Tourist Attractions and Accommodation recommended

Services by hotels and Ryokans in Hokkaido

■La Vista Hakodate Bay

12-6 Toyokawa-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido

Located in Hakodate where there is an exotic atmosphere, this hotel is extremely popular due to its convenient location for sightseeing and, according to Trip Advisor, its ranking as Hotel with Best Breakfast for two consecutive years. Guests can enjoy Hokkaido’s fresh seafood. The large public bath on the top floor has natural hot spring water running from the source and users can enjoy the famous view of Hakodate at night below them. The cooling-off area provides a view of Mt. Hakodate and the famous red brick warehouses.

La Vista Hakodate Bay provides links to English translations of Japanese reservation sites which provide convenient information such as photos and rates for each room, details of amenities, check-in/out times and room availability. Reservations can be made online.

■Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention

Izumikawa 13, Rusutsu-mura, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention is a large-scale resort hotel surrounding by the beautiful natural environment of a national park. The hotel adjoins an amusement park so it is perfect for families who can enjoy various attractions. There are also many activities such as golf and rafting and guests can enjoy skiing or snowmobiling in winter. The hotel has many other facilities such as onsen hot springs, different types of indoor swimming pools and a fitness gym.

Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages which contain information on activities that are available in the summer and winter seasons, photos and rates for guest rooms, details about the carefully-selected ingredients used in the restaurants as well as opening hours. Reservations can be made online. There is also information on travel times by car from major Hokkaido cities such as Sapporo, Muroran and Chitose to the hotel as well as air travel times from cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. The hotel also has an English Facebook page which is convenient for real-time information.


183-43 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

Kiniseko has only recently opened but it has already had many guests from overseas and is popular for its convenient location with direct access to ski slopes as well as the availability of outdoor activities in the summer such as mountain biking and trekking. Guests can also sample the cuisine created by our internationally-awarded chef. The hotel offers a variety of rooms including those with a view of Mt. Yotei or condominium-type rooms with kitchens and lounge spaces. Guests can select the room type most suited to their stay. There is also a convenient private bath-hire service.

Kiniseko provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages which include photos of the different types of guest rooms, details of equipment and amenities and information on hot spring baths, dining and services such as babysitting. There is also an introduction to the merits of Niseko as an accommodation destination and a convenient online reservation system.

■Akan Yukyu no Sato Tsuruga

4-6-10 Akanko-onsen, Akan-cho, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido

Akan Yukyu no Sato Tsuruga is a hot spring hotel with great views located on the banks of Lake Akan. There is also novelty with some guest rooms being decorated with Ainu motifs. There is a gallery that displays objects from Ainu culture such as owls and bear created by two sculptors and at night guests can listen to Ainu mythology and folk tales told by local storytellers. The hotel has seven different baths including the outdoor garden bath where guests can feel at one with Akan Lake as well as a large public bath with a panoramic view of the lake and decor that portrays the Ainu culture.

Akan Yukyu no Sato Tsuruga provides an English translation of some of the Japanese pages of its website which contain photos and details of guest rooms, an explanation of the hot spring, restaurant opening hours and details of access by air or rail. Reservations can be made online and there is also a convenient FAQ section. The site has photos of guest rooms as well as sample meals and the different hotel facilities.

■The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa

Shimizu, Toyako-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

One of the best large - scale luxury resort hotels in Hokkaido. Situated on a mountain on the banks of Lake Toya, this hotel has spectacular views. The venue of the 2008 Toyako Summit, this hotel has welcomed VIP guests from all over the world. Rooms in which heads of state stayed during the summit have been reproduced. The hotel restaurant has three stars in the Hokkaido edition of the Michelin guide. There is an English translation of the official Japanese Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa website. It provides information on the facilities such as guest rooms, rates and restaurants as well as the courier service with which guests can send bread from Boulangerie Windsor as a gift (available for delivery in Japan only) .

■Hotel Nidom

430 Unae, Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido

Hotel Nidom is composed of a number of Finnish log houses dotted around in harmony with the beautiful Hokkaido countryside. Nidom means ‘abundant forest’ in the indigenous Ainu language. True to this meaning, guests can fully enjoy magnificent views of the lake or the dense forest right in front of their eyes, depending on the location of their cottage. Guests can either relax or enjoy a number of sports and activities. Easily accessed from New Chitose Airport, the hotel welcomes many guests from the mainland and overseas. The translation regarding The official hotel website has been done.

■The Lake View Toya - Nonokaze Resort

29-1 Toyako Onsen, Toyako-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

All guest rooms at the Lake View Toya - Nonokzae Resort have a lake view as well as a view of Mt. Yotei in the background as the hotel is situated on the shores of Lake Toya.There are fireworks displays over the lake at night from spring to autumn and guests can enjoy a luxurious moment by, for example, watching the fireworks while bathing in the outdoor rotemburo. One of the hotel baths is a re-creation of a public Showa Era bath-house where guests can experience the feeling of the Japan of long ago. Another feature of the hotel is its sports cafe.

Services by hotels and Ryokans in Touhoku region

■Yamanokami Onsen Yukaen

53-1 Nakano, Kudashizawa, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate-ken

Yamanokami Onsen Yukaen, which is tucked away at the back of Hanamaki Onsen Town, is a hotel that was constructed by a shrine carpenter. The architectural beauty such as the latticed ceilings and the craftsmanship of the sliding doors and partitions in each room are a sight to behold. Guests can feel the warmth of the wood and enjoy the calm atmosphere. The large outdoor bath is around 90m2 with a feeling of openness and there are 4 different elaborate background pictures such as ceramic murals of angels between the male and female bathing areas.

The Yamanokamo Onsen Yukaen site links to an English translation of a Japanese reservations site which provides photos and rates for each guest room, check-in/out times and shuttle bus information. It is possible to reserve online and see availability. The site also contains useful reviews of the hotel.

■Notoya Ryokan

446 Ginzan-Shinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata-ken

Notoya Ryokan, which is located at Ginzan Onsen, has a long history of over 120 years and has been designated as a registered tangible cultural property in Japan. The landscape of Ginzan Onsen has remained the same for many years and visitors are taken out of their usual environment as if they have travelled back through time. Visitors can feel the history from the characteristic exterior with its door guards that display the Notoya Ryokan name in relief and the wooden construction with its towers. The original skilled carpentry work can be observed on the handrails, etc. in the guest rooms in the main building. The towers contain conversation lounges and are worth a look as they remain unchanged. Guests can enjoy elaborate baths such as the cave bath.

Unfortunately, the official website does not provide an English translation of the Japanese.

■Sakan ? The hotel with a 1,000 year tradition

Yumoto, Akiu-machi, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken

Sakan, the hotel with a 1,000 year tradition, located in Akiu Onsen is a traditional hotel which was a favorite of the famous historical figure, Masamune Date. The main building houses a sacred flame which is a family treasure that has burned for 400 years and displays historical documents concerning the role of the Date family in managing the hot spring. In addition to the large public bath, there is a bath that reproduces the type of bath that Masamune Date would have used, surrounded by lattices in order to protect himself from foreign enemies ? visitors can really experience the feel of that time. The famous breakfast buffet is cooked in front on the guests so that they can savour the freshly cooked dishes. This hotel was also the venue for the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting, Sendai in May, 2016.

Sakan, the hotel with a 1,000 year tradition, provides an English translation of some of the pages of its Japanese website which include information on each guest room as well as photos of facilities such as the large public bath, the restaurants, bars and conference rooms. It also contains information on the shuttle bus from Sendai Station as well as access by car, train and plane. Online reservation is available.


200 Kawamukai, Yumoto, Higashiyama-machi, Aizu-wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken

Mukaitaki is an old, established Japanese-style hotel with atmosphere located in Aizu-higashiyama Onsen in Fukushima Prefecture. There are four buildings which are all designated as registered Tangible Cultural Properties having been constructed at the beginning of the Meiji Period. Mukaitaki was the first property ever to have been registered as a Tangible Cultural Property in Japan. A sense of cleanliness pervades the interior of the historical Japanese structure which is polished right into the nooks and crannies and guests can feel the craftsmanship in the sukiya-style (style of a tea ceremony arbour) ceiling and the shoji sliding paper doors. Mukaitaki was the venue for the banquet of the Quadripolar Trade Summit, held in April, 1992. Be aware that many Japanese-style hotels have the same or a similar name!

■Oirase Keiryu Hotel

231 Tochikubo, Oze, Towada-shi, Aomori-ken

Oirase Keiryu Hotel is run by Hoshino Resorts and is located in the picturesque scenery on the banks of Oirase Mountain Stream, very convenient for taking a stroll. There are two large fireplaces in the lounge created by the artist Taro Okamoto which are worth seeing. There is an outdoor rotemburo bath on the banks of the stream where bathers can hear the murmuring of the stream and the Hakkouda mountains leap vibrantly into view from the large window of the indoor bath. The official website has been translated into English.

■Tsurunoyu Onsen, Nyuto Onsen Town

50 Kokuyurin, Sendatsuizawa, Tazawa Aza, Senboku-shi, Akita-ken

Tsurunoyu Onsen is the oldest onsen in Nyuto Onsen Town. Tsurunoyu was named when, long ago, a Matagi hunter came across a crane (tsuru in Japanese) healing its wounds in the hot spring. The onsen spa is a registered Tangible Cultural Property due to its thatched roof structures and overall, it is has an atmosphere that makes one think of old Japan. There are 4 baths differing in size from small to large and, as they all have different hot spring sources with different properties, bathers can enjoy the differences in skin-feel, etc. The official Japanese website of Tsurunoyu Onsen provides an English translation of some of its pages. These contain information on hotel rates, meals eaten round irori sunken fireplaces and rates and opening hours for onsen hot springs that are available for day-trippers as well as overnight guests.

Services by hotels and Ryokans in Kantou region (excluding Tokyo)

■Nikko Kanaya Hotel

1300 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken

The Nikko Kanaya Hotel is the oldest existing resort hotel in Japan and is registered both as a tangible cultural property and a heritage of industrial modernization. It has had many famous guests including Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Shigeru Yoshida and guests can peruse the history of the hotel in the exhibition room. Guests can feel the tradition in the interior design of the lobby and the main dining room which is refined and profound and the hotel houses many sculptures and furnishings including sculptures in the image of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. It is a good idea to try out the famous omelettes at breakfast.

The Nikko Kanaya Hotel provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages which display the details of each guest room, facility information such as bars and restaurants and FAQ. There is information on access by train as well as times for the shuttle bus from Tobu Nikko Station. There is also a convenient online reservation service.

■Villa Umi to Mori

10292-1 Inubosaki, Choshi-shi, Chiba-ken

Villa Umi to Mori is a traditional Japanese hotel located in an optimum position on elevated ground in Inubosaki on the easternmost tip of Japan on the site of Prince Fushimi Sadanaru’s second residence. The vast 33,000㎡ grounds are full of nature and surrounded by forest and it is possible to see the first sunrise in Japan if you don’t count elevated ground and remote islands. The 58㎡ guest rooms are spacious and the rotemburo outdoor baths with ocean views permit guests to feel the sea breeze. Inubosaki Marine Park is close by and visitors can enjoy the dolphin show.

Villa Umi to Mori provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages with details of each guest room, information on facilities such as large public baths and the spa, the cuisine on offer and rates. There is also information on nearby tourist attractions such as Inubosaki lighthouse and access from Tokyo Station by train or express bus. A link to the translation of a reservations site is also provided.

■Gora Kadan

1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

Gora Kadan is a famous Japanese-style luxury hotel at Gora Hot Spring in Hakone-machi where guests can experience something out of the ordinary. It is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and built on the site of a former villa of the Imperial Prince so there is plentiful hot spring water from the 3 beautiful sources associated with the hot spring. It has an established reputation for first class customer service and is also very popular overseas with leading figures from many countries having stayed there. The pillared corridor has a coffered ceiling. It is lit at night and is not to be missed. There are elegant and harmonious spaces throughout the hotel such as the moon-viewing tower and the luxurious ambience charms visitors. There is also a wide range of facilities including a pool and a fitness gym.

Gora Kadan provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages. These contain information about Gora Kadan, details of each guest room, spa information and rates. There is also useful information about access by train or car and travel times. A link to the translation of a reservations site is also provided.


396 Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken

Naraya is a well-established Japanese-style ryokan hotel founded in 1877. Kusatsu Onsen has six hot spring sources and our hotel uses Shirahata, the oldest of these. Naraya employs a ‘water guardian’ who manages the hot spring taking the daily weather and temperature into consideration and adjusting the onsen water temperature every three hours. The ‘water guardian’ has a thorough knowledge of onsen, managing the spring water temperature, etc. as a craftsman who constantly observes the water to ensure a pleasant experience for bathers. The official Naraya website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

■Niki Club

2301 Takaku-Otsu Michishita, Nasu-gun, Nasu-machi, Tochigi-ken

One of Japan’s leading sophisticated resort hotels with an organic vegetable garden and rice fields and an onsen hot spring. In particular, it is well-reputed for its mountain location, its cuisine and the hospitality of its staff. French & Italian cuisine. Spend a relaxed and luxurious moment at this hotel. This hotel is a space that will be irresistible to those who like refined environments and architecture and has many repeat customers. Some rooms have fireplaces.

The official Japanese Niki Club website provides a translation of some of its pages in English which contain information on guest rooms and facilities, spa services, bird-watching and glass and ceramics workshops as well as services that offer guided walks in the forest.

■Fujiya Hotel

359 Miyanoshita, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken

Fujiya Hotel was established in 1878 and is a high-end Japanese-style ryokan hotel with previous guests including Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller and John Lennon and his family. The main building, which was constructed in 1891, has a unique personality and is designated as a registered tangible cultural property. In addition, the dining building, which was constructed in 1930, is said to have been modelled on the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. There are sculptures and paintings at every turn in the hotel and, in particular, the dining building is the highlight with paintings and sculptures everywhere, even on the ceiling and the pillars. There is a guided tour of the building and visitors can get close to the history and the skills of the craftsmen who created it. The official Fujiya Hotel website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

The Fujiya Hotel English website contains detailed information on guest room, facility and accommodation plan pages such as check-in/check-out times and opening and closing times. These pages are easy to understand as there are FAQ that explain about amenities and private baths, etc.

Services by hotels and Ryokans in Tokyo area

■Tokyo Station Hotel

Directly connected to JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo Station Hotel was constructed the year after Tokyo Station opened and has been in business now for 100 years. In 2012, the station building, which is a nationally important cultural property, was maintained and restored to its original state and its impressive appearance was revived. The dignified red brick exterior has a retro feel but also exudes a sense of newness. As it directly connects to Tokyo Station, it is in a very convenient location and depending on the room, guests have a view looking down over the station premises. There is an English translation of the official Japanese website. Users can choose their preferred room and bed size on the rooms page so that they can see straight away which rooms are tailored to their needs. This information can then be used as a reference to make a reservation.


■Imperial Hotel Tokyo

1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Since it opened in 1890, the traditional and formal Imperial Hotel Tokyo has represented Japan with its ultimate hospitality which still continues today. The hotel has a view of the Imperial Palace and the greenery of Hibiya Park and it is famous as many celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe have stayed there. The room-cleaning service has always had an established reputation for having a conscientious approach. There is an English translation of the official Japanese website. Users can view videos of the history of the hotel as well as the lobby, the dining room and the guest rooms at the hotel.

■Meguro Gajoen Park

1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Meguro Gajoen Park houses many traditional works, interweaving Japanese-style painting, mother-of-pearl inlay and handicrafts from the beginning of the Showa Period and visitors can get up close and touch the Japanese art. In addition, the ‘hundred step stairway’ is a designated Tokyo tangible cultural property and is the park’s only preserved wooden structure. The reason it is called this is because of the long 99 step corridor that links the building’s 7 rooms. The interior decoration is luxurious and gorgeous and is worth a look and another highlight is the Japanese garden with a waterfall. There is an English translation of the official Japanese website. The English guide service for the Meguro Gajoen facilities, which are decorated in traditional Japanese-style, also includes a meal. This service incurs a charge.

Hotel and Ryokan Services in Koshin-etsu region

■Masuichi Kyakuden

815 Oaza Obuse, Obuse-machi, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano-ken

Obuse-machi is on the outskirts of Nagano where the Winter Olympics were held. It is famous as a chestnut production area. Even though it is only a small town, it is well-designed and beautiful and gives visitors a chance to experience Japanese tradition. In the centre of the town is Masuichi Kyakuden, a hotel with a remodelled modern interior. It is a magnificent hotel with a unique design, a unique sense of style and a unique concept. This hotel has a total of 12 rooms. The exterior is in the traditional hotel style built like an old Japanese storehouse but the interior is in the style of a Western hotel. Guests can wear their shoes in the rooms and all signs for toilets, etc. have been translated into English. Guests can stay here with peace of mind, even if they don’t understand Japanese. Rooms are provided with the famous Nagano apple juice free of charge so guests can drink as much as they want. Dinner is served in the adjoining sake brewery-conversion dining room and the sake that guests can drink here is well-reputed. Staff wear traditional Japanese happi coats, giving the interior a fully Japanese atmosphere.

■Kamikochi Imperial Hotel

4468 Kamikochi, Azumi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken

A long-standing mountain resort hotel representative of Japan in Kamikochi, a tourist destination at 1500m above sea level. Japan’s foremost spectacular trekking courses are located close by. Visits to this location are recommended in summer and autumn. The rooms are mountain lodge style. Fully enjoy the extensive natural landscape without hesitation. Please note that this hotel closes in winter. The official Kamikochi Imperial Hotel website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages. These contain the history of the hotel, restaurant opening hours and prices and accommodation packages. The site also provides video of hotel rooms and the nature of Kamikochi.

■Shiratama no Yu Kahou

134 Tsukioka, Shibata-shi, Niigata-ken

Shiratama no Yu Kahou at Tsukioka Onsen is located on high ground with a view of the rural landscape of Niigata. The 19,860 square meter gardens have promenades from which visitors can view the nature of the four seasons while taking a stroll. There are 6 different baths which bathers can walk around and the outdoor rotemburo has atmosphere with its Noh stage style. There are many other facilities such as an heated indoor pool, a beauty salon, an izakaya-style restaurant and a bar. The official Shiratama no Yu Kahou website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages with information on the Tsukioka hot springs with hotels, recommended tourist routes and tourist attractions in the area.

Hotel and Ryokan Services in Hokuriku region

■Wakura Onsen Kagaya The best Onsen Hotel in Omotenashi Services in Japan for many years

80 Yobu, Wakura-cho, Nanao-shi, Ishikawa-ken

Kagaya is a Japanese-style hotel located at Wakura Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture with over 100 years of history and a tradition of hospitality. This is a well-established onsen hot spring hotel and guests have included the current emperor and empress. It has a long-standing and established reputation for hospitality and this can be felt even in the little things.

It is a large hotel with 4 buildings in a perfect location facing the Sea of Japan and has the entertainment facilities that are typical of a large hotel such as an izakaya-style restaurant, a karaoke room, conference rooms, a conventional hall and a stage. The onsen hot spring within the hotel is situation on the side which looks out on to the Sea of Japan and guests can bathe while enjoying the view of the sea and the aroma of the salt air. The official Wakura Onsen Kagaya website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages. The English translation of the Japanese pages contains information on Kagaya’s hospitality, room details such as size and equipment, seasonal dishes and the installation of magnificent works of art. The pages also contain information on local events and activities that are held all year round.

■Unazuki Onsen Enraku

347-1 Unazuki Onsen, Kurobe-shi, Toyama-ken

Enraku is a well-established Japanese-style hotel at Unazuki Onsen in Toyama Prefecture. Every guest room faces on to the Kurobegawa River and guests can look out on the clear water. Our outdoor rotemburo bath is also on the banks of the river and the view of the gorge looks just like a painting. The earthen walls of the corridor and the stairs to the large public bath are decorated with kote-e (relief pictures) by artisans and these works of arts are worth a look. Visitors can enjoy Japanese spaces such as the gallery displaying armour and old coins and the tearoom.

Some of the pages of the official Japanese Unazuko Onsen Enraku website have an English translation which provides photos of guest rooms and onsen hot spring baths as well as check-in/out times, guest room facilities, access and local tourist information.


4-601 Onsen, Awara-shi, Fukui-ken

Tsuruya is an onsen hot spring hotel in Arawa Onsen in Fukui Prefecture built in the old sukiya tea-ceremony arbour style by skilled artisans of the Showa Period and the guest rooms have precious wood incorporated at every turn. The Japanese fireplace and the tatami mat-lined corridors make guests feel the charm of old Japan. This hotel is a great place for spending a quiet moment. All baths have running water straight from the source and there are many varieties to enjoy such as the large public bath with a view of the bamboo forest, the stone ‘lying down’ bath and the foot bath.

■Minshuku Furatto

27-26-3 Yanami, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun, Ishikawa-ken

Located on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, this minshuku boarding house is well-reputed for the Italian cuisine made by the Australian owner. Although it is a simple boarding house, the menu is determined every day by the daily catch on the Noto Peninsula so it is worthwhile making the trip specifically to taste the different dishes with fresh seafood, local vegetables and the traditional local Ishiri flavouring (salted fish sauce). The boarding house itself is a famous traditional Sannami building and guests have a spectacular view of the Noto Sea from their rooms while eating. There is a private beach right in front of the building so it is perfect for swimming, too.

Some of the pages of the official Japanese Minshuku Furatto website have an English translation which provides photos of the exterior of Mishiku Furatto, information on traditional Noto ingredients hand-picked by the chef, access and how to reserve accommodation.

Hotel and Ryokan Services in Tokai region


3450-1 Shuzenji, Izu-shi, Shizuoka-ken

A famous ryokan inn located in the Shuzenji onsen resort in Shizuoka Prefecture, said to be the best in Japan. The history, scenery, amenities and hotel ambience are the absolute pinnacle. Guest rooms look out on to a Noh theatre stage and the pond and guests can get their fill of quiet Japanese harmony. This hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux. Rotemburo outdoor bath available.

The Asaba Ryokan hotel official website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages which provides details such as guest room floor plans, an explanation of Noh theatre, an introduction to the building, main meals by season and access by car and train.

■Teisho Basaratei

3618-74 Ugata, Ago-cho, Shima-shi, Mie-ken

Teisho Basaratei is a luxurious hotel with only 18 rooms on expansive grounds of 13,240 square meters in a perfect location on a hill which looks down over Ago Bay. The small and large islands and the various coves of the indented coastline are a beautiful sight and the view of the sun setting over the bay is magnificent. All guest rooms have a view of the bay and the consideration of the staff is well-reputed. Even though it is a Japanese-style hotel, the new is also incorporated such as being equipped with modern design furniture and the interior is lit up with incense and candles in the mornings and evenings to create a place of relaxation.

■Gourmet Hotel Hama no Yu

1017 Inatori, Izu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka-ken

Inatori onsen is located on a peninsula on the east coast of Izu and as Hama no Yu is right at the tip of this peninsula, guests can enjoy superb views of the ocean. Guests can also see the sun rise from the horizon over the ocean. As we stress the gourmet status of our hotel, we specialize in cuisine and we are known as a hotel with many regular guests as we are able offer fresh Izu seafood such as sashimi served in a wooden boat even at breakfast due to our bidding rights at Izu fishing port. Guests can also enjoy sampling the 16 different baths in the hotel, including the outdoor rotemburo which has a superb view as befits the location. Our hotel is ranked No.1 for comments on a certain travel reservation website.

The Gourmet Hotel Hama no Yu official website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages which include details about guests rooms, hot springs and typical cuisine in addition to local tourist attractions as well as other forms of hospitality provided by the hotel.

Services by Hotels and Ryokan in Osaka region

■Amami Onsen Nanten-en

158 Amami, Kawachinagano-shi, Osaka-fu

Visitors can stroll around the almost 10,000 square meter Japanese garden and experience the different seasons by the mountain stream in the beautiful nature surrounded by mountains. The main building of Nanten-en was designed by Kingo Tatsuno, the famous designer of Tokyo Station and is designated as a tangible cultural asset. Both the exterior and the interior with its red-carpeted entrance and its sunken fireplace room make guests feel the emotion of an old Japanese-style hotel at every turn. The official Amami Onsen Nanten-en website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.
Pages with English translations of the Japanese provide information on the history of Nanten-en, guest room sizes, examples of the different meals provided each season, the onsen hot spring, accommodation deals and nearby tourist attractions.

■Hotel New Otani Osaka

1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu

This hotel is in a prime location beside Osakajo Park and has a view of Osaka Castle surrounded by the river and greenery, despite all the high-rise buildings. The view of the greenery from the outdoor pool is such that guests will feel the nature and find it difficult to believe that they are in the centre of Osaka. There are beautiful views of the castle lit up at night and the castle during the cherry blossom season. The official Hotel New Otani Osaka website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.
Pages with English translations of the Japanese contain information on guest rooms, restaurants, conference rooms and fitness services as well as nearby tourist attractions in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara and local events.

■Hotel Universal Port

1-1-111 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu

This is one of the official Universal Studios Japan hotels. The hotel has plenty of entertainment for both children and adults including the huge 15m-long aquarium in the lobby and the huge hanging dinosaur motif in the lounge. Objects used by stars in movies such as those used by Marilyn Monroe are on display and there are many photo opportunities to enjoy. This is a family-oriented hotel in which each guest room is equipped with toys. The official Hotel Universal Port website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.
Pages with English translations of the Japanese contain information on guest rooms and amenities with photos and provide easy-to-understand details of hotel services, room service and shops as well as delivery services, launderette and vending machine services. These pages also contain information on access and tariffs for travel to the hotel from Kansai International Airport and Shin-Osaka station and from the hotel to nearby tourist destinations such as Kyoto and Kobe.

Services by Hotels and Ryokan in Kyoto region

■Ryokan inn : Hoshinoya Kyoto Unique Service Japanese style Ryokan accessed by special houseboat

11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu

Located in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district which was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1994. Opened in December, 2009 as an inn which is the embodiment of Kyoto. (Renovated in February, 2014). Your stay starts unusually with a boat trip from Arashiyama’s symbolic Togetsukyo Bridge to the inn and you will fully enjoy your stay in an atmosphere brimming with an authentic Japanese feel. However, this inn has no onsen hot spring. The official Hoshinoya Kyoto website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

■Ryokan inn : Tawaraya Ryokan

Anekoji-agaru, Fuyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu

Japan’s most noted historical ryokan inn. If you want to experience Japanese hospitality at its best, this is the place. Visitors can fully enjoy Japanese architecture, cuisine and culture. Steve Jobs was a regular visitor. This inn has no onsen hot spring either.

■Hiiragiya Hotel

Nakahakusancho, Fuyacho, Anekoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu

Hiiragiya Hotel is a formal Japanese-style hotel founded almost 200 years ago and is one of the great ryokan hotels that is representative of Japan. Guests include the imperial family and literary figures and many overseas guests stay here as it is a government-registered international tourism ryokan hotel. Even though it is located in the centre of Kyoto, it is a serene and calm space and almost all guest rooms have a view of the typical Kyoto inner garden and guests can feel ‘Kyoto-ness’ at every turn in the hotel. One of the public baths is charming with its stained glass designed with the scene of a woman peddler in Kyoto from Ohara. The official Hiiragiya Hotel website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

Servcies by hotels and Ryokan in Kansai region (excluding Osaka/Kyoto)

■Nanki Shirahama Onsen Hamachidori no Yu Kaisyu

1698-1 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama-ken

Shirahama is popular as a beach destination due to the fact that it is the first beach on Honshu to open each year with its tropical atmosphere and its endless pure white sandy beach. Shirahama and Hawaii’s Waikiki beach were twinned in 2000. Shirahama has a spectacular sunset, chosen as one of the hundred best sunsets in Japan. Nanki Shirahama hot spring has a fairly long history and can be counted as one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. As Mifune is built on the cape, it boasts views of the ocean from a variety of angles. Guests can enjoy the mixed outdoor bath with its extravagant view of the ocean.

■Nara Hotel

Takabatake-cho 1096, Nara-shi, Nara-ken

Nara Hotel was founded in 1909 as a state guest house for the Kansai region of Japan and many state guests and members of the imperial family have stayed there with its established reputation for highly dignified traditions with esteemed hospitality. Just as would be expected of a state guest house, guests feel the history like a museum with the wooden atrium entrance made from stylish Japanese cypress and the grand staircase carpeted in red, the rare Shinto shrine archway mantelpiece and variety of furnishings. As it is located beside Nara Koen Park, one attraction is that guests can see the wild deer at close quarters. The official Nara Hotel website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

Japanese website pages that have been translated into English provide information on guest rooms, check-in/out times, restaurants and the history of Nara Hotel. There is also easy-to-understand information on access from Kansai International Airport and major stations such as Shin-Osaka.

■Tosen Goshobo

858 Arimacho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken

Tosen Goshobo is an onsen hot spring hotel which has been handed down from the Kamakura Period at Arima Onsen for over 800 years and loved by literary figures including Junichiro Tanizaki. The shadow of the wooden structure is magnificent and is a rare structure with an interior Japanese garden on the third floor. The salon with French stained glass and parquet floor engenders a nostalgic atmosphere with pillars, a gramophone and a fireplace decorated by craftsmen. The official Tosen Goshobo website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

Japanese website pages that have been translated into English provide information on the history of Tosen Goshobo, guest rooms and restaurants as well as accommodations deals and FAQ. The access page provides easy-to-understand information on routes from JR Osaka, Kobe Sannomiya and Kyoto Stations, ticket prices and journey times.

Hotel and Ryokan Services in Chuugoku region

■Migiwatei Ochikochi

629 Tomochotomo, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken

Migiwatei Ochikochi is an onsen hot spring hotel in a perfect location in the picturesque port town of Tomonoura on the Seto Inland Sea. The original Kagoto Inn was established in the Edo Period and was visited by literary figures of the time. The current wooden, tiled and red-painted entrance has a dignified feel having been restored to the original structure of the time. All guest rooms are luxurious with an ocean view and a rotemburo outdoor bath, the superb view from the lobby lounge is just like a picture postcard and there is a panoramic view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea from the deck terrace which faces straight out to sea. The official Migiwatei Ochikochi website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

Japanese pages that have been translated into English contain basic information such as access and check-in/out times and more detailed information such as photos and dimensions of guest rooms, rates and the possibility of an ocean view. Reservations can also be made. You can also use the reviews from guests who have stayed at the hotel as a reference.

■Kasuien Minami

1218-8 Tamatsukuri, Tamayucho, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken

Kasuien Minami is located in Tamatsukuri onsen hot spring town in Shimane-ken. It is an onsen hotel with a history of 100 years and has been loved by many literary figures and celebrities including Toson Shimazaki. The solicitude towards guests that was developed at the time of establishment has been carefully handed down over the years. The well-maintained Japanese garden of which we are proud has a pond with koi carp and is worth a visit - it has even made it into the rankings of an American Japanese Garden review. Guests can enjoy many different baths such as the large public bath, the hand bath and the foot bath. The official website has been translated into English.

Japanese pages that have been translated into English contain detailed information on and photos of the history of Tamatsukuri Onsen hot spring, the gardens, guest rooms, meals and hot springs. Reservations can also be made.

Japanese pages that have been translated into English contain detailed information on hospitality, how to make a reservation, check-in/out times, breakfast/dinner times, payment methods, room details, dining menus prices and a floor map. There is also information about the streets of Kurashiki which is useful for when you are strolling around town.

■Ryokan Kurashiki

4-1 Honmachi, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama-ken

Ryokan Kurashiki is located in the centre of the Bikan Quarter of Kurashiki and is very convenient for sightseeing. The hotel is composed of renovated Edo Period sugar wholesaler buildings and warehouses and the Japanese elegance from the remaining pillars and beams is in harmony with the townscape. When guests enter the entrance hall, they are greeted with a Japanese space where they can feel the different seasons such as a charcoal fire in winter. There is also a miniature garden inside the hotel which allows guests to feel the traces of the old warehouses. There are also furnishings from this period carrying on the tradition. The official Ryokan Kurashiki website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

Hotel and Ryokan services in Shikoku region

■Dogo Onsen Funaya

1-33 Yunomachi, Dogo, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken

Dogo Onsen in Shikoku’s Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture is famous for its appearance in Botchan, a novel by the well-known Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume. (An English translation is available.) Dogo Onsen Funaya, which Natsume is said to have visited, has had many other famous visitors such as Hakubun Ito, Inazo Nitobe, Akiko Yosano and her husband and even Emperor Hirohito. Funaya is the oldest formal ryokan inn at Dogo onsen with a history of over 380 years since it opened. The three thousand square metre Japanese garden displays the four seasons of Japan and while maintaining an interior which demonstrates its history, the guest rooms have been renovated to provide a comfortable atmosphere. The inn prides itself in its high popularity with highly satisfactory accommodation provided through the efforts and hospitality of the staff. Dogo Onsen-Art 2014, an art festival in the onsen hot spring town, will be held to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the remodelling of Dogo Onsen Honkan situated in the centre of the town.


2-5-34 Kami-machi, Kochi-shi, Kochi-ken

Jyoseikan was established 140 years ago and is regularly visited by the Imperial family. Many Japanese prime ministers have also visited. The lobby displays many photographs that document this history and make it possible to catch a glimpse of it up to the present day. Guests feel the tradition of hospitality that has been passed down, typical of a well-established famous ryokan hotel. The outdoor viewing bath has a view of Kochi Castle and the castle town where Ryuma Sakamoto was born. The official Jyoseikan website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

The English translation of Japanese pages provides simple information on Jyoseikan facilities, local tourist attractions and access. There are photos of each room with detailed information such as bed size and capacity and reservations can be made online.

■Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku

685-11 Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa-ken

Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku is located in the original shrine town of Kotohiragu Shrine which is nicknamed Kompira-san, it is 5 minutes’ walk from Omote-sando and there is easy access from the nearby station. The hotel has many baths and we are proud of the fact that our indoor bath is the largest in Shikoku. The rose bath and the outdoor bath are both created with the feeling of a rock bath and the outdoor viewing bath offers a panoramic view of the town. The official Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

The English translation of Japanese pages is a travel reservation site and provides information on the location and details of Kotosankaku, check-in/out times and access. There are photos of each room with different rates including breakfast and/or dinner and reservations can be made online.

Hotel and Ryokan services in Kyushu region

■Hotel Kamenoi Bessou

2633-1 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken

Hotel Kamenoi Bessou is a luxury hotel representative of Yufuin which is responsible for creating Yufuin Onsen Town and is said to be one of the three best hotels in Yufuin along with Yufuin Tamanoyu and Sanso Murata. Because it was originally built as a holiday house in 1921, the quiet situation of the hotel creates a good atmosphere. Cottages are dotted around in the natural forest of 3.31 square kilometres and guests can feel nature and the wind at this hotel. English translation is available in the official hotel website and the reservations site.

The English translation of Japanese pages provides photos of each cabin and guest room, details of layout and photos of meals as well as rates for each accommodation plan and check-in/out times.

■Tennen Denen Onsen Fukahoritei

6552 Nishimuta, Mizuma-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka-ken

Fukahoritei, which was restored as an inn in succession to the old family inn built 180 years ago, has many trees, shrubs and fruit trees in its 13,240 square metre grounds where guests can enjoy the changing expressions of the seasons. It has an atmosphere that reminds one of the carefree days of old Japan. It offers healthy home-made cuisine that does not use additives using vegetables and cereals grown on its own land and steaming rice in the kitchen range.

■Unzen Kanko Hotel

320 Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen-shi, Nagasaki-ken

Unzen National Park was designated as the first national park in Japan in 1934 and a year later in 1935, the Unzen Kanko Hotel opened as a summer resort hotel within the park for international tourists. The architecture is in the Swiss chalet-style which blends in well with the natural scenery of the national park. Guests will feel the carefully-selected decoration of the time from the exterior and facilities such as the lobby and the corridors, the library, the bar and the large public bath with its hot spring water to the tiny details such as the door knobs, etc. The stately feel of the antique furniture, the beams and the handrails will really make you feel the history of the building. The hotel is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property and still passes on, with great care, its nostalgic ambience that remains unchanged today. Visitors can fully enjoy the magnificent characteristic nature of the national park which shows the expressions of the seasons such as flowers in spring, fireflies in summer, changing leaves in the autumn and silver frost in winter. The official Unzen Kanko Hotel website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

The English translation of Japanese pages provides detailed information on the history of Unzen Kanko Hotel, rates and photos of each room, 5 local tourist attractions and facilities such as the library and the billiard room as well as bars and restaurants. There is also a convenient reservations page.

Hotel and Ryokan services in Okinawa region

■Hoshinoya Taketomijima

Taketomi, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa-ken

Hoshinoya Taketomijima is like a village with each guest room being a detached building. As they are built with the characteristic Ryukyu red tiles and stone walls and time-honoured techniques passed down through traditional culture, these buildings merge into the surrounding environment. Each building has its own garden and guests can spend a completely private moment. There is also a heated swimming pool which can be enjoyed both during the day and at night. The lounge is an open structure, making it a relaxing space. The official site is displayed in both Japanese and in English translation.

The English translation of Japanese pages provides an introduction with photos of each cottage at Hoshinoa Taketomijima as well as information about meals, chefs, the pool & spa and available activities. There are also details about average temperatures, access and facilities and it is possible to reserve online.

■Kafuu Resort Fuchaku CONDO-HOTEL

246-1, Shiri Fukuchihara, Aza Fuchaku, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken

Kafuu Resort Fuchaku CONDO-HOTEL has standard hotel guest rooms as well as condominium-type guest rooms equipped with kitchens and washing machines giving it the attraction of being able to choose your room type depending on the length of your stay. The hotel has a rich activities programme and guests can come into contact with Okinawan culture such as Sansen (traditional stringed instrument) classes and Shisa (Okinawan lion statue) making. This is a large-scale resort hotel which is very convenient with many services such as a number of different types of restaurant as well as a deli which also does take-out, an internet access area, a laundry and a gym. The official Kafuu Resort Fuchaku CONDO-HOTEL website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

The English translation of Japanese pages provides details of guest rooms, floor locations for each type of room, check-in/out times, restaurants and activities, facilities such as the spa & pool and church and average temperatures in Okinawa. The hotel can also arrange conferences, parties, weddings and vow renewals. There is useful information on shops and tourist attractions in the area as well as online reservations and car rental rates.

■Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda

926-25 Higashi-sohara, Uenoshinzato, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa-ken

Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda is one of the most luxurious hotels in the country in which all suites are equipped with day beds. The expansive grounds contain the only golf course in Japan with a view of the ocean from every hole and an onsen hot spring and guests can go round the picturesque points by Segway or golf cart. There are also many marine activities such as snorkelling and kayaking. There are live concerts and water shows in summer for the full enjoyment of guests. The official Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda website provides an English translation of some of its Japanese pages.

The English translation of Japanese pages provides details such as bed sizes for each guest room and amenities and villas for guests travelling with pets, restaurants and facilities and activities such as snorkeling. There are also explanations and FAQ for access from Tokyo and Kansai and other regions. The site also has useful features such as videos of Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda, a blog and an introduction to Miyakojima. Online reservations are also available.