On the first night of our stay, the Ryokan surprised us and closed down the bar and made a magical night for us by celebrating our honeymoon! I can't recommend this place enough. It should be on everyone's bucket list!
Mornings at a "ryokan" can really make you a fan of the Japanese aesthetic. The interplay of light and shadows created by the shoji screens and tatami floors is simply sublime!
James Turrell’s House of Light was the most memorable viewing experience of art I have ever had. We slept under this Turrell skylight, viewed the sunrise and sunset program, took a soak in a beautifully lit bath, and we were served a delicious dinner.
Peace. Serenity. Tranquility.
Our view from Fuji Lake Hotel. This was one of my favorite experiences from our Japan trip several years ago. Private hot spring bath, 12 course Japanese and Western #kaiseki cuisine, and views of Mt. Fuji. A unique aspect of Japanese culture that can be experienced through staying at a traditional Japanese inn. #ryokan#nofilter
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Trust me when I say you can’t leave Japan without experiencing a traditional Ryokan. I booked mine for my second to last night in the country, and had I known how good it was and how it made me feel, I would have tried to stayed in one every night. The way they are built, its minimalist lines, the mix of wood, concrete, and fabrics, everything is just perfection. So Japanese, and so me. And the private bath outside facing the mountains was just bonus. It’s as if everything just works to put you in a zen mode. Not surprisingly, I had the best sleep of this entire trip last night. #ryokan#design#architecture#lines#shapes#form#texture#materials#art#japanese#minimalism#zen#hakone#japan
Exactly 2 weeks ago I boarded a train in Kyoto and then a bus (which I *nearly* missed) and rode for an hour and a half up a winding mountain road. We drifted past small villages and farms and up into the sky where all the trees were changing colors in earnest.
My destination was a small #ryokan where the chef specializes in a traditional #kaiseki meal foraged from the mountains and rivers immediately surrounding the inn.
I spent the next few hours in a quiet #tatami room overlooking a stream with the afternoon sun shining in and was served some of the most thoughtful, humble food I have ever had.
Special thanks to @geopad for the suggestion and to @madosunsea for helping me navigate both the language and the journey. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼