Fodor's Expert Review Ichijoh Ryokan

1-48 Kamasaki, Shiroishi, Miyagi-ken, 989-0231, Japan

The old and new are elegantly juxtaposed in this upscale ryokan, where a century-old four-story wooden building stands next to a newly built luxury lodging. Museum-quality art of the Edo period (1603–1868) is exhibited in public areas. Each room is unique and all have state-of-art amenities like heated towel racks and Nikko china. You'll enjoy fine dining in the evenings accompanied by jazz in the well-restored original building. The 600-year-old onsen here was used by none other than Date Masamune himself; the beautiful natural surroundings attract many honeymooners and couples. The service is impeccable.

PROS

  • perhaps the pinnacle of ryokan experiences
  • excellent meals
  • all rooms have a private bath
  • impeccable service
  • 14 Western-style rooms

CONS

  • remote
  • so not much shopping or museum visiting around
  • you essentially need a Rail Pass to stay here
  • unwieldy English website for reservations and information
  • remote, so not much shopping or museum visiting around
  • you essentially need a Rail Pass to stay here
  • unwieldy English website for reservations and information
  • remote location
  • a JR rail pass is needed to get around
  • website is difficult to navigate

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0224-26–2151

HOTEL DETAILS

24 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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