Nestled into a forest area, Izu is a great place for those of you who are interested in nature and outdoor activities. The area, in general, is most famous for its natural hot springs, the Shuzenji Temple and strangely enough old fashioned English steam trains that operate on the Shuzenji Romney Railway. Izu is a very special and unique place with breathtaking natural landscapes to get lost in. We’d recommend a visit to the Kano River, Joren Falls, Mt Amagi and even snorkeling. If you are going as a romantic getaway be sure to visit Lover’s Point in the Cape Toi area and ring the mystical Love Bell. After all of that exploring, we’re sure you’ll be looking to relax and unwind. We know that some of our readers want to dive headfirst in Japanese culture, while others prefer to have a few western comforts. So, to help you find your ideal base we’ve selected the best ryokans in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan so that you can book your East-meets-West holiday. Simply scroll below and start planning.
If you’re looking to enjoy a private bath in a stunning surrounding with a river running nearby then this might be your ideal holiday base. With both indoor and outdoor spring baths, you’re spoiled for choice. There is free WiFi in the communal areas and each bedroom has a flat screen television. It is worth noting that only some of the rooms have a small seating area to relax and unwind in while making a hot drink with the kettle provided. Each of the rooms have an en-suite and complimentary hairdryer. Traditional meals are served at dinner time if half-board is selected and these are vending machines onsite.
With both western and Japanese-style rooms, this is a great option for those of you who want to experience a ryokan but are not too fond of the idea of sleeping on a tatami mat. The three-star rooms at Omoideno Jinde offer air-conditioning, a kettle, flat screen television, free WiFi and a shared bathroom. It is worth noting that the whole of this property is non-smoking. An Asian-style breakfast is served every morning in the main dining room. Before taking advantage of the hot-spring bath you can book, for an additional charge, take a calming massage. There are DVDs, books and a selection of toys onsite for entertainment.
With a pretty garden, this three-star ryokan has a gentle and welcoming feeling. The bedrooms are predominantly Japanese-style except for one western-style bedroom which is ideal for couples. The bedrooms each have WiFi, air-conditioning, a flat screen television and access to a shared bathroom. We think that you’ll love the hot-spring bath and enjoy the views of the surrounding area. Similar to our last listing this ryokan can also arrange external trips, or you can opt for a night in and take part in the onsite karaoke.
With Japanese-rooms, green tea-sets and private indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, you’ll feel like you’re living the high life in Japan. This property is also in an excellent location just a short eight-minute drive from the JR Izu Kogen Train Station. The rooms are incredibly beautiful, we’re sure that you’ll only want to venture outside to enjoy a delicious multi-course meal in the dining area. Breakfast is also served at the property for guests and the menu includes seasonal and local produce. Before or after your relaxing bath-time, be sure to book a soothing massage which is available at a surcharge.
This ryokan has perfectly combined western and Japanese elements throughout the property. In the room, you can enjoy both the traditional low-level seating and a standard coffee table with seats. The buffet breakfast also includes western elements, such as deliciously fresh croissants. At the four-star property, you can also delight in the sea-view from the bedrooms and access to a hot-spring bath. Bedrooms are all non-smoking and include a flat screen television and hairdryer.
This is a fantastic option if you are traveling in a larger group, of up to nine people. There are a number of different rooms types including suites for those of you who wanted an added touch of luxury. Some of the rooms are futon beds only, others are a mixture between western beds and futons and some are even just western beds. So, be sure to check the full details before you book. Thanks to the open-air baths, hot-springs and available massages, we think that you’ll soon feel blissfully relaxed. If you want a bit more action, you’ll be happy to hear that for an additional charge this ryokan can organize a number of activities such as diving, snorkeling and cycling.
Although traditional this stylish property was designed by Shinji Kagawa and is much more than a square room with tatami mat flooring. This special property even boasts shoji paper slide screens, so that you can truly feel the unique Japanese culture. All of the rooms have modern features including free WiFi, air conditioning, and a western bathroom. The open-air hot springs are an absolute must-visit during your stay. Guests can also take full advantage of the multi-course meals made with seasonal ingredients or purchase souvenirs at the gift shop.
If you were hoping to visit the Joren Waterfall then we would definitely recommend this ryokan which is just a short five-minute drive away from the famous site. Both indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths are available so you can enjoy a dip whatever the season or weather. The rooms are spacious and include both western and Japanese-style options. It is worth noting that all of the rooms are only suitable for up to two people. This may not be your ideal match if you plan to travel in a large group, but if you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, then look no further than Shirakabeso. We’re also impressed that, if requested at check-in, a western-style breakfast, instead of the regular Japanese-style breakfast can be arranged.
Although there is only one room choice at this ryokan we think it is the best type of room. Each of the rooms can comfortably host up to four people sleeping on futons on the tatami flooring. There is a television fitted. Wake up in the morning and enjoy the sea-views before dipping into the open-air bath. Sounds perfect to us. This property has earned 4 stars and as such guests can also take full advantage of additional amenities such as a 24-hour front desk, terrace area, and hot tub.
Address: 2461-1 Yagisawa
14.51 km (9.1 mi) from Joren Falls
Officially registered as a cultural property Arai Ryokan is just a short five-minute walk to Shuzenji Temple. This listing also features both western and Japanese-style seating options in the room. There is also one general western-style room which has beds instead of futons and can sleep up to four people. Some of the rooms differ in terms of whether they have a toilet or a full bathroom so be sure to check carefully before booking. You can also enjoy either pretty river or garden views from each of the rooms. Simply, push back the traditional shoji paper screens and the light will flood into the rooms. Guests will also have access to the hot-spring and open-air baths, these can be reserved during your stay for private use.
Address: Shuzenji 970
10.97 km (6.9 mi) from Joren Falls
The best of both worlds...
We’ve tried our hardest to bring you the best ryokans in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan. All that is left to do, is for you to pick your favorite ryokan and experience an incredible holiday with the upmost relaxation.
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