1–3–15 Chuo, Kurashiki, Okayama-ken, 710-0046, Japan
Treat yourself to a stay—or perhaps just a fantastic dinner—at this charming ryokan built in 1774. The rooms are intimate and secluded, and the suite overlooking the 400-year-old garden is especially captivating. You can't go wrong with the fabulous, filling, traditional dinners that incorporate the best local delicacies, from fish to fruit. The same friendly and hospitable folks run the Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel, so some English is spoken and foreigners are welcome and pampered. The hotel is across the bridge from the Ohara Art Museum.
- a great value
- steeped in tradition
- some rooms have private baths
- books up quickly
- a slower pace than most Westerners expect
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