Nestled by the southern tip of Hokkaido in Matsumae, Onsen Ryokan Yano is an old-fashioned ryokan (traditional inn) emblematic of the town’s former style. Matsumae is known as the northernmost castle town in Japan, and in the ryokan lobby, there are a number of historically significant relics owned by the eponymous Matsumae clan on display. After you’ve taken a dip in the onsen (hot spring) naturally heated by subterranean geothermal activity, delicious food awaits. The inn serves seasonal seafood like prized Matsumae tuna and hanshu cuisine, which features dishes inspired by a Matsumae clan celebratory wedding banquet, such as abalone with rice and whale soup. During the cherry blossom season, which typically starts in late April, the kitchen staff can prepare a bento (lunch box) for you so you can enjoy excellent seafood while admiring the floating pink-white petals.
Onsen Ryokan Yano
123 Fukuyama, Matsumae, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaido