A Traditional Japanese Inn stay can be the highlight of any trip to Japan, and this comprehensive tour of 13 hot spring towns will give you a complete picture of what to expect during a stay. From the tatami room to the kitchen and dining room, this is the story of the Ryokan.
After 20 years living in Japan, a Ryokan stay is the most authentic experience one can have traveling the country and Fukushima, Japan’s third largest prefecture, is famous for that countryside charm and service found around its mountains. It’s only a 75 minute Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo making it an ideal getaway from more crowded spots like Nikko and Hakone. In this video, you will see exactly what you will get from start to finish.
As Japan moves closer to the 2020 Olympics, services are catering more to international visitors and these hotels featured are all accommodating and friendly places, staff learning English to communicate with people from around the world.
▶︎ What is Kaiseki Ryori / Cuisine?
It’s a traditional Japanese dinner with many courses including a starter, soup, side items, main course and dessert.
★ Sashimi / Sushi
★ Miso Soup
It’s all here, and it’s all prepared with local ingredients of the season, always freshly made in the kitchen.
▶︎ How much is a night at a Ryokan / Traditional Japanese Inn?
It is usually charged by the person instead of the room because it includes 2 meals, dinner and breakfast. On average, I have spent between 12,000 yen ($100) to 22,000 ($180) per person for a night and here is why it is worth it.
Of all the experiences you will have in Japan, this will be the one you remember the most, dressing in a cotton kimono (yukata) to walk down to dinner, bathing outdoors in a hot spring in the snow, extraordinary Japanese service, amazingly beautiful meals … you’re paying for an experience not just a stay.
Check out the special Onsen Hot Spring Bath Guide here
Here are the 13 places featured in this series:
☆ Sahako no yu public bath house http://www.iwakicity-park.or.jp/sahako/
☆ Shintsuta https://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/4119009/
☆ Hana no yu http://www.hotelhananoyu.jp/
☆ Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/hotel/TH/TH_GRAND/index.html
☆ Yamagataya Ryokan http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/hotel/TH/TH_GRAND/index.html
☆ Kawachi Ryokan http://www.kawachiya-gr.jp/hotel/
☆ Hanakanzashi https://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/2526A04/?aff=rsv
☆ Tamago yu http://www.tamagoyu.net/
☆ Hotel Sansuiso http://www.sansuiso.jp/
☆ Sabakoyu http://www.fckk.co.jp/onsen/?page_id=5
☆ Ryokan Harataki http://www.yumeguri.co.jp/en/
☆ Ookawaso http://www.ookawaso.co.jp/en/
☆ Toryukan https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Fukushima-Shimogo-Toryukan_Yunokami_Onsen/17905/
☆ Iwaburo http://www.kanko-aizu.com/higaeri/3116/
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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 19 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.