This family-owned ryokan takes hospitality to new heights. The owner was once awarded the title of Ambassador for Tourism by the Japanese government, and has published a book in both Japanese and English on Japanese culture and customs. Today, his son is learning the ropes and hopes to continue running Sawanoya Ryokan in a way that will make his dad proud. Some standout features are the cypress baths, along with the small details that go into making a stay at Sawanoya special, such as paper cranes on the pillows and the polished wooden detailing of the entire inn. They accept most major credit cards.
Rates: 12,000 for two people and up.