The 5 luxury ryokans for a relaxing getaway
Looking for a serene weekend getaway? We’ve got you covered. Consider spending a night (or two, who’s counting?) at a traditional Japanese inn, better known as “ryokan”. For a truly sumptuous experience, The Ryokan Collection operates a huge range of these lavish getaways all over Japan.
Each suite possesses distinct features depending on the location of the ryokan, but all maintain a minimalist aesthetic. Although it can be difficult for hotels to strike a balance between having all of the modern conveniences that we’re used to and preserving local culture, The Ryokan Collection has struck a perfect medium between the two. We’ve picked five luxury ryokans that we can’t wait to explore on our next trip to Japan.
Prices quoted include accommodation for one night, a Japanese full course dinner, breakfast, service charge and taxes.
Yagyu No Sho
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Yagyu No Sho is situated in a bamboo grove within Shizuo-ken prefecture, and there are five different room types on offer; the largest of these rooms is the Matsuno-o, which has two detached rooms and an open air hot spring bath. Although there is no private bath available here, the hushed surroundings make soaking in the hot springs a secluded experience. Plenty of natural light comes in through the full length windows that open up to the great outdoors.
For those of us who can’t get away completely from work, the Yagyu-kan room was traditionally used as a practice room for Japanese artistic dancers, but now serves as a versatile and quiet setting that is perfect for any business meeting.
Price: A night for two in the Matsuno-o room costs JPY129,750 per person.
Yagyu No Sho, 1116-6, Syuzenji, Izu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 410-2416, www.ryokancollection.com
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Spending a night at Kayotei is a truly homey experience as it is located in an untouched hot springs village within Ishikawa prefecture. The largest room out of the 10 provided is the Higashiyama Suite, which has a gorgeous view of the forested mountains that surround Kayotei.
The intimate experience of staying in the Higashiyama Suite would not be complete without exclusive access to the Kokin Salon – Bar. We’re so excited to arrive at Kayotei and sample a cup of calming tea whilst taking in the stunning view from the bar’s balcony. For a little bit of added privacy, the Higashiyama suite has a private bath.
Price: Depending on the season, a night in the Higashiyama Suite for two people can cost between JPY64,950 — JPY80,070 per person.
Kayotei, 20, Ho, 1-chome, Higashi-machi, Yamanaka onsen, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa-ken 922-0114, www.ryokancollection.com
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The Imperial room at Hiiragiya is unusually large for most ryokan, and its size makes it all the more luxe for the discerning traveller. The interior design of the room preserves the tradition and culture of Japan whilst proving all of the modern amenities that we can think of. Alongside being incredibly spacious, the Imperial room has the added luxury of a private bath, made from the best Koyamaki wood.
Located in Kyoto, staying at the Hiiragiya means never being far from the beautiful temples that Japan is famous for. The art that adorns the walls of Hiiragiya add to the sense of being transported back to the past.
Price: A night in the Imperial room for two people costs between JPY86,400 — JPY91,800 per person, depending on the season.
Hiiragiya, 277 Nakahakusancho, Fuyacho Anekoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 604-8094, www.ryokancollection.com
Read more: Kyoto travel guide.
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According to The Ryokan Collection’s website, Ryokan Kurashiki has an “aura of solidity, wealth, and luxury” — and we just have to agree.
Ryokan Kurashiki is larger than its counterparts, and has just that little bit more to offer us. It has a private dining room that can hold anywhere from 2 to thirty guests, and a coffee shop that was one of the first in Japan to roast its own coffee beans. Located in a tranquil neighbourhood, this ryokan sits along the banks of a willow-lined canal.
The largest room at Ryokan Kurashiki is the Okuzahshiki suite, which consists of five rooms. Adding to the opulence of this suite, the decorations and furniture are changed according to the seasons, to reflect the beauty of the surrounding town.
Price: Depending on the season, a night for two in the Okuzashiki suite costs between JPY56,925 — JPY58,075 per person.
Ryokan Kurashiki, 4-1 Honmachi, Kurashiki, 710-0054 Japan, www.ryokancollection.com
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Takefue’s location in Kumamoto has the most breathtaking surroundings of the forest on one side, and the ocean on the other. With rustic interiors, an abundant number of private hot spring baths, and exclusive access to Takefue’s own spa, Zen; what’s not to love?
We have to recommend spending some time off in the Sayo suite. Not short of splendid in any way, the Sayo suite has two of its own private hot spring baths — one of which is big enough to swim laps in, a living room, and a dining room.
A larger private dining room is also available upon request, and it’s definitely the perfect place to feast on the Japanese haute cuisine on offer. The food served changes according to the seasons, which gives us the perfect reason to keep coming back to Takefue.
Price: A night in the Sayo suite will cost JPY63,000 per person.
Takefue, 5725-1 Manganji, Minami-Ogunimachi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto, 869-2402, www.theryokancollection.com
This article originally appeared on lifestyleasia.com.