Japanese inn (ryokan)

Top 28 Recommended Hotels in Asakusa For a Great Stay in Tokyo in 2017

Asakusa (浅草) District in Taito (台東) is home to the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo (東京), the famous Senso-ji (浅草寺) Temple, and Kaminarimon (雷門), meaning “Thunder Gate”. It is also easy to access Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) from here, making it one of Tokyo’s most desirable areas. A good way to make sure you get the…

77 Luxury Hotels and Ryokans for a Relaxing Stay in Shizuoka This 2017

Shizuoka (静岡) is a beautiful prefecture in central Japan, boasting warm weather and home to the iconic tallest mountain in the country, Mt. Fuji (富士山). The southern peninsula, Izu (伊豆), is famous for its gorgeous beaches and hot spring resorts. Shizuoka is easily reachable from Tokyo (東京), and is popular among visitors for its breathtaking…

76 Hotels and Inns for Luxury Stay in Kyoto, Japan’s Culture Capital, in 2017!

Kyoto (京都) is often described as the most beautiful city in Japan. It is home to some of the nation’s most precious national treasures, including the Golden Pavilion, the shrine of a thousand torii (鳥居) gates, Nijo Castle (二条城), and streets where Geisha (芸者) in training roam. Anyone interested in Japanese culture must take a…

How Many of These 5 Facts About Japanese Hot Springs Do You Know?

Have you ever experienced bathing in a hot spring or onsen (温泉) in Japan? In the summer of 2016, I took my European husband to an onsen ryokan (温泉旅館), a Japanese-style hotel with hot springs. Apparently, his expectations were hugely betrayed in many ways. He had heard about onsen many times before but imagined something…

Try Japan’s Top Breakfasts at These 3 Hotels and Inns!

Breakfast is generally considered the most important meal of the day as it provides fuel for the day ahead. While traveling in Japan, the hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese inn) where you are staying at will most likely provide breakfast for its guests, be it in Japanese-style or Western-style. Usually, the Western-style breakfast is…

Enjoy Japanese Hot Springs at These 3 Inns in the Resort Town of Yufuin

Staying in Japan is never complete without soaking in an “onsen (温泉)” or a Japanese hot spring. For hundreds of years, the Japanese people have enjoyed this activity mainly for socializing and its health benefits. It is considered as one of the great ways to enjoy the Japanese culture in the country. There are so…

Heading to Yamagata? Here Are 4 Must-Try Activities in the Area!

A place known for its agricultural products, hot springs, rural flair, and natural beauty is Yamagata (山形). It is a large prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Tohoku (東北) region. Historically speaking, the aboriginal Ezo (蝦夷) people are greatly rooted in this place. There are also several major attractions that…

A Ryokan in the Middle of a Big City? Relax at This Upscale Inn in Tokyo

Travel and tourism has long been a leading industry providing people the chance to enhance globalization. One of these which brought about major changes among people in the revolutionary scale is Hoshino Resorts Inc (星野リゾート). It increased people’s opportunity to experience the richness of the Japanese culture through building friendships and local relationships. To extend…

5 of the Historically Enchanting Inns You Can Stay at in Kyoto

Besides for being dubbed as the best city in the world, Kyoto (京都) remains awash with remnants of its past glory. It is a place stunningly rich in heritage sites, exquisite cuisines, and a little sprinkling of modernity. As a place often visited by people, it also boasts historically enchanting inns which have been accommodating…

Visiting Kumamoto? Stay at This Lovely Japanese Hot Spring Hotel!

Ever feel like you want to stay somewhere with the luxury of a big, fancy hotel but with the quiet, understated charm of a ryokan? There are countless onsen hotels in Amakusa, with Shimoda boasting dozens to choose from. We stayed at the Amakusa Shimoda Onsen Garasha – a small Japanese style hotel with Western-influenced…
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