Inspiration and Comfort TIMELESS YUKIGUNI

The ryokans selected to represent TIMELESS YUKIGUNI embody the very best of the Japanese hospitality tradition and the highest levels of comfort. Yet each one of them goes further than this, and all have incorporated influences from the history, culture, and way of life of the area. This inspiration is what makes each ryokan unique.

Every ryokan in TIMELESS YUKIGUNI is an expression of the region itself. Much like a fine wine that is affected by the climate, soil, and topography of the location of its vineyard, so these ryokans are a product of the environment of the Yukiguni area and all of its influences.Learn the stories of the ryokan and the people behind them to gain a deeper appreciation of the inspiration that has brought them to where they are today.


Price: JP¥15,000~ (It depends on the hotel)

Best Time of YearAll Year
Ideal no. of People2~
Booking DeadlineAt least 10 days before
Mode of TransportDesignated Bus
Cancellation Charge10 days before departure : 20%
4 days before departure : 30%
1 day before departure: 40%
Tour departure day: 50%
No Show : 100%

Best things to experience

  • Visit sake brewing process in the hotel. Online morning yoga. Deep meditation in a quiet environment.
  • Enjoy beautiful snow scenery while walking in snow with a guide.
  • Snowshoeing & Lunch (cheese fondue made from local ingredients)
  • Snow Country’s Culture and Art Guide Tour (English) 


The ability to survive in the Yukiguni area owed much to those that came before. When the Jomon people started to settle in certain places and abandon their wandering ways, it is believed that this enabled the knowledge of older people to be passed on more effectively.

The transfer of knowledge between generations has been a key to survival and flourishing, and this knowledge is still visible in many forms around the region. TIMELESS YUKIGUNI is discovering places that are keeping this knowledge and culture alive. The style of building and the materials used. The cuisine and the way it has been adapted to the unique environment. The traditional ingredients that have sustained life through the ages. The crafts and skills that were once vital to survival. The ways of life and community that have nourished the people who have made this region home.

All the ryokans in Timeless Yukiguni are contributing to keeping this knowledge alive and hopefully inspiring the future generations to continue passing these traditions on. They are all unique, and putting them in categories is no easy feat, but a visit to any of them is a treat and a chance to learn.

An Invitation into the Locals’ Yukiguni

The traditions of hospitality have always been strong in the Yukiguni area. Timeless Yukiguni have selected some of the most outstanding places to stay. They all embody something unique about the area and are providing amazing service that draws inspiration from the past generations. They are using that knowledge to pass on the culture of this unique region to those that will come after them. Everywhere that you look there is a chance to learn from the past. These are the stories that weave the influences of the past into the comfort of the present and future. Truly timelss.


Japanese Modern Luxury Hotel "Bettei Senjuan hotel"

Bettei Senjuan

Stylish, modern ryokan in the nature of Minakami that stands at the base of Mount Tanigawa

Hatago Isen


Modern style ryokan in the heart of Yuzawa that stays true to its roots as a refuge for travelers.

Hot springs in the snow. Japanese Modern Luxury Ryokan "Chitose"

Hinanoyado Chitose

Traditional style ryokan in Matsumoyama with a famous outdoor bath that acts as a gateway to the history and culture of the region.

Hot spring in Hoshi onsen Choujukan

Hoshionsen Chojukan

Historical ryokan which is a special kind of hidden onsen deep in a valley in Minakami which has an amazing atmosphere from a different era.


Hidden onsen ryokan out in the nature of the mountains in Yuzawa which retains a wonderful sense of history.

Ryokan Tanigawa

Ryokan Tanigawa

Classic ryokan in Minakami which conducts great views of Mount Tanigawa and the valley in which it stands.

Ryokan in the garden. Japanese Modern Luxury Ryokan "ryugon"


Chic, design hotel in Minami Uonuma which has recently undergone an extensive renovation and blends a building contructed of old beams with modern interior design.

Japanese Modern Luxury Ryokan "Satoyamajujo"

Satoyama jujo

Boutique ryokan in Minami Uonuma inspired by the local culture, organic food, design, and art.



Intimate ryokan in Minakami that prides itself on the quality of its traditional cuisine.



Ryokan overlooking Yuzawa whose existence dates back to the discovery of its onsen spring in the middle of the mountains.


A modern style ryokan in Matsunoyama Onsen that prides itself on its Michelin-starred kitchen and sommelier service.



A modern style ryokan in Matsunoyama Onsen that prides itself on its Michelin-starred kitchen and sommelier service.