Yokohama may not have the reputation for being the most traditional of Japanese cities, but if you know where to look, traces of its roots are still easy to come by. Take, for instance, your choice of accommodations for the duration of your stay. While the city is in no shortage of modern hotels, hostels, and short-stay apartments, you might want to consider booking in a ryokan to have a taste of the traditional Japanese hospitality. Here are five of the best to check out:
Ryokan Matsushima (旅館松島)
When it comes to tradition, Ryokan Matsushima has lots of it. Founded in 1874, it has a long history of providing restful accommodations, immaculate Kaiseki cuisine, and attentive service. All rooms are Japanese-style tatami lodgings equipped with futons, chabudai dining tables, TV, wifi, air conditioner, and a coffee/tea set. The property also has a small restaurant, a communal bath house, and a garden with koi ponds.
Address: 863 Maitacho, Minami-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Price: From ¥6,804 / night / person (single occupancy room)
Yamashiroya Ryokan (山城屋旅館)
Yamashiroya Ryokan is the best ryokan choice especially if your preferred location is Yokohama’s city center. It offers a great base for your business or sightseeing activities, and at the same time, its lodging options give travelers more flexibility. It has Western-type accommodations on top of the traditional tatami rooms. It also has large rooms that can host families and groups.
Address: 2 Chome-159 Hinodecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Price: From ¥5,400 / night / person (2 to 4 person room)
Website: http://yamashiroya-ryokan.com/shan_cheng_wu_lu_guan/dian_pu_gai_yao (Japanese only)
Ryokan Oppamaen (旅館 追浜園)
If you opt for a more scenic locale, there’s Ryokan Oppamaen. It is located in Kanazawa Hakkei, a seaside area with 8 scenic spots immortalized in illustrations by ukiyo-e artists during the Edo and Meiji periods, and is also one station away from Hakkejima Sea Paradise, one of the most visited aquariums and amusement parks in Japan. The ryokan is a long-established inn with updated amenities, such as rooms with private baths.
Address: 8-23 Seto, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Price: From ¥5,400 / night / person
Website: https://yokohama-ryokan.jimdo.com/%E6%97%85%E9%A4%A8%E8%BF%BD%E6%B5%9C%E5%9C%92/ (Japanese only)
Sakura Ryokan (さくら旅館)
Sakura Ryokan is your home away from home in Yokohama. It is simple yet comfortable and provides all the basic amenities to satisfy guests. Its location is also very convenient as it is walking distance from Kanagawa Station, which is just a stop away from Yokohama Station. Most of all, it is the best choice for travelers with budget considerations. Thus, if it’s value for money you want, you’ll most definitely find it here.
Address: 3-12 Aoki-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Price: From ¥4,000 / night / person
Website: http://nttbj.itp.ne.jp/0454413729/index.html (Japanese only)
Isseki Ryokan (一石旅館)
Like Sakura Ryokan, Isseki Ryokan offers value for money lodgings for budget conscious travelers. It is a simple business ryokan with convenient access to the city center and Yokohama’s famous landmarks. Each room has a personal bath and toilet, air conditioning, TV, telephone, and refrigerator. Meals are home cooked and served in the rooms.
Address: Ooka, Minami-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Price: From ¥4,800 / night / person
Website: http://issekiryokan.co.jp/index.html (Japanese only)
All price information in this article is as of June 2017.
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