All Ryokan are different. They don’t operate like chain hotels and every one you visit will have its own different quirks. As they’re family-owned each will have its own special way of running and no two ryokans will be the same. Some of the more popular ryokan styles include:
These are traditional Japanese-style inns that owners take great pride in preserving the building’s traditional elements and history. They are often not as comfortable as a western hotel but provide guests with a unique cultural experience. The building is made of wood and there is usually a traditional Japanese garden.
Very similar to a traditional ryokan however there are more creature comforts and modern conveniences. The guest rooms and baths are incredibly comfortable, and the building is made entirely of wood. These ryokans tend to be very expensive and are usually located in major tourist areas or close to popular hot springs.
A small, wooden, Japanese-style building that generally has relatively small rooms. Minshukus are often inexpensive and don’t have as many luxurious touches as a standard ryokan. Owners tend to make up for this with their friendly and personalised service.
Traditional thatched gable roof houses primarily located in Shirakawago, Gifu Prefecture and Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture. The style of Japanese architecture means “praying hands” due to the shape of the roof and its steep design prevents snow from piling up.