In this episode: Japanese Ryokan Stay & Kaiseki Cuisine Experience
The traditional Japanese Ryokan is more than just a place to stay
You can lounge around in cotton Kimonos called”Yukata”
or soak in mineral baths until you feel 10 years younger
Each Ryokan room and meal is different
Offering a real only in Japan experience
It’s a place where you can try well-prepared seasonal Japanese cuisine
The inside often impresses wood to”Tatami” bamboo
the natural world inside
Welcome to a Japanese Ryokan
I’m here in Fukushima Prefecture to show you some of the best Ryokan.
now a Ryokan is usually built in the middle of an Onsen
An Onsen is a hot spring naturally coming from the ground
and these Ryokan have a lot of attractions:
感受这里的美食 文化 传统习俗
There’s food. There’s culture. There’s tradition.
There’s the”Tatami” rooms and then there’s the bath, the Onsen baths
We have an entirely separate episode for that
Where exactly is Fukushima Prefecture?
It’s a few hours north
of Tokyo stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains and plains on the other side
Fukushima is Japan’s third-largest prefecture,
and it’s loaded with everything that you need for an adventure
We’ll go to 13 amazing hot spring towns around Fukushima,
all with their own style and charm and
Focus on the traditional Japanese Inns called Ryokan,
and their delicious,”Kaiseki” cuisine
We start this one at”Dake” Onsen
and one of my favorite Ryokan called”Hana kanzashi”
The inside is cozy and beautiful
The Tatami lined hallways passing gardens
and windows lined with Japanese”Washi” paper
This is a typical room at”Hana Kanzashi”, perfect for two
There’s a private bath overlooking a rock garden
This is a room for a family of four
the Onsen bath here takes up most of the back its outdoor and covered
The natural hot spring water from the ground contains a lot
of minerals giving it a milky white color
It’s the ultimate room
for a relaxing holiday away from it all
Welcome to”Ohkaw-So,”Ashinomaki” Onsen
Ryokan sit at the river’s edge by a mountain
The lobby is spacious and beautiful
Water flows under the walkway inside the building
The Japanese-style rooms are just as lovely.
A Tatami room with a spacious window,
a Japanese”Kotatsu” by it.
A Kotatsu is a heated table.
The blanket keeping the heat under it.
A divine experience in winter.
Stay warm relax and enjoy the view
During my visit to”Tsuchiyu” Onsen,
the snow came down adding a spectacular layer of white
to everything around the town
The town wraps around the river
where the hot spring water flows freely.
It has a beautiful turquoise color to it.
This is hotels”Sansui-So” where I spent the night
Here’s my room come in make yourself at home
There’s no bed here yet
But after you change into your Yukata and make your way to dinner
The Ryokan staff will prep your room for your return
The Futon setup service is something that’s always impressed me
about staying at a traditional Japanese Inn
He can make up the Futon in about a minute
When I come back from dinner,
I’ll be able to go right to sleep if I like
Dinner at a Ryokan is a real treat.
It’s”Kaiseki Ryori” or traditional Japanese cuisine
served in many courses
This is the complete layout
so you can see just how beautifully prepared it is
Even for Japanese it’s a lot.
Staff will explain to you what everything is
as well as include a menu.
Staying at a Ryokan can be a little pricey,
but with the meal and service you can see its value
It’s an experience you simply don’t want to pass up
local A5 grade”Wagyu” beef and Sukiyaki
Beat the raw egg then dip the beef in it
The taste is amazing, you won’t be disappointed
I ordered the local sake
It really is a meal that hits all five senses
Wow now this is a meal fit for a king
the entire layout is here
And I don’t know where to start
I’ve been in a Ryokan many many times before and every time I do
I’m just overwhelmed by the amount the variety of
food and the amount the volume of it all
it’s actually not as much as it looked
it’s all out on the table,
usually they bring it course-by-course
and you start from the starter
and then move on to the different dishes
But we put it all together just so you can see
just how amazing it is
each season has its own special ingredients
has its own special food
so the meal changes by the season
and this is just incedible
I don’t even know where to start
This is a branded cuisine from Fukushima.
Like the Shamo Chickens from Kawamata.
It has a nice texture and is really tasty.
The chef shows the autumn cuisine
he’s prepared using local ingredients
That’s a big attraction about the”Kaiseki” cuisine at Ryokan
trying the flavors of the area
The presentation also uses the colors of the season,
棕色 黄色 橘色还有红色
brown, yellow, orange and red
When he’s finished it is as much art as it is food
That’s right. It really is (like art).
And to end it all I
returned to my room all set up for me
It really makes me happy to see my
Futon magically set up for me every time
I spent some time relaxing in the lobby a check
out and talked to the manager about communicating in English
-The staff is working hard to learn English
-They can speak English a little bit. -That’s right
-So international visitors can relax about language barriers
-They can feel comfortable staying here
The Ryokan has guides in English to answer all questions, too
I moved on to Kawachi,
Yanaizu Onsen which had a lovely Tatami room
overlooking the river and bridge
In a”Aizu-Wakamatsu” is Ryokan”Harataki” at Higashiyama Onsen
I go and look into the kitchen to see
just how they prepare the food for so many people everyday
The head chef is preparing the fish soup stock fresh
It takes hours of preparation every day to make every meal
Here a chef is making”Negi Toro” from tuna
Next he blowtorches the fish
The menu changes by season so
for three months the menu is basically the same
They’re using Fukushima beef for the”Shabu-Shabu” dinner
For people staying a second night the menu
changes a bit reflected in the plate color
Each day at guests days the menu is altered a little
There aren’t many guests staying longer than two nights
The staff also makes accommodation
for guests with dietary requests
these plates here of chicken instead of beef or pork
The head chef oversees the operation like a general.
Great attention and effort is made to make sure that the meals are perfect
When finished they’re transported to the restaurant
where they are presented to the guests
along with the starter and side items.
This is Fukushima Wagyu Beef.
The fire is lit and after a couple of minutes,
It’s time for some”Shabu- Shabu”.
I went straight for the beef.
I always go for the”Goma”, sesame sauce over the”Ponzu”
the two sauces that accompanies Shabu-Shabu.
It’s really good
I added the vegetables and Tofu after but that’s my style
This Ryokan also has a buffet.
So you can help yourself to soup rice and other items.
All of it made with local ingredients
You can go back to your room after dinner,
or for guests only hit the Onsen bath at night
Many Ryokan open their baths the day trippers
At night you can sometimes have the whole bath to yourself.
A real benefit to staying the night
An hour away is”Toryu-Kan”,”Yunokami Onsen”.
This is a family-run Ryokan,
smaller and more personal.
The rooms have names.
Let’s tour this amazing Japanese-style room.
The Futon is already set up
because this room is dedicated to sleeping,
and evening Yukata on the pillow.
The room next door could be considered the living room.
In the front is the bathroom.
The sink separated from the toilets.
Oh, in these apples go in the bath
behind this steamy door
That’s right this room has its own private Onsen bath great
对一家人 害羞的人 或者有纹身的人来说很不错
for families the shy or people with tattoos
I always change for dinner
It’s sometimes hard to find a Yukata in your size,
but this will do.
The Tatami socks are a nice touch
Let’s go to dinner.
The chef at Toryu-Kan works hard
from the morning to prepare dinner each day.
Top grade A5 Wagyu beef is
on the menu seared at high heat.
The inside is still rare beautiful coloring to the meat.
I can’t wait to try it.
Depending on the season,
what we get in or how it looks changes so
which means we have to change the dishes accordingly.
Each Ryokan has its own unique style.
Toryu-Kan’s”Kaiseki” cuisine really fits the season.
It’s polite to pick your glass up
with two hands when staff pours the beer for you
Here’s that Wagyu surrounded by sauces and garnish,
adding a lot of color.
It just melts in your mouth
Meals added Ryokan always leave you satisfied,
and that’s the Fukushima traditional Japanese end story.
Away from the city out in the countryside.
Sure, you can also have
Western meals and hotel experiences in Japan.
like here Ura-Bandai
And you can certainly go local, too.
there’s a charm to every room
a uniqueness to every experience
that makes staying at a Ryokan on the ultimate must do
because basically a Ryokan is where you can feel the soul of Japan
Next time we’ll take an immersive look
at the Japanese hot springs, the baths, the traditional ends,
and the Kaiseki cuisine in 360 virtual reality video
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