12 Best Ryokans In Wakayama, Japan - Updated 2023

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This stunning prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan is on Honshū island’s Kii Peninsula and is home to Kumano Kado. There is a lot to see and things to do around Kumano Kado, Wakayama. You can also visit the infamous Wakayama Castle to explore one of the many pilgrimage routes. This area is an important spiritual site with more than 100 temples dotted amongst the peaks of Mount Kōya. This area is also famous for its fish-filleting shows which are held at Kuroshio Market in Wakayama City and Toretore Ichiba-mae Market in Shirahama Town. There are many traditional sites to explore in the area and we think that the best way to really immerse yourself in the unique culture of Japan is to stay in a traditional ryokan, which is a Japanese inn. Scroll down for a list of the best ryokans in Wakayama, Japan.

1. Hotel Urashima (from USD 234)

Hotel Urashima is ideally located in the Nanki Katsuura hot-spring area. The property allows guests to experience natural Bokido cave hot-spring baths. Additionally, the hotel has four more public hot-spring baths and two hot-spring baths that can be booked for private use.

During your stay, you will be provided with an air-conditioned room that is equipped with a heating system to keep you comfortable in any weather. Plus, access to WiFi and parking spaces are available for your convenience. What’s more? The property has an outdoor swimming pool that is open for guests in the summer.

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Hotel Urashima

Wifi Available

Address: Katsuura 1165-2
35.14 km (21.9 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Games room

2. Musashi (from USD 137)

This is a Japanese-style accommodation that boasts relaxing hot-spring baths for guests to soak in and relieve some stress while on vacation. Musashi features rooms with tatami flooring and is complete with air-conditioning, heating, and WiFi. Plus, each room has an attached bathroom and a flat-screen TV for indoor entertainment.

In addition, the property has a dining hall where Japanese and Western buffets are served for breakfast and dinner. There is also a karaoke room and a snack bar that serves refreshments.

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Wifi Available

Address: 868
52.19 km (32.5 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Sauna Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms

3. Koyasan Saizenin (from USD 185)

Where to stay in Wakayama? Nestled in the sacred Koyasan area the Saizenin offers simple yet beautiful lodging in a spiritual environment. The property was originally built as lodging for the temple’s pilgrims. Services still take place every morning and guests are welcome to attend.

Each of the rooms is traditional in style so they have tatami mats and a small seating area. There is also a flat-screen television in each of the rooms. Vegetarian meals are served in the room or can be enjoyed in the main dining area.

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高野山 宿坊 西禅院 -Koyasan Shukubo Saizenin-

Address: Koyasan 154
39.6 km (24.7 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Safety deposit box Luggage storage

4. XYZ Private Spa and Seaside Resort (from USD 218)

The stylish and minimalist rooms are perfect for relaxing and unwinding away from any distractions. You’ll have everything you’ll need from a television in your room, to a private bathroom, slipper, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. For an added luxurious touch there is even a hot tub in the living room area of each room.

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XYZ Private Spa and Seaside Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Tsubaki 1065-3
54.47 km (33.9 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Free parking Internet services WiFi Available Free WiFi Hot spring bath Daily housekeeping Parking on site

5. Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin (from USD 502)

This three-star traditional ryokan consists of comfortable, clean rooms and a garden. Each of the rooms has a television, small seating area and floor-to-ceiling windows. It is worth noting that due to the spirituality of this ryokan only vegetarian meals are served. This is a unique experience which we think will give guests a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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高野山 宿坊 不動院 -Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin-

Address: Koyasan 456
38.77 km (24.1 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Luggage storage Air conditioning

6. Sojiin (from USD 1322)

Serving vegan meals only, this is a great spot for anyone who has particular dietary needs. The reason for this is that the accommodation is actually located inside the grounds of a working Buddhist temple. This is a great opportunity to gain insight and understanding of the spirituality of Buddhism. You can also enjoy a relaxing and friendly stay at the ryokan. There are a number of different room options so make sure you check the full details.

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Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 143
39.44 km (24.6 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services

7. Hotel Sanrakuso (from USD 182)

Each with fantastic views across the sea, Hotel Sanrakuso has traditional Japanese rooms. The site includes hot spring baths and guests can reserve a relaxing massage. The rooms are spacious and bright, thanks to the floor to ceiling windows. The rooms include a flat-screen television, small fridge, and kettle with facilities for green tea. As the rooms are Japanese style you should expect to sleep on a futon bed. Onsite, you’ll also find a karaoke room! For ease of access, a shuttle runs between the accommodation and the JR Shirahama Train Station.

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Hotel Sanrakuso

Wifi Available

Address: 3078
52.47 km (32.7 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Free parking

8. Sunrise Katsuura (from USD 105)

We love that each of the rooms at the Sunrise Katsuura ryokan boasts a pretty sea view. As you relax in your traditional Japanese-style room with a green tea you can enjoy the view. The rooms are also fitted with a wardrobe, flat-screen television, desk, and a shared bathroom. The front desk is 24-hours so you will be well looked after. During your stay be sure to enjoy the a la carte Asian breakfast. The property is 3.4 km (2.1 miles) from Kiyomon-yu Hot Spring and 4.1 km (2.5 miles) from Shikinosato Hot Spring.

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Sunrise Katsuura

Wifi Available

Address: Nachikatsuura-cho Tenma 803-3
34.01 km (21.2 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services

9. Onsen Minshuku Oomuraya No.2 (from USD 82)

With a pretty river running alongside the property this ryokan is on a stunning landscape, the ideal place for a holiday. Guests can enjoy soaking in the onsite hot-spring baths. We think you’ll also enjoy the riverside open-air bath which is nearby. Each of the rooms in the property has WiFi, air conditioning, flatscreen television, and a kettle. There is not a restaurant on site but guests can purchase lunch for an additional charge.

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10. Fumonin

With a pretty garden, free WiFi and a shared lounge this property is a friendly and welcoming base. It is situated near to both Koyasan and Nyonindo and offers a vegetarian breakfast to all guests. It is worth noting that as a guest your accommodation will be in a separate building and not necessarily in the temple itself. There is a public bath which is perfect after witnessing the morning prayers at 6.30am. It is worth remembering that this is an active temple so you will need to be respectful at all times.

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11. Hotel Sunset Susami (from USD 81)

This pretty ryokan has plenty of free parking and is in a spacious location right next to a beach. If you are looking for a traditional ryokan stay but with lots of activities to get involved in, this might be your ideal match. The bedrooms are large, bright and feature both traditional and modern amenities. Some of the more spacious rooms have subset areas. All of the bathrooms are shared, there are no en-suites at this location. WiFi is available on the ground floor and restaurant only, however, there is a television in the room. You can play table tennis and rent a bike at this property.

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Hotel Sunset Susami

Wifi Available

Address: Nishimuro-gun Susami 5351-10
52.55 km (32.7 mi) from Tamaki Shrine

Parking Restaurant Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry Family rooms Free parking Internet services

12. Miyoshiya Ryokan (from USD 34)

Just a short five-minute walk from JR Kii-Tanabe Station these simple Japanese-style rooms have free WiFi in the lobby but not in the rooms. A great additional amenity at this property is that you can rent bicycles and explore the surrounding area. The rooms are smaller than some of the other listings, but there is still plenty of space for futons, desk, flat-screen television, and small seating area. Some of the larger rooms also have sliding doors that lead out onto a larger seating area with a western-style coffee table and standard western seats. It is worth noting that no meals are offered at the ryokan but it is in a great location to explore the local cuisine.

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An ideal Japanese holiday

Ryokans offer you a unique experience like no other. From ryokans that are more geared to western clients to traditional ryokans and the spiritual ryokans in temples, we’re sure that we’ve found the perfect ryokan to suit you. So, book today and start planning your trip to a ryokan in Wakayama, Japan

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Frequently asked questions about ryokans in Wakayama, Japan

1. Which ryokans in Wakayama have WiFi?

Some ryokans in Wakayama, Japan have WiFi. Ryokans such as the Hotel Urashima, Musashi, XYZ Private Spa and Seaside Resort, and Sojiin provide their guests with access to stable internet for convenience.

2. Which ryokans in Wakayama have parking?

Many ryokans in Wakayama, Japan have parking. Ryokans such as the Koyasan Saizenin, Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin, Hotel Sanrakuso, and Sunrise Katsuura have parking spaces available for their guests.

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