When visiting Japan, the stay in Ryokan should not be missed! We have put together the secret collection of the most beautiful and romantic Ryokans for your authentic experience. Let us explain first what Ryokan is...
Ryokan are Japanese style inns found throughout the country, especially in hot spring resorts. More than just a place to sleep, ryokan are an opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style baths and local cuisine, making them popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike.
There are many different kinds of ryokan, varying greatly in terms of size, cost and style. Some ryokan are small, family run establishments with just a few rooms, while others are large, hotel-like facilities with hundreds of rooms. Ryokan also range from no-frills, budget varieties to costly establishments catering to the very wealthy.
Meals are typically kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine) that feature local and seasonal specialties.
Because of their emphasis on traditional style and atmosphere, ryokan may appear rigid and intimidating for the first timer unfamiliar with the procedures and etiquette. In reality they are a special and relaxing experience that everyone should take the opportunity to try.
Traditional Japanese inns (ryokan), also known as omotenashi, date back over 1,300 years. Behind these family run properties lies the principle of harmony, which interlaces seamlessly with nature. To ensure guests receive the most gracious welcome, every single detail from floral arrangements that reflect the season to the freshest local ingredients used to prepare the finest cuisine, ryokan hospitality is a true Art.
Japan can be visited all year around but we especially suggest to visit during spring when Sakura trees are in blossom. Magical!