“I have visited Japan many times on business, but this was the first time I had been purely for pleasure. Because I knew the more corporate, branded side of the country, I really wanted something more authentic. With that in mind, I had to stay in a ryokan - a traditional inn from the Edo period. Kaichoro has been in the same family for 17 generations - you don’t get much more authentic than that!
It is small (eight rooms) so feels very personal and intimate. Rooms mix classic Japanese architecture with contemporary design and amenities, so that low beds, tatami flooring, and sliding screen doors are paired with flat screen TVs etc. The pace of life here is slow and deliberate - a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of my usual trips to Tokyo. Food is grown in the hotel garden and the Japanese menu is amazing. Try the drink pairing suggestions - an interesting insight into local culture. The current owner has also introduced a spa, which is central to the ethos of the hotel today. Onsen baths and traditional treatments are available, alongside some more contemporary spa treats. Kanto isn’t too far from Tokyo (two hours drive), so I’ll definitely be back for a relaxing weekend after my next business trip.”
- Trusted Friend: Kerry Le, Los Angeles
(Date Experienced: March 2013)
Escaping the city and experiencing authentic Japanese hospitality.
Either as a couple or solo. There isn’t much provision for young kids.
The area has some lovely cherry blossom - time your visit to see it.
Best time to go
Spring is cherry blossom season!
There is a big difference in size between Modern suites (1,000 square feet) and Japanese Suites (500 square feet). I actually preferred the latter as, although smaller, they have a lovely private garden.