Whether you're looking for a romantic place to spend quality time with your significant other or a backpacking couple looking to relax in a luxurious room for a change, or a pair of tourists in Tokyo wanting to get away from the chaos of the city; below is a list of some great hotels and traditional Japanese "ryokans" situated in popular, scenic areas like Yokohama, Hakone, and Nikko.

Yokohama Royal Park Hotel

This hotel is inside the Yokohama Landmark Tower, and all guest rooms are above the 52nd floor. Just imagine the view! There are some rooms from which you can even see Mt. Fuji, which has just become a World Heritage in 2013.
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2-2-1-3 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8173
Tel: 81-45-221-1111
Fax: 81-45-224-5153
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Sakuragicho Station or 3 min. walk from Minato Mirai Station
90 min. by car from Narita Airport
30 min. by car from Haneda Airort

Gora Kadan - Hakone

This is a traditional Japanese "ryokan" where you can experience the Japanese culture just by staying there. It's situated on land that used to belong to the Imperial family, and they also have hot springs. They have beautiful rooms, and some of them have open-air baths.
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1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa
Tel: 81-460-82-3331
Fax: 81-460-82-3334
Access: 1 hour 40 min. from Shinjuku Station to Hakone Yumoto Station on the Odakyu Romance Car, and 35 min. on the Hakone Mountain Railway to Gora Station

Kamakura Park Hotel

This hotel is the perfect place to stay to go sightseeing in Kamakura. All the rooms have ocean views, and they have European style rooms and Japanese style rooms, so you can choose the one you prefer.
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33-6 Sakanoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Tel: 81-467-25-5121
Fax: 81-467-25-3778
Email: info@kamakuraparkhotel.co.jp
Access: 10 min. by car from JR Kamakura Station or 13 min. walk from Hase Station on the Enoden line.

Kozantei Ubuya - Yamanashi

If you want to relax and enjoy the hot springs and the view of Mt. Fuji, this is the perfect place. It's a luxurious Japanese ryokan, so you can enjoy the Japanese styled rooms too.
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10 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsurugun, Yamanashi
Tel: 81-555-72-1145
Fax: 81-555-72-1159
Access: 20 min. walk or 7 min. by car from Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyu Railway or by Chuo Express Bus
Pick-up from Kawaguchiko Station is availabe from 1 to 6 PM (call 0555-72-1145)

Nikko Kanaya Hotel

This hotel was founded 140 years ago. It is a beautiful hotel that has integrated European and Japanese culture. It is a 10 min. walk from the Toshogu Shrine which is a sight seeing must in Nikko.
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1300 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
Tel: 81-288-54-0001
Fax: 81-288-53-2487
E-mail: nikko@kanayahotel.co.jp
Access: 2 hours from Asakusa Station to Tobu Nikko Station on the Nikko line
The Kanaya Hotel shuttle bus leaves from the Tobu Nikko Station

Hoshnoya Karuizawa

This resort puts an emphasis on privacy and relaxation. The rooms are all seperated from one another and are surrounded by water and trees. You can enjoy the four seasons from the balcony of every room.
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Hoshino, Karuizawa, Nagano 389-0194
Tel: 050-3786-0066 (8AM - 9PM)
Tel: 0267-45-6000 (after 9PM)
Access: 1 hour 20 min. from Tokyo Station to Karuizawa Station by bullet train, 15 min. by free shuttle bus from the south exit to the reception office