There are so many modern and luxury 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 the following ryokans in Fukuoka, Japan, to experience the lovely architecture of a traditional Japanese inn, the customs, and the cuisine – and you will probably understand why, too!
This accommodation is a wonderful retreat, offering spacious and beautifully designed rooms that create a peaceful atmosphere. You’ll have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning in each room. And when you explore the ryokan, you’ll be delighted to find a lovely picnic area and a restaurant that serves delicious Japanese cuisine. Don’t forget to take advantage of the nearby onsens for some well-deserved relaxation, immersing yourself in the charm of this geothermal region.
But that’s not all! When you’re ready to venture beyond the comforts of the ryokan, you can embark on walking tours and discover the picturesque surroundings of Miyawaka. Lose yourself in the natural beauty of Hisasue Park and make sure to visit the historic Nomiyama Kannonji Temple.
5.82 km (3.7 mi) from Nomiyama Kannonji Temple
Imagine immersing yourself in the most awe-inspiring sea views and treating yourself to the pure bliss of a pristine beach just a few steps away. The beautifully designed rooms are a haven of comfort, complete with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a convenient fridge. To start your day off right, savor a delightful buffet breakfast featuring a tempting variety of warm dishes, local specialties, and refreshing fruits.
This eco-friendly retreat not only offers modern conveniences such as free WiFi but also boasts a breathtaking pool with panoramic vistas and a revitalizing spa and wellness center. You can even join invigorating yoga classes and embark on captivating walking tours.
Those who are keen to have a relaxing escape in the quaint district of Wakamatsu Ward can consider booking a stay at Kamenoi Hotel Genkainada. This is one of the best ryokan in Fukuoka that features an open-air hot spring bath overlooking the verdant forest and ocean. Massages are offered for an additional charge. You’ll also spot a Japanese restaurant on-site that serves a la carte dishes for breakfast and dinner. A scrumptious buffet breakfast will kick-start your day here.
At this accommodation, Japanese-style and western-inspired rooms are available. Some of the staples that you can expect in the rooms are air-conditioning and heating, flat-screen TV, and WiFi. Meanwhile, certain rooms are on the fancier side as they offer stunning vistas of the sea.
The vibrant establishment of Ryokan Kibun is strategically placed in the town of Tsuiki. The property can be reached within five minutes from Tsuiki railway station on foot and is easily accessible from the interchange on Kitakyushu Motorway. Free private parking is assured to guests arriving by car.
You can’t go wrong in any of the air-conditioned Japanese-style rooms at this accommodation in Fukuoka. They showcase tatami (woven-straw) flooring and are appointed with modern touches such as flat-screen TV and WiFi. In-room heating is also provided so your stay remains cozy no matter the season. What’s more, you’ll only have to shell out a small amount for the bicycle rentals and kid meals here.
With a facade that features traditional Japanese architecture, Yamamoto Ryokan provides a taste of authentic ryokan living. Its rooms are aptly Japanese-style and appointed with tatami-mat flooring and conventional futon bedding. You’re also guaranteed to enjoy the conveniences of a flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and air-conditioning. To indulge your palate with delicious food, head over to the in-house Asian restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. Additional amenities such as laundry and private parking are available for guests at an extra cost.
You’ll admire the location of this ryokan as it is only a quick walk from JR Hakata and Gion train stations. It’s also just within walking distance to Canal City Hakata and Hakatamachiya Furusatokan Museum.
The tranquil setting of Akitsuki Kominka Ryokan You sets it apart among other ryokans in the castle town of Akizuki. It boasts a garden and has the mountains as its gorgeous backdrop. The rooms take advantage of the location by offering peaceful outdoor views. Any booking here comes with complimentary coffee and toast. Meanwhile, guests who wish to cook are free to use the on-site shared kitchen with an induction heating stove.
The property makes your stay more convenient with its complimentary perks such as parking, luggage storage, and WiFi. You’ll be able to pack light should you stay here as there is an in-house laundry on the premises.
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 luxury ryokan in Fukuoka offers flat screen televisions in each room, as well as amenities like toiletries and a hairdryer. The hot tubs 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 comfortable. 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
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
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.
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 with an onsen in Fukuoka, 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.
4.2 km (2.7 mi) from Nomiyama Kannonji Temple
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.
Address: Chuo-ku Shirogane 1-8-10
17.43 km (10.9 mi) from Nomiyama Kannonji Temple
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
24.13 km (15.0 mi) from Nomiyama Kannonji Temple
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.
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 comfy 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.
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.
Address: Akizuki 1058
23.64 km (14.7 mi) from Nomiyama Kannonji Temple
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. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in love hotels in Fukuoka, immersing yourself in a unique and intimate experience.
Frequently asked questions about ryokans in Fukuoka, Japan
1. Which ryokans in Fukuoka have an onsen?
There are several ryokans in Fukuoka that offer the luxurious experience of an onsen. One notable option is kominka neri. Located in a tranquil setting, this ryokan features traditional Japanese-style rooms and a natural hot spring bath where you can soak away your cares.
2. Which ryokans in Fukuoka have parking?
There are several ryokans in Fukuoka that offer parking facilities for their guests. Kamenoi Hotel Genkainada, Ryokan Kibun, Yamamoto Ryokan, Akitsuki Kominka Ryokan You, and Daimaru Besso all have parking available.
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