28 Best Hotels in Shikoku, Japan

7Days Hotel

$ | 2--13--6 and 2--13--17 Harimaya-cho, Kochi, 780-0822, Japan

The 7Days and its slightly plusher annex 7Days Plus are budget business hotels done right. Smart, clean, and with all the basic amenities (including free Wi-Fi), rooms are an excellent value. Both hotels have connecting double rooms that are ideal for a family of four. Slightly removed from the nightlife center at Otetsuji-dori, the hotel is in backstreets northeast of Harimaya Bridge.

Pros

  • Very low rates
  • Connecting rooms for families
  • Good breakfast

Cons

  • Won't win any design awards
  • Business hotels can be noisy at night
  • Away from entertainment
2--13--6 and 2--13--17 Harimaya-cho, Kochi, 780-0822, Japan
088-884–7100
hotel Details
170 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Agnes Hotel

$$ | 1--28 Terashima Honcho Nishi, Tokushima, 770-0831, Japan

A level-up on the typical business hotel, the Agnes has a more sophisticated feel than similarly priced options in town. One reason for that are the French pastries served downstairs, all baked on premises with high-quality ingredients and seasonal fruit. Add to that English-speaking staff and rooms that are compact but comfortable, with a white-and-brown color scheme. Across the street is a sister-property, the Agnes Plus, which has a public bath open to guests of either Agnes. Walking out of the train station, take the second of two narrow streets that branch out to the right.

Pros

  • Two minutes away from the train station
  • English-speaking manager
  • Terrific pastries at the cafe

Cons

  • No doubles, just singles and twins
  • Limited facilities
  • Spartan decor
1--28 Terashima Honcho Nishi, Tokushima, 770-0831, Japan
088-626–2222
hotel Details
61 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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ANA Crowne Plaza Matsuyama

$ | 3--2--1 Ichiban-cho, Matsuyama, 790-8520, Japan

Downtown's biggest international hotel, the ANA has some great city views and a good range of facilities, including a fitness center, several restaurants, and a sky bar. While not stunning, the rooms are all smart and clean, and doubles especially are good value for the rates. It's located next to Mitsukoshi department store on Ichiban-cho. Ask for a room with a view of the castle.

Pros

  • Next to city center
  • Easy access to sights
  • Good value doubles

Cons

  • Somewhat generic rooms
  • Breakfast cheaper in cafes nearby
  • Fairly sterile atmosphere
3--2--1 Ichiban-cho, Matsuyama, 790-8520, Japan
089-933–5511
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330 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Azumi Setoda

$$$$ | 269 Setodacho, 722-2411, Japan

In a small port town on Ikuchi Island, where the Shimanami Kaido enters the outskirts of Onomichi, this luxury ryokan has repurposed a 140-year-old merchant’s estate to create an inviting spot to end your bike tour. Blending modern amenities into the traditional setting, rooms combine elements such as tatami, cedar and granite flooring, cypress baths tubs, and shoji paper screens to create a very sleek, airy feel. Dinner is served on antique tableware and features locally sourced produce turned into multi-course Japanese meals. The ryokan can also arrange activities such as Zen meditation at a local temple, cycling tours, and boat fishing.

Pros

  • Traditional, peaceful setting
  • Superb service
  • Immersive activities available

Cons

  • Not much in the area
  • Central Onomichi has far cheaper options
  • Need to backtrack a little if staying after finishing the Shimanami Kaido cycling route
269 Setodacho, 722-2411, Japan
0845-23--7911
hotel Details
22 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Chiiori House

$$$$ | 209 Tsurui, Miyoshi City, 778-0602, Japan Fodor's Choice

If a search for absolute serenity is what brought you to Iya, head straight for Chiiori House. This restored Iya farmhouse, managed by the Chiiori Trust, is available for private overnight stays. The recently renovated facilities are a lot more comfortable than what residents from past centuries were used to, especially the swanky kitchen and cedar bathtub, but the breeze through the cedar trees and the morning mist over the valley are timeless. You can prepare your own food in the kitchen or arrange for a local cook to prepare an Iya-style dinner for an additional fee per person. Can sleep up to 10 people, with the per-person rate becoming smaller as the number of guests increases.

Pros

  • Breathtaking views
  • Unforgettable atmosphere
  • Adding dinner is possible

Cons

  • Bring your own breakfast
  • Access is by winding mountain road
  • Can be cold in winter
209 Tsurui, Miyoshi City, 778-0602, Japan
0883-88–5290
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Rate Includes: 1 house, No Meals

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Crown Palais Hotel Shin-Hankyu Kochi

$$$$ | 4-2-50 Hon-machi, Kochi, 780-0870, Japan

This Western-style luxury hotel is so spacious and modern that it almost feels out of place in gruff Kochi. This is the place to experience the city's hospitality and escape the hustle and bustle of the streets. There's a lovely café on the ground floor with desserts on display that will tempt you each time you walk past, and slightly expensive but high-end restaurants on the second. The rooms are pleasant and nicely proportioned, and the staff are extremely helpful.

Pros

  • Friendly staff
  • Good dining options
  • Close to city center

Cons

  • Slightly twee
  • Only four double rooms among all the twins
4-2-50 Hon-machi, Kochi, 780-0870, Japan
088-873–1111
hotel Details
242 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Takamatsu

$$ | 8--23 Marugame-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0029, Japan

A reliable and well-maintained business hotel chain next to the Marugame-machi shopping arcade, the Roynet has helpful staff and great access to Takamatsu's main drinking and dining areas. The rooms are small, but the slightly larger "Hollywood twin" ones come with reclining massage chairs. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, and there's a handy coin laundry on-site, plus a 24-hour convenience store in the same building.

Pros

  • Central location for restaurants and bars
  • Helpful staff
  • Good value

Cons

  • Short on local flavor
  • A long walk from the station and ferry
  • Small rooms
8--23 Marugame-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0029, Japan
087-811–7855
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175 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Dormy Inn Takamatsu

$ | 1--10--10 Kawara-machi, Takamatsu, 760-0052, Japan

With its central location, smart decor, and great amenities, this branch of a national chain seems almost too good to be true in this price range. The terrific rooftop hot tub gets bonus points, and you can have an affordable in-house massage, the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Convenient location for nightlife
  • Rooftop bath

Cons

  • Biggest rooms are twins
  • A long walk (or taxi) from the ferry or main station
  • Small rooms
1--10--10 Kawara-machi, Takamatsu, 760-0052, Japan
087-832–5489
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151 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Guest-house Oomiyake Ryokan

$$ | 855 Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, 761-3110, Japan

The owner of this small ryokan in Honmura, which has three Japanese-style rooms and one guesthouse, spent decades in France and Morocco before returning to Naoshima to turn his family's 17th-century home into an inn. In the main house are exquisitely decorated tatami rooms, though the sliding screen doors aren't as quiet as many travelers would like. For more privacy ask for the annex guesthouse, which has its own kitchen and sleeps up to four people. Meals are available.

Pros

  • Traditional building
  • Friendly owners
  • Café next door

Cons

  • Little privacy
  • Guesthouse has the only private bathroom
855 Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, 761-3110, Japan
087-892–2328
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, No credit cards

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Hanajyukai

$$$ | 3--5--10 Nishitakara-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0004, Japan

A top choice for a luxury ryokan experience, Hanajyukai overlooks city and sea from a flower-covered mountainside. In typical ryokan fashion, most rooms are fully tatami, but some also incorporate wood flooring, and there are rooms with beds (not futon) tastefully incorporated into the traditional design; book one of the "designers rooms" for that. Or splurge on a "rotemburo-tsuki" room, if you want a private hot-spring bath. Dinners are classic kaiseki with French twists, although no-meal plans are also available if you want to cut costs or eat out in Takamatsu. The scenic rooftop spa will melt your travel stress away. The inn is a 10-minute taxi ride from the city center.

Pros

  • Great service
  • City views
  • Natural hot-spring baths

Cons

  • Away from downtown
  • Expensive (but excellent) add-on meal plans
  • Might feel too formal for some
3--5--10 Nishitakara-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0004, Japan
087-861–5580
hotel Details
45 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Benesse House

$$$$ | Gotanji, Kagawa-gun, 761-3110, Japan Fodor's Choice
Osamu Watanabe

It's hard to say what part of a stay at the Hotel Benesse House is the most memorable: the gorgeous views of the Seto Inland Sea, special access to the artworks at the Benesse Museum, or the Tadao Ando architecture and the luxurious yet minimalist decor of the hotel rooms. Each of the four buildings containing guest rooms has a different theme and location: Park, Beach, Museum (in the Benesse House Museum), and Oval, which is an artwork in itself, farther up the hill and accessed by walkways or a monorail. Stunning views of nature and art abound. The several restaurants on the property include Japanese and French ones and a café. The staff members are friendly and capable but deliberately keep their distance—a change from the ever-attentive service in other upscale Japanese hotels. Add-on meal plans are available.

Pros

  • Access to art in and around the hotel
  • Peaceful surroundings
  • Stunning views

Cons

  • Restaurants are expensive
  • Might feel too hushed for some
  • Not convenient to other island dining options
Gotanji, Kagawa-gun, 761-3110, Japan
087-892–3223
hotel Details
65 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Checkin Matsuyama

$ | 2--7--3 Sanban-cho, Matsuyama, 790-0003, Japan

At the epicenter of dining and nightlife in downtown Matsuyama, this reasonably priced hotel has a hard-to-beat address. Though the guest rooms are a little dated, they are well-kept and come in a variety of sizes, including singles, twins, doubles, and "family" rooms that can sleep two adults and two children. The staff speak basic English, and there is a nice hot-spring bath and sauna.

Pros

  • Prime city location
  • Family size rooms
  • Hotel bath draws water from Dogo Onsen

Cons

  • Lower floors get some street noise
  • Dated rooms and limited facilities
  • Breakfast area can be crowded
2--7--3 Sanban-cho, Matsuyama, 790-0003, Japan
089-998–7000
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269 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Dogo Yaya

$$ | 6--1 Dogo Tako-cho, Matsuyama, 790-0841, Japan

Guest rooms at this more affordable alternative to Yume Kura are compact but have a modern Japanese aesthetic, and the service here is remarkable. Breakfast is a step up from the average midrange hotel offerings. It's a buffet of fresh local vegetables delivered daily direct from Ehime farmers, and the fish comes from the Seto Inland Sea.

Pros

  • Close to Dogo Onsen
  • Fashionable facilities
  • Great breakfasts

Cons

  • Staff speak only basic English
  • Rooms are small
  • Some rooms have small windows
6--1 Dogo Tako-cho, Matsuyama, 790-0841, Japan
089-907–1181
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68 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Patio Dogo

$$ | 20--12 Dogoyuno-machi, Matsuyama, 790-0842, Japan

From the outside, you might think you've booked a drab business hotel, but inside everything is surprisingly smart and contemporary. Better yet, it's literally next door to the main building at Dogo Onsen, so you couldn't ask for better access to the city's famous hot-springs baths. "Standard Doubles" might feel a bit too snug, but the "Deluxe Twins" are unusually spacious for Japan. The sushi restaurant on the first floor also serves good Japanese breakfast sets.

Pros

  • Nice bathrooms
  • Spacious "deluxe" rooms
  • Excellent location

Cons

  • Standard doubles and singles are cramped
  • Better value options elsewhere in Matsuyama
  • Limited facilities compared to bigger Western-style hotels
20--12 Dogoyuno-machi, Matsuyama, 790-0842, Japan
089-941–4128
hotel Details
101 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Sunroute

$$ | 1--5--1 Moto-machi, Tokushima, 770-0834, Japan

Smart but affordable, this hotel offers great city access—it's across from the JR Station—and a good range of facilities and amenities. Rooms are simple in design, but doubles are spacious, with queen-size beds, and the corner twins are huge by local standards. The top-floor natural hot-spring bath will soothe and rejuvenate you after a day on your feet.

Pros

  • Nice on-site public baths and spa
  • Excellent location
  • Used to international clientele

Cons

  • Bland room decor
  • Can fill with tour groups
  • Can be noisy
1--5--1 Moto-machi, Tokushima, 770-0834, Japan
088-653–8111
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177 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Iya Bijin

$$$$ | 9-3 Zentoku, Miyoshi City, 778-0102, Japan

The private onsen bathtubs on each room's balcony here have breathtaking views of the unspoiled valley below. The Japanese-style rooms are luxurious. Follow Route 45 as it curves right and transforms back into the old Route 32; make a left just after the decrepit pink Kazurabashi Hotel, and the lush Iya Bijin will come up on your right.

Pros

  • Unbeatable views
  • In-room onsen baths

Cons

  • Minimal English assistance
9-3 Zentoku, Miyoshi City, 778-0102, Japan
088-387–2009
hotel Details
9 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Iya no Yado Kazuraya

$$$$ | 78 Kantei, Miyoshi City, 778-0102, Japan

This traditional inn just up the road from Kazura-bashi has spacious rooms, an outdoor hot-spring bath, and unobstructed views of the valley, but the home-style feast you're served at dinner and breakfast are what you'll write home about. Two meals are included in most rates, but breakfast-only and dinner-only options are also available at a much lower rate.

Pros

  • Traditional cooking
  • Family hospitality
  • Rustic setting

Cons

  • Limited English spoken
  • Nothing to do nearby after dark
  • Limited facilities beyond the ryokan basics
78 Kantei, Miyoshi City, 778-0102, Japan
0883-87–2831
hotel Details
18 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Iya Onsen

$$$$ | 367--28 Matsuo Matsumoto, Miyoshi-shi, 778-0165, Japan Fodor's Choice

Perched on the edge of a steep ravine above the Iya River, this upscale hot-springs inn provides absolute luxury in the middle of nowhere. Iya Onsen is one of Japan's three "secret" baths (if you ask locals where the other two are, nobody seems to know). Reasons to stay here include the sweeping views from most guest rooms, the lavish meals, and the riverside hot-spring bath accessed by cable car. When the mist rises from the valley in the early morning, it really does feel like you're in a hidden world. If you're not staying here, there are lunch-and-bath options starting at ¥4,000 per person. A hotel bus picks up overnight guests from Oboke Station at 4:10 pm.

Pros

  • Can book online in English
  • Traditional cuisine
  • Stunning outdoor riverside bath

Cons

  • Not much sightseeing nearby
  • Not a great option for kids
  • Quite formal
367--28 Matsuo Matsumoto, Miyoshi-shi, 778-0165, Japan
0883-75–2311
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu

$$$$ | 1--1 Hamano-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0011, Japan

If you're inclined to indulge in Western-style comfort, this hotel next to Takamatsu Station is a good choice. The decor is pleasant if no great shakes—the city views are the selling point at Takamtasu's tallest hotel. The corner rooms on the upper floors have sweeping views of the Inland Sea. The Clement also comes with a reputation for attentive service.

Pros

  • Convenient location for buses, ferries and trains
  • Spacious rooms
  • Great views

Cons

  • Overpriced dining options
  • A bit of a walk for nightlife
  • Uninspiring decor
1--1 Hamano-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0011, Japan
087-811–1111
hotel Details
300 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Jyoseikan

$$$$ | 2--5--34 Kami-machi, Kochi, 780-0901, Japan

"Fit for a king" is often an exaggeration, but in this case it's true—Jyoseikan is where the emperor stays when the royal family comes to Kochi. A monumental, somewhat dated exterior gives way to a grand interior with spacious Japanese-style rooms, exquisite tatami suites, and a sauna and bath with wonderful views of the city and the castle. There are pleasant Western-style twins available, but they don't come close to the traditional Japanese rooms in either the main building or new annex. No-meal or limited-meal plans are possible too, if you want to keep the price more affordable, but most rates include breakfast and a refined kaiseki dinner. It's seven stops west of Harimaya Bridge by tram. 

Pros

  • Generously sized Japanese-style rooms
  • Excellent service
  • Close to the castle and market

Cons

  • Not all staffers speak English
  • Western-style twins are nothing special
  • A very formal experience
2--5--34 Kami-machi, Kochi, 780-0901, Japan
088-875–0111
hotel Details
62 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Ori

$$$$ | 3013 Uchiko, Uchiko, 791-3301, Japan

A charming old townhouse in the heart of Uchiko, defined by its dark wooden beams and tatami mat floors, Ori is only available to one group of up to eight people per night in three rooms, but still staffed with several locals who will happily help guests immerse themselves into the community. It's a lovely traditional setting, albeit with modern amenities and well-equipped kitchen, created by an organization called Setouchi Cominca Stays, who have also restored several other old buildings in Uchiko into private rentals and inns; some of which are more affordable than Ori.

Pros

  • Extremely private
  • Friendly staff who will help you make the best of your time in Uchiko
  • A charming old building with modern touches

Cons

  • Pricey unless traveling in a large group
  • Not much nightlife nearby
  • No dinner options
3013 Uchiko, Uchiko, 791-3301, Japan
hotel Details
Rate Includes: 1 house, Free Breakfast, ¥50,000 base rate, plus ¥2,500 per person

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Renaissance Resort Naruto

$$$ | 16-45 Oge Tosadomariura, Tokushima, 772-0053, Japan

Stretching along a sandy beach, this resort hotel is peerless for its comfort, service, luxury, and access to the sights. Pick your favorite room from a variety of Western and Japanese arrangements with unique character; the Japanese website has pictures of every room. Ask for a beachside room, so the sound of the surf can lull you to sleep. The waves at the beach are too rough for swimming, but there's a fun restaurant on the dunes.

Pros

  • Sumptuous facilities
  • Beachfront location
  • Great access to Naruto

Cons

  • Far from city center
  • Beach is unsuitable for swimming
16-45 Oge Tosadomariura, Tokushima, 772-0053, Japan
088-687–2580
hotel Details
208 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Richmond Hotel Kochi

$ | 1-9-4 Obiyamachi, Kochi, 780-0841, Japan

Pristine rooms, excellent rates, and a prime location near nightlife and shopping make this hotel a superb midrange choice. As at most business hotels, the rooms are on the small side, so book one of the roomier "Hollywood twin" rooms. Breakfast is decent value at an additional ¥1,200, though there are cheaper options in the cafes in the Obiya-machi arcade, where the Richmond is located.

Pros

  • Unbeatable location
  • Spotless facilities
  • Accommodating staff

Cons

  • Regular-class rooms cramped
  • Basic facilities
  • Can be a noisy area
1-9-4 Obiyamachi, Kochi, 780-0841, Japan
088-820–1122
hotel Details
234 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Agnes Plus

$ | 1-34 Terashima Honcho Nishi, Tokushima, Japan
Across the street from its sister property, the Agnes Hotel, this place offers the same cheerful hospitality and comfortable, if compact, rooms. The "plus" here is the elegant public bath, an unexpected luxury given the reasonable room rates. The hotel has no restaurant, so if your stay includes breakfast, you'll eat in the Agnes Hotel's café.

Pros

  • Relaxing public bath
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Cheerful hospitality

Cons

  • Compact rooms
  • No restaurant
1-34 Terashima Honcho Nishi, Tokushima, Japan
088-655–1212
hotel Details
46 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Togenkyo Iya Farmhouses

$$$$ | 96--3 Wada, Miyoshi City, 778-0206, Japan Fodor's Choice

Staying at this group of eight farmhouses in the mountains of eastern Iya is the perfect way to experience traditional life here. The Chiiori Trust renovated them, retaining their rustic aesthetic with thatched roofs, thick wood floorboards, and sliding shoji doors. Present-day comforts like soaker tubs and wireless Internet access have been tastefully incorporated. Fusho House has a stunning view of the mountainside village across the valley. Make your meals yourself, or for an extra fee ask the Chiiori Trust to bring in a local cook.

Pros

  • Traditional architecture
  • Tasteful facilities
  • Lots of privacy

Cons

  • Access by winding mountain lane can be a challenge
  • Extra effort to arrange meals
  • Will need to bring drinks and snacks
96--3 Wada, Miyoshi City, 778-0206, Japan
0883-88–2540
hotel Details
Rate Includes: 8 houses

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Toyoko Inn Tokushima Station

$ | 1--5 Ryogoku Hon-cho, Tokushima, 770-0834, Japan

Comfortable facilities and easy city access make for a pleasing stay at this budget chain hotel. Rooms are nice if not inspiring, and the hotel has Internet access and a coin laundry. Walking out of the train station, follow the big road that branches off diagonally to the left. There's another branch five minutes further away from the station, if this one is full.

Pros

  • Two-minute walk from train station
  • Close to dining options
  • Cheap rates

Cons

  • Rooms could be bigger
  • Bland decor
  • Minimal facilities
1--5 Ryogoku Hon-cho, Tokushima, 770-0834, Japan
088-657–1045
hotel Details
139 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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UTOCO Auberge & Spa

$$$$ | 6969-1 Muroto-misaki-cho, Muroto-misakicho, 781-7101, Japan Fodor's Choice

This elegant spa resort is the last thing you'd expect to find in the rough-and-tumble fishing town of Muroto Cape; spacious guest rooms all have ocean views, both from the windows and from the in-room tubs. The restaurant specializes in "Kuroshio Italian" cuisine, using fresh Kochi vegetables and fish brought in from the Pacific Ocean. The spa offers a range of treatments using seawater drawn from around the cape. The staff speak some English and provides flawless service. This is definitely a splurge, and there's not much to see or do around the resort, but if you're looking for complete relaxation, you can't do better than here. If you book three days in advance, someone on staff can pick you up at Kochi Airport.

Pros

  • Ocean views
  • Superb service
  • Luxurious rooms

Cons

  • Few sightseeing options nearby
6969-1 Muroto-misaki-cho, Muroto-misakicho, 781-7101, Japan
050-3786–0022-Hoshino Resorts main reservation
hotel Details
17 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Yume Kura

$$$$ | 4--5 Dogo Yutsuki-cho, Matsuyama, 790-0837, Japan

A splurge but absolutely worth it, this high-class ryokan behind the Dogo Onsen bathhouse delivers the royal treatment. The guest rooms are extremely spacious and offer views of the hot springs and the city, vistas you can also enjoy from your private balcony while soaking in a wooden tub in water drawn from the springs. The Japanese-style rooms have wooden floors and tatami sections, but instead of futons there are Western-style mattresses. Meals, inspired by French haute cuisine, are in private rooms in the restaurant downstairs; both breakfast and dinner are included with room rates.

Pros

  • Great location
  • Elegant decor
  • Incredible service

Cons

  • No double beds
  • No in-room dinner service
  • Meals are not optional
4--5 Dogo Yutsuki-cho, Matsuyama, 790-0837, Japan
089-931–1180
hotel Details
7 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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