Fodor's Expert Review Iwamatsu Ryokan

Sakunami Onsen Motoyu, Sendai, Miyagi-ken, 989-3431, Japan

Along the Hirose River, this large ryokan has rooms that peer out over the stream and mountains. A sumptuous lobby has abundant sofas, an enormous banquet hall offers a breakfast buffet with a large selection of Japanese and Western items, and a 20-meter pool beckons after a day of exploring. Nevertheless, the reason to stay here is the original rotenburo—or open-air bath. Although it generally offers mixed-sex bathing, some hours are reserved for women only. Five different springs fill the four rocky baths, and you can see the warm water bubbling up from the bottom of the river while you are soaking.

PROS

  • traditional comfort
  • secluded setting
  • free parking
  • local specialties served at dinner
  • shuttle bus to Sakunami Station

CONS

  • no Western-style rooms
  • caters to large groups of business travelers
  • who can be rowdy at night
  • caters to large groups of business travelers, who can be rowdy at night
  • a bit far from everything

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 022-395–2211
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HOTEL DETAILS

91 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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