Lodging Options


Shinagawa Prince Hotel

At first glance with its aquarium, movie theaters and bowling alley, the Shinagawa Prince hotel is not the typical type of hotel/ryokan that we would normally choose. And you are right. But there are three reasons why we like to stay at the Shinagawa Prince: location, location, location. Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world with more than 35 million people living there (almost 1/3 of the population of Japan live in the Tokyo metropolitan area). While the public transportation system in Tokyo is excellent, if you don’t stay in the right area you can end up spending more time getting to your destinations than sightseeing. From the Shinagawa station just across the street from the hotel, you have direct access to Narita Airport, the Shinkansen (bullet trains) and easy access to many of the popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo by subway and train. And staying here will give you a well-rounded perspective when you will stay in a smaller, more traditional style accommodations. After all, these larger hotels are part of today’s Japan.

Hakone Yumoto Onsen


The Yajikitanoyu, located a short five minute walk from the Hakone Yumoto train station, is a breed of new ryokans appearing at onsens all over Japan. The literal translation of the Japanese name for these new-style ryokans are “stopovers”. The primary reason the Japanese visit an onsen are the baths.

The secondary reason for visiting an onsen is the baths. As you might guess, emphasis at these new-style ryokans is placed on the baths and the bathing experience.

The emphasis at the Yajikitnoyu, like these other new-style ryokans, is also placed on the baths and the bathing experience. There are four outdoor baths and one indoor bath at the Yajikitanoyu, all with natural, thermally-heated mineral water. You will also find a large and comfortable changing room including numerous lockers with keys. No meals are served at the Yajikitanoyu (unless you include the automated vending machines in the lobby which dispense hot entrees such as noodles and other fast foods) including breakfast. The guide will help with suggestions on where you can purchase your breakfast to eat in your room.


Ibis Style Kyoto Station

The ibis Styles Kyoto Station is a modern and stylish hotel located right in front of JR Kyoto Station, which is just a minute’s walk away. Guests also enjoy easy access to all of Kyoto’s major tourist attractions including the famous historical shrines and Gion entertainment area. The215 room hotel features a 24 hours service desk, free WiFi internet access and coin operated laundry facilities. Bicycles are also available for rent from the hotel.



The Jokiin Buddhist Temple’s history dates back to the year 1156. The temple burned down but was quickly rebuilt in 1870. Many of the current buildings

date back to this time. The Jokiin is next to the central part of Koya-san, making it a convenient spot to visit Kongobuji Temple, the Garan Temple complex and the central part of the Koyasan town.  Many of the rooms face a small, quiet garden. Shojin-ryori meals (vegetarian meals with no onions or garlic) are served, and everyone is invited to attend the O-inori (prayer service) held early in the morning. Dinners will usually include vegetable tempura, and Gomadofu, the specialty of Koya-san. Gomadofu is tofu mixed with sesame seed oil, topped with a small dollop of wasabi.

Meals here are served “Japanese-style”, meaning on short tables on the tatami mats. However, if you have a problem sitting on the floor, the monks will happily supply a table and chair for you.

The baths and toilets here are shared (gender separated of course). The baths are only open from 4 to 9PM in the evenings, and are not available in the morning.


Tokyu Inn Takamatsu

Takamatsu, a former castle town, boasts historical sites like grandiose Takamatsu Castle, splendid Japanese gardens, and Ritsurin Park. With the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and airline and ocean routes, Takamatsu is easily accessible from all over Japan. Takamatsu Tokyu Inn is conveniently located in the center of the business and shopping areas of Takamatsu City, making it easily accesible. The hotel is equipped with good facilities, and the simplicity and elegance ensures a very comfortable stay.


Mielparque Matsuyama

Known for its association with literary giants and haiku masters, Matsuyama exudes a sense of serenity and majestic peace as guests trace the footsteps of great writers. Mielparque Matsuyama Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Honkan where guests can enjoy soaking in the large public hot spring to unwind. Isaniwa Shrine, Shiki Memorial Museum, and Hogonji Temple are also a short walk from this hotel. The hotel also features a restaurant, a coffee shop, free bicycle rental, and free internet.

Miyajima Island

Ryoso Kawaguchi

This 300 year-old home, with whitewashed walls, wood floors, and exposed beams, has a traditional atmosphere. The gracious and welcoming current  innkeepers are the ninth-generation of the Kawaguchi family who have managed the ryokan. The dining room overlooks a garden courtyard, while the third floor lounge has a view of the five-storied pagoda. The meals served here are the best on the itinerary.

The inn has two family baths on the first floor. A family bath is a Japanese-style bath that can be locked and used privately. This allows couples and/or families (hence the name) to use the baths privately. The baths, like most other Japanese-style baths have shower facilities as well if you don’t want to use the baths. The rooms at the Kawaguchi have only a sink and toilet.

The Kawaguchi is centrally-located on Miyajima Island on a quiet back street, within a short walking distance of all the major sights on the island, and only one block from the Omotesando shopping street.

The Kawaguchi has a coin-operated computer, and WIFI throughout the ryokan.


Monterey Nagasaki

Hotel Monterey Nagasaki, located close to the sea, emulates the atmosphere and decor reminiscent of the time when sea-faring voyagers arrived from Portugal in 1543. The colorful atmosphere combined with the incredible history delivers a cozy yet extotic and exciting experience. This hotel is only 7 minutes from Chinatown and Glover Garden, as well as walking distance to Oura Catholic Church and Glover Mansion-Nagasaki’s most famous sightseeing spot. Monterey Nagasaki offers a variety of guest rooms, the Romantic Hall, a courtyard, and restaurants.



Located in front of Hokkaido University Botanical Garden and near the Odori Park, this charming Japanese-style inn is a wonderful introduction to the pleasures of the island. Nakamuraya offers public men and women’s baths that are open 24 hours a day, and serves authentic Sapporo cuisine with the unique flavors of Hokkaido. Each room has its own private bath and toilet and free wifi.

Noboribestu Onsen


148 years ago, Takimoto Kinzo whose wife was said to have suffered from a skin disease, found a spa near the “Hell Valley.” The hot spring was believed to have medicinal waters, which healed his wife’s illness. This triggered his desire to let the hot spring’s wonderful healing power be known to everyone. Thus, he founded on that spot a small inn, which has now expanded into the Dai-ichi Takimotokan, and Noboribetsu Onsen.
The baths at the Diaichitakimotokan measue 5,000 square meters, and are located next to the “Hell Valley.” You can immerse in 15 separate baths with 7 different kinds of mineral water while viewing the beautiful scenery of the “Hell Valley”.

At Dai-ichi Takimotokan, recreational amenities include a complimentary water park and a waterslide. The hotel also features a full-service spa and a bar/lounge. Area attractions also include Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe and the Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura.


Hakodate La Vista

Located at Japan’s first International port of trade, this upscale, 356-room resort hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Hakodate, where you can experience a taste of history. You can also enjoy great views from large communal baths fed with natural hot spring water on the top floor. Wifi is only available on the 1st floor lobby. Rooms have wired internet access.


Garden Palace Sendai

This new-style city hotel has a relaxed atmosphere and is complete with Japanese & Western restaurants. Located within walking distance of Kleenex Stadium Miyagi, home of the Rakuten Eagles pro baseball team. Wireless Internet access is included with every room.


Hotel Villa Fontaine Roppongi

Roppongi is well known as one of Tokyo’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. Roppongi and the surrounding districts of Azabu, Hiroo and Akasaka are home to many embassies and a large expat community.

Two of Tokyo’s largest recent redevelopment projects, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown changed the district’s face over the past decade and expanded Roppongi’s appeal to a wider range of visitors and residents with their elegant and upscale retail, leisure and residential space, offices and luxury hotels.

Thanks to the appearance of several art museums, Roppongi has also developed a reputation as a cultural center. The National Art Center is Japan’s largest art museum, and together with Roppongi Hills’ Mori Art Museum and Tokyo Midtown’s Suntory Museum of Art forms the “Art Triangle Roppongi”.

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Roppongi is located right next to the Izumi Garden Tower. Here you will find fitness clubs and numerous restaurants. The Roppongi Itchome subway station is located in the basement of the hotel, and there are several other subway stations within a 10 to 15 minute walk. The Hotel Villa Fontaine Roppongi has rooms that are relatively large for Tokyo, and has complimentary Wifi.