From Matsue to Takayama, with a Cherry Blossom Festival

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 ...

Ohashikan Ryokan

Ohashikan Ryokan

Days 2 to 4 (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 ...

Yuraku Kinosaki Spa and Gardens

Yuraku Kinosaki Spa and Gardens

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Toyooka, Japan

Set amid tranquil Japanese gardens, this onsen ryokan is the perfect place to relax. Guest rooms are Japanese-style rooms with tatami mat floors and ...

Noku Kyoto

Noku Kyoto

Days 7 to 10 (4 nights), Kyoto, Japan

Noku puts us in the heart of Kyoto, right next to the Imperial Palace. While we soak up 1,000-year-old Japanese history, we also appreciate the ...

Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Days 11 to 12 (2 nights), Takayama, Japan

Overlooking the tranquil Miya River stands Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan—the ideal place to unwind in enchanting Takayama—and whose superb ...

Hatoya Zuihokakau

Hatoya Zuihokakau

Days 11 to 13 (3 nights), Kyoto, Japan

This modern yet traditional Japanese-style hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Kyoto train station and offers comfortable guest rooms equipped with a ...