Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and is surrounded by many historical sites, natural attractions and a wide array of activities all-year round. Contrary to popular belief, Fukushima is a safe place to visit. The no-entry zone is away from the city and pose no threat to the health of locals and tourists alike.
This also means that you can enjoy the scenic beauty that the city has to offer without worrying too much for your safety. The seasonal beauty of the cherry blossoms in spring and the colorful autumn colors make Fukushima an ideal tourist destination. While there are many ryokans in the city, it would be best if you check out these 10 ryokans in Fukushima to ensure a happy stay.
Touryukan is located in a gorge near the Agakawa River. They can pick you up along the train station, or you can just take a 5-minute walk to reach this traditional ryokan. Each of their rooms has their own onsen baths, and they also have a large public bath as well. The rooms are clean and spacious, and the meals are all traditional Japanese dishes. A nice place to stay for a short vacation.
Address: 1338 Tatemotootsu Yunokami, Minamiaizu, Shimogo, Fukushima
Website: http://www.touryukan.com (Japanese Only)
2. Ouchijuku Ogiya
Ouchijuku Ogiya is located in a small and quiet rural town village of Ouchijuku in Shimogo. The thatched roof house gives you a very comfortable feeling, and the atmosphere holds a rustic charm of its own. The delicious local dishes served during meals will warm you up. Take note that the place is quite remote, which is great for those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Address: Yamamoto 36, Shimogo-machi, Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima
Website: http://honke-ougiya.com (Japanese Only)
Moritaya is an interesting ryokan. The building is a bit old, but each room has its own private hot spring baths. This means that you can enjoy them at your leisure. The rooms are clean, and the food is nice. They also have a public bath that is open for 24 hours. This ryokan is an excellent alternative if you don’t have any places in mind.
Address: 5-271 Atami, Atamimachi, Koriyama-shi, Fukushima
4. Onyado Toho
Onyado Toho is a traditional Japanese ryokan that is nestled at the base of a mountain. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, it is an amazing place to stay. They both have Japanese and Western-style rooms that you can choose depending on your preference. The rooms on the upper floors of the ryokan offer a scenic view of the surrounding landscapes. Their restaurant has a wide selection of dishes that will fill you up pretty nicely. Onyado Toho is one of those ryokans that you have to visit at least once when you plan to head over to Fukushima.
Address: Innai-706 Higashiyamamachi, Oaza Ishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima
Konjakutei is a traditional Japanese ryokan located in the Higashiyama Hot Spring Village. There are not many rooms available, but all of them are clean and spacious. Traditional Japanese meals are served so look forward to that. They also have a small underground hot spring bath that you can try if you feel like taking a dip. If you want to enjoy a nice open-air bath, you can go to Harataki, the same group ryokan, which is a 3-minute walk from Konjakutei.
Address: 247 Yumoto, Higashiyama-cho, Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima
Mukaitaki is one of those traditional Japanese ryokans that will make you feel satisfied. The ryokan is a bit away if you’re coming from Tokyo. However, once you reach it, you can say that the trip was worth it. It has a very elegant feel, and the decorations add a bit of color to the surroundings. The staffs are very polite and helpful, which makes you feel at ease. Although not all the rooms have their own private showers, the onsen baths will make up for it.
Address: Kawamurakai-200, Higashiyamamachi, Oaza, Yumoto, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima
7. Oyado Hanakanzashi
Oyado Hanakanzashi is a good ryokan that you can find in Nihonmatsu City. The rooms are clean, and you can have a chat with your fellow travelers at the shared lounge. Guests can freely enjoy their hot spring baths, and they only use natural hot spring water. The ryokan was built in the early Showa era and has a nostalgic atmosphere. They also serve breakfast every morning. Their kaiseki dishes are all good and delicious.
Address: 1-104 Dake-Onsen, Nihonmatsu-Shi, Fukushima
Website: http://hana-kanzashi.com (Japanese Only)
8. Oyado Kawasemi
Owado Kawasemi is one of the highly recommended ryokans in Fukushima. Their rooms are clean and spacious and have their own private hot spring baths and a garden. The facilities are excellent, and the amenities are complete. The food here is savory and delicious. The designs and views for the open-air and large baths are meticulously planned. You can even say that bathing here is a truly enjoyable experience.
Address: 2-14 Iizuka Onsen Hisui no Sato, Fukushima-Shi, Fukushima-ken
9. Shikisai Ichiriki
Shikisai Ichiriki is a famous Japanese ryokan in Koriyama. The ryokan merges both Japanese and Western-style accommodation that is guaranteed to satisfy your preference. Their rooms are clean and comfortable enough for a group of people to stay. Their hot spring baths are nice and would make you want to soak for quite some time. The dishes they serve here are also top notch. A nice change from the fast-paced rhythm of city life.
Address: 4-161 Atami, Atami-Cho, Koriyama-Shi, Fukushima
Website: http://www.ichiriki.com (Japanese Only)
Takinoyu is a modern Japanese ryokan that is conveniently located in Aizu Wakamatsu. The rooms are great and they offer scenic views of the river and waterfall. They have private and public baths available. You might want to try both so you can compare the experience. They serve a breakfast buffet every day. The waterfall at the side of the ryokan adds a natural touch to complete the ambiance of the place.
Address: 108 Takinoyu Yumoto Higashiyamamachi, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima
Data is as of April 2019
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