One of my personal favorite places that I have stayed at in my years in Japan is the Yamanochaya Hotel. The name literally means Tea Room in the Mountains, and it is a luxury Japanese style inn complete with a full course Japanese kaiseki course, fine dining in the traditional Japanese style.
If you’ve never stayed at a hot spring inn, called ryokan, Yamanochaya is a great start as they accommodate non-Japanese speaking travelers. Basically, you might think of these inns as hot spring resorts. They generally charge per person, and the price includes the room fee, the luxury dinner, and breakfast served in your room.
And, for those of you not yet comfortable being naked in a public Japanese bath (sexes are separated of course), the “special rooms” come with their own beautiful private baths. Standard rooms are generally around US$160-$300, and the rooms with the private baths range from US$270 – $550 depending on the exchange rate and season (check the English website below for rates).
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