Your Guide to Ryokans in Japan

Discover the wonderful world of ryokans in Japan, the most authentic way to experience your luxury Japan holiday...

Top Japanese Ryokans
Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa
Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa

The Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa is an award-winning Japanese ryokan featuring hot spring bathing, wonderful hospitality, delicious kaiseki dining and a stunning Japanese garden, close to Nikko’s most popular attractions.

Alila Purnama

Experience the local way at this luxury ryokan located in the small hot springs village of Yamanaka in Ishikawa prefecture. Run by a father and son duo, the pair bring you into the heart of Japanese culture with visits to different Japanese artisans and authentic interactions with the locals.

Gora Kadan
Gora Kadan

A former retreat of the Imperial family and situated in the heart of Hakone National Park, Gora Kadan blends Japanese traditions with modern design elements. Boasting fantastic views of Mt. Fuji and spectacular Kaiseki-style cuisine, this is one of Japan’s most chic ryokans.


Nestled within a lush bamboo forest, Takefue maintains a refined rustic style but with modern amenities and large windows with views to the surrounding forests. Its exquisite food, beautiful outdoor baths, rustic authenticity and premium service make this a truly outstanding ryokan.

Nishimuraya Honkan
Nishimuraya Honkan

Now in its seventh generation, this classic hot spring ryokan is the real deal. Peaceful and elegant, offering tasteful décor, impeccable service, onsen bathing and Kaiseki dining, the hotel provides guests with an authentic taste of Japanese life.


With a fusion of minimalist, modern and traditional Japanese design, Zaborin evokes peace and relaxation from the moment you step into the property. Each of the 15 villas feature a private indoor and outdoor onsen with clear forest views of the stunning scenery, making this a spectacular getaway.

Araya Totoan
Araya Totoan

Set in the quaint Yamashiro Hot Spring village and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, Araya Totoan is a perfect retreat for those looking for an authentic, off the beaten track experience. Enjoy your private onsen followed by a kaisaki dinner for a truly authentic Ryokan experience.

Rikki Poynton

Rikki Poynton

Scott Dunn Travel Consultant

Travel has always been a large part of my life, a passion ignited from my first visit to Russia as a child and my subsequent relocation to Moscow in 2010. After spending five years exploring this amazing, vast country and immersing myself fully in the culture and learning the language, I began my professional travel career at Scott Dunn in 2015.

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