My wife and I are heading to Japan next month and would love to stay at a traditional Japanese home (onsen ryokan) for a couple of days. I'd appreciate any advice on places you've been to that you loved.
What we're looking for - hot spring, traditional Japanese home
Timing - Mid April
Budget - Willing to look at all options
Length of trip - 2 days at Ryokan
Location - We'll be based in Tokyo so anything within a reasonable day trip
we were in Japan in March 2016 and it was incredible! We visited Tokyo, Kyotoand a couple of onsen towns. I talk about the JR Pass that you can use on the train network in my blog post below. There are also seven other posts which detail our time in each of the places we visited.
More about onsen (also how to onsen) here: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/japanese-onsen/
We found a bunch of really cool local izakayas in Tokyo that had great food and drinks. Check out Ebisu Yokocho (an old shopping centre full of izakayas), the Golden Gai alleyways, and under the train tracks near Koenji station.
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There are countless "onsen ryokans" and I recommend Hakone.
This is a very popular destination where many tourists visit and I think it should be a good option in terms of the access from Tokyo and the quality.
Have a nice trip!
About 2 years ago we stayed at Ryokan Yarimikan in Hirayu Hot Spring. Around 5 hours by bus from Tokyo. It was absolutely amaaaaazing! Like you are in a totally different world. Would love to go back one day. No one spoke one world English which made the experience even more fun actually :-). They were so helpful and sweet! Staying for 2 nights is perfect. Found a website (didn't exist when we went :-)): http://www.yarimikan.com/english.html but the photo's and the website don't do it justice.