Hiraizumi and Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture are just a few hours away from Tokyo by train. They have warm summers and cold winters. Both places are famous for their natural attractions and cultural-heritage. Hiraizumi became a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” in 2011.
When you visit Hiraizumi, it’s almost impossible not to visit their special historical sites like Chusonji Temple, Motsuji Temple, Mt. Kinkeisan and other attractions in the city. Ichinoseki, on the other hand, has Haishiwa Shrine, Genbikei, and Tsuriyama which are very popular during summer. You can clearly feel the unique Japanese culture in both these places.
Check out the 10 Ryokan and hotels in Hiraizumi and Ichinoseki before you make your reservations!
1. Ichinoseki Yamazakura Momonoyu Onsen (山桜桃の湯)
Ichinoseki Yamazakura Momonoyu Onsen is one of the most highly recommended Ryokan in Ichinoseki. Their gorgeous baths and great accommodation make them one of the primary destination for people traveling in Ichinoseki. They also have theatrical Taishu Engeki performances from time to time, which is a plus for visitors who are interested in Japanese culture.
Address: 393-6 Sasaya Akoogi, Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://www.momonoyu.info/index2.html (Japanese Only)
2. Sannosan Onsen Zuisenkyo (瑞泉郷)
Sannosan Onsen Zuisenkyo is a traditional Japanese Ryokan that has a unique charm of its own. The location is excellent, and the environment makes you feel at ease. The outdoor baths have a nice rustic feel, and the meals made from seasonal ingredients is simplicity to the finest. A nice alternative for people looking for a great place to lodge in the area.
Address: Sagarimatsu-65-2 Genbicho, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://zuisenkyo.com (Japanese Only)
3. Oshu Hiraizumi Onsen Shizuka Tei (奥州 平泉温泉 しづか亭)
Oshu Hiraizumi Onsen Shizuka Tei resides in the quiet village of Hiraizumi. Although it is a 10-minute drive from Hiraizumi Station, you can call them in advance to pick you up if you manage to get a reservation. They have great outdoor baths for men and women and the meals they serve is something to look forward to (freshly-made soba, tempura, Maezawa beef, etc!). Do yourself a favor and soak in the hot springs to relieve the fatigue of your journey.
Address: 10-5, Hiraizumi Nagakura, Hiraizumi, Iwate
4. Hiraizumi Onsen Musashibo (平泉温泉 武蔵坊)
Hiraizumi Onsen Musashibo is conveniently located at the heart of the sightseeing attractions in Hiraizumi. You can walk to these locations from the Ryokan and have a feel of what the local culture is like. The Ryokan is old, and it may take some time getting used to if you’re the hip and trendy type. The staff are very polite and go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Address: Osawa-15 Hiraizumi Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture
5. Genbikei Onsen Itsukushien (猊鼻渓温泉 いつくし園)
Genbikei Onsen Itsukushien is a 20-minute drive from the Ichinoseki Station. You don’t have to worry too much because they have a shuttle service for the guests that made a reservation to their Ryokan. This is a VERY traditional Japanese Ryokan. It means no internet, which is perfect for people who want to just relax and take it easy from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. A nice place to take a breather and have a feel of authentic Japanese culture.
Address: 15, Minamitakinoue, Genbi-Cho, Ichinoseki City, Iwate
Website: https://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/2341001/ (Japanese Only)
6. Yakushido Onsen (薬師堂温泉)
Yakushido Onsen in Oshu is 5 km away from the Esahi-Fujiwara Heritage Park. Their baths are great, and they serve Asian breakfast every day. They also have Wi-fi and a common lounge for fellow travelers to socialize and talk about their experiences. Their outdoor baths and sauna is something that you need to take advantage during your stay in Yakushido Onsen.
Address: Yakushido-27 Mizusawaku Sakurakawa, Oshu-shi, Iwate Prefecture
7. Matsurube Onsen Kamikura (祭畤温泉 かみくら)
Matsurube Onsen Kamikura lies near the foot of Mt. Matsurube. The natural hot spring baths and the comfortable rooms are perfect for anyone who is looking for a place to stay in Kamikura. The seasonal delicacies that they serve during mealtime are quite filling and will satisfy your palate. The rustic environment is also a plus for those looking for something different from their usual routine. You are bound to enjoy your stay at this Ryokan.
Address: 32 Matsurube Genbicho, Ichinoseki, Iwate
Website: http://m-kamikura.com (Japanese Only)
8. Ryokan Iris Yu (旅館 アイリス悠)
Iris Yu is just an 8-minute walk from Hiraizumi Station and 3-minutes away from Motsuji Temple. If you are the type that likes to walk to your destination, then you might want to head to Chuson-ji temple as well (20-minute walk). They have a Japanese style breakfast, and the rooms are comfortable and clean. Hiraizumi area is well known for its beautiful scenery. So take your time and explore the sights and sounds to your heart’s content.
Address: Shirayama-116-1 Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate
9. Kaziya Ryokan Ramatkor Yamaneko Yado (かぢや旅館らまっころ山猫宿)
Kaziya Ryokan Ramatkor Yamaneko Yado is a highly recommended Ryokan in Ichinoseki. You can’t help but like the simple yet cozy rooms that they provide for their guests. They also have Wi-fi that is available in every room. This is great news for those who can’t live without connecting to the internet. The meals using Iwate wagyu beef and fresh local vegetables are served in the dining room. The location is also convenient because it is close to the various attractions in the city.
Address: 42 Higashiyamacho, Nagasaka, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate Prefecture
10. Tategamori Kogen Hotel (館が森高原ホテル)
Tategamori Kogen Hotel is located in the mountain of Ichinoseki. With that said, it boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and a dazzling starry sky at night. The rooms are good and don’t feel too small at all. The onsen is great, and they have both Japanese and Western-style dishes. They have a souvenir store for some tidbits that you can bring back home. Overall, Tategamori Kogen Hotel is a great hotel that you can recommend to your friends.
Address: Kinuisawayama-87 Fujisawacho, Kinomi, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://www.tategamori.com (Japanese Only)
Data is as of August 2018
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