RYOKANS providing rooms with private open-air baths
Book Nippon no Yado Koyo in Zao-Kaminoyama Onsen (Yamagata)— The hot spring is one of the three major hot springs of beauty in Japan, and the cuisine features the famous wagyu, Yonezawa beef. 25 minutes by taxi to Zao.
Access: This ryokan is accessible from the Tokyo Station by taking a 2h 40-min JR Shinkansen ride.
Japanese ryokan food, dinner and breakfast – a ryokan providing local foodstuff
Local ingredients (the most renowned low-pesticide rice in Japan, Yamagata beef and Yonezawa beef, and fresh morning-picked vegetables delivered directly from contracted farmers)
A ryokan particularly good for health and beauty
Skin beautification bath. Said to be a natural lotion. In addition to helping maintain a healthy level of skin moisture and oil, the water helps make skin moist and fine.
A ryokan appearing in various media
Hot spring area used in the movie “Okuribito” (2008, Japan).
Top hot spring and ski resort – Zao, Tohoku
Zao is famous for its snow monsters (December to March, and its current peak is mid-February). Enjoy the view while skiing, snowboarding, or riding the ropeway. Also famous for its fine snow.
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