Ryokans and hot springs in Iwate prefecture had been around for a very long time. These lodgings where travelers rest during their stay, plays a vital role to ensure that businesses continue to bloom. Hot springs have always been sought after for their comfort and healing properties, especially for those who are conscious of the smoothness of their skin.
There are plenty of hot spring districts in Japan, and depending on where you are you can always go to the one nearest your location. Iwate is no exception; there are many nice onsen districts and resorts with relaxing ryokans that will fulfill your expectations. This also serves as a great time to unwind and escape from the busy happenings of the city life. Make sure to check these 10 ryokans in each onsen district of Iwate Prefecture to get the most out of your stay.
1. Hotel Shion (ホテル紫苑)
Hotel Shion is considered as one of the most relaxing places to stay in Tsunagi Onsen. The great views of the lake and the surrounding natural beauty is perfect for those who want to take a short vacation from the hustle and bustle of the city life. They have free shuttle buses for pickup at the Morioka terminal so you can take that to your advantage. The hotel has excellent facilities like hot spring baths, large communal baths, open-air baths and relaxing spa that will make your stay comfortable.
Address: 74-2 Yunoyakata, Tsunagi, Morioka-shi, Iwate, Japan
Website: https://www.hotel-shion.com (Japanese Only)
2. Tabisomeya Yamaichi (旅染屋 山いち)
Tabisomeya Yamaichi is a traditional Japanese ryokan where you can enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay. The tatami floors where you can find in almost every room gives the place a unique charm of its own. You can reach it in 20 minutes from the Morioka Station by car and one of the best places to stay during your trip. They also have their very own “Tabisome no yu” which means Traveler’s hot spring where you can soak and wash away the fatigue from your travels. Their seasonal local delicacies are something that you can look forward to as well.
Address: 83-1 Tateichi, Tsunagi, Morioka-shi, Iwate Prefecture
3. Shikikan Saito (四季館 彩冬)
Shikikan Saito is considered as one of the most popular ryokans in the area. The moment you enter its doors, you will be satisfied with the theme and the overall interior design of the ryokan. The rooms are clean, and the amenities are great. The food is delicious, and you can tell that they placed a lot of effort in their preparation, especially the Maezawa beef, local wagyu from Iwate Prefecture, that is cooked to perfection. They also have computers that have access to the internet and there are plenty of places to visit around the area like the waterfalls. Staffs are polite, and some of them even speak English which will make things easier for you.
Address: 254-9 Akasakata, Hachimantai-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Website: https://saito-appi.jp (Japanese Only)
4. Yukaen (山の神温泉 優香苑)
Yukaen is conveniently nestled in the middle of the mountain, which makes it an ideal place for those who love nature. The surrounding forests further heighten the charm of being away from the city while enjoying the comfort that the ryokan has to offer. The kaiseki meals are superb, but the best feature of the ryokan is their open-air onsen baths (2 for the ladies and 2 for the gents!). Enjoy the views while relaxing your body in their prided onsen baths.
Address: 53-1 Nakano, Kudashizawa, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://www.yuukaen.jp/ (Japanese Only)
5. Hanadai no Yu (はな 台の湯)
Hanadai no Yu is a ryokan that has been remodeled from a 200-year-old building, which is the reason why the design is a bit old-fashioned. For those who like to stay in traditional ryokans, this place is a good choice. The food here is quite delicious and the reason why you would be willing to stay here. Although there are limited rooms in the ryokan (only 10 rooms), getting a reservation in advance will solve that problem.
Address: 64 Chiwari, 2 Dai, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://hanadainoyu.jp (Japanese Only)
6. Choeiken (長栄館)
Choeiken is another great ryokan that is situated on the outskirts of a village in Shizukuishi. It is surrounded by nature and has a great view of the river. Although the building is a bit old, the rooms, however, are spacious, clean and have their own private bathrooms. The ryokan serves the meals so you can enjoy the local specialties on a seasonal basis. They have a massage room, a souvenir shop as well as a cafe that serve pastries and draft beer. While you’re here, make sure to try their natural hot spring bath and enjoy the experience.
Address: 6-7 Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://www.choeikan.com (Japanese Only)
7. Namari Onsen Fujisan Ryokan (鉛温泉 藤三旅館)
Namari Onsen Fujisan is a ryokan that is well-known for their 1.25 meter deep hot spring bath and being able to stand while bathing is said to make your blood circulation better. They also have open-air baths if you prefer to enjoy the views while taking your time in the bath. The food is good, and they also have a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals if you feel like it. There are rooms that are reasonably priced, which makes this an ideal stop for those who want to enjoy a short stay before heading back to the city.
Address: 75-1 Namari Nakadaira, Fujisan Ryokan, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture
Website: https://www.namari-onsen.co.jp (Japanese Only)
8. Kokoronotsuki Kokoronotoki Jusangatsu (心の刻 十三月)
Kokoronotoki Jusangatsu is an interesting ryokan with a twist. They have different themed rooms that you can choose to make your stay more comfortable. The rooms are spacious, clean, and the design makes it appealing. They also have shower booths that have a mist like function comparable to a sauna. Their large communal bath that is co-ed; however, there are specific times of the day where it is exclusively for women use only.
Address: 75-1 Namari Nakadaira, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://13gatsu.jp (Japanese Only)
9. Itsukushien (いつくし園)
Itsukushien will give you an authentic Japanese ryokan experience, without the convenience of modern stuff. You can enjoy sleeping on the floor using futons and walking around wearing slippers and yukata. They have natural hot spring baths, both indoors and open air. The food is excellent and the staffs are helpful and polite.
Address: Minamitakinoue-15 Genbicho, Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture
Website: http://www.itsukushien.co.jp (Japanese Only)
Yamado is a ryokan that is surrounded by the beauty of nature. It is just 7 minutes away by car from the JR Hotto-Yuda Station and one of the most preferred places to stay in Yukawa Onsen District. The ryokan has 12 rooms, and each has its own private onsen bath. There is also an outdoor bath that is open for reservations. The food is delicious, and the attention to details is much appreciated. The service is impeccable, and it is one of the reasons why this place is very popular for both locals and tourists alike.
Address: 52 Chiwari 71-10 Yugawa, Nishiwaga, Waga-gun, Iwate Prefecture
Data is as of June 2019
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