ryokan

Japan’s firefly season is here, and here are four great inns to take in the softly glowing beauty

A relaxing way to experience an elegant early summer tradition.

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Cheap hotel beside cemetery at Kozukappara execution grounds in Tokyo is a scary place to stay

Things go bump in the night at this unique accommodation in Minami Senju.

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This super cheap, super Japanese-looking Tokyo hotel is a hit with foreign travelers

Minami Senju continues to be a travel bargain with the Tokyo SA Ryokan.

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Japanese hot spring inn lets you spend night for under US$1 if you do something special in return

Niigata ryokan wants you to make beautiful travel memories and beautiful music.

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Cheap Japanese ryokan at Kusatsu Onsen is hidden at the back of a traditional store

A budget stay in the centre of town that’s like visiting grandma’s house in the countryside.

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Two things to do, and two things not to do, when leaving a traditional Japanese inn

Ryokan workers share the little things they appreciate travelers doing before check-out, and the things they’d rather you skip.

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Japanese-style accommodation at the new Premium Dormy Inn hotel in Asakusa will blow your mind

Free perks and beautiful design features make this more like a ryokan than a business hotel.

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Watch Ishikawa-set anime, support January 1 earthquake relief efforts

The 2011 anime series Hanasaku Iroha and its film are now streaming on YouTube for free for residents of Japan with proceeds going towards aid.

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Hilton Japan apologizes for “disrespectful” ad disparaging traditional Japanese inns

Negative reaction to unfair comparison between ryokan and hotel experiences prompts video takedown.

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Japanese popcorn comes with collectible cards of women who own traditional ryokan inns【Photos】

Okami Cards hope to encourage people to put Ibaraki Prefecture on their itinerary.

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How should you use the small hiroen in a Japanese ryokan hotel room?

Answering a question that’s puzzled travellers for decades.

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Wear samurai armor while playing video games? That’s an option at this Japanese inn【Video】

Hokkaido ryokan lets you suit up in lamellar to play Dance Dance Revolution and Out Run.

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More than a capsule hotel, downtown Tokyo capsule ryokan is awesome, budget-friendly spot to stay

We’ve got a new champion when it comes to Tokyo capsule hotels in this price range.

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We become some of the last visitors to see a beautiful museum-ryokan on the outskirts of Tokyo

This registered tangible cultural asset is now closed to the public, which is an absolute shame. 

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The top three ranking of hotel “poster cats” that Japanese travelers are most eager to meet

Besides being cute, these felines also lend a paw in running their respective establishments.

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Japan’s top five retro hot springs for a time trip back to the onsen past, as chosen by travelers

Stretching from Tohoku to Kyushu, these are the top picks for when you need a soak and a break from modern stress.

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The 10 best hotel hot springs in Japan, as chosen by Japanese travelers

Customer reviews show Japan likes to head north when it heads to the onsen.

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Gravure model NFT series wants to attract online investors, real-world visitors for hot springs

Series pairs gravure models with onsen ryokan.

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Miss school field trips? Now adults can go on a “school trip” too with new plan at Nara hotel

With lots of tour-like features and educational experiences, you’ll learn a lot and have fun, too!

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Japanese etiquette lesson: Should you fold up your own futon when leaving a ryokan inn?

The sleeping mat has to get folded up before it gets put away, but who should do the folding?

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