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  • Hotels and Ryokans

    True hospitality and comfort, selected Hotels and Ryokans in Japan!

    We reserve ryokans or hotels for you. Reserve the hotel and or ryokan that best fit your travel objective and style. We proudly feature selected collections of distinctive ryokans and hotels. These include some of the best ryokans in Japan. All ryokans and hotels we recommend are visited to ensure that the quality meets our expectations for our customers' comfortable stay. 

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    Selected Ryokans:

    Staying in a traditional Japan Ryokan is to truly experience Japanese culture. Typical Japanese style rooms, commanding view of a Japanese Garden, and experiencing an authentic style Onsen "Natural Hot Spring" in a perfect natural surrounding for easing stress is to experience real Japanese culture at its finest. These facilities offer the finest in traditional Japanese cuisines, relaxing baths, comfortable refreshing sleep, and Japanese nature.more
     
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    Selected Hotels:

    Our hotels are selected on location, easy access, quality and Japanese hospitality, making your Japan travel experience comfortable and hassle free. For more information and a list of our selected hotel information see the following link.more
     
  • Japanese Ryokans vs Hotels

    Difference between a Western-style hotel and a Japanese Ryokan

    The greatest difference between a Western-style hotel and a Japanese ryokan is the fee system;
    The ryokan changes a fee per person that includes a one night's stay with two meals. The two meals are the evening meal on the day of your arrival, and breakfast served the following morning. At some ryokans, the meals are served in a large dining room or a private room specially for this purpose, but at the majority of ryokans, these meals are served in the guestroom. Also note that it is unnecessary to offer a tip for any service by the room-maid, boy or any other person working in the Ryokan.

    The average prices of ryokans in Japan range from 5,000yen to 119,000yen per person.

    The Tatami Culture

    tatami.jpg At a Japanese ryokan, it is common for guests to take off their shoes at the entrance and to change into slippers or zori (Japanese sandals). This custom, which is also practiced in ordinary homes, stems from the tatami culture. The tatami is an indoor flooring peculiar to Japan. Rice stalks are dried into straw, which is then firmly bound with thread and covered with woven rush on the surface, to produce a rather thick mat. The tatami mat is also used as a measuring unit, and the number of mats used in a room corresponds to the floor space of the room. The suppleness and excellent moisture absorbing and releasing qualities, and acoustic absorption and sound insulation properties make the tatami mats well-suited to the Japanese climate. The tatami culture is also closely linked with the Japanese food culture which consists of rice as the staple food. When entering a tatami-matted room, you must also take off your indoor slippers.

    Futon

    futon.jpg In Japan, people sleep on mattresses and bedclothes called futon placed over the mats. The word 'futon' is also used as a general term for the entire set of bedding consisting of the 'kake-buton' (quilt) and the 'shiki-buton' (mattress), as well as blankets, hada-kake (thin and soft blankets used during hot weather) and pillows, and these are changed according to each season. Similar forms of the 'futon' used by the Japanese today can be found in the ukiyo-e paintings depicted in the Edo Period, but the materials used and the quality of the futon have been greatly improved over the years. At some ryokans, down-feather 'futon' are provided. There are, of course, some ryokans which offer guestrooms fitted out with Western-style beds, but we recommend you to sleep on the futon for a comfortable and memorable experience.

    Yukata

    yukata.jpg Yukata is a light cotton kimono used at home for relaxation, and especially today, typically worn by young ladies at summer festivals. During your stay in a Ryokan, yukata and tanzen (a padded jacket-like kimono used to put over a yukata in the winter) are availible to wear after taking a bath and for relation and sleeping in.

    Encounters with the Unknown

    Experience the elements of Japanese culture and customs:

    living in a room with Tatami (straw mat) flooring, changing into a typical Yukata (robe) after taking an Onsen hot-spring bath, sleeping on a Futon (bedding) put down directly on the Tatami floor, and etc. in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese hotel. Ryokans are accommodation facilities which are imbued with the traditional culture of Japan. As a result, it is quite understandable that foreign guests are often perplexed by many things when staying at a ryokan. Nevertheless, it is also true that various encounters with the unknown will greatly deepen the impressions and excitement of your journey. To be captivated by a totally different landscape, to enjoy experiencing something new, to try out local flavors, all for the first time... these are surely what make any journey exciting, allowing you to become immersed in a special sense of freedom that cannot be savored in daily life. In Japan, there is the following proverb: “Go ni itte wa go ni shitagae” (literally, “When in a village, do as the villagers do”, which is equivalent to the English proverb, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”). The very act of coming into contact with the traditions, culture, climate and customs of the country you are visiting or the land through which you are traveling is in itself particularly precious.

  • Selected Japanese Ryokans

    True hospitality and comfort, below are some of the best Ryokans in Japan!

    MYOJINKANin Nagano:

    myojinkanMyojinkan is located deep in the mountains on the outskirts of Matsumoto, and is quietly nestled in an environment blessed with abundant greenery and the sound of a river stream. This natural beauty, refined interior, delicate cuisine, and hospitality of the staff makes Myojinkan highly popular throughout the year. The combination of traditional beauty of a Japanese ryokan and innovative ideas derived from prominent overseas resorts produces a unique and comfortable space of Myojinkan. Myojinkan is a resort ryokan constantly pursuing what people long for when traveling and escaping from the urban bustle.

    SEIZAN YAMATO in Izu:

    yudono2Seizan Yamato is a stylish inn overlooking the Izu mountains and the blue sea of Sagami Bay, about 90 minutes outside Tokyo in Shizuoka Prefecture. At Seizan Yamato you will be able to experience the quintessence of genuine Japanese customer-care. Every month, guests can enjoy different Japanese kaiseki (traditional Japanese) cuisine. Carefully selected seasonal ingredients are prepared with great technical skill served to you in your own private room. Choose your on Yukata design, and Dinner courses and you are even able to choose your own pillow type, five different types to choose from, if that isn't attention to detail.

    SHIMODA YAMATOKAN in Izu:

    kiraraThe surroundings of Shimoda Yamatokan will remind you more of Waikiki Beach or Australia’s Gold Coast then of your typical Japanese landscape. The unique Shimoda Yamatoka is located on the oceanfront property of the beautiful Tatado beach on the tip of the Izu Peninsula. The white sandy beaches and perfect waves have been a surfer’s secret paradise for ages and it is well-known as one of the best swimming spots in Izu. All rooms have a stunning panoramic oceanic backdrop and the "Spa Villa" provides two discreet open-air private charter baths for a memorable onsen experience with family or friends.

    HONJI-HIRANOYA in Takayama:

    honjinHonjin Hiranoya, is a traditional Japanese style, situated on the pristine Miya River, which runs through the center of Takayama. Friendly faces and warm hospitality greet you upon your arrival. Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan is a great place for a relaxing and luxurious vacation in Takayama. The Honjin Hiranoya, has been honored with three stars from the Michelin Guide for it's excellent custom service and authentic Japanese cuisine. Here, you will enjoy the highest service while staying in a room prepared with traditional aesthetic sensitivity. Honjin Hiranoya, with exceptionally Japanese hospitality and convenient location is the perfect place to stay in Takayama.

    GORA KADAN in Hakone:

    gora-kadan-hakone-japan More than just a luxury ryokan, the Gorakadan is a once in a lifetime relaxation experience, restful and serene, with discreet and efficient service. Nestled in the mountains near the Hakone hot springs with magnificent views of mount Fuji. The original building dates back 300 years and was the summer home of the Kan’in-No-Miya imperial family. All rooms have tubs large enough to float in and the suites include saunas and garden-view granite baths fed by natural hot springs. Relaxing aromatherapy and esthetic treatments are also available in the Kadan Spa.

    HAKONE-SUISHOEN in Hakone:

    hakone-suishione A former villa of the noble Mitsui family now protected as a national cultural asset, Suishoen's design evokes a deep sense of beauty and Japanese tradition. At Hakone-Suishoen, their aim is to provide you with a stay unforgettable for its comfort. From the expectant moment when you check-in to the richly satisfied hour when you leave; from the instant you wake, through your refreshing respite in your guestroom, relaxing in the hot spring baths and saunas, and being pampered at our full-service spa.

    HIIRAGIYA-RYOKAN in Kyoto:

    ryokan2Founded in 1818. Situated in centre of Kyoto, convenient for shopping and walking. Dinner is finest quality Kaiseki cuisine, prepared with finesse using the season’s freshest ingredients. Served on elegant lacquer ware and Kyoto-crafted ceramics. Main Room and Adjoining Room with Approach Most rooms enjoy a garden view. En Suite Japanese Wood Baths of aromatic fir. Architecturally unified new wing opened in 2006.

    HOSHINOYA KARUIZAWA in Nagano:

    hoshinoya_spaHoshinoya Karuizawa, a luxurious resort village located in the valley of the Yukawa River, was established in a fresh inspiration as a hot spring resort to showcase the culture of Japan and has taken another step forward in history. The village is situated on foot of Mt. Asama surrounded by rich and deep forests, where stream is running slowly in the midst of the village. The natural springs have garnered a reputation as "Water for Beautiful Skin". This hot natural spring was named "Myojokan" by the head priest of Enkaku-ji, a Buddhist temple situated in Kamakura, however later changed its name to the Hoshino Hot Springs, and has since carved out a history of close to 100 years.

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