A stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, is a highlight of any trip to Japan, with wonderful hospitality, food and bathing.
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Forearmed with a little knowledge, a stay at a traditional ryokan can be a wonderful addition to any trip to Japan, as well as an insight into this fascinating land and its people.
By far the best way of learning a little about local customs and lifestyles whilst in Japan is to spend a night or two in a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan (pronounced ree-oh-kan). The concept behind the ryokan is a very simple one – it’s a home from home, Japanese style – but for the Western traveller it can be a wonderful eye-opener to the authentic delights of the Japanese way of life.
In our opinion, a stay in a good ryokan is one of the true highlights of a trip to Japan and it is definitely worth overcoming any reservations you may have in order to give it a try at some point during your stay.
We pride ourselves on visiting the accommodation featured on the website and in our itineraries. Only by inspecting the properties ourselves or indeed spending a couple of nights there do we really get a feel for the generous hospitality and the delicious cuisine that comes as standard in a ryokan.
Our specialists will only choose a ryokan for you that they are sure you will enjoy, be it a basic lodging with no en-suite facilities but an amazing view over the inland sea or a deluxe inn with the finest care and attention paid to the smallest detail. We are all hot-spring aficionados and we delight in explaining this most relaxing and soothing of Japanese customs to you.
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Browse a selection of our favourite ryokan.
Find out more about a ryokan stay with our interactive guide and video.
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