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Ryokan 101

There's a lot to learn and consider when it comes to staying at 'ryokan,' traditional Japanese inns.

Transforming Vacant Japanese Schools into B&Bs

A hotel with a difference—old schoolhouses in Japan are getting a new lease on life, by being transformed into hotels for visitors.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Ryokan of 2017

Looking for a more traditional place to stay in Japan? Well, look no further than this listing from TripAdvisor!

Onsen & Karaoke: Sing While You Soak!

Feeling embarrassed about doing karaoke? How about going to hot springs? If you answered yes, then you need to check out this Japanese inn in Nagano, where you can do both in private at the same time!

Sanyo-so: Service Sufficient for an Emperor

Sanyo-so is a sprawling 'ryokan' inn in Shizuoka Prefecture. With huge rooms, warren-like halls and a stunning garden, the service is so impeccable it's even received emperors—twice!

Tidying Up Made Easier at This Japanese Inn

For two days, two lucky applicants will be able to stay at a traditional Japanese inn where slippers, tables, cushions and even TV remotes slide back to their original spots by just the click of a button.

Encounter History & Nature in Magical Miyagi

Follow along with our resident Japanese history buff who spent two 'cool' days exploring Miyagi Prefecture in the northeastern area of Tohoku, checking out the nature, cultural experiences and, of course, the rich history of this gorgeous region of Japan.

Japan’s 8 Most Gorgeous Ryokan Hot Springs

The central feature of a traditional Japanese inn—or 'ryokan'—is the communal hot bath.

The 'Inns' & Outs of Japanese Accommodations

Japan has many types of unique accommodations, but it can be hard to keep them straight! Unsure of the difference between a 'ryokan' and a 'minshuku?' Have a look at our recommendations for conventional (and not-so-conventional!) places to stay!

Ryokan Kikori: Seasonal Cuisine to Die For

Found in Fuefuki City, Yamanashi, this traditional Japanese inn offers seasonal cuisine that's to die for, as well as offering a great base for activities around the Mount Fuji area.

Top 10 Accommodations in Kobe's Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen (Arima Hot Springs), located in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, is one of the oldest hot spring areas in Japan. So, naturally, there are some wonderful places to stay while you're there.

Rent-a-Cat Rooms at This Ryokan are Purrfect!

A Twitter user caused a ker-'fluff'-le with adorable photos from her lodgings in Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture, where you can pick a cat to accompany you during your stay.

Getting Out & About in Miyagi Prefecture

Located in Japan’s Tohoku Region just a couple hours north of Tokyo by shinkansen bullet train, Miyagi Prefecture is full of delights for travelers eager to venture off the beaten path. We went on a two-day journey to experience Miyagi's inland cities.

Traditional Japanese Inn Experience

From the 'tatami' room to the kitchen and dining room, Only in Japan presents the story of the traditional Japanese inn, or 'ryokan.' If you want to travel Japan like a local, this is the way to do it!

Top 5 Luxurious KAI Ryokan Inns Across Japan

Explore the natural beauty of Japan’s hidden luxuries at one of these splendid traditional Japanese inns.

Hands-On Fun Along the Shoryudo Dragon Route

After experiencing the unforgettable Ukiyo-e Route of the Shoryudo (Rising Dragon Road), we made our way up north to learn all about the treasures of Chubu, Japan's central region.

Stay at These Inns & Get the Kyoto Experience

Kyoto is one of Japan’s most unique cities, with its thousand-year history as Imperial Japan’s capital. There’s no better way to experience the city’s culture than by staying at these fantastic inns to get the complete Kyoto experience.

Hakone Luxury: Toki no Yu Setsugetsuka

With two hot spring sources and a vibrant atmosphere, this luxury 'ryokan' in Hakone feels less like a quiet retreat than an exciting 'onsen' resort!

Untraveled Japan: Tokyo Day Trips & More

You don’t have to go far from Tokyo to experience Japan like no one has before!

A YouTuber's First Time in Japan

Follow New York-based filmmaker and YouTuber Kraig Adams as he spends one fascinating week in and around Tokyo.

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