8 Baby-friendly Ryokan in Japan

Last Updated on 06.01.2022 by Coto Japanese Language School

Ever heard of a ryokan (旅館)? It is an experience not to be missed when in Japan! If you are planning to bring your baby along for a trip to ryokan, it is definitely worth considering one that is baby-friendly. Some hotels do not allow infants in the rooms, so it is better to check beforehand to avoid getting rejected when you have already arrived. It will also be easier as baby-friendly ryokan tends to provide the basic necessities such as diapers and toys, helping to lessen the number of items you have to bring. 

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Some Things to Consider When Finding Baby-friendly Ryokan in Japan

Safety is definitely a priority. It is important to take note of the room space, to ensure that babies cannot injure themselves if they are able to move around. Do also take note of things the baby would require, such as bath, bed, and meals.

While a lot of hotels or ryokan might be kid-friendly, they’re not necessarily baby-proof. New parents know the key to having a (less) stressful trip with their baby doesn’t just lie in big spaces. Besides that, amenities and baby supplies are important — but bringing them around Japan is a hassle.

This is why when searching for the right ryokan in Japan, think about this: do they provide baby utensils? Baby meals? Or even cribs? Are they available for rent, are they free — or are they available at all?

Be sure to check if they provide baby cribs, baby baths, baby chairs and baby utensils (and free diapers)! 

Where to Find Baby-friendly Ryokan in Japan

If you wish to search for baby-friendly ryokan options in Japan, head over to Jalan or Rurubu. While the website provides English translations and, yes, baby-friendly filters, it’s still tough to sort and find the right room for your family.

Thankfully, we’ve done all the digging and given you our top recommendations for ryokans around Japan. If you’re looking for more of a home-away-from-home experience near the city, check our curation of top glamping sites in Tokyo.

baby-friendly ryokan in japan wih onsen baths

Shizuoka Prefecture 

Izu Sora no ue

Here at Izu Sora no Ue, you can relax in hot spring water from one of the three major hot springs in Japan. Choose from the four different guest rooms available with one most suited to your liking. For those bringing their babies along, do check out their 陽 You room.

Aside from the many baby goods offered such as utensils, toys, and diapers, babies can also enjoy hot spring baths! A baby bath chair and baby bath are provided for them to safely enjoy their hot spring experience. The room also comes with an outdoor natural hot-spring bath and two television sets, perfect for parents to relax with their children. Families may also reserve the private family onsen with adjustable water temperature for free. Do consider this place if you are in the area!

Address: 1377-40 Oka, Itō, Shizuoka 414-0055
Website: izu-soranoue.jp

Interested to experience Japanese onsen? Check out our recommendations on tattoo-friendly onsen in Tokyo and Yokohama.

Aoki Nagi no Yado Meijikan 

Also in Shizuoka Prefecture, Aoki Nagi no Yado Meijikan is located in Izu City. Overlooking Suruga Bay, you can enjoy the sea view from your own room. They have multiple room concepts available, with a few infant-friendly ones for you to choose from. They include the special Japanese-Western-style rooms, standard room, unrenovated low-floor standard room, large Japanese-style room and the minato. Minato is perfect for those who enjoy themed rooms, being a sea and ship motif concept room. Two families traveling together or a big household can consider the large room that holds eight people.

All rooms have baby-friendly amenities like children’s face towels and toothbrushes. Baby toys and DVDs are available for rent so they can always be entertained during their stay here. Aside from free diapers, do check out all the others that they have to offer here!

Address: 2849-3 Toi, Izu City, Shizuoka 410-3302
Website: meijikan.en

Atami Onsen Yuyado Mikan no Ki

Here at Atami City, babies are welcomed at Yuyado Mikan no Ki to experience the first onsen in their lives. Be totally assured about bringing your babies here with the tatami-matted flooring, where babies can enjoy rolling around safely. Many baby utilities are available for rent should families need them. Baby soap, bath, chair, and toys can all be found here. Baby utensils will be provided, so the family can sit down and enjoy kaiseki cuisine in peace. Go for a soak in their hot spring anytime you wish as it is open 24 hours a day! 

Address: 1-11, Higashikaigancho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka, 413-0012
Website: more information here

baby-friendly ryokan in Japan at Tochigi

Tochigi Prefecture 

Kansuien Kakuraku 

In Nasushibora City is Kansuien Kakuraku. They have multiple themed rooms with different styles to cater to your personal preferences. Well-known for their hot springs, they have indoor public baths with marble style and open-air outdoor baths made with Japanese cypress. Families can enjoy a public bath equipped with a baby bed, with yukata available in children’s sizes as well. A private bath option is also available, with open windows for a calm and relaxing time. Travel lights as diapers and wipes are provided, with other baby amenities available for rent. While the family is enjoying Kaiseki cuisine in a private dining room, kids’ menus can also be specially prepared. Come and check out the relaxing environment found here now! 

Address: 402-2 Kuroiso, Nasushiobara, Tochigi 325-0017
Website: more information here

Gunma Prefecture

Yutaka

If you are in Kusatsu Town, Yutaka is not to be missed. Located in one of the most famous onsen places in Gunma, it is only a stone’s throw away from 湯畑 Yubatake (hot water field). Yubatake is one of Japan’s single most productive hot spring sources and is the resort’s main source. Other nearby attractions include Netsunoyu, Akaiwa Community and Old Yumoto Residence. Families are welcome to stay here as some of their most popular amenities are kid activities, such as the kid’s corner filled with toys, books and slides to play with. They have a hot spring cypress bath specially designed for children, with cute illustrations on the wall and baby-friendly items such as chairs and bathtubs available. Yutaka Inn is perfect for those who wish to explore their surroundings before taking a good rest!

Address: 97 Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun 377-1711
Website: more information here

baby-friendly ryokan in Japan in Nagano

Nagano Prefecture 

Yurui no Yado Eyama 

When in Achi Village, you can visit Yurui no Yado Eyama for a relaxing ryokan experience. It has one of the clearest skies for stargazing in Japan and is also located close to the Achi Shrine, Hirugani Onsen Asaichi Market and Achi River. Historical sites such as Ichiban Shimizu and Old Ogasawara Shoin are also popular among those who visited.

They have a huge private bath that can accommodate a maximum of eight people, which is suitable for a large family to enjoy together. Have a comforting experience here as they take care of all your baby needs, providing free rentals of baby goods, including tableware, bath, toys and more!

Address: 407 Chisato, Achi-mura, Shimoina-gun 395-0304
Website: more information here

Ryokan Nakamatsuya 

Also known as Bessho Onsen, Ryokan Nakamatsuya is located in Ueda City. Get a fresh experience here when you come during different seasons, such as picking fruits or doing winter sports. The food served here also varies with the different seasons. Established over 280 years ago, it features a traditional Japanese-style interior with tatami matted rooms. From the different rooms, you can enjoy views of Kitamuki Kannon temple, Shinshu mountains, Mount Asama and Ueda Basin.

Baby baths and toys can be found here, along with baby food and chairs. Baths are available for reservations and are safe to be enjoyed by babies. Be sure to check out the charm of this historical location surrounded by nature with your children!

Address: 1627 Besshoonsen, Ueda, Nagano 386-1431
Website: www.nakamatuya.com

baby-friendly ryokan in Japan in Kanagawa

Kanagawa Prefecture 

Oku Yugawara no Yado Sansuiro 

Oku Yugawara no Yado Sansuiro, found in Yugawara Town (a famous onsen city), offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It is a great place to visit if you want to go sightseeing or a visit to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. After your adventure during the day, relax in their indoor public bath or open-air bath outside with mountain and garden views. Enjoy traditional Kaiseki Courses and their specialized dish, a form of tofu called yuba. Babies also get to enjoy free baby food provided for 2 meals and free diapers. Baby bed, comforter, bath and toys rental are also offered here. Rest assured and have a relaxing family getaway here! 

Address: 673 Miyakami, Yugawara, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 259-0314
Website: more information here