This traditional inn (ryokan) is the most decadent place to stay in Japan — and keep in mind that Japan’s luxury property landscape is crowded with contenders for that title.
The main building was once the summer residence of the Kan-In-No-Miya Imperial family, and the new wing offers beautiful tatami-style rooms, natural open-air baths, a pool, spa, and jacuzzi. Breakfast and dinner is included in the room rate and is French-influenced seasonal kaiseki cuisine. The Gora Kadan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, almost spiritual in the serenity and peace it inspires in guests. In a word, exquisite.