Post # 1
Our wedding has passed! Now it’s time to honeymoon 🙂
Any recommendations on a Ryokan – traditional Japanese hotel where you get food and a kimono (tatami mats, onsens) somewhere between the Tokyo To Kyoto areas? We are stying in both cities as the main hub and ok to stop by a Ryokan if one is recommended without breaking the bank.
Post # 2
Hey I’ve been trying to pm you some links but it won’t let me. I reccomaend booking.com
i found some for 12000 and some nicer ones for 20000 (yen) per night. The reviews for these should be pretty spot on. Almost every onsen type hotel is lovely with great service. Let me know if you have any questions about the hotel stats.
Links won’t post on my phone, but all I did was search booking.com
Post # 3
No recommendations but just chipping in to say that sounds like it would be amazing.
We really want to visit Japan in the future and we will definitely want to do this.
Please post a recap when you get back!
Post # 4
I don’t have a specific recommendation but make sure you get a private onsen and not just a ryokan that has on- as they are single sex (but I am sure you already know this)
Kyoto is one of my favoutie places in the world and I wish my budget and wedding month allowed me to go back for our honeymoon. Make sure you post pics!
Post # 5
We stayed in quite a few Ryokans during our trip. They are much more expensive than regular ‘Western’ hotels but are well worth it for the experience. We absolutely loved them!
We stayed in 2 near Tokyo/Kyoto. This first one we travelled to Mt Fuji from Tokyo as a day trip and then stayed near by in this place (we then travelled to Kyoto) so its not too out of the way:
Name: ICHINOYU HONKAN TONOSAWA
Address: 90 Tounosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Tel: +81 (0)460-85-5334
A few pics of our room. Our room had a private onsen which was nice. The idea of being naked in front of strangers was a little too much for Fiance and I! 😉
Outside of Ryokan. It backs onto a private river.
Inside our room
Our Private Onsen:
Breakfast the next morning
Our second Ryokan was in Koyasan (easy to get to from Kyoto), in a 13th century Buddhist temple. It was lovely as you had to take a cable car up to it. We didn’t have a private onsen in this one though. We returned back to Kyoto the next morning and travelled west. This temple is on trip advisor so I won’t post a million photos.
Name: FUKUCHIIN TEMPLE, 657 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama.
Have a lovely honeymoon!
Post # 6
Hmmm went to a gorgeous one in Akita, but that is definitely not on your route. But I agree with PP to make sure that it is either has a private or at least mixed-sex onsen (if mixed-sex, keep in mind that you will be naked with other men, haha). Also, ours was up in the mountains a bit, and the cool night air was glorious. Good luck and have fun!
Post # 7
We stayed in 2 that were fantastic- but they didnt have an onsen. One was a traditional rural farmhouse type in Shirikawa-go called ‘Magoemon’ and the other was a working temple/ryoken in Mt Koya-san called ‘Shojosin-in’ where you watch their morning prayers the next day. Both places served traditional dinner and breakfast with robes/ those beds on the floor etc.. And both places are close enough to Kyoto to reach within a day and explore a little.
If you were looking for an onsen stay specifically theres a town we visited called Nakatsugawa before we went to Shirikawa-go which was beautiful and had many onsens. If you visit there, make a day trip out of the nearby villages Magome and Tsumago which are connected by either bus or an AMAZING walk called the ‘nakasendo’ (easy marked path and doable in about 3 hours between the two towns). The villages are really well preserved and have interesting shops selling local food and gifts. These rural areas were our highlights of Japan!
We found that booking.com didnt have many ryokens but we booked through a website called japaneseguesthouses.com which was brilliant and had lots of choice.
Post # 8
Hi DrCrazyCat…was the ryokan super pricey? How often do they clean the private Onsens? Those pics is what I’m looking for!
Post # 9
Thanks bees! We are also doing day trips to Nara and Nikko, so if any jump out with provate Onsens along the path let me know!
Post # 10
Hi bees! What about places where you can rent a private onsen by the hour? I think that’s more our style instead of nakedness apart….
Post # 11
We stayed in an amazing Ryokan in the Japanese Alps. They had three outdoor onsen that you could use privately. Absolutely wonderful. A little out of your way though- think it was about 4 hours from Kyoto.
Post # 12
to be honest I can’t remember the exact price, but it was approx 350 euro for the 2 of us which included dinner after check in and breakfast the next morning. Not every room in this ryokan has a private onsen and we were there at the height of tourist season so I’m sure that increased the price. The onsen was cleaned after every use so we very much enjoyed it. We also used shared onsen elsewhere on our trip and that was much more ‘get in and out quickly’ type of experience!
Post # 13
We stayed in Koyasan (in May) and loved it! We stayed at Shoshojin-in.