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mari808 Aug 21st, 2016 03:26 AM

Onsen ryokan for single near Tokyo
A friend transiting Tokyo for 2 days in mid-September asked for suggestions to unwind and I immediately suggested getting out of Tokyo to an onsen. She'll be coming from organizing an international conference in India and going home to a husband, two babies, a dog and a hectic life in Hawaii. For her 48-hour respite all she wants is to soak, take in nice scenery and get a massage.

Can anyone recommend a traditional ryokan for a single near Tokyo? Budget is up to 30,000 yen per night. She'll be fine without a private furo in the room, but for her one onsen experience a beautiful shared bath for women in the ryokan would be nice.

Any input would be appreciated.

Kavey Aug 21st, 2016 01:18 PM

With that short a trip I don't know that I'd want the hassle of heading out of town, even though I know Hakone is the onsen capital.

I'm wondering whether a luxury option in Tokyo would actually be more relaxing?

Hoshinoya have just opened in Tokyo, and they have an onsen on 17th floor. Having loved their modernised yet traditional approach at Karuizawa I'm really keen to visit the Tokyo one, to see how it translates into a sky scraper!

mrwunrfl Aug 23rd, 2016 10:35 AM

You can take a look here for a "Traditional Ryokan" in the region:

Hakone or Nikko would work as well as Tokyo on a 2-night visit, imo.

hawaiiantraveler Aug 23rd, 2016 10:44 AM

Long time no see Mari :)

Senhime Monogatari is a beautiful modern ryokan just below the Shoguns mausoleum and along the Otani river. Linda and I loved this place and the food is a work of art. Our pictures are on the website eating dinner..fabulous place and very comfortable.

If you want a more countryside place then this may be it. 90 minutes out of Tokyo is this gem we enjoyed.


mari808 Aug 28th, 2016 04:51 PM

Thank you all. All your recs look beautiful. Peter, nice pic of you and Linda!

I sent over a quick list of suggestions, will let you know what my friend decides.

inquest Aug 29th, 2016 09:51 AM

Tsurunoyu onsen in the Akita prefecture on my radar. Anyone been there done it. Inputs please.

hawaiiantraveler Aug 29th, 2016 04:05 PM

inquest look in this report April 5 - 7


inquest Aug 30th, 2016 12:09 AM

Thx HT.Great report,useful info.Wonder how I missed it. Tsuruno-yu, sometime early March. The other onsen I'm planning in Niigata Perfecture is Kiyotsukyou Yumoto Onsen.

Its in Japanese.

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