A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, featuring sparse rooms with tatami mats, a hot bath communal onsen and elaborate heritage meals. It’s all about relaxation, from the baths, the natural setting, to the quiet atmosphere.
Many Ryokans are now a mash up of the old traditions with a modern, high-rise hotel. The Ryokan signatures are there, only now in a big, modern building.
These images were taken at a Ryokan on Gosho lake, near Morioka.