Fukushima is a gorgeous part of Japan, known for its picturesque forests and splendid mountain scenery. It also has cool summers and an all-around temperate climate compared to much of Japan. Tourists often visit Fukushima to go skiing, relaxing in volcanic hot springs and drink high-quality sake. The region’s sake is award winning and thought of highly but fans of the drink. The onsens are also highly regarded. Because of Fukushima’s cool weather, taking a dip in a warm onsen is a wonderful experience. Here is our list of the best tourist friendly onsen ryokan in Fukushima.
A beautiful and spacious place to stay, Hanare Matsushimakaku offers guests modern western style rooms with massive beds to stretch out in. There is a playground if you want to keep the kids occupied and plenty of local sites within easy traveling distance. Aizuwakamatsu Castle is within a walking distance, as are the mountains that are perfect for hiking. The resort also has an onsen where you can relax or a bar where you can unwind. It’s all about comfort here. There is even room service should you want to stay in the luxurious rooms all day.
This is a classic ryokan onsen right next to Mt.Matami. The ryokan has used the spectacular nature views to its advantage by making sure that all the rooms have amazing views of the trees and wildlife. There is also a great view from the Onsen. The ryokan sports an outdoor onsen that overlooks the cherry trees. The area becomes particularly beautiful when they bloom and the forest turns pink. Soaking in the onsen as you look out at the cherry blossom is the Japanese dream. The rooms are traditional Japanese style units, each with tatami mats, paper screen doors and comfortable futons to sleep on.
Address: 1614 Yorigami Otsu, Takashima, Shimogo-machi, Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima
Price: from 233 USD
Access: From Yunokami-Onsen Station (Aizu Railway Aizu Line): About 20 min on foot or 5 min by taxi.
This place really cares about its customers. You can take a shuttle straight from the station to the ryokan, and the staff is more than happy to help you with your bags or to suggest things to see and do. The rooms are traditional Japanese set-ups. You can stretch out in a large futon on the comfortable tatami floors at night time and relax while surrounded by the soothing light-brown tones of the furniture in the daytime. There are small tea tables and shoji paper screen doors to make sure the decor is in keeping with a classic Japanese style. The onsen is roofed but is found outdoors. You can look out at the majesty of Fukushima’s natural worlds, whilst sitting safe and snug in the volcanically warmed waters.
Address: 984 Shitadaira, Ashinomaki, Oto-machi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Price: from 152 USD
Access: From Aizu-Wakamatsu Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line): Take the Aizu Railway to Ashinomaki-Onsen Station. About 10 minutes by taxi from there. By car: Exit the Ban-etsu Expressway at Aizu-Wakamatsu IC and continue along Route 118 for about 40 minutes (25 km).
Harataki Ryokan Onsen has a splendid onsen, perfect for your stay. The onsen is outdoors but is roofed to protect from rain, and gives guest fabulous views of the surrounding nature. You can relax in the warm waters whilst looking upon a nearby waterfall, or watch as animals move through the trees. A variety of birds live in the region, along with colorful lizards and the occasional monkey. The ryokan also offers comfortable Japanese-style rooms. Guests also get to enjoy carefully prepared meals in the ryokan restaurant with locally sourced ingredients.
Address: 235 Shiimohara, Yumoto, Higashiyama-machi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima
Price: from 142 USD
Access: From Aizu-Wakamatsu Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line): Take the bus to Higashiyama Onsen Bus Stop (about 20 minutes). About 10 minutes on foot from there. By car: Exit the Ban-etsu Expressway at Aizu-Wakamatsu IC and continue along National Route 49 for about 5 minutes (2 km), then Prefectural Route 64 for about 15 minutes (6 km).
Enjoy the luxury that is Sansuiso Tsuchiyu Spa. Not only are there massive rooms for you to rest in but there are also large indoor pools and various different onsen for you to try. There are five communal baths that you can either enjoy but share with the other guests, or you can rent out the bath all to yourself. This is a ryokan and spa, so you can have a massage in your traditionally furnished room. Sansuiso Tsuchiyu Spa is located on the riverside. You can watch the waters of the Ara River rush past your room or from the special viewing platform bridge.
This is a beautiful traditional ryokan with an onsen that is made to look like a real volcanic spring. The walls are made of rocks, but the bottom of the pool and the steps down to it are all smooth and easy to access. From the window, you can look out at the beautiful river as it flows past. This area is rich in nature, the beautiful scenery of the cherry blossoms along the riverside in spring is like something out of a painting. You can hunt for wild fruits such as cherries, peaches and pears from early summer to early autumn. In the colder months, the trees produce apples and oranges. All of these fruits are collected by the hotel and used in local specialty desserts.
This onsen ryokan allows you to choose from seven different onsens. Each onsen has its own advantages, some of them are outside, some inside. There are onsens with pure water and others with volcanic minerals that are said to be good for the skin and joints. You can sample them all as you relax before the fascinating views. Just outside the ryokan is a wealth of trees and a babbling brook. There are also gardens surrounding the hot springs that have been there for 140 years. The rooms are all in an oriental style. The beds are comfortable futons and the floors are lined with tatami mats.
Address: 7 Takayu, Machiniwasaka, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Price: from 154 USD
Access: From Fukushima Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen), West Exit: Take a bus bound for Takayu Onsen and get off at the Tamagoyu-mae bus stop (approx. 40 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there. By car: Exit the Tohoku Expressway at Fukushima-Nishi IC and continue along National Route 115 for about 5 min (3 km), then along Prefectural Route 5 for about 20 min (12 km).
This beautifully positioned onsen ryokan also overlooks the Ara River and Nidan-no-Taki Waterfall. You can get spectacular views from the rooms and lobby. There are onsen baths that overlook the beautiful scenery both with natural hot spring water and purified water. The rooms are spacious and come equipped for travelers who want to relax, Japanese style. The hotel staff encourage tourists to explore the surrounding national park and can help plan hiking trips or expeditions into the forests.
Address: 55 Aza-Aburahata, Tsuchiyu Onsen-machi, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima
Price: from 52 USD
Access: From JR Fukushima Station: Take the bus bound for Tsuchiyu Onsen and get off at the last stop Tsuchiyu Onsen Bus Stop (about 40 minutes). The hotel is about 8 minutes on foot from there. By car: Exit the Tohoku Expressway at Fukushima-nishi IC and continue along Route 115 for about 15 minutes (12 km). The hotel is at the back of the hot spring village.
Here, you can stay in traditional Japanese rooms with amazing views of the riverside. There are two open-air onsens. They are covered from the outer elements, one even has glass paneling to protect from snow, rain, or cold winds rushing in. You also get a traditional Japanese breakfast. This will be Kaiseki style, meaning that it will be made up of lots of smaller dishes. This way, none of your food mixes and you can try and enjoy a lot of different flavors.
Address: Tsuchiyuonsenmachi Suginoshita 63
Price: from 206 USD
Fukushima has a lot to offer and is just waiting for tourists to share it with them. The area is totally safe, packed full of gorgeous natural sights and natural hot springs.
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