A grade gourmet
A stunning traditional ryokan in a historic building.

ryugon has been certified as Sakura Quality, TIMELESS YUKIGUNI and A-Grade Gourmet.

Certification schemes such as “TIMELESS YUKIGUNI” and “YUKIGUNI A-grade Gourmet” are part of the criteria for luxury travel. However, our idea of “luxury” does not mean simply being extravagant or exclusive. It is a unique culture and experience that is true luxury. If you are interested in the uniqueness of our region, you may also like to read this article.

A Hidden Cultural Experience In Japan

A manor house hotel infused with the influences of Yukiguni

Ecolodges Japan in YUKIGUNI

Message from the accommodation

Magnificent wooden buildings are used for our hotel. Enjoy the traditional atmosphere.

Half board/22,000 JPY〜45,000 JPY

The reason why TIMELESS YUKIGUNI recommend ryugon.

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. For those who see travel as an opportunity to broaden their minds and horizons, rather than mere sightseeing, TIMELESS YUKIGUNI ryokans are the perfect choice.
List of 12 ryokans at TIMELESS YUKIGUNI


In Minami Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture you can find ryugon which is an old ryokan created from traditional style buildings salvaged from around the region. It has recently undergone a renovation and now combines the best of the old with modern styling inspired by Yukiguni culture and living.

Old Meets New

Many luxury accommodations take you to a place far removed from their local area by transporting you to a private world. At ryugon the exact opposite occurs; the local region is the inspiration for the design cues. The old building was impressive in itself, and now the blend of the old with the new makes for an interesting contrast. The whole project is a collaboration with various creators given free reign to express the local region in the way they saw fit. The art on the walls, the shape of the furniture, even the architecture all show aspects of the region. A good example is one of the walkways between two wings. Previously the walls were put up to keep the snow out. Now they have been taken out which make the walk much lighter and in winter also allows you to experience the snow piling up outside.


As a modern design hotel ryugon has no shortage of comfort, and it has managed to blend the best of the old style with many new touches, while maintaining a common theme throughout.

Relaxation in the Public Spaces

The renovation at ryugon has breathed fresh air into the beautiful old building and also ushered in a new style – not just design-wise, but also in the way people use the ryokan. The traditional way of enjoying a ryokan was to relax in your room. While this is still an amazing way to spend your time, there are inviting public spaces throughout ryugon. Bright areas with comfortable seating, chairs that make you wonder how they feel to sit on, surfaces that dare you to touch them. All have been inspired by the snow and the region. Instead of stretching out in your room, savor the atmosphere in the public areas and sit around the bar or irori with a good book or charming companion.

To find out more, please visit TIMELESS YUKIGUNI report page.

ryugon is certified as A-grade Gourmet.

A-grade gourmet is a food certification system designed to preserve and pass on to future generations a traditional food culture suited to the climate. The certification is based on the proportion of local products used, including agricultural products and seasonings, efforts made in conjunction with agricultural producers, and taste.
If you would like to know more about the concept of A-Grade Gourmet and its contribution to the community, please read the following articles.
YUKIGUNI A-Grade Gourmet To Pass On Japanese Food Culture To The Future

Critique by A-grade gourmets

Overall rating ★★★
  • The rice is specially grown in the city, and the vegetables, meat and fish are all from Niigata prefecture.
  • They use only the finest ingredients to make dashi and carefully select additive-free seasonings such as miso and soy sauce.
  • They also use local dishes and traditional vegetables.

To learn more about A-Grade Gourmet (official website in Japanese)

Inspiration and comfort TIMELESS YUKIGUNI
TIMELESS YUKIGUNI | Inspiration Journey in Japan
A grade gourmet of YUKIGUNI
A-grade foods are things that we want to preserve for eternity.
Sakura Quality
Hotel & Ryokan Quality Assurance

79 Sakado, Minamiuonuma-city, Niigata Pref, Japan