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One of Hokkaido’s top 100 cultural buildings, the historic Ginrinsou was first built as a private residence in 1873. The ryokan now offers spacious and authentic Japanese-style rooms, hot spring baths, fabulous cuisine and wonderful views over Otaru Bay.

Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
  • One of Hokkaido’s top 100 cultural properties with an interesting history

  • Full of traditional Japanese character and charm

  • Guests can expect exceptional hospitality

  • Private in-room hot springs bathing

Having been built at the end of the 19th century as a lavish private home, Ginrinsou was converted to a ryokan in 1938. Enjoying an elevated position above Otaru Bay, the views across the Sea of Japan from the hot spring baths are truly beautiful. This relaxing retreat comprises two buildings: the honkan being the original building and the shinkan, the annex added in 1990. More recently, a new wing was added in 2004. Full of charming Japanese architectural features and heritage, along with wonderful hospitality, a stay here will appeal for those looking for an authentic Japanese experience. Otaru is a port city on Hokkaido’s west coast, just 30-minutes from Sapporo. Ginrinsou is a 10-minute walk from Otaru Station and the ryokan offers a free shuttle service for guests.
With just 18 rooms, Ginrinsou is a boutique property offering a personal level of service. The rooms are generously sized with traditional tatami mat flooring, futon or Western-style beds, low tatami furniture, seating area and floor-to-ceiling windows. For private onsen bathing and large verandas overlooking the bay, opt for a room in the annex. Amenities include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, heating, fridge and TV. Guests can dine at the Ginrinsou Grill offering sophisticated French dishes as well as traditional Japanese cuisine, beautifully presented and focused on fresh seafood. 

Along with private in-room bathing, Ginrinsou also has two indoor and outdoor hot spring pools for single sex bathing, providing guests with an unforgettable and authentic Japanese bathing experience, overlooking the glorious views.

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Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

Otaru is a port city on Hokkaido’s west coast, just 30-minutes from Sapporo. The hotel offers complimentary transfers to and from Otaru Chikko Station on request, alternatively Ginrinsou is just a 10-minute walk away.

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