Though overshadowed by other cities, Narita has its own share of attractions waiting for you to discover. Whether you are in transit or you have an extra day, it is highly recommended that you drop by and roam before flying out. It beats whiling away at the airport and at the same time, you get to see more of Japan that most tourists overlook. In case you need a place to stay, there are numerous choices available to you. There are hotels, hostels, guesthouses, and the traditional ryokan. If you fancy traditional Japanese hospitality, go for the last option. Here are some of the best-rated ryokans in the area:
Wakamatsu Honten (若松本店)
Wakamatsu Honten sits directly across the street from Naritasan Shinsho-Ji Temple – a temple built in 940 AD and is considered to be one of the city’s main attractions. If you’re lucky enough, the room assigned to you would be one with a temple view from this ryokan’s upper floors. In total, this establishment has 19 rooms and communal baths available for use throughout the day. Those who enjoy history will have a nice time roaming around its vicinity. Wakamatsu Honten itself is a 248 year old business, and down the street, there are many shops like it that have existed for many generations.
Address: 355 Honmachi, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Price: From ¥ 6,300 / night / person (Room only plan)
Kirinoya Ryokan (桐之家旅館)
A stay at Kirinoya is a taste of traditional Japanese hospitality mixed with a trip to the museum. This ryokan has some interesting pieces on display like samurai armors and spears, some old Japanese guns, an old water well, and other keepsakes. Its walls are painted with traditional art, and the atmosphere is truly nostalgic. Run by a couple, staying here feels more like being welcomed into someone’s home. This place has a total of 12 rooms and can also accommodate large groups.
Address: 58 Tamachi, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Price: From ¥ 3,500 / night / person (Room only plan)
Umeya Ryokan (梅屋旅館)
Same as Wakamatsu Honten, Umeya Ryokan is located close to Naritasan Shinsho-Ji Temple. It is a traditional wooden house, which also has a restaurant that serves tasty grilled eel and tempura bowls.
Address: 376 Nakamachi, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Otakeya Ryokan (大竹屋旅館)
Otakeya Ryokan covers the basics for a comfortable stay fairly well. It has spacious tatami rooms good for up to two people. Baths are standard fare, which is basically a gender-segregated common use area. For meal plans, it offers Western options for breakfast while dinners are traditional Japanese cuisine only. It also offers self-laundry facilities for an additional fee.
Address: 37 Sanrizuka, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Price: From ¥ 3,780 / night / person (Room only plan)
Narugeya Ryokan (成毛家旅館)
Since Narugeya Ryokan is located on an alley branching off the main street that leads to Naritasan Shinsho-Ji Temple, the area is definitely less crowded while maintaining the convenience of accessibility to the tourist attractions. The inn is a wooden building that houses accommodations, a large banquet hall for events, and a restaurant. Their dinners can either be Japanese, casual French, or Italian, arranged upon the customer’s budget.
Address: 395 Saiwaicho, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Price: ¥ 6,480 ~ ¥10,800
Hamaya Ryokan (浜屋旅館)
Hamaya Ryokan is a family-run ryokan near the historic district surrounding Naritasan Shinsho-Ji Temple. Housed in a traditional building from when it was first established, guests can fully immerse themselves in the ryokan’s and its surrounding area’s rustic environment, as well as enjoy the hospitality and delicious local cuisine.
Address: 317 Tamachi, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Price: ¥ 8,000 ~
All price information in this article is as of December 2016.
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