Amanohashidate, Kyoto & Around, Japan
At a Glance
Genmyoan Ryokan is a traditional inn with an enviable location that affords striking views across the Amanohashidate land bridge and Miyazu Bay
The guestrooms combine traditional detailing such as tatami mats with modern amenities that include en suite bathrooms, a number with private open-air baths
Breakfast and dinner can be taken in your room or the dining room, and the seasonal menu offers exquisitely prepared local ingredients and specialities
Two public hot water baths offer sweeping views of the bay and Amanohashidate
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best and most popular times to visit this area are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.
Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.
To start planning your holiday to Genmyoan Ryokan
Looking out over the sparkling blue waters of Miyazu Bay and the lush hills of Amanohashidate, this small ryokan offers exquisite dining, architect-designed rooms and open-air hot water baths with staggering views.
With its balance of Japanese and western influences, antiques with a modern take on traditional design, Genmyoan Ryokan provides a hilltop sanctuary a world away from the pressures of daily life. The sensational views of Miyazu Bay or Amanohashidate are ever-present, whether from the guestrooms, the dining room or the baths, and encourage you to slow down, sit back and soak them in.
The 17 rooms combine traditional Japanese details with modern amenities to create a comfortable retreat. Whether looking out over Amanohashidate or Miyazu Bay and the town, they boast large picture windows that frame the sweeping views. The simple design of the rooms allows this panorama to shine through, taking centre-stage from every angle. A number of the rooms are western in style, while the majority feature tatami mats and low-lying dining tables. All bar one feature a bath, with a number of these being open-air and affording views over the bay or the Amanohashidate land bridge.
Drawing inspiration and ingredients from its rural surrounds, the ryokan delivers thoughtful Kaiseki dinners that use the best produce of the area, from sake made to a Shogun-era recipe, to Tango Sea clams and Matsuba crab. Meals are served in the guestrooms or the dining room, while a cafe lounge offers superb views over the sweeping curve of Amanohashidate. Two public baths allow you to relax in the hot waters, either outdoor or partially outdoor, and admire the staggering views across the bay.
While you would be forgiven for spending your time at Genmyoan simply enjoying the views, the hot water baths, the traditional service and the exquisite meals, it is worth taking a short stroll to the Amanohashidate land bridge, and exploring the beaches and forested hills of the area.
This traditional ryokan offers a scenic escape, an opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of Amanohashidate, unwind in the open-air hot water baths, and sample delicious local delicacies.
Kansai for Families
Amanohasidate, Toyooka, Nantan, Kyoto & Nara
from £3200 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights
- Experience mackerel fishing, canoeing or stand up paddle-board at Amanohashidate
- Stay at the traditional Japanese thatched farmhouses with optional biking and bamboo crafting
- Visit Nara, the original imperial capital of Japan, and come face-to-face with deers on the park
Location & directions
Amanohashidate, Kyoto & Around, Japan
Genmyoan Ryokan is around a one hour 30-minute drive from Kyoto or a two-hour train journey from Kyoto to Amanohashidate Station.
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