There are so many modern hotels across Fukuoka offering creature comforts like mini bars and swimming pools. But, there is also the ryokan, the traditional inns which historically were established in the Edo period for samurai to rest while on their travels. Why do people still love the ryokan, where you have to sleep on the floor, share a bath with other guests, and obey certain rules about when you can wear your shoes?
Try staying at one of these 11 ryokans in Fukuoka to experience the lovely architecture of a traditional Japanese inn, the customs, and the cuisine – and you will probably understand why, too!
Mori no Nanakusa is a good stepping stone for travellers who want to bring home memories of staying in a ryokan, but still want some modern luxuries. This accommodation offers flat screen televisions in each room, as well as amenities like toiletries and a hairdryer. The jacuzzis installed in every room are definitely a perk, as you have the option of soaking in privacy, in addition to visiting the traditional open-air bath.
From the ryokan, you have the option of heading out to explore the nearby coastline. A supermarket is also just 1 kilometre (.6 miles) away, and there is an on-site restaurant, serving authentic Japanese cuisine for dinner.
Mori no Nanakusa
Address: 811-4204 Fukuoka, Munakata, Okagakimachi Teno 183, Japan (see map)
Price: from 274 USD / 30,000 JPY
For a ryokan closer to the city centre, this Airbnb property is ideal. From the house, you can easily walk to Fukuoka’s canal city, the Tenjin train station, and a bus stop, which is frequented by several bus lines. The interior of the house itself is simple, clean and homely. Fans of Studio Ghibli’s productions will also be charmed by the numerous collectables showcased around the house.
Please note that reservations by single male travellers will not be allowed due to safety concerns, as the host is a female who stays alone.
Big room near Tenjin Yakuin Station
Price: from 24 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Daimaru Besso has an incredible history, having been built in around 1865! All rooms are surrounded by nature, including thick forests and meticulously landscaped gardens. This ryokan also has multiple bath options, including both outdoor and indoor hot spring baths and private baths.
At Daimaru Besso, guests will never go hungry. The hospitable staff are happy to take your special meal requests and can cater to vegetarians or persons preferring continental breakfasts to traditional Japanese-style cooking.
Taisenkaku is a specialised hot springs resort, offering various types of baths for relaxation, beauty, and health. To complete your detoxification regime, this ryokan provides spa services, like massages and body treatments. Sports and fitness facilities are also available, including baseball, volleyball and fishing areas.
As the ryokan is located a little further from the city centre, the staff run a pickup and drop off service from JR Chikugo-Yoshii Station or Haki Bus Stop. Reservations are required in advance if you would like to use this convenient shuttle service.
Address: 20 Hakishiwa, Asakura-shi, Fukuoka
Price: from 45.77 USD
Soak into a wonderful bathing experience with 10 types of baths from the waters of Wakita onsen deep in Fukuoka! You will be able to experience this only in Yumeguri no Yado Nansuikaku, a ryokan ideal for travelers who wish to renew their body and mind of toxins and stress from travelling. There are 29 guest rooms available, all traditionally designed and includes meals. Some rooms offer views while some rooms have their own outdoor baths. Children are allowed so the property is also ideal for families exploring Fukuoka. It is good to note, however, that the building has a lot of stairs so it might not be ideal for the elderly although they can still enjoy ground floor facilities. Getting around, the property is only a 30 minutes taxi ride from the JR Kyushu Fukuma.
Price: from 192 USD
Hodoai no Yado Roppokan is a traditional Japanese ryokan in Fukuoka. Aside from the in-room baths offered, public and outdoor spas are available for use. There is a garden outdoor bath with a view on the 4th floor, a cypress outdoor bath also on the 4th floor, a cypress bath on the 1st floor, and a bamboo charcoal bath also on the 1st floor. The baths are open from 5:00 am until 1:00 am the next day utilize different kinds of hot spring water. The water qualities range from weak alkaline to pure sulfur springs. The latter provides various medicinal benefits to people suffering from muscles pains, haemorrhoids, and cold sensitivity among others. For those suffering diabetes and constipation, drinking sulfur spring water may also help.
For events and other gatherings, the ryokan also offers function and banquet halls. Meals served at the ryokan are fresh and of high quality since they are prepared from hand-picked ingredients. Hodoai no Yado Roppokan proves to be a place for relaxation with its complete facilities and amenities.
Zen Oyado Nishitei is a traditional Japanese Inn and one of the highly-rated ryokans in Fukuoka. They offer single rooms and a variety of rooms good for two, three, and four guests. Family rooms are also available. The interior of the hotel and the rooms is very much traditional, for a more local experience. All units are equipped with a flat-screen TV, and free WiFi is provided throughout the property. This well-maintained ryokan also features concierge service, an onsite restaurant offering kids meal and special diet menus, as well as a garden which adds to the overall relaxing ambiance around the property.
Akizuki is a famous town in southern Fukuoka, home to majestic ruins of an old castle and its beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. To complete your visit in this town filled with history and natural beauty, why not stay at the traditional Akizuki Spa?
The property has a huge, well-maintained onsen (Japanese hot spring bath), tranquil water features, and is surrounded by lush foliage. The serene environment and spacious rooms will definitely give you a great rest and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Akizuki Spa Ryokan Seiryuan
Address: Akizuki 1058
Price: from 566 USD
Shared lounge/TV area Internet services Themed dinner nights Family rooms Terrace Special diet menus (on request) Books, DVDs, music for children Hot spring bath
If you’re looking for a traditional accommodation option in Fukuoka, you may consider Kashima Honkan. It is located only a two-minute walk from Fukuoka’s Gion Subway Station. This ryokan is listed as a cultural property, with its unique architecture originating back from the Taisho period. The property also features a public bath and a traditional garden. There is one room type: a family room with a guest capacity of five adults plus two children. The shared bathroom includes free toiletries, linen, and towels. Interior-wise, it is very traditional, in fact, it uses the Sukiya-style which features minimalism and the use of natural materials. Coffee and tea are provided free-of-charge at the lobby while breakfast is served in the dining room.
Japanese Ryokan Kashima Honkan
Address: Hakata-ku Reisenmachi 3-11
Price: from 36 USD
If you choose to stay at the Kashima Honkan, you will actually be rooming in a Cultural Property of Fukuoka! This inn was built during the Taisho period of around 1912 to 1926, prior to the Meiji era. If you take a closer look, you will note that the clean, simple rooms are made with natural materials. The amenities at this ryokan are not as extensive as a fully functional hotel, but previous guests have enjoyed the homely feel, which reminds them of staying at a friend or relative’s own house.
A bonus of staying at the Kashima Honkan is its superb location. From the ryokan, you can walk to temples and eateries within 5 to 10 minutes. To travel further out, Gion Station is also at a convenient walking distance, making this a great base to explore Fukuoka.
The highlight of ZABaN Shikanoshima is its proximity to the beach, which is just 6 minutes away by foot! The ryokan also offers bicycle rental, so you can hop on and cycle around the coast, to enjoy the breeze and the lovely view. Rooms are minimalist but cozy, with huge windows to let in natural light and clean mats for the floors.
If you happen to be travelling in a bigger group, the family room is perfect for you. It comes with a balcony overlooking a great view, and even a barbeque pit to grill some fresh seafood and delicious Japanese vegetables.
Address: Higashi-ku Shikashima 1736-2
Price: from 57 USD
Experience the simple elegance of a Japanese ryokan
As this list shows, Japanese ryokans may be big or small, but all seek to preserve traditional architecture and customs. The serene environment is truly unlike what you will find at any modern hotel and will provide you with precious moments of respite from the bustle of everyday life.
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