6 traditional "kominka" folk houses where you can relax in luxury

These extravagant estates were once the homes of Japan's historical elite,but have since been converted to lavish lodgings,full of the graceful elegance of ages past. Each of these traditional folk houses-turned-inns ("kominka yado") boasts a unique history typically going back hundreds of years and are surrounded in the breathtaking beauty of the Japanese countryside.

6 traditional kominka folk houses where you can relax in luxury

Gunma > Kawaba

Kawaba Onsen Kayabuki no Gensen Yuyado Yutorian

Kawaba Onsen Kayabuki no Gensen Yuyado Yutorian
  • Kawaba Onsen Kayabuki no Gensen Yuyado Yutorian
  • Kawaba Onsen Kayabuki no Gensen Yuyado Yutorian
  • Kawaba Onsen Kayabuki no Gensen Yuyado Yutorian
  • Kawaba Onsen Kayabuki no Gensen Yuyado Yutorian

A collection of prestigious mansions with thatched roofs are scattered across the vast grounds, evocative of classically Japanese natural scenery. With a full array of facilities to meet the needs of visitors, including dining and souvenir shops, visitors can also touch the incredible history of Japanese culture through ancient cultural tools and fixtures that are exhibited in various locations within the grounds.

Tochigi > Nikko

Yunishikawa Onsen Honke Bankyu

Yunishikawa Onsen Honke Bankyu
  • Yunishikawa Onsen Honke Bankyu
  • Yunishikawa Onsen Honke Bankyu
  • Yunishikawa Onsen Honke Bankyu
  • Yunishikawa Onsen Honke Bankyu

This long-established bathing inn features a variety of rooms, each uniquely designed in traditional style, and open-air bathing facilities alongside a clear stream. There are many mystical and intriguing locations nearby, including the Kazura Bridge, guaranteeing a fun and interesting journey.

Shizuoka > Minamiizu

Shimogamo Onsen Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku

Shimogamo Onsen Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku
  • Shimogamo Onsen Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku
  • Shimogamo Onsen Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku
  • Shimogamo Onsen Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku
  • Shimogamo Onsen Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku

This superb bathing inn features 25 different and highly individualized baths that guests can enjoy free of charge. In addition to sampling the various baths, visitors can walk in the beautiful courtyard and enjoy the beauty of the four seasons, relax at a late-night gathering at the traditional Japanese-style hearth bar and fully enjoy an authentic "countryside experience."

Tokushima > Miyoshi

Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin

Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin
  • Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin
  • Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin
  • Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin
  • Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin

Located in front of a clear stream, this inn features an incredible view of the majestic beauty of the Iya Valley. Shake off the fatigue of everyday life with a relaxing soak in one of the fragrant sulfur open-air baths available in each guest room.

Oita > Hita

Kotohira Onsen Kayausagi

Kotohira Onsen Kayausagi
  • Kotohira Onsen Kayausagi
  • Kotohira Onsen Kayausagi
  • Kotohira Onsen Kayausagi
  • Kotohira Onsen Kayausagi

This kominka inn was built with a centuries-old clay-walled building technique, centering around a main hall with over 120 years of history behind it. Enjoy a blissful time relaxing in the rustic-style baths surrounded by trees while taking in the moonlight and the babbling of the Takase River.

Oita > Yoshitomi

Hachimenzan Kanairo Onsen Kogane Sanso

Hachimenzan Kanairo Onsen Kogane Sanso
  • Hachimenzan Kanairo Onsen Kogane Sanso
  • Hachimenzan Kanairo Onsen Kogane Sanso
  • Hachimenzan Kanairo Onsen Kogane Sanso
  • Hachimenzan Kanairo Onsen Kogane Sanso

This hot springs inn is nestled at the foot of Mount Yatsura. From the open-air bath built in the middle of a traditional Japanese garden, visitors can take in the majestic natural beauty of Mount Yatsura by day and the star-filled sky by night. Embark on a journey that will have you feeling the energy of the Earth in your body and soul.

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