Hokkaido (北海道) is the most northerly of Japan’s islands. Celebrated for its abundant nature and distinct four seasons, you can enjoy the dramatic changes in scenery from incredible snow-covered treetops in winter to beautiful white and pink cherry blossom in spring to cooler temperatures in summer offering relief from the heat of the rest of Japan.
When visiting an island so breathtaking, it only seems right that your accommodation should match the high standard of the sights around you. We have taken a look at the best hotels and ryokan (旅館) that Hokkaido has to offer with the help of Relux, a member-based site for luxury accommodation, to perfect your stay in a setting that offers both beauty and calm.
Relux carefully selects each hotel to ensure that every part of your stay is to the highest quality. Whether you plan on staying in Hokkaido’s biggest city Sapporo (札幌) or somewhere more remote, a stay at one of these 44 top quality recommended hotels and ryokan is a guarantee that you’ll have an unforgettable trip.
With the endless nature that Hokkaido has to offer, what better way to appreciate it than by staying right in the midst of its natural beauty? Make your way up Mount Poromoi (ポロモイ山) to discover the enchanting The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa (ザ・ウィンザーホテル洞爺リゾート ＆ スパ). The hotel’s unique location at the top of a mountain guarantees stunning views over Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and Uchiura Bay (内浦湾) below.
As its name suggests, the hotel offers a large, comfortable spa which is based on the theme of nature and the four seasons. The spa includes a swimming pool and relaxing hot baths with more spectacular views. The hotel also offers a restaurant run by top chefs who use locally sourced ingredients from Hokkaido to create a number of unmissable dishes. A choice of French or Japanese breakfast is also possible when booking your room.
All the rooms at the Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa promise breathtaking panoramic views, with a choice to look out over either the lake or the ocean. Choose between a Premium Style suite room or a more affordable Casual Style room, both of which are sure to relax you and give you the feeling of connecting with nature.
The hotel is suitable for everyone; couples, families or friends and also provides equipment for those travelling with babies. Extra facilities you can make the most of include golf and tennis.
Ryokan Zaborin (坐忘林) is a traditional Japanese guest house with a modern twist. The ryokan offers spacious cottage rooms with an immaculate wooden finish, nestled in the beautiful, flourishing Hokkaido nature of Niseko (ニセコ). The abundance of trees surrounding the ryokan gives you the opportunity to appreciate the four dramatic seasons just outside your window.
Each room is found in its own cottage which is fitted out with a terrace enveloped in nature and your own private semi-outdoor onsen (温泉) to relax in a hot steamy bath while appreciating your surroundings. Choose between a Japanese-style or Western-style room depending on the kind of stay you are looking to experience.
Two meals are included in the price of your stay, served up by top quality chefs. With recipes made up from Hokkaido’s seasonal ingredients, the Kita-Kaiseki (キタカイセキ) course, a traditional Japanese meal consisting of various beautifully presented dishes, is a must-try.
Suizantei Club Jozankei (翠山亭倶楽部定山渓) is hidden in a tranquil setting an hour or so outside of Sapporo. This hotel prides itself on its ideal location for appreciating Hokkaido’s beautiful seasons, claiming that there are in fact 24 unique seasons all of which can be seen from the hotel’s windows. Enjoy the nearby Morinoyu (森乃湯) hot springs which offer a peaceful bathing experience in the depth of the forest.
Choose from the various styles of room for a more traditional stay in a Japanese room, a comfortable stay in a western room or treat yourself to a suite with a spa living room complete with your own relaxing hot bath as the centrepiece.
An unbeatable part of the hotel is its kaiseki dining (懐石ダイニング), which includes a number of beautiful dishes cooked up in front of you. These include vegetable dishes, succulent meat and some of Hokkaido’s seafood which the island is renowned for.
On top of this, a visit to the guest lounge will see you served up with free drinks from tea and coffee to beer, wine and cocktails.
For the ocean lovers, be sure to head over to Resort of the Heart: Ocean Villa Furukawa (心のリゾート 海の別邸ふる川). Found on the southern coast of Hokkaido, you’ll have the pleasure of a beautiful ocean view from your room and just a few minutes walk to the beach.
The hotel boasts delectable regional cuisine including Shiraoi beef (白老牛), a tender meat reared locally.
You can also enjoy the sea breeze at night from the outdoor hot spring whose healing qualities will cleanse your skin and detox you of any internal stresses while you look up at the night skies.
For even more health and beauty benefits, the hotel offers thalassotherapy, which is a natural French treatment using elements from the sea including seaweed to get you looking and feeling healthy and beautiful inside and out.
Surrounded by rolling hills and the beautiful colours of nature, Furano Hotel (フラノ寶亭留) offers a moment of tranquility and a chance to unwind in one of its 25 spacious rooms. Despite its large grounds the small number of rooms guarantees each guest a peaceful stay with a lot of space and the freedom to relax anywhere around the hotel to appreciate the views from a new perspective.
The hotel’s cuisine is all prepared as a work of art made with local ingredients from the Furano (富良野) area that reflect the changing of the seasons in its colours. On top of the restaurant, there is a relaxing bar with music and an impressive display of Danish furniture.
On top of the sizable rooms in both Japanese and western styles, you’ll find an indoor public bath with a large window to give you the feeling of being at one with nature.
If you’re visiting between April and November, you can also benefit from the outdoor natural hot springs which contain cleansing sodium chloride so you’ll leave feeling soft and refreshed.
The brand new Onuma Tsuruga Auberge Epuy (大沼鶴雅オーベルジュ エプイ) only opened its doors to the public in August 2016. The new and immaculate accommodation offers comfortable rooms, impeccable service and all in a beautiful natural setting. The word “epuy” comes from the local Hokkaido language Ainu (アイヌ) and translates as “forest where many tree flowers bloom” which describes the hotel’s surrounding gardens which can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons with its incredible array of flowers and water displays all a treat for your eyes.
The large guest rooms offer a comfortable space with some even housing spa living rooms with your own private onsen which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own room. Step outside to enjoy the open air baths which are surrounded by nature.
The restaurant is an enjoyable experience with the beautiful gardens lying at the other side of the large restaurant windows. Enjoy both breakfast and dinner from here with local dishes made from produce sourced from nearby regions.
You can enjoy the bar and lounge both at night and during the day with a beverage served with care by one of the hospitable bartenders. Also look out for the steam locomotive railway diorama in this space, an amazing model of a steam train.
Make yourself at home at Yunokawa Hot Springs: Bourou Noguchi which is found near the city of Hakodate, one of Hokkaido’s largest cities. This pristine hotel offers large rooms in three different styles, all of which will offer you a relaxing stay. Taste local seafood dishes and freshly picked local vegetables in the hotel’s restaurant.
Warm your cockles in the Yunokawa Hot Springs where you can look over the twinkling lights of Hakodate and look out to the neighbouring ocean. There’s no better way to relax and revitalise!
Bourou Noguchi Noboribetsu (望楼NOGUCHI登別) is a ryokan in Hokkaido’s southern region of Noboribetsu. Offering the perfect blend of traditional Japanese and modern western style, this one-of-a-kind ryokan was designed by Makoto Nakayama (中山真琴). All of the rooms in the guest house are suites so you are always guaranteed a spacious and stylish room, many of which overlook the rich neighbouring forestland.
Within reach of the Noboribetsu hot springs, you will have the opportunity to relax in natural sulphur springs that have been around for at least 200 years. Open 24 hours a day, this is worth a visit at night or in the day to experience either the invigorating feeling of being tucked away in nature or appreciating the calm night skies.
The ryokan’s restaurant offers up a menu to suit everyone’s taste with the chef creating dishes from local ingredients to make Japanese meals with a unique western twist.
While the cleanliness and simplicity of some hotels gives them a clinical feel, Otaru Ryotei Kuramure (小樽旅亭 藏群) has perfected the feeling of comfort and homeliness in its flawless design. The traditional Japanese ryokan offers a melange of styles from the furniture of the rooms to the unique names given to each room.
A benefit most of us don’t have in the comfort of our own homes is a beautiful outdoor hot spring where you can soak up the sounds of nature while destressing in the hot waters.
Finish this all off with an evening in the ryokan’s cosy library followed by a carefully prepared meal in the restaurant and a drink in the hotel’s sophisticated bar. Now, relax and make yourself at home!
As well as rooms on the ground floor available for the elderly or disabled, there are also two rooms designed specifically for those with disabilities, promising a comfortable stay for everyone.
Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Sapporo’s city centre, you’ll find the chic and modern Premier Hotel which overlooks the Toyohiragawa (豊平川) River. Unlike typical hotel rooms, Premier Hotel’s rooms give you plenty of space to move around with some of the suites as big as 160㎡.
Premier Hotel boasts a unique and impressive menu with a melange of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, all with the recommendation of the best Japanese liquor and wines to accompany it. Don’t miss the Hanagi (花城) course, a set of intricate Japanese dishes which change from season to season.
Be sure to look up at the ceiling on your arrival into the hotel lobby where you’ll not only see beautiful intricate paintings but also an impressive map of Japan so you can map out where you’ve been on your trip so far!
Shiretoko Ground Hotel Kita Kobushi (知床グランドホテル 北こぶし) prides itself on its location in the depths of Shiretoko’s nature, which has earned itself the title of World Natural Heritage Site thanks to its inimitable beauty. Choose to overlook the sea or the mountains from a big bay window.
Relaxing in the bath doesn’t have to mean leaving behind the beautiful view with each room housing its own private onsen-style bath with a large window as well as the option to warm up in the outdoor baths.
With its proximity to the sea, it’s no surprise that Shiretoko Ground Hotel’s restaurant menu has a healthy choice of seafood dishes for its traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner which is a selection of carefully prepared dishes served up by the restaurant’s chef.
Although perfect for some relaxing time, this hotel also caters for children with a Kids & Play Corner to keep young ones occupied while you unwind. On top of this, you will also find the rare benefit of a Pet Lounge so you don’t have to leave your pets at home!
The country-style fields and surrounding woods of Hidaka Auberge Natural Resort Hygeia (日高オーベルジュ ナチュラルリゾート ・ハイジア) are reminiscent of northern Europe which will make you feel like you’ve come to a completely new place compared to the busy cities around the rest of Japan. Instead of offering room upon room down a busy corridor, the hotel houses just seven rooms on one floor, each a maisonette style which guarantees peace, quiet and privacy during your stay.
The large bedrooms allow you to enjoy breakfast overlooking the countryside from the comfort of your room. However, to really make the most of the special occasion, head down to the restaurant in the evening where the restaurant continues in the European style with a menu based on French gastronomy with the added benefit of organic local ingredients.
Head to the eastern side of Hokkaido to find yourself at Hokutennnouka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort (北天の丘 あばしり湖鶴雅リゾート). This hotel has perfected a feeling of grandness in its unique design which seems to present a careful combination of different cultures. Release your inner creativity while admiring the display of sculptures around the hotel which have been provided by local Okhotsk people.
Those in need of a chill can head to the hotel’s stone spa or even enjoy an open-air spa from the comfort of your own room. Next, take a visit to the hotel’s restaurant where you will find a variety of seasonal courses as well as a comfortable lounge and bar.
With its remote location, be sure to reserve a free shuttle bus from a nearby station before you arrive!
One hour southwest of Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo lies the tranquil Jozankei Onsen which has been a local favourite for a long time. This very traditional-feeling building hides a beautiful wooden interior where you will be warmly welcomed into traditional Japanese bedrooms that offer luxury as well as a homely feel.
There are a number of different types of hot springs over several floors of the ryokan. These include a rooftop hot spring, a private Cyprus hot spring, an open-air bath and a private stone bath, as well as a beauty treatment salon in the basement.
Don’t miss the poet’s gallery where you can relax and read poetry before enjoying the fresh, handmade ingredients which have been perfectly prepared for the restaurant’s menu.
Within touching distance of the immense Shikotsu Lake, Shikotsuko Daiichi Hotel Suizantei (支笏湖第一寶亭留 翠山亭) holds its place proudly in the national park. The minimalist style of the hotel reflects the concept of the simple life in nature. Appreciate this notion while cherishing the drastic changes that take place from season to season all around the hotel.
Soak up the feeling of luxury with the chef’s tasty local seasonal cuisine and the luxurious rooms which offer a choice of either an indoor or open-air spa. On top of this, you can also take a trip to the hotel’s beauty salon to have yourself pampered.
This is the perfect break for couples or friends in need of some peace and quiet as all guests must be over the age of 13.
For those of you wanting to experience an authentic Japanese ryokan, this guest house is for you. Kappo Ryokan Wakamatsu (割烹旅館 若松) is found in a traditional building reminiscent of buildings you’d see in a Ghibli film. A visit to this ryokan will give you a taste of Japanese architecture, history and lifestyle with the rooms’ tatami (畳) flooring, sliding doors and low tables.
Its location in the popular Hakodate region mean you can enjoy the natural hot springs whose water runs straight from the Tsugaru channel (津軽海峡). This is the perfect spot for relaxing and taking a break from the busy city life.
Enjoy more tradition with Japanese cuisine cooked up by top quality chefs specialising in traditional kaiseki, a beautiful array of little varied dishes.
If you’re arriving into Sapporo be sure to head to the Keio Plaza Hotel, just a 5-minute walk from Sapporo train station. This towering building promises beautiful birdseye views from its higher floors. Even if you don’t fancy a room high up in the hotel, be sure to take a trip to the comfort floors, the 16th and 17th floors, which provide seating and panoramic views that everyone can go up and enjoy.
Foodies will love this hotel with its choice of several restaurants including French, Cantonese and Japanese cuisine with the chance to see a top chef sizzling up dishes in front of your eyes. If you’d like to specifically try out food from Hokkaido, don’t miss the restaurant that specialises in seasonal food from Northern Japan.
Extra benefits to this immense hotel include a swimming pool, gym and relaxation spa.
Taking inspiration from the neighbouring Lake Shikotsu, this resort and spa hotel has been created around the theme of water. As well as beautiful water displays throughout the hotel, there are a number of hot baths that you can appreciate during your stay. The natural healing waters of the region are bound to relax you, whether you’re enjoying them from the spa room after heating up in the adjoining sauna or from your own open-air hot baths in your room.
For those who like choice, you’ll be happy to hear that dinner is a buffet serving up a plethora of dishes made from local, fresh fruit and vegetables. Be sure to leave space for dessert as the hotel’s trained patisserie chef is sure to not disappoint!
The beanbags dotted around the lounge make you feel instantly at home but with the extra perk of incredible architecture, design and nature that surrounds you this is a guaranteed good trip!
If mountain views are your favourite, check out Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Besso Mokunosho (ニセコ昆布温泉 鶴雅別荘 杢の抄). Tucked away between Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) and the much loved Niseko hot springs, this hotel’s wooden style is a feast for the eyes and your inner calm. Tatami rooms and wooden architecture give the hotel a feeling of authenticity for those wanting to experience traditional Japan.
Niseko is well-known for its production of dairy which is reflected in the hotel menu. Try out some unique dishes unlike others you have tried including the delectable kaiseki course, all prepared by incredible chefs.
The outdoor wooden decking offers splendid views as well as the chance to enjoy a footbath and, of course, the cypress wood open air baths that are found in each room.
Following a makeover a few years ago, Akan Yukyu no Sato Tsuruga (あかん遊久の里鶴雅) reopened in 2014 with a new lease of life. Pristine rooms overlooking Lake Akan (阿寒湖) and the nearby Mt. Meakan (雌阿寒岳) and Mt. Oakan (雄阿寒岳) are sure to give you a feeling of calm and appreciate the luscious encompassing nature before you go out to explore.
The eastern Hokkaido cuisine is perfectly presented in the restaurant’s kaiseki several-course meal where you can experience firsthand the experimental and aesthetic qualities of Japanese cuisine.
For the ultimate feeling of being out in nature, head up to the rooftop onsen to look out over the lake and mountains. Whether in the day or at night you can appreciate the changing seasons and a feeling of liberty.
Not just a beautiful setting, the welcoming staff will put you at ease whether you need help around the hotel or some advice on nearby sights.
An unlikely find in the centre of Hokkaido, Asahikawa Grand Hotel (旭川グランドホテル) will make you feel like you’ve jumped across oceans and arrived at a luxurious European mansion. The western vibes were given to the hotel when designed by inventor Thomas Edison’s great-grandson, John Edison.
If you’d like to incorporate Japanese elements into your stay, check out one of the Japanese rooms or splash out in a suite room or quad room. As well as the rooms, the hotel’s four restaurants give you the chance to blend cultures with a Japanese, western, Chinese and French restaurant all on the premises.
Relax in style by taking a visit to the spa where you can treat yourself to a hot bath, bubble bath, sauna, a swim in the pool or a massage.
As the name suggests, Canal Inn Otaru Furukawa (運河の宿 小樽ふる川) is found next to one of Hokkaido’s most celebrated canals: Otaru Canal (小樽運河). The rich history of the Otaru region is renowned for its glamour and energy which is mirrored in the sophisticated style that Canal Inn sports.
From up high you’ll be treated not only to a birdseye view of the canal below but you will also discover the sights of the nearby coastline and the vast Sea of Japan.
Enjoy the heat from the sun which is soaked up by the hot rocks and wood of the outdoor baths, your own private bath or visit the cypress onsen for a heavenly aromatic experience.
The hotel takes advantage of Asahikawa’s reputation as one of the areas for producing the best furniture in Japan with its carefully selected local pieces decking out each room.
If you’re not yet familiar with Japan’s onsen (public hot baths), now’s the time to experiment with the different style’s as the hotel offers both low and high-temperature baths, a laying down bath, a waterfall bath, a hyper jet bath and even two different types of sauna.
While there is a choice to reserve a room with no meals included, the homemade bread served with the buffet-style breakfast is worth those few extra yen.
If you like to work out before treating yourself to a spa, why not visit the hotel’s fitness gym before letting yourself immerse in the relaxing atmosphere.
This family-friendly ryokan is a fusion hotel which has picked up the best parts of Japanese and western culture and combined them to guarantee comfort and an appreciation of tradition in your stay. Offering a variety of room styles, set yourself up in a Japanese or Japanese-western style room in any combination, whether you’re a couple, friends or family.
The hotel’s pride and joy is its three different natural hot springs which are fed by the nearby Toyohira River. As well as large public baths, you will also find some rooms offer your own private onsen to be enjoyed whenever you fancy.
Specialising in seafood from Hokkaido’s three surrounding seas, the hotel chef creates fresh, local dishes to satisfy your palette and give you a taste of Hokkaido’s unmissable cuisine.
Shikotsuko Suizantei Club (支笏湖翠山亭倶楽部)’s rustic wooden exterior may not prepare you for the clean and classy style that it hides behind its walls. Feast your eyes on the modern rooms’ creative designs before looking out of the window to admire Lake Shikotsu and Fuppushidake (不風死岳).
Take a free trip over to the hotel’s main branch Daiichi Hotel Suizantei (第一寶亭留 翠山亭) if you’d like to relax in their hot baths, both indoor and outdoor.
If you’re looking for good customer service on your visit to Hokkaido, look no further! With just five rooms in the whole hotel, you are not only sure to have a quiet and peaceful stay but the hotel promises “omotenashi (おもてなし)” service, a Japanese word meaning “superior Japanese hospitality”. You couldn’t be in safer hands.
When a famous architect like Kengo Kuma (隈研吾) designs your hotel interiors, you know you’re onto a good thing. One Niseko Resort Towers (ワン・ニセコ・リゾート・タワーズ) is an impeccably designed hotel that exudes creativity and style but all with a feeling of accessibility and everyday comfort.
While all of the rooms offer generous space and a number of facilities, upgrade to the Penthouse or ONE Suite to feel real luxury while discovering the local Ainu tradition.
Add on breakfast or two meals to your stay to savour the tastes of Hokkaido cuisine which follows the natural theme of “mountains, rivers and ocean”.
Relatively new on the block is La’gent Stay Sapporo Odori (ラ・ジェント・ステイ 札幌大通). Opening its doors to the visitors of Sapporo in July 2016, this hotel offers a comfortable countryside vibe despite its location in the heart of the city (just a 10-minute drive from Sapporo Station). The wooden furniture and ornaments along with unique and creative designs on the walls take away the clinical feel you often experience in city hotels.
Choose your room depending on your needs: a superior double or a moderate twin room which can be adjusted to the number of people. You’ll also have the choice to add on breakfast which is a spectacular Japanese-western buffet of 50 dishes that are all created using local cuisine.
Later take the time to relax at the hotel’s public spa kitted out with hot springs, a bar, afitness center and an esthetic salon.
Ki Niseko (木ニセコ) is tucked away in the mountains of western Hokkaido. A hotel magnificent through all the seasons, guests can watch Mt. Niseko-Annupuri (ニセコアンヌプリ) transform from a snow-capped peak in winter to a luscious green-surrounded mountain in summer.
The hotel’s sophisticated design follows a clean theme of white and wood with a wide variety of room styles and price brackets to tailor your stay to your needs. Enjoy dinner at the hotel’s AN Dining (杏ダイニング), where novel dishes are thought up by international chefs making use of the abundance of local ingredients from the region.
Need to relax after all that? Head to the hotel’s mineral-filled hot springs. If you’d like to use the baths privately, you can request to do so at reception but this depends on availability.
The spectacular nature surrounding the hotel isn’t just for looking at. Sign up to many activities that the hotel offers, from rafting, golf and mountain biking to winter sports at the nearby ski slopes.
Make the most of Sapporo’s stunning urban views both day and night from Century Royal Hotel Sapporo (センチュリーロイヤルホテル札幌). Just a short walk from Sapporo Station, this elegant hotel is surprisingly calm considering its location in the heart of Hokkaido’s largest city.
As well as peace and quiet, Century Royal Hotel will impress you with its healthy and colourful French cuisine, all prepared with fresh and local produce. Top that all off with the hotel’s selling point, its revolving restaurant which offers panoramic night views over the sprawling Sapporo.
Another hotel in an ideal central location in Sapporo is Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu (札幌エクセルホテル東急). This chain is not only conveniently placed but also has the benefit of the neighbouring Nakajima Park (中島公園) which is home to a lake and an abundance of trees whose colours change beautifully with the seasons.
With no shortage of rooms, you will find a variety of different styles to suit your budget and needs. For a bit of extra luxury, choose one of the rooms on the 19th or 20th floor which offer extra space, style and views that are more than worth the extra yen.
The hotel’s two restaurants allow you to decide between a traditional Hokkaido cuisine or a buffet style evening meal for those looking for more choice. You can also add on breakfast to your plan.
Shougetsu Grand Hotel (章月グランドホテル) is found just an hour from Sapporo along the Toyohira River at the foot of Mt. Asahi (朝日岳). This area is known for Jozankei Dam (定山渓ダム) and its century old Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉). The hotel boasts wide windows overlooking the celebrated scenery from a variety of rooms including tatami rooms and rooms that house jacuzzis and cypress hot baths.
Your palette is also in good hands with the creation of the cuisine aided by well-known Japanese chef Fuji Shuichi (藤井 修一) who appeared on the TV show Iron Chef (料理の鉄人). Dinner is pleasing to all the senses with carefully arranged dishes with exquisite flavours.
Spend your afternoons in the hotel’s Lounge Kamuri (ラウンジ かむり) where you can feel soothed by the beautiful architecture and the nature at your doorstep. Especially cosy in winter months when they light the huge fireplace.
With a nearby shrine, temple and the opportunities to get onto the mountains, whether for walking or skiing, this hotel offers something for everyone.
If you’re looking to stay in Sapporo but still want to appreciate Hokkaido’s magnificent nature, head to Chateraise Gateaux Kingdom Sapporo Hotel & Spa Resort (シャトレーゼ ガトーキングダム サッポロ ホテル ＆ スパリゾート) which offers a perfect blend of city life and countryside.
For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll be in sugary heaven as the hotel is run by a confectionery company with sweet treats greeting you all around the hotel. The hotel’s French influence is found in its restaurant where changing seasonal menus are born from one of the few top chefs that trained at Japan’s Academie Culinaire de France. As expected, the desserts are exquisite.
Water fans will want to head outside to the hotel’s focal point – its outdoor heated swimming pool fit with a water slide.
Discover what it would be like to live in a beautiful Japanese house within an authentic experience at this traditional Japanese hotel. Akan Tsuruga Bessou Hinanoza (あかん鶴雅別荘 鄙の座) is set above Lake Akan with the immense hotel windows providing views as far as the eye can see.
The various styles of rooms come in different themes whether you choose the lake side or the mountain side of the hotel, as well as the extra benefit of having your own private open-air spa attached to your room to make the most of those views. You can also head up to the 6th and 7th floors of the hotel to appreciate other views as well as a stone spa in the hotel’s three public hot baths.
In line with the hotel’s traditional Japanese style, the food served up in the restaurant remains typically Japanese but the creative top class chef invents his own recipes using seasonal food from the local Akan and Doutou (道東) areas.
Ryotei Hanayura (旅亭 花ゆら) is a traditional Japanese hotel in the Noboribetsu region of south Hokkaido. With a focus on flowers, you can see both beautiful flower arrangements around the hotel as well as an abundance of nature out the windows. A menu of delicious, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables is sure to regenerate you in this relaxing atmosphere.
Soak your muscles and soften your skin with the calming effects of the Noboribetsu’s natural hot water whether from the adjoined private open-air bath in your room or the large outdoor public bath on the ground floor. A sensory treat, these hot baths not only feel and smell incredible but you can’t help but feel a connection with nature while you’re surrounded by the sounds and sights of the trees which reflect the season.
Within walking distance of Sapporo Station, Cross Hotel offers not only convenience but guaranteed class and style. This is a hotel that promises entertainment, great company and hospitality as well as unforgettable views over the beautiful city of Sapporo. To enjoy those night views even more, take a visit to the outdoor hot baths.
Upgrade your usual stay for a deluxe or luxury room to treat yourself and add breakfast to your deal for that extra security.
Cross Hotel is well prepared for people visiting for special occasions with the option to request special treatment to surprise a loved one. On top of this, the hotel restaurant stretches over a whole floor which makes it ideal for large gatherings, whether for a wedding or a party. The restaurant offers French and Italian food featuring local Hokkaido ingredients to make for the perfect fusion restaurant.
In need of a holiday to fully relax, regenerate and pamper yourself? Spa & Esthetique Suichokan (女性のためだけのお宿 翠蝶館) is the one for you! Found nestled between a mountain, natural springs and luscious mountain countryside, this serene ambiance is sure to allow you the time to unwind.
While this hotel is particularly popular among women looking for a treat, it’s also the perfect relaxing romantic getaway for couples wanting to relax together. As well as massage chairs and sofas that will swallow you up, you can treat yourself to a soak in the 100% natural hot springs and your pick from a number of beauty treatments including a professional massage, an O2 bar, a body treatment or the special maternity course for pregnant women.
To compliment the invigoration of the springs and treatments, enjoy a healthy meal to cleanse your insides at the hotel’s Chinese restaurant.
“Mori no uta”, which translates to English as “the song of the forest”, is a good insight into what to expect of your stay at Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa. Although just an easy hour and a half from the hustle and bustle of Sapporo, this hotel throws you right into the centre of the beautiful, vital woodland of Jozankei.
Unlike any normal hotel, Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa offers modern cottage-style rooms with a Japanese twist. Benefit from your own open-air spa to relax with your loved ones with the forest’s beautiful song as your soundtrack.
Savour the flavours perfected by the hotel’s chefs in the form of delicious feasts and sweets parties.
Sapporo Park Hotel (札幌パークホテル) is a big hit among frequent important visitors to Sapporo who know the secret charm of the hotel. With Nakajima Park on your doorstep, you have easy access to some of the most desirable places in the city including the park voted one of the most beautiful parks in Japan.
You won’t find any dark and dingy rooms in Sapporo Park Hotel with all rooms allowing in as much sunlight as possible to keep you feeling bright and breezy on your special trip to Sapporo. There are rooms created for special occasions including a bridal suite, rooms with a private spa and other spacious suites.
Add breakfast onto your stay which can be enjoyed at one of the two hotel restaurants, either Japanese breakfast on the 11th floor or a buffet breakfast on the first floor
Coming up to 85 years old, the Sapporo Grand Hotel (札幌グランドホテル) has earned its place as a popular stopover spot in the centre of Hokkaido’s largest city. This is a hotel whose age shows in its tradition for the highest quality Japanese service and traditional atmosphere.
Start your evening with an exquisite meal at the MIZAR (ミザール) lounge followed by a carefully prepared cocktail in the Lounge Bar accompanied by jazz music, sometimes in the form of a live performance.
Don’t miss the hotel’s bakery to enjoy the flavours of Hokkaido through its homemade bread and desserts.
Niseko Northern Resort An’nupuri (ニセコノーザンリゾート・アンヌプリ) is about to give you a taste of the sophistication and style of Scandinavia. With a backdrop of snow-topped mountains, you’ll feel that you’ve arrived in a winter paradise. Can’t make it for winter and you’re sure to still enjoy the mountain scenery in the sunshine.
The natural onsen baths and sauna available on site are the perfect wind down after a long day in the mountains. Meanwhile, the hotel’s fusion restaurant offers delicious local mountain dishes while the lounge is home to a large cosy fireplace where you can order sweets and cocktails.
Chalet Ivy (シャレーアイビー) is a Niseko hotel in an idyllic location at the foot of Mt. Yotei. Perfect for the winter months, the hotel is the ideal spot for those wanting to go off and enjoy the plentiful snow of the region. Get in touch with the hotel’s ski concierge who will be your guide for finding the best winter activities.
The hotel can be enjoyed at all times of year with other nearby activities available including gold, cycling and canoeing.
Large luxurious rooms promise spectacular scenes of the mountain and the surrounding nature. Relax after an active day at the hotel’s reputable Onsen Ivy, a natural hot spring whose steaming water will chill you out after a long day.
Snow Castle (スノーキャッスル), the hotel restaurant, offers a spectacularly prepared menu featuring sushi (寿司) from the head chef who is a trained sushi chef.
Within easy reach of Toyohira River which runs through Sapporo, MyStays Premier Sapporo Park (ホテルマイステイズプレミア札幌パーク) is a high rise hotel with the bedrooms all found on the top floors so whichever room you’re in you are sure to have a good view over the city. The restaurant and outdoor seating on the ground floor provide even more space for relaxing after a day out sightseeing in Sapporo.
Enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki, many-course meal in your own private Japanese dining room before heading to the natural hot springs where you’re provided with a yukata (浴衣) and free drinks and snacks for the ultimate relaxing experience.
The hotel is well prepared for families visiting with children with one bedroom set up for babies.
Found in one of the most central and exciting streets of Sapporo, Royton is a perfect spot to base yourself in order to explore the city. The hotel’s many floors means you can enjoy the views over central Sapporo from the comfort of your room.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in the hotel’s Cafe Trianon (カフェ・トリアノン) where you will be served up a buffet featuring both western and Japanese dishes. There is also a lunch menu, coffee and tea available in the afternoons and a Chinese restaurant for evening meals.
This smart hotel is ideal for both personal and business trips and offers a large variety of comfortable rooms. Rooms are kitted out with Sundari (スンダリ) bathroom products which use the Indian Ayurveda method.
Unlike many of these hotels, there are smoking rooms also available.
The expansive La Cachette (ラ・カシェット) grounds offer a number of rental houses for those who would like a bit more space than a limited hotel room. Found in the beautiful region of Hakodate (函館), a full house to yourself gives you the freedom to enjoy your own space with your own kitchen and amenities, including a microwave, oven, dishwasher and washing machine.
In the region of one of the largest spas in Hokkaido, Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), you can appreciate the blessing of the calming natural hot spring water in the area with your own private hot spring jacuzzi.
Celebrate the current season with events organised by La Cachette, including flower viewing in spring, a barbeque in summer and a chestnut hunt in autumn.
If what you’ve heard about Hokkaido already has tempted you into a stay, it’s sure that these hotels and ryokan have been the final evidence you need to confirm that Hokkaido is a must-visit. These 44 highly recommended hotels and ryokan are the cherry on the cake for the perfect trip to one of Japan’s most beautiful, natural regions.