Experience True Japanese Hospitality: 5 Fantastic Ryokan

You might have heard the term "omotenashi". It describes the spirit of hospitality, of treating people not as customers, but as honored guests. From grand service to the comforts of home, these ryokan embody true hospitality.


Behind Kasugataisha Shrine, this venerable ryokan was established in 1903 as a guesthouse for Nara’s governor. They only accept three bookings a day, so you are assured of personal service. | Ryokan | Nara Park


Unlike most ryokan, you can check in here from 9am, and check out at 4pm for a relaxing stay. They only take one group at a time, so you can feel completely free to do as you please. | Rental Properties | Asuka

Ryotei Jusoya

This very elegant ryokan feels like a luxurious private home. The nine guestrooms all overlook the Zen gardens and the kaiseki meals include halal options. | Ryokan | Ikoma

Ryokan Kato

Staying here feels like staying with family. When you return to your room after dining and bathing, you'll find fresh fruit and mountain water, with a personal message. The Kato family can also organise visits to nearby craft ateliers and local experiences. | Ryokan | Yoshino

Ryori Ryokan Ogawa

Although the staff don't speak English, they welcome everyone with genuine warmth. The comfortable dining room is a top Michelin-starred restaurant. | Ryokan | Yamato Koriyama

Chikurin-in Gunpoen

It's the little touches: leave your shoes at the front and they will be retrieved when you need them, without having to ask. You are looked after by one staff member the whole time, who will guide you to your room, serve your meals and remember little details to personalise your stay. | Ryokan | Yoshino

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