Located in the Yunokawa hot spring area, Shouen offers accommodations featuring ancient cultural themes yet with modern interiors. Guests can relax in the public hot-spring baths and enjoy traditional meals based on Japan’s ancient era. A free shuttle is available from JR Shobara Train Station, which is also a 5-minute walk away and must be reserved at time of booking.
Guests can choose to stay in Japanese-style rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding or in a spacious floor-raised historically-themed villa. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a private toilet. Guests staying in the villa can use the private reservable hot-spring baths.
Traditional multi-course meals feature healthy dishes based on menus from the ancient era. Locally homegrown ingredients including rice and wheat can be enjoyed.
Shouen Ryokan is a 30-minute drive from Izumo Taisha Shrine and a 10-minute drive from Lake Shinji. Izumo Airport is also a 10-minute drive away.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What is a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature public baths, multi-course dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travellers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation in therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the major differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is simply a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just an accommodation place to sleep. In Japan, many travellers journey long distances solely for the purpose of relaxing in a hot spring bath and feasting on a traditional multi-course dinner – thus making staying at a ryokan an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon beds, instead of Western beds and carpeting. In addition, you remove your shoes at the entrance of the accommodation, or before you enter the room. Modern ryokan may serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while a more traditional ryokan serves in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms may come with a private bathroom, while others will only have a shared public bathroom.
- What is a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodied in beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Each of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multi-course Japanese dinner is prepared in such a way that highlights the unique textures, colours, and flavours of the featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Served most commonly at special restaurants and ryokan, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-sized appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What is a yukata?
- Yukata is a casual summer kimono typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans offer guests yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it is common to see guests strolling through the neighbourhood in their yukata. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for relaxing and sleeping in.
- How to wear a yukata
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a shirt. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is levelled at your ankle. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What is a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally ‘hot spring’) is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- Bathing procedures and etiquette
- At a public bath – onsen or not – guests are expected to shed all their clothes in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you must not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among the youth of Japan, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you may still be refused admission to public baths and swimming pools. Small tattoos may be covered up using waterproof plasters, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
Most popular facilities
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Most popular facilities
16:00 - 19:00
Until 10:00 hours
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Children and beds
Children are not allowed.
Cot and extra bed policies
Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.
The minimum age for check-in is 18
This property only accepts cash payments.
Credit cards are only needed to guarantee your booking .
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
The property has a curfew at 22:00. Guests cannot enter or leave the property after this time.
The full amount of the reservation must be paid when checking in.
Guests having dinner at the property must check-in before 19:00.
Guests with tattoos may not be permitted to use the property’s public bathing areas or other facilities where the tattoos might be visible to other guests.
FAQs about Shoen
The prices at Shoen may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.
Yes, Shoen is popular with guests booking family stays.
Check-in at Shoen is from 16:00, and check-out is until 10:00.
Shoen is 6.8 miles from the centre of Izumo.
Guests staying at Shoen can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).
Breakfast option(s) include:
From the nearest airport, you can get to Shoen by:
- Car 10min
Room options at Shoen include:
Shoen offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):
- Public Bath
- Hot spring bath