Takamiya Ryokan

54 Zao Onsen, Yamagata, Yamagata-ken, 990-2301, Japan

Foreign guests favor this 300-year-old Japanese inn for the period atmosphere, the soft thermal waters and, in winter, the chance to see Zao's famous "ice monsters"–-those fabulous frozen pillars sculpted by blizzards. The smell of sulfur wafts through the air as you approach the inn, the low-beamed interior of which has changed little in centuries. Each room is different, but the most luxurious are the suites in the annex, recently refurbished and each with a private bath; ask about rooms with Japanese-type decor but Western-style beds. There are a range of indoor and outdoor wood and stone tubs available to all, and rarely crowded.

PROS

  • historic ambience
  • famous hot spring
  • close to the ski slope

CONS

  • far from the center of Yamagata City
  • no elevators

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical, Romantic
Sceney
Near the mountain
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 023-694–9333

HOTEL DETAILS

3 Japanese-style rooms, 14 Western-style rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: Some meals

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