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Luxury Ryokans

A luxury holiday in Japan wouldn’t be complete without a stay at a boutique ryokan. These traditional inns are Japan’s version of the spa hotel – exquisite multi-course kaiseki Japanese meals, renowned omotenashi hospitality and even luxurious hot spring baths on your own private balcony. A ryokan stay is also a great opportunity to see more than most visitors to Japan do, as the best ones tend to be off the beaten track in small historic towns or charming rural areas.

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Beniya Mukayu

Culturally speaking, Kanazawa is one of the richest places in Japan, but it is short on great hotels. The Beniya Mukayu, in historic Yamashiro Onsen is less than an hour...

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Gora Kadan

Gora Kadan is one of Japan's finest Ryokans and an Ampersand favourite. This property perfects the concept of a ‘luxury ryokan’, striking just the right balance between traditional Japanese aesthetics...

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Hanafubuki

Halfway down the east side of the Izu Peninsula are the jagged bays of Jogosaki, where walking trails and a suspension bridge allow visitors to admire this stretch of coastline....

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Hanaougi Bettei Iiyama

This is the newer, more secluded and arguably more romantic venture by Hanaougi. It is a pretty traditional Japanese ryokan built from the same cedar and zelkova woods as its other...

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Hoshinoya Kyoto

Reached in style by riverboat in the scenic hillside area of Arashiyama just west of Kyoto, this is one of Japan’s leading hideaway retreats. The Hoshinoya team have successfully accomplished...

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Iwaso

The shrine area on Miyajima can get pretty busy during the day, but by staying at the Iwaso one can experience it after nightfall when it quietens down and the...

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Kayotei

Nestled in the forested hills on the fringe of picturesque Yamanaka hot spring town, the Kayotei is one of Japan’s finest ryokan. From the ‘ikebana’ flower arrangements to the warm...

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Notonosho

Meaning ‘the waters of Noto’, the clue to this ryokan’s success is in the title. Nearly a century ago, the founder  noticed the high pH of the hot spring waters...

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Ryokan Kurashiki

This ryokan is halfway along the idyllic willow-lined canal in Kurashiki, and shares a 300-year history with the converted trading warehouses either side of it.The property and the manager Nakamura-san...

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Sekitei

Although it is a ten minute shuttle bus ride from Miayjiama port, the drive is worth it for the sheer tranquillity of the Sekitei looking out over the inland sea...

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So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
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I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
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Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
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