For our Grand Emergent Mastery in Japan we plan to stay in the beautiful Izu Peninsula
The Izu Peninsula is a resort area in Japan popular for its natural hot springs (onsen), beautiful coastlines, beaches, mild climate and scenic mountains. Located 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, its proximity to the city makes the peninsula a popular weekend getaway and the area is well connected to Tokyo by train.
We will stay together at the Sagasawakan Ryokan in the heart of the Izu Peninsula. A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese style inn found throughout the country, especially in hot springs resorts.
Sagasawakan Ryokan offers a unique opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, with tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style baths and local cuisine.
Neighboring along Kanogawa River, Sagasawakan is a traditional Japanese Ryokan with modern flair. Recently remodeled rooms overlooking the river are comfortably large sized, and 21 out of 31 rooms have private open-air baths attached to the room.
In addition, there are 12 baths in the Ryokan where pure hot spring water is constantly flowing, and some of them can be used privately. You can also experience bedrock baths, a dry bath with warm mineral stone, to detox yourself.
ROOMS: There are 31 rooms at Sagawakan Ryokan, all with a view of the river. There are 9 western style rooms and the rest are Japanese style. You can choose to have a room with a private outdoor bath on the river. Some rooms also have an indoor cedar bath. There is free wifi in some rooms and in the lobby.
Natural hot springs (“onsen”) are numerous and highly popular across Japan. The Izu Peninsula is world renown for its pristine hot springs. There are many types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water. Different minerals provide different health benefits, and all hot springs have a relaxing effect on your body and mind.
At Sagasawakan there are a great collection of baths for use by all hotel guests, with separate bathing times for men and women, as well as three baths that you can book at no extra charge for private bathing. All the onsen water (including the baths in the rooms) comes from the Sagasawa hot spring. Massage services are also available.
DINING: Together with onsen, dinner is the highlight of a Ryokan stay. The meals are elaborate, multi-course affairs with a multitude of dishes and ingredients that are carefully and artfully arranged to reflect local and seasonal specialties. Ryokan dinners are called kaiseki ryori, which is a multi-course Japanese style haute cuisine.
Sagasawakan has a chef from Kyoto so the artistry and flavor of the meals are beautiful and refined. The Izu Peninsula is famous for its seafood because it is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. You will enjoy the food.
Western style breakfast is also served at Sagasawakan.
Sights and sounds of Izu Peninsula, Japan
Mount Fuji lies only about 50 kilometers to the north and can be viewed from the peninsula’s western coast.