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Spend a Star-Studded Evening at Kurokawa Onsen

Awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan in 2009, Kurokawa Onsen Town is an amazing place to unwind with 24 hot spring baths you can enjoy even as a day visitor, some with very surprising features.

A Rare Sand Hot Spring

Japan has plenty of hot springs, but some of them are truly unique—like this sand hot spring in Saga Prefecture, which has a history of some 2,000 years!

8 Amazing Days on a JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Discover the beauty of four Kyushu prefectures by rail! Wander castle towns, stroll through samurai residences and visit historic shrines tied to the founding of Japan, all surrounded by delicious local cuisine!

8 Hot Spots to Book in Kyushu—If You Can!

We'd love to stay in any of these eight amazing Kyushu locales—but they're so popular it can be really hard to get a space!

Traditional Meets Modernity at Hoshino Resorts

Hoshino Resorts is a renowned resort group in Japan, creating a luxurious Japanese vacation experience. After a century, Hoshino Resorts continues its tradition of providing a blend of the premium with the decor of the past.

3 Definitive Accommodations in Hakone-Yumoto

Hakone Senkei offers three excitingly different hot spring inns at Hakone-Yumoto—including one with private, detached rooms like little thatch-roofed cottages!

The Ryokan Designed After a Moon Princess

Recommended for couples, experience a mysterious, gorgeous stay at this first-rate inn, built to evoke the tale of Kaguya-hime, the princess found in a bamboo stalk who returned to the moon.

7 Stellar Izu Hotels

Located roughly two hours southwest of Tokyo, the Izu Peninsula offers everything from modern seaside resorts to secluded hot springs with over 1,000 years of history—not to mention a few stunning views of Mount Fuji!

7 Great Shops & Inns Near Yugawara Station

Located just 90 minutes south of Tokyo, Yugawara is a great hot spring getaway. Here are seven stellar shops and inns where you can get the most out of the local flavor while you're in the area!

Ichinoyu Ryokan: The Hot Choice for Hakone

The Ichinoyu Group's Japanese-style inns, or 'ryokan,' can be found throughout the Hakone area, offering half a dozen luxuriously different ways to experience this famed hot spring region. Find out why they're hot, and which one suits you best!

The Poster Spring for Japan Rail

Located deep in the mountains of Miyagi, this hot spring hotel is all about healing. Its outdoor 'onsen' is so picturesque that it's been featured in posters for JR.

Private Baths in Forest Groves

Wonderful for couples, savor a luxurious experience surrounded by nature at Kinnotake Tonosawa inn.

3 Karuizawa Hotels with Atmosphere!

These accommodation options embody the rustic-chic atmosphere of Karuizawa, the popular Nagano resort town just over an hour from Tokyo.

This Inn Looks Like a Samurai's Residence!

Japanese visitors are falling in love with the gorgeous gardens and traditional rooms at this atmospheric inn.

Niseko's Goshiki Onsen

Hokkaido's Niseko area is mostly famous for its great skiing, but it's a hot spring paradise as well!

The Perfect Rentable Guesthouse in Uji

If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto or Uji, this guesthouse is worth checking out!

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

2 Incredibly Secluded 'Ryokan' in Toyama

These traditional inns go beyond just being secluded—they can only be accessed by boat or tram!

9 Classic Yugawara Ryokan with Private Baths

Traditional 'ryokan' (Japanese-style inns) are the epitome classical of Japan, and they're the backbone of the hot spring town of Yugawara. Here are nine great picks in Yugawara, each with a private bath!

5 Places Too Perfect Not to Take a Picture!

You simply must check out our Top 5 picturesque 'ryokan' at Yugawara Onsen.

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