Treasures of Feudal Japan

Ryokans

Japan’s traditional inns are known as ryokans. The quiet world of the ryokan is a venerable cultural institution—a way to experience a simple, traditional way of life. After being warmly welcomed, we trade our street shoes for slippers. Once inside, we remove our slippers as we step onto the finely woven tatami mats covering our sleeping room floors. Rooms are furnished with low tables and comfortable futon mattresses with quilts and blankets. Ryokans have double rooms (singles are sometimes possible). Some of our rooms will have attached toilets; at other times, we share the “down the hall” facilities. Although a few ryokans have baths in the rooms, most have an ofuro (a Japanese-style bath). Normally, a fresh cotton yukata (robe) is provided for each guest. These light kimonos can be worn anywhere in and around the ryokan and we often wear them to meals. For many of our breakfasts and dinners, beautifully presented meals are served as we sit on the floor at low tables on our tatami mats. Please note: traditional Japanese ryokans and hotels do not offer single rooms. Single travelers will share rooms on several days during this itinerary. The single supplement cost does not include these days.

Lodging

Listed below are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

Day 1 (1 night), Osaka, Japan

This hotel couldn’t be more convenient for travelers transiting Osaka—it’s located just a short walk from the passenger terminal ...

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Hotels in Himeji

Day 2 (1 night), Himeji, Japan

In Himeji, we stay in one of the following properties:

Hotel Nikko Himeji
Hotel Monterey Himeji

Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel

Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel

Days 3 to 5 (3 nights), Kurashiki, Japan

With a friendly staff and quiet location, the Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel is a wonderful base for exploring the city. The building is modern yet ...

Ohashikan Ryokan

Ohashikan Ryokan

Days 6 to 8 (3 nights), Matsue, Japan

As the oldest ryokan in Matsue, Ohashikan has a long legacy of authentic Japanese traditions. The ryokan is set within walking distance from Matsue ...

Resort Hotel Mihagi

Resort Hotel Mihagi

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Hagi, Japan

Set right on a tranquil beach, the Resort Hotel Mihagi is a nice ryokan with a lovely onsen. The hotel has traditional tatami-floored guestrooms, ...

Shiraraso Grand Hotel

Shiraraso Grand Hotel

Day 11 (1 night), Wakayama, Japan

The Shiraraso Grand is set right along the beautiful Shirshama Beach and offers wonderful ocean views. The hotel has Japanese-style guest rooms, ...

Fujiya Ryokan

Fujiya Ryokan

Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Kawayu Onsen, Japan

Set at one end of the hot-spring village of Kawayu Onsen, the family-run Fujiya Ryokan is one of the most traditional of the local ryokans. Large, ...