What is JAPAN RYOKAN & HOTEL ASSOCIATION?

All the ryokans and hotels listed on this site are members of the JAPAN RYOKAN & HOTEL ASSOCIATION. All of them are certified on the basis of rigid membership criteria. We offer safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for our guests. When you come to Japan, please use one of our association’s member ryokans or hotels.

ling around popular tourist attractions

Surrounded by the sea on all sides, Japan has developed its own original culture, and traditionally, its people respect nature and value the changing of the seasons.
Japan is a tourist-friendly country renowned for its level of safety, and for having an efficient, reliable public transportation system. The Japanese people are peaceful and have a generally calm nature.
In Japan, each city has its own unique character. For example, Tokyo is the political, economic, and cultural center of Japan, while Kyoto has its own unique traditional culture and many famous World Heritage Sites. Why don’t you find a “ryokan” (Japanese-style inn) or a hotel, and relax while experiencing local Japanese culture?

Experiencing a quintessential part of Japanese culture

Relieving your travel fatigue

Relieving your travel fatigue

In Japan, people have traditionally used hot springs for therapeutic purposes, a practice called "toji." Toji has for generations been a common way to recuperate from illnesses, ailments and injuries, and involves staying at a hot spring ryokan surrounded by abundant nature. This affords a tremendously relaxing time. We will introduce you to some great hot springs, ryokans, and hotels across Japan.

  • hot springs
  • hot springs
  • hot springs

Omotenashi - Japanese hospitality

Omotenashi - Japanese hospitality

Japanese ryokans have been constantly evolving their “omotenashi” (Japanese-style hospitality) to keep pace with the changing times. One of the most attractive types of omotenashi that ryokans offer is providing a soothing atmosphere of “wa” (harmony) that many guests can enjoy. In response to the demand for “enhanced functionality” and “internationalization”, Japanese ryokans and hotels aim to keep evolving their omotenashi, and thereby create even better destinations for tourists visiting Japan.

Sophisticated Japanese cuisine that reflects the season

Sophisticated Japanese cuisine that reflects the season

“Washoku” is a cuisine that originated in Japan and is prepared using local ingredients. Rice, vegetables and fish are some of the basic ingredients of washoku, and now popular Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, and soba are well known overseas. Recently, UNESCO designated Japanese cuisine as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. Please enjoy flavorful Japanese cuisine prepared in a ryokan or a hotel using fresh local ingredients.
Just like ryokans, city hotels meet the various needs of guests from overseas through the meticulous service which typifies Japan.

Hotels featuring both meticulous services and high functionality

Hotels featuring both meticulous services and high functionality

In addition to Japanese ryokans with their focus on “omotenashi”, there are also ordinary hotels which offer high functionality. Located in major cities like Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka, these hotels are clean and bright, offer well-equipped guest rooms and improved security systems to protect the privacy of their guests, and provide a very comfortable stay.
Just like ryokans, city hotels meet the various needs of guests from overseas through the meticulous service which typifies Japan.

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