Kotohira Kadan

Kotohira, Japan

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  • Set in lovely Japanese gardens, the ryokan makes use of natural wood and stone features
  • Relax in the open-air hot springs
  • Close to cultural attractions, such as Kotohira-gu Shrine and Konpira Grand Theatre
  • A choice of  rooms, some with open-air baths and others with four-poster beds
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Shikoku broadly follows Japan’s climatic pattern with August being the hottest month and mid-winter cooling things right down in January, although the island is known for having milder weather year-round. Rainfall can be higher on Shikoku than other areas of the country. The spring months of March to May are good for hiking, as is the autumn, particularly October. These are the classic pilgrimage times and seasonal colours are at their best with cherry blossom in the spring and golden hues in the autumn.

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Inspired by history and nature, Kotohira Kadan is set in beautiful gardens in Kotohira. Offering a quintessentially Japanese welcome, this friendly ryokan offers upmarket accommodation with a traditional twist.

Kotohira Kadan is a ryokan with an elegant and traditional style in Kotohira. The hotel makes use of natural wood and stone throughout, drawing on historical influences to create a unique and special place, full of local character. Set amidst stunning gardens, the ryokan has inspired Japanese authors such as Ogai Mori, Hakushu Kitahara and Akiko Yosano. Ogai Mori was an influential Japanese writer, most famous for his novel The Wild Geese, and stayed at one of the Japanese houses at Kotohira Kadan.

Accommodation blends traditional and contemporary styles to create tasteful and restful rooms. Guests can choose between Japanese style rooms with tatami mats and futon beds, or western style beds. Some rooms have open-air baths. Upgrade to a Japanese house and you will be treated to a four-poster bed, an elegant and spacious seating area, and an outdoor hot spring bath. Some rooms keep watch over the town, whilst others enjoy views of the gardens.

Locally-inspired food is served in the restaurant, with friendly Japanese hospitality. You can treat your taste buds to delicately flavoured seafood, which is well-presented and perfectly seasoned. The ryokan is located in Kotohira, convenient to the train station and local cultural attractions such as Kotohira-gu Shrine and Konpira Grand Theatre.


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The 40 rooms and three traditional Japanese houses are tastefully decorated in a local style. Some rooms have Japanese style tatami mats and futon beds for sleeping, whilst others have western beds. You can also choose to upgrade to a room with an outdoor hot spring bath, whilst the Japanese houses feature plush four-poster beds, elegant and spacious seating areas and a private hot spring bath.



The ryokan has both public and private hot spring baths, which you can reserve exclusively. The hotel also serves traditional Japanese fare in its restaurant, using fresh, local ingredients. You will be served in a friendly and pleasant environment; the hotel prides itself on its hospitality. Massages can also be arranged for you.


  • Art and the Countryside, Teshima

    Take a Teshima city tour which includes the Dan-yama Observation tower, Karato Freshwater Spring and the Teshima Art Museum. Lunch is enjoyed at Shima Kitchen. Lastly, head to Les Archives du Coeur for an interesting take on art.

  • Hike to Mount Tsurugi

    Embark on a moderate hike to Mount Tsurgi, a mountain at the eastern end of the Iya Valley and the second tallest mountain in Shikoku.

  • Historical Kotohira

    Start the day with a visit to Kotohira-gu, a Shinto Shrine and pilgrimage site before heading to Kanamaru-za Old Theatre.

  • Naoshima Art Galore

    Take a ferry ride to the island of Naoshima and be amazed by the unique art collection of Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, the Art House Project, Naoshima Pavillion and the various outdoor artworks including Yayoi Kusama’s beloved pumpkins.

  • Sanuki Udon making experience

    Join a Sanuki udon making class and learn how to make this popular dish, the soul food of Kagawa prefecture.

  • The Scenic Route, Oboke Gorge and Iya Valley

    Admire the wonderful views at Hashikura temple before heading to Oboke Gorge, a scenic stretch of emerald green river. Take a boat ride down and proceed to Kazurabashi Bridge followed by Biwa waterfall and visit to the Manekin Pis Statue.

  • Tour of Shodoshima

    Visit the film site of a famous 1954 Japanese movie '24 Eyes’ before finishing the day with a visit to a Somen noodle making house.

Location & directions

Kotohira, Japan

Kotohira Kadan Hotel has a convenient location in the town, close to attractions and JR Kotohira Station; the hotel can arrange pick-ups. Kotohira-gu Shrine is a 35-minute drive away, and for culture lovers Konpira Grand Theatre is also close-by.
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