Ryokans are traditional-style inns featuring tatami flooring and futon beds, thus providing the authentic Japanese living experience! There are special ryokans around Japan that feature hot springs, called onsen ryokan! These ryokans are great places to stay at during the colder seasons, and are perfect for unwinding after a long day! Here are a list of some of the best onsen ryokan in Shikoku (those with private baths are highlighted), based on quality and value!
Why stay? - Over 380 years old! - Close to many attractions.
This 380 year old onsen ryokan features relaxing hot spring baths, a zen garden with a footbath and a sauna! You can also get massages to complete the unwinding experience!
The rooms are styled traditionally with futon beds and tatami floors. Every room is also equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge and tea maker.
The ryokan is conveniently located 200 meters (656 feet) from the Dogo-Onsen Train Station, a 30-minute train ride from JR Matsuyama Station, and a 40-minute bus ride from the Matsuyama Airport. Parking is also free on site! The ryokan is also located near plenty of attractions; it is a 5-minute walk from the Isaniwa Shrine and Dogo Park, a 10-minute walk from the Dogo Giyaman Glass museum and 3 km (1.9 miles) from the Matsuyama Castle!
Address: 1-33, Dogo yuno-machi, Matsuya-city, Ehime Prefecture
Price: from 343.38 USD
Access: 40-minute bus ride from Matsuyama Airport.
Contact: +81 89-947-0278
Why stay? - One of the oldest and most famous onsen. - Gorgeous scenery. - Convenient to travel around, as it is close to the JR Matsuyama Station.
The Dogo Onsen is one of the oldest and most famous hot springs in Japan. So if you intend to visit this ancient onsen,you should definitely stay at its affiliated ryokan, Dogo-kan. The ryokan has a large, outdoor public bath that you can enjoy with the gorgeous scenery! Moreover, the ryokan also serves traditional kaiseki meals in which you can sample a range of seasonal dishes.
Dogo-kan houses over 90 rooms, all of which are elegant and traditionally styled. They are all equipped with the necessary amenities, such as satellite TV and internet services.
The ryokan is only 10 minutes from the JR Matsuyama Station and within walking distance to the Dogo Onsen Honkan.
Address: 7-26 Dogotako-cho, Matsuyama-city, Ehime Prefecture
Price: from 518.76 USD
Access: 30-minute drive from Matsuyama Airport.
Contact: +81 89-941-7777
Stayed there for two nights. We loved the calm and quiet atmosphere of the hotel. The room was spacious and very clean. The private onsen was big enough to stretch my legs. The food was really great and we got big tummies every time we left the restaurant :) CoolHusky
Why stay? - Dogo onsen. - Private open-air onsen! - Spacious rooms with free minibars and massage chairs.
Bettei Oborozukiyo is one of the more luxurious and traditional onsen resorts in the country. The hotel’s interior is modern and stylish, and also houses an excellent restaurant that serves quality gourmet food!
Rooms are abundantly spacious and kept very clean. All of the rooms feature a large, private onsen where you can soak in peace or with close friends and loved ones! Enjoy the spring water channeled directly from the legendary Dogo onsen and views of the surrounding landscape! There are also free minibars and massage chairs in the rooms!
The ryokan is only an 8-minute walk to the Dogo-Onsen Ekimae bus station, and a 40-minute bus ride to the Matsuyama Airport!
Address: 4-4 Dogo Sagidani-cho, Matsuyama-city, Ehime Prefecture
Price: from 718.45 USD
Access: 45-minute drive from Matsuyama Airport.
Contact: +81 89-915-2222
Why stay? - Private onsen available! - Near attractions such as Dogo Onsen. - Free shuttle services to the train station!
The Dogo Prince Hotel is equipped with almost everything you will need for a relaxing experience. The hotel features a relaxation room, tea lounge, karaoke room and a gift shop! For the onsen, you can reserve one of the 4 private onsen, or take a dip in the public outdoor onsen and foot bath! Breakfast is provided every morning, but dinner is served for an extra charge!
Rooms are large, spacious, and feature a seating area with tatami floors. Futon beds may be placed on the tatami, and in some other rooms, conventional western beds are placed. Also, yukata robes and zori sandals, LCD TVs, and private baths can be found in all the rooms.
The hotel is only a short 5-minute walk from Dogo-koen Park, a 10-minute walk from Yuzuki Castle Museum, 650 meters (0.4 mile) from the Dogo Onsen and a 5-minute free shuttle ride from the Dogo-Onsen Train Station! Parking is also free here!
Dogo Prince Hotel
Address: 100 Dogohimezuka, Matsuyama-city, Ehime Prefecture
Price: from 118 USD
Access: 5-minute free shuttle ride from Dogo-Onsen Train Station.
Contact: +81 89-947-5111
Why stay? - Free shuttle buses from the JR Kotohira Train Station. - Near attractions!
Offering both indoor and outdoor public onsen and massage packages, Kotohira Grand Hotel Sakuranosho is guaranteed to pamper and luxuriate! Moreover, guests will be offered a Yuzu citrus juice after dipping in the onsen! If you want to up your onsen experience a notch, you can also enjoy an open-air onsen filled with flowers! Upon request, dry cleaning and luggage storage services are provided at the reception. The Ikiri Restaurant in the hotel offers exquisite Japanese cuisine and is beautifully decorated with Kabuki-style decor. You can also enjoy views of the city from here!
Rooms are equipped with safety boxes, fridges, kettles with green tea sachets, toiletries, flat-screen TVs and yukatas!
The hotel is a 1-minute walk from the Konpira Grand Theatre, 5 minutes from the JR Kotohira Train Station (free shuttle services are provided!), 15 minutes from the Kotohira Shrine and 40 minutes from the Takamatsu Airport.
Kotohira Grand Hotel Sakuranosho
Address: 977-1 Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture
Price: from 454.65 USD
Access: 5-minute drive from JR Kotohira Train Station.
Contact: +81 877-75-3218
Why stay? - Short walk to the JR Kotohira Train Station. - Views of the Konpira Mountains. - Private onsen offered in some rooms!
Voted the ryokan with the best value in Kotohira, Kotosankaku offers stunning views of the Konpira Mountains. This ryokan provides onsen baths, massage services, and traditional multi-course kaiseki meals at the restaurant, Ichiriki Jyaya, where breakfast is also served. Also, you can grab a drink at the pub Izakaya Daikichi, or sing your heart out at the karaoke bar! There is an outdoor pool that is only available in the summer.
The traditional, Japanese-styled rooms feature tatami floors and shoji paper screen; giving guests an authentic Japanese home feel! All rooms come with en suite bathrooms, futon beds, minibars and stunning mountain views. Do note that only some rooms feature private hot spring baths!
The ryokan is just a 5-minute walk from the JR Kotohira Station, a 10-minute walk to Japan’s oldest Kabuki theatre, Kanamaru-za, and a 10-minute drive to the Zentsu-ji Temple.
Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku
Address: 685-11, Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture
Price: from 184.22 USD
Access: 5-minute walk from JR Kotohira Train Station.
7. Kiyomisanso Hanajukai
Why stay? - Amazing sea views! - Private baths in some rooms.
Located by the Seto Inland Sea, Kiyomisanso Hanajukai is a beautiful and sophisticated ryokan where you can enjoy the onsen with majestic panoramas of neighbouring islands and the sea! Soak in the large public bath, which will be made open-air during the warmer seasons, and admire the gorgeous sunset on the horizon and gorgeous city views at night. Gourmet meals are served using the freshest ingredients, which vary with the seasons.
The rooms are traditionally styled, spacious and well equipped with the basic amenities. Some of the rooms feature private onsen baths, and you can have your meals served to you in your room!
Located at a serene hillside, the ryokan is just a 10-minute drive from the JR Takamatsu Station.
Address: 3-5-10 Saihocho, Takamatsu-city, Kagawa Prefecture
Price: from 197 USD
Access: 10-minute drive from JR Takamatsu Station.
Contact: +81 87-861-5580
Why stay? - Breathtaking views of the famous Iya Valley. - Free bicycles! - Free shuttle services to JR Oboke Station.
With amazing views of the Iya Valley all around the hotel, Hotel Iya Onsen features several natural public baths, foot baths, a souvenir shop, free cable car rides to the Iya Valley’s hot springs and bicycles that can be used for free to tour around the valley! The hotel’s restaurant have ceiling-to-floor windows, so you can enjoy gorgeous views of the valley and the sunset in the evening!
The rooms feature tatami floors, futon beds, LCD TVs, mini fridges, a CD player and more views of the valley. Bathrooms are shared amongst guests.
The hotel offers free shuttle services to and from the JR Oboke Stations which is a 30-minute drive away. The hotel is also a 5-minute walk to the Manneken Pis Statue and a 15-minute drive to the Kazura-bashi Bridge,
Address: 367-2, Ikedamachi Matsuo Matsumoto, Miyoshi-city, Tokushima Prefecture
Price: from 705.19 USD
Access: 30-minute drive from JR Oboke Station.
Contact: +81 883-75-2311
Why stay? - Rooftop onsen with panoramic views! - Meals prepared traditionally at a hearth.
For beautiful nature views and traditional Japanese living, head straight to Hotel Kazurabashi! The hotel features indoor and outdoor baths, but the highlight has to be the rooftop outdoor bath, where you can enjoy stunning views of the natural landscapes! The hotel also has a sauna, games room, a souvenir shop, massage services and laundry facilities. Enjoy a traditional meal at the dining area, where fresh ingredients are cooked in the hearth by the table!
The rooms are furnished with tatami mats, futon beds, LCD TVs and mini fridges. Free green tea is also offered in the rooms. Do note that bathrooms are shared!
The hotel is just 10 minutes from the Iya Kazura Bridge, 20 minutes from the Oboke and Koboke Gorges, and 15 minutes from the JR Oboke Station.
Address: 33-1, Nishi-iyayama-mura Zentoku, Miyoshi-city, Tokushima Prefecture
Price: from 294.01 USD
Access: 15-minute drive from JR Oboke Train Station.
Contact: +81 883-87-2171
Soak all your troubles away!
So if you are planning a trip to Shikoku during the spring, autumn or winter months, do consider staying at an onsen ryokan where you can experience a part of Japanese culture. Moreover, you will save time on visiting onsen attractions since you can simply visit the one in your hotel/ryokan!
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