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Ryokans Or Hotels in Nagoya? You Choose! The Complete Guide To The City's Best!

Ryokans Or Hotels in Nagoya? You Choose! The Complete Guide To The City's Best!
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Nagoya is Japan’s fourth most populated city and is also the capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. It is located on the Pacific coast in central Honshu and is one of Japan’s major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Kitakyushu. Nagoya is also the center of Japan’s third-largest metropolitan region and houses a population of 2.27 million people.

The origin for the city’s name is the adjective “nagoyaka”, which means “peaceful”. There are many buildings and places in Nagoya that contain the name Chūkyō. This is because Chūkyō, consisting of chū (middle) and kyō (capital), is used to refer to Nagoya as well. These buildings include Chūkyō Industrial Area, Chūkyō Metropolitan Area, Chūkyō Television Broadcasting, Chūkyō University, and Chūkyō Racecourse.

Although Nagoya is constantly developing, it still manages to sustain its traditional roots, with a variety of traditional homes or ryokans still being inhabited by some of the local residents. Ryokans are a type of traditional Japanese inn that originated in the Edo period (1603 - 1868). Ryokans were referred to as a kind of inn that normally housed travelers along Japan’s highways. These homes typically consists of tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and some include public areas where visitors may wear yukata (traditional Japanese item of clothing) and talk with the owner.

With the increased demand for hotels over the years, the popularity of ryokans seemed to fade. There are still a handful of them located in Nagoya, and this article will guide you to 6 best Nagoya ryokans, alongside 6 of its best hotels. So to go traditional or not, you choose!

Ryokans

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1. Juhachiro, Gifu (from 170 USD)

This hotel is fantastic!!! My husband and I can't wait to come back to Gifu City to stay here again! The Onsen experience here is so wonderful, and the breakfast was really delicious. Sasha

Juhachiro was founded in 1860 and it is located along the Nagara River. It has both indoor and outdoor natural hot spring baths and each room includes a private bathroom equipped with a bath and a flat-screen TV. It is just a 15-minute bus ride from Gifu Train Station and offers free Wi-Fi and parking. During the summer, guests can enjoy cormorant fishing at the hotel. You can also take a boat tour to watch cormorant fishing. There is a gift shop located within the property too where guests can buy souvenirs.

Hotel Juhachiro

Address: 500-8009 Gifu, Gifu, Minatomachi 10, Japan

Price: from 170 USD

Access: 15-minute bus ride from Gifu Train Station

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2. Takimotokan Yuki No Sato, Gifu (from 623 USD)

Quiet , great food and attentive service. Onsen was wonderful. Linda

Takimotokan Yuki No Sato is situated in a tranquil area, just a 10-minute drive from Yoro Train Station and Yoro Tenmei Hantenchi Park. Each room is complete with a TV, air-conditioning, and private bathroom. Selected rooms have a private open-air bath. The hotel also boasts an open-air hot spring bath where guests can enjoy a relaxing bath while overlooking the city and mountains. Chubu Airport and JR Nagoya Station are both an hour’s drive from the property and JR Kyoto Station is a 2-hour drive away.

Additionally, the property has an on-site restaurant that offers traditional Japanese cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Hotel Takimotokan Yuki No Sato

Address: 503-1254 Gifu, Yoro, Yorocho Yorokoen 1290-167, Japan

Price: from 623 USD

Access: 10-minute drive from Yoro Train Station

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3. Ryokan Syuku Kaifu, Utsumi (from 425 USD)

Super hospitality. Quiet and elegant environment. Beautiful suite with sea view. Attentive service and good food. Peter

Ryokan Syuku Kaifu is located along the coast and is accessible with just a 1-hour train ride from Meitetsu Nagoya Train Station. This property is known for its open-air hot spring baths on the rooftop that offer magnificent views of Ise Bay. Each air-conditioned room consists of tatami (woven-straw) flooring, traditional bedding, and a balcony that comes with an amazing sea view. Each room is complete with a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, a refrigerator, and a toilet. The bathrooms are shared between the guests. Other facilities include hot spring baths, massage services, and karaoke.

This property serves Japanese-style breakfast and set meals for dinner, which consist of fresh fish and local seafood. This property is also conveniently located. Namely, Toyohama Sakana Hiroba is a 10-minute drive away, while Koinomizu Shrine is accessible by a 15-minute drive. Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 35-minute drive away and a shuttle service is available at a charge.

Ryokan Syuku Kaifu

Address: 470-3322 Aichi, Minamichita, Yamami Takamine 3-1 , Japan

Price: from 425 USD

Access: 8-minute shuttle from Utsumi Train Station

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4. Genjiko, Ise Bay (from 297 USD)

Staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating for our short visit. Even though we arrived past the check-in time, they worked with us to get a taxi pick up from the rail station and even kept our dinner until we settled in. Alex

Genjiko is located on the Ise Bay and has beautiful outdoor hot-spring baths. Its Japanese-style rooms are complete with ocean views, and feature a flat-screen TV, seating area, and a private bathroom. Certain rooms also come with a private outdoor hot-spring bath. These rooms are furnished with a tatami (woven-straw) floor, Japanese decorations, low furniture, and either beds or traditional futon beds. They also offer yukata robes (similar to casual kimonos) that guests can wear to enjoy a full local, traditional Japanese experience.

Genjiko also has Total Spa, where guests can enjoy beauty treatments, massages, and even a sauna. Guests can also wear the Juni-hitoe kimono that is offered by the hotel or browse the souvenir shop. In the dining room, Miotsukushi, guests can enjoy a Japanese dinner consisting of seasonal specialities, and for breakfast you can choose between Japanese or Western-style food. There is a bartender service that available for room service if you would like a private cocktail (extra charges apply).

Genjiko

Address: 470-3322 Aichi, Minamichita, Yamami Yashiki 103, Japan

Price: from 297 USD

Access: 8 minutes from Kowa Train Station

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5. Kyoya Ryokan, Downtown Nagoya (from 224 USD)

Our two night stay at this place was nice. Staff were really nice! The internet was fast and reliable. As we check-out, the old man gave us a small pack of Japanese snacks/junk foods! Virile M.

Kyoya Ryokan is one of the most preferred ryokans amongst business and leisure travelers. Located in the shopping district of Nagoya, this property is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping areas, and sightseeing spots. Nagoya International Center Building, Nagoya Noh Theater, and Nagoya Castle are located nearby as well.

This hotel comes with free Wi-Fi in all rooms, a spa, and bicycle rental, amongst other facilities. The rooms are also complete with tatami floors, futons, and rice-paper screens, plus TVs and mini fridges. Some rooms offer garden views and / or traditional short-legged tables. Upgrades to rooms with additional living space with sofas and dining tables are available.

Kyoya Ryokan

Address: 2-11-4 Habashita, Nishi-ku, Nagoya Station / Downtown, Nagoya, Japan 451-0041

Price: from 224 USD

Access: 9-minute walk from Maruno-Uchi subway station

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6. Samurai House (from 202 USD)

Samurai House features an opulent interior adorned with a stylish mix of minimalistic and traditional Japanese furnishings. Newly constructed in October 2017, this two-story property is fully furnished with a washer/dryer, a private bathroom, as well as a state-of-the-art kitchenette that comes with a stovetop, a microwave, and a refrigerator. Aside from the usual package of amenities, rental cars and bicycles are also available, so guests need not fret about transportation. As if that wasn’t enough to entice guests, the Samurai House is within a 13-minute walk of the JR Nagoya Station and Nakamura Kuyakusho Subway Station, which conveniently links guests to the Chubu Airport, along with a range of attractions like the Oasis 21 and the Nippon Gaishi Hall. The Nagoya Twin Tower and Osu Kannon Temple are just within earshot. An ideal base for your explorations in Nagoya, the Samurai House is one accommodation that’s not to be missed.

Samurai House

Address: 453-0022 Aichi, Nagoya, Nakamura-ku Nakajimacho 2-39, Japan

Price: from 202 USD

Access: 13-minute walk from JR Nagoya Station

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Hotels

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1. Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel, Nagoya (from 236 USD)

The location is very convenient, with access to a lot of train lines. The hotel room and bathroom were both very comfortable and clean. Service is friendly, and the staff's English ability while not great, is adequate enough to answer most common questions. Eric

The Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel is directly connected to JR Nagoya Station and boasts an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, 9 restaurants, and a Thermarium sauna facility. Located above Nagoya Station, the rooms in this hotel are complete with gorgeous city views, as well as a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and more. This hotel is also conveniently located near some of Nagoya’s attractions; Nagoya Castle, the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology are just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Also, Nagoya Centair Airport is accessible in just 30 minutes by Express Train.

The hotel’s restaurant, Mikuni Nagoya, is located on the 52nd floor and serves French cuisine that guests can savor while enjoying the panoramic views of the city. Tsuruya serves Japanese Kyoto specialities. Additionally, the hotel has a 24-hour front desk and a business center as well.

Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

Address: 450-6002 Aichi, Nagoya, Nakamura-ku Meieki 1-1-4, Japan

Price: from 236 USD

Access: 30-minute train ride from Nagoya Centair Airport

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2. Hilton Nagoya Hotel, Nagoya (from 236 USD)

Breakfast was great. There are several convenience stores nearby and Starbucks. Matsumoto Kiyoshi is right next to the hotel. Great Thai Restaurant is also available not far from the hotel. Welcome staff is great and friendly. Chajchawalit

Hilton Nagoya Hotel is conveniently located just a 3-minute walk from Fushimi Subway Station and a 5-minute drive or taxi ride from JR Nagoya Station. It boasts spacious rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court, and 5 dining options. The rooms come with gorgeous views of the city as well as a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a sofa, and a minibar. Nightwear is also provided. There are a whole bunch of recreational opportunities provided by the hotel including aerobics classes, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a 15-meter (49-foot) pool, an indoor playground for kids, a business center, and a beauty salon.

Guests can enjoy an award-winning breakfast buffet and Mediterranean lunch / dinner buffets at the Terrace Brasserie. The Dynasty Restaurant serves authentic Cantonese specialities and Genji serves Japanese dishes, such as teppanyaki, tempura, sushi, and traditional kaiseki set menus. For light dining options, head over to The Gallery for lunch or afternoon tea, complete with cakes and scones, or Caffe Cino for fresh coffee and pastries.

Additionally, the Hilton provides shuttle services to JR Nagoya Station daily and Nagya Castle on weekends.

Hilton Nagoya Hotel

Address: 460-0008 Aichi, Nagoya, Naka-ku Sakae 1-3-3, Japan

Price: from 236 USD

Access: 3-minute walk from Fushimi Subway Station

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3. The Westin Nagoya Castle, Nagoya (from 131 USD)

Although the hotel was not near the subway station, they arranged for a shuttle bus between the hotel and Nagoya train station, which saved a lot of trouble. Also it's literally next to Nagoya Castle, very quiet and also a nice area for walks. Yifang

The Westin Nagoya Castle is located right in front of Nagoya Castle and boasts 10 dining options, a beauty salon, and a fitness center that includes an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Each room is air-conditioned and comes with free Wi-Fi, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a refrigerator. Facilities include a 24-hour reception, concierge, currency exchange, luggage storage service, and a business center.

For dining, the Dining Crown serves French cuisine, while Ryojo offers Cantonese specialities and Nishinomaru serves seasonal Japanese dishes. Other dining and drinking options include a buffet restaurant, a sushi restaurant, a bakery, a tea lounge, and a cocktail bar.

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Nagoya Noh Theatre and Sengen-cho Subway Station. The Westin Nagoya Castle is also a 15-minute drive away from Nagoya TV Tower, while the Okugawa Art Museum is just a 20-minute drive away. The hotel also provides free shuttle services to and from Nagoya Station, which is a 20-minute journey.

The Westin Nagoya Castle

Address: 451-8551 Aichi, Nagoya, Nishi-ku Hinokuchi-cho 3-19 , Japan

Price: from 131 USD

Access: 20-minute shuttle service from Nagoya Station

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4. Nagoya Tokyu Hotel, Nagoya (from 134 USD)

Everything is fine, especially since it is quite near Sakae station and Nagoya TV tower. You don't even need to find it. Instead, just walk around and it will appear. Pretty nice location and facilities. Yich

Located just 500 meters (1,640 feet) from Sakae Subway Station, Nagoya Tokyu Hotel features 3 dining options and a fitness center that comes with an indoor pool and a sauna. Its air-conditioned rooms are equipped with European-style furniture, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a minibar. The hotel is conveniently located near various attractions. Higashiyama-koen Park, which contains Nagoya Zoo and Botanical Garden, is just a 20-minute subway ride away, and Nagoya Airport is about a 20-minute drive away. A range of shopping options are located within the hotel and coin-operated internet stations are available as well.

For dining, the Loire Restaurant serves amazing French Cuisine and the Nadaman restaurant offers Chinese, international, and Japanese cuisine such as Edo-style sushi and tempura.

Nagoya Tokyu Hotel

Address: 460-0008 Aichi, Nagoya, Naka-ku Sakae 4-6-8 , Japan

Price: from 134 USD

Access: 20-minute drive from Nagoya Airport

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5. Mielparque Nagoya, Nagoya (from 103 USD)

Location was great! Just step out of Chikusa station and you're there. Room is brilliant, spacious and has a lot of amenities. Lee

Mielparque Nagoya is conveniently located just a minute’s walk from Chikusa Subway Station and a 5-minute drive from Nagoya TV Tower. It has a restaurant, massage services, and rooms with free wired internet access. Each room comes with a fridge, an electric kettle, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel also boasts an on-site salon where guests and relax and enjoy beauty treatments. There is also a souvenir gift shop and dry cleaning services are provided too.

For dining, head to Restaurant Parque Miel for its luscious daily breakfast buffet that features both Western and local food options. Lunch and dinner are a la carte and hot beverages are available at the Tea Lounge. Attractions wise, the Nagoya Dome Stadium and Nagoya Station are just a 10-minute walk away, and Nagoya Castle is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is also just a 25-minute subway ride away.

Mielparque Nagoya

Address: 461-0004 Aichi, Nagoya, Higashi-ku Aoi 3-16-16 , Japan

Price: from 103 USD

Access: 1-minute walk from Chikusa Subway Station

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6. Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae (from 86 USD)

Situated in Nagoya’s bustling downtown district, Sakae, Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae promises to introduce you to all of the sights and sounds you’re meant to make your own. With the Don Quijote Nagoya Sakae and the Sakae Subway Station just a 1-minute walk away from the hotel, you can be sure to have a plethora of shopping and dining options, along with an array of attractions, at your fingertips. Renowned places of interest like the Nagoya Castle, the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, are simply a 10 to 20-minute subway ride away, making your Nagoya adventures a breeze.

At the end of a long day, guests will appreciate the massaging services provided at the hotel. The sophisticated, elegantly furnished rooms are well-appointed with coffee and tea making facilities, as well as a minibar and a fridge. Guests can enjoy the freedom to eat as and when they wish, with the on-site restaurant serving sumptuous Japanese breakfasts and delectable set lunches and tapas. Everything you would want or need in a hotel, Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae is there to deliver.

Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae

Address: 460-0003 Aichi, Nagoya, Naka-ku Nishiki 3-15-21 , Japan

Price: from 86 USD

Access: 1-minute walk from Sakae Subway Station

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What's your pick?

So, do you prefer the traditional tatami-matted floors of ryokans or the modern facilities that Nagoya’s hotels have to offer? You choose! Either way, Nagoya as a city is always bursting with culture from every corner that is so hard to miss. So whether you choose to go for traditional accommodation or something more modern, you’re guaranteed to be charmed with the many attractions and beauty that Nagoya has to offer.

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