From the outside, there is nothing ostentatious about this ryokan, the name given to the typical inns of Japan. Customers usually arrive in the afternoon and are greeted by the always-smiling hostess wearing her traditional kimono. Past the door, you must remove your shoes, as in almost all the houses on the archipelago. Then you take a paved path, lined with small trees trimmed to perfection, which leads to the reception, where you register before retiring to your room.
Each suite—for two, four or five people—has a living room, a sleeping area, and two bathrooms. Generally, the beds are not visible during the day, only a coffee table stands in the middle of the room. In the evening, the scene takes shape: the table is removed and the futons are placed on the floor on tatami mats. While waiting for dinner, which is served in your room, treat yourself to a highly beneficial break in the hotel's onsen (traditional bath). Around 7:00 p.m., put on your kimono to enjoy a princely menu with a series of five to seven typical Japanese dishes. A feast for the taste buds and the eyes alike!
4-1 Honmachi, Kurashiki
Okayama Prefecture 710-0054
+81 (0)8 6422 0730
Rooms: from 29,000 JPY