Awarded one of Conde Nast Traveller’s Best Destinations for 2022, Hachinohe is a region rich in history and natural beauty tucked in the northeastern Aomori Prefecutre.

Easily accessible via bullet train from Tokyo, Hachinohe boasts rugged coastal trails, sake-clear rivers flowing past farmhouses and lively markets – making for a perfect escape into the Japanese countryside. From ryokans to resorts, discover where to stay in quaint Hachinohe. 

Reasons to visit Hachinohe – Boutique Ryokans 

Ryokans are Japanese-style inns found throughout the country. More than just a place to sleep, ryokan are an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese-style baths and local cuisine, making them popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike. Some ryokan are small, family-run establishments with just a few rooms, while others have hundreds. 

Originally a brothel in Hachinohe’s historic red-light district, the Shin Mutsu Ryokan has been transformed into a traditional ryokan offering guests an extraordinary opportunity to stay in a registered National Tangible Cultural Property. 

easons to visit Hachinohe – Onsen resorts

Onsens are natural hot springs fueled by volcanic activity and have long played an important role in Japan and Japanese culture. Historically the Japanese used them to heal wounds and injuries, and in the countryside, local fishermen and farmers would spend their off seasons at the onsens to heal injuries and prepare themselves for future work. This practice was known as toji, which means ‘hot spring cure.’ Today they are seen as a therapeutic practice that helps restore both body and mind and sought out by travellers with a keen interest in wellness from all over the world. 

Nestled in the great outdoors, the Makiba Onsen is known for its healing waters and culinary delicacies, such as award-winning local-raised Kuraishi beef and shamrock chick – a breed of poultry ‘fit for an emperor’ thanks to its complex flavour. 

Reasons to visit Hachinohe – Minshuku 

Minshuku are family-operated, Japanese-style bed and breakfasts offering visitors the opportunity to meet local families and experience traditional home life. Minshuku are typically located around tourist areas such as hot springs, ski resorts and in the mountains, but can also be found in smaller countryside cities, towns or by the sea. 

Conveniently located on the coast and near the surfing hot spots of Osuka, Kanehama and Okuri; Minshuku Shinto is a cosy seaside inn where guests can enjoy candyfloss sunrises over the Pacific Ocean and warm Japanese hospitality. 

Reasons to visit Hachinohe –Glamping 

Those looking to fully immerse themselves in the great Japanese landscape without sacrificing on any comfortable amenities should bookinto a glamp-site. Japan is frequently rated amongst the safest countries in the world, making it an ideal option for hikers and camping enthusiasts. 

Spend an idyllic evening camping on the scenic Taneshi Coast Natural Lawn in northern Tohoku. Campers will enjoy waking up to the sound of waves crashing over the dramatic Pacific coastline from their spacious yurts that provide not only scenic views but also barbecue pits to cook local seafood and beef.

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