This time, I would like to introduce “Bankokuya” from Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture.
It is a pure Japanese style ryokan built in the sukiya style, which conveys the good old days of old Japan.
The location, charm, rooms, and cuisine are described in this article, so please refer to it.
Location of Bankokuya
Surrounded by the natural beauty of Atsumi, Yamagata, and with a history of more than 300 years, the long-established ryokan “Bankokuya” is filled with the warmth of wood.
The inn has been awarded the “100 Best Hotels and Inns in Japan by Professionals” in Tohoku, and is highly recommended for its open-air garden bath and local cuisine prepared in collaboration with a food ambassador.
By train, it takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo by Joetsu Shinkansen and about 2 hours and 10 minutes from Akita by Hanetsu Line Limited Express.
The surrounding area is dotted with tourist attractions unique to the region, such as the Atsumi Onsen Rose Garden, with 3,000 roses of about 90 varieties, and the Kamo Aquarium, which boasts the world’s largest display of jellyfish.
The charm of Mangokuya
At Bankokuya, you can enjoy the famous Atsumi Onsen, a slightly alkaline hot spring that has been ranked number one in the Tohoku region of Japan by the travel magazine Tohoku Jalan.
It has flourished as a therapeutic hot spring for over a thousand years, and has been visited by many literati and tourists, including Matsuo Basho and Yosano Akiko, who have left their names in historical records.
You can enjoy the hot spring water from the source in two different baths, the large bath and the open-air bath.
Rooms at Mangokuya
The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms with a view of the changing seasons, including Mt. Onumi and the Onumi River.
All guest rooms are equipped with seasonal flowers and the gentle fragrance of Kyoto tatami mats to soothe your soul.
The rooms also feature an indoor bath filled with the rich taste of Japanese cypress.
Cuisine at Mangokuya
Enjoying the mountains and the water “Rakusan Rakusui”, at Bankoku-ya, you can savor dishes made with seasonal ingredients from the sea, mountains and rivers.
At Bankoku-ya, you will be able to indulge your taste buds in fine food such as Japanese black beef and Yamagata beef with different plans of kaiseki courses such as “Bankoku-ya Seasonal Kaiseki”, “Yamagata Beef and Abalone Comparison Kaiseki”, and “Bankoku-ya Gourmet Kaiseki”.
Mankokuya Information and Summary
|Facility Name||House of Nations|
|Address||Yamagata prefecture Tsuruoka City, Yuwankaito 1|
|Approximate budget||Approx. 29,700 yen for 2 persons (tax)|
What do you think? In this article, I have introduced you to Bankokuya.
It is a long-established ryokan that has been selected as one of the top ones in Tohoku, and its facilities and services are perfect.
For over 40 years in a row, professionals have selected this inn for its genuine Japanese style, and we hope you enjoy your stay.
Please take this opportunity to visit Mangokuya.