7 Traditional Japanese Inns Rich in Cultural Heritage
Dating back to the Edo and Meiji periods, these historical ryokan boast designated cultural properties and uniquely elegant accommodations
Kanagawa > Hakone
The personality of each and every season comes alive in this inn's lush 30,000-some square meter kaiyushiki Japanese garden. The Old Iwasaki Villa and Shinkoan are both recognized heritage sites, and their charm is as strong today as it ever has been.
Miyagi > Osaki
Located in the hot spring resort town of Naruko Onsen—where the fragrance of hot spring baths floats in the air—this ryokan prides itself on its 380-year-long history of entertaining visitors. The quintessentially Japanese wooden two-story structures are brimming with retro-modern charm.
Fukushima > Aizuwakamatsu
Mukaitaki, the first location registered as a cultural heritage site. There are many fun diversions to look at or just feel in this ryokan steeped in the effortless cool of traditional Japanese architecture.
Gifu > Hida
A highly reputable ryotei (luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant and ryokan) with the feel of an Ansei era (mid-19th century) mountain hideout. The history of the place seeps into you as you check out their antique art pieces and furniture—all of which is rearranged monthly for a continually fresh atmosphere.
Gifu > Takayama
Originally a kominka (traditional Japanese residence) from Hida that was dismantled and reconstructed as a ryokan, this building dates back to around the end of the Edo period (mid-19th century). The nostalgic sight of the irori (sunken hearth) and its quietly smoldering embers will fill your spirit with peace and tranquility.
Tottori > Misasa
This 3-story wooden ryokan is a designated heritage site. Inside are unique, quintessentially Japanese rooms that may make you wonder if you've slipped back in time to the turn of the 20th century.
Kumamoto > Yatsushiro
A quintessentially Japanese ryokan, this tall wooden structure has 3 stories and was built in the 43rd year of the Meiji era (1910) and is complete with a hot springs bathhouse boasting a 600-year history, built with polished floors and pillars with a deep, alluring hue.