My Recommendations & Favorites

I have been traveling in Japan since 2011 and I have spent hundreds of hours researching and finding the best onsens, onsen ryokans, and Japanese bathing products. All of the destinations and items on this page I have recommended to my family and friends before and I would do it again without any hesitation.

My goal is to help you spend the most awesome time in Japan and to bring you the best of Japan into your home. I did the research for you, so you can save time and stress when planning your next Japan trip or when trying to find authentic Japanese products.

In the future, I am also going to upload other helpful resources so that this page will be a compilation of the best resources and recommendations I can put together for you. I want this page to become your go-to site when you need something before, during, or after your time in Japan.

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Recommended Onsen Ryokan (Hakodate)

Hakodate Hotel Banso

Hakodate Hotel Banso Best Onsen Ryokan Yunokawa Onsen

Hakodate Hotel Banso is an exceptional, large public bath with a wide variety of bathtubs located in Yunokawa Onsen. Besides your standard open-air bath, you also have a silky bath, mineral baths, and hot tubs. You can also enjoy three different types of saunas. Not only the hot spring but also the breakfast and dinner buffets are a must-try at this onsen ryokan!

La Vista Hakodate Bay

La Vista Hakodate Bay Best Onsen Ryokan Hakodate Yunokawa Onsen

La Vista Hakodate Bay offers great views from its indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths on the rooftop. You can soak in 4 different types of bathtubs and enjoy the beautiful views over Hakodate bay. After your soak, you can cool down eating free ice cream. The hotel is conveniently located between Hakodate Station and Mount Hakodate and it’s close to many major sightseeing spots.


More recommendations about Ryokan in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone, etc. will be added in the new future.