you feel like it thanks to guest rooms that have their own private open-air baths.

1. Matsushima Ichinobo

Matsushima Ichinobo is a hot spring hotel that is located in front of the famous tourist spot Matsushima. Its biggest draw is its location that lets guests enjoy the stunning view of several islands floating in the sea.
This hotel’s two types of guest rooms that opened in 2016 offer gorgeous views of the ocean. The Japanese-style room, where you are required to take off your shoes before entering, is a cozy space with a bed. Particularly recommended at this hotel is Senshin, the Japanese-style twin room with a private open-air bath. If you stay in this room, you will be able to spend a truly relaxing time soaking in a hot bath with the superb view of Matsushima all to yourself.

Languages spoken by staff: English

※Photo shows guest room without open-air bath

1. Matsushima Ichinobo

1-4 Aza-Hama, Takagi, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi

2. Tokinenoyado Yunushiichijoh

Tokinenoyado Yunushiichijoh is a well-established onsen (hot spring) hotel with an approximately 600-year history that is located in Kamasaki Hot Spring in Shiroishi, found at the southernmost tip of Miyagi. Here, you can enjoy bathing in the hot spring, this hotel’s pride, in a tranquil environment surrounded by a forest.
This hotel offers a total of eight types of guest rooms that were renovated to adopt modern features. With the spacious Ichijo Suite that comes with its own private open-air bath, you can immerse yourself in the expansive bath all you want. Meanwhile, in the Yunushi Suite with a half-open-air bath, you can bathe while marveling at the shrine inside the premises and the illuminated garden. For breakfast and dinner, guests are led to a private restaurant that has been designated as a registered tangible cultural property of Japan. At that restaurant, you can indulge in delicious food and drinks in a space that is filled with the atmosphere created by its wooden structure.

2. Tokinenoyado Yunushiichijoh

1-48 Aza-Kamasaki, Fukuoka Kuramoto, Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi

3. Ryokusuitei

If you are looking for a place to stay in at Akiu Onsen, then Ryokusuitei comes highly recommended. Here, there is a garden inside the hotel premises that has a walking trail where guests can enjoy the beautiful sceneries every season, such as sakura (cherry blossoms), lush greenery, autumn foliage and snowy landscape.
This hotel’s guest rooms that feature private open-air bath come in three different designs. You can choose from the Manten-no-Yume Suite with a natural modern design, the Roman-no-Kagayaki Suite with an Asian flair, and the Ginga-no-Matsuri Suite with a French vibe. All these rooms have an open-air bath on the spacious deck that extends from the living room. Enjoy a bath while gazing at the starry sky at night.

3. Ryokusuitei

27 Uehara, Akiu-machi Yumoto, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi

4. Chikusenso Mt. Zao Onsen Resort & Spa

Located about an hour’s drive away from Sendai Station by car, Chikusenso Mt. Zao Onsen Resort & Spa is a luxury resort hotel that is integrated in the vast nature of Mt. Zao. Inside the hotel, you will see an extraordinary space that is inspired by the concept of “modern Japanese.” You can spend time here while enveloped in the massive forest that occupies an area measuring about 66,000 sq.m., while being lulled by the murmurs of the clear stream.
This hotel’s enormous Presidential Suite is the most luxurious of all the guest rooms here. It features an exclusive open-air bath surrounded by lush greenery where guests can soak with the hot spring all to themselves. Further, guests can unwind in the terrace that overlooks a private garden, as well as in the living room that is equipped with an irori (sunken hearth).

4. Chikusenso Mt. Zao Onsen Resort & Spa

88-11 Aza Uwanohara, Togatta-Onsen, Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi

5. Hananoyu

Hananoyu is a place where you can let loose and relax while surrounded by beautiful nature. It is located in the Akiu Onsen district that is about a 30-minute drive by car from central Sendai.
This hotel offers seven types of guest rooms, from those that are equipped with private open-air bath, up to standard Western-style rooms. The Special Guest Room that occupies the top floor of this hotel has an opulent design as it features an open-air bath made of Japanese cypress on the rooftop. There are also rooms that are annexed to their own open-air bath where guests can enjoy the hot spring in the midst of the woods. Stay here and rest your mind and soul by soaking in the bath while listening to the murmuring of the river that flows nearby.

5. Hananoyu

33-1 Aza-Nozoki, Akiu-machi Yumoto, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi

Each of the hotels featured here can be easily accessed since they all offer shuttle bus services for their guests. Note, though, that these shuttle buses have different arrival and departure spots, including Sendai Station and the nearest train station, so it would be best to go to the website of the hotel to check.

*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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