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Gora Kadan: The Architecture

Built about 20 years ago, Gora Kadan is one of Japan's finest contemporary ryokan. It is located in the wooded hills of Hakone, in the little hot springs town of Gora and surprisingly close to Tokyo. I recently spent two impeccable nights there. It was the perfect combination of Japanese aesthetics, cuisine, comfort, hot springs relaxation and extraordinary Japanese attention to every detail. We were greeted by the kimono-clad...

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Yoyokaku: Classic Ryokan by the Sea, in Karatsu
Feb23

Yoyokaku: Classic Ryokan by the Sea, in Karatsu

IMG_1572IMG_1590IMG_1583IMG_1568IMG_1582IMG_1576IMG_1569 One of my favorite ryokans is Yoyokaku, located in the pottery town of Karatsu, in northwestern Kyushu. Run by the same family for over 100 years, Yoyokaku is a graceful combination of understated sukiya-style architecture, comfort, great food and a hospitality that is warm yet comfortably quiet. Attentive yet relaxed. The guest rooms are connected to the dining wing by long...

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