The location is plentiful in forest areas and has an abundant number of hot spring resorts. It is also near to notable tourist spots like the Shuzenji Temple, Shuzenji Nijino Sato, and the Tokko-no-yo hot spring just to name a few.
The rooms of Yagyu no Sho are designed based on the Japanese architectural style of sukiya-zukuri, complete with tatami mat flooring and comfortable futon beddings, each being distinct in design.
The ryokan has 15 guest rooms in total, which cost between 30,000 to 130,000 JPY per night, including breakfast and exclusive hot spring baths for relaxation.
Yagyu no Sho also takes pride in its Japanese garden and woodland area near a village. Its exterior harmonizes with nature, enhanced by their pond and garden.
The ryokan also has two outdoor communal baths made from rocks, namely Musashi-no-Yu and Tsuu-no-Yu, with their water sourced from Shuzenji Temple. After taking a stroll, guests can enjoy open-air hot spring baths, which can be enjoyed separately by men and women.
The inn encourages its visitors to try their authentic kaiseki meals, a famous Japanese multi-course dinner. Their dishes come from local ingredients, from their seafood specialty to their prized beef.
The location of the onsen is accessible by rides coming from Tokyo Station or the Shuzenji Station. Yagyu no Sho has implemented measures to fight against COVID-19 where sanitizers will be provided around the area and advise its guests to wash their hands.
Private Onsens available (For couple, family, tatoo)
1. Rooms with open-air hot spring baths: 10 rooms
2. Rooms with indoor hot spring baths: 5 rooms
Simple hot spring
Tourist spots nearby
Shuzenji Temple, Bamboo Forest Path, Tokko-no-yu hot spring, Shuzenji Nijino Sato
Year of establishment
Number of rooms
*Open-air baths in the rooms are hot spring baths.
Rooms with open-air baths
Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Is there a communal shared public bath?
Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 0 With indoor tubs 0 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0
Price range (yen)
The price includes one dinner and one breakfast
Yagyu no Sho
Total rating: 4.5
Very dated.. and dark
One of the best onsen experience from my childhood was a stay at Yagyu-no-sho. I just remember the wonderful food and the amazing atmosphere - I must have been 10 or 11. I also stayed here about 15 years ago with a memory of great food and service, so I thought I'd give it a go again although Asaba is my favorite these days.
The food was still really really good, and the service was good. However.. the room we stayed (hanare - the private quarter on the far end of the ryokan) was really dated and to be honest a little creepy.. None of us wanted to step into the smallest room in that suite (it just gave us a chill.. couldn't go inside) and the private onsen.. beautiful bath.. but the sink and the shower space was just plain dated (felt like I was in the 80s).
Maybe the other rooms would have been fine - but the suite was definitely not somewhere I'd want to go back. The whole ryokan is really dark. Unfortunate since I was really looking forward to this stay.
Mary Kent M
Best Experience in Japan
After 10 days of exploration in Tokyo, Kyoto and Ōsaka often walking 7 miles plus this was a godsend. Some choose to relax upon arriving; we chose to relax upon departing. While Izu might be a bit farther out of the way than Hakone; it was my intent to venture farther. It was a good decision.
Our attendant was outstanding; while apologizing for her limited English she conveyed perfectly her hospitality and offered kind direction at every step. She helped me understand roles and rituals when I felt lost as well as direct us in the understanding of everything that was served. The meals were beyond expectations as was the hospitality.
As I reflect on my time in Japan once home in the US it is this experience that I will remember always as the most authentic cultural experience. It is well worth venturing out to find it. I was happy to share this experience with my son whose dream was to visit Japan.
Fantastic & Authentic Onsen/Ryokan Experience
Yagyu-no-sho is a beautiful and genteel ryokan offering a quiet, peaceful onsen experience with traditional kaiseki cuisine. My husband and three children and I just finished a one night stay here. It was the perfect break after a week + of travel in Japan, including fighting hordes of tourists in Kyoto.
Our suite was huge, clean and beautifully appointed a in traditionally Japanese way (ie, sparingly). Our private bath tub was fantastic. We loved sitting on our porch, listening to the koi and water in the pond.
The communal baths were also beautiful and the waters restorative. The futons were super comfortable. Many westerners don’t love traditional Japanese pillows (they are much firmer and not down) but my family thought they were fantastic.
The food: our kids range in age from 20 to 13 and in palette from “will try almost anything” to “eats almost nothing”. Because the ingredients were high quality and the preparations expert, we all found plenty to enjoy at each meal.
All of the above said, kaiseki is not everyone’s cup of tea (even for Japanese people), so if you go in expecting “typical” Japanese food, you may be disappointed -not because the food isn’t stellar (it is) - but because it’s neither all sushi nor Japanese homestyle cooking.
Similarly, the ryokan overall is quietly luxurious. The pace is meant to be slow, there isn’t a gym or other extraneous things you find at larger (western) luxury hotel chains. The service was much more personal and attentive than anything we have received at 5 star hotels/resorts elsewhere but that, too, is distinctly Japanese. To truly enjoy Yagyu-no-sho, you really have to go in with an open mind because it is just a different type of luxury experience - in a good way, in my opinion.
Having lived and traveled in Japan for many years, including years with a family who owned a fugu and Japanese cuisine restaurant, I can say this was a great experience all around. If you are willing to discard expectations of what a hotel - even a ryokan - experience will be like, you will be rewarded with a relaxing, restful and peaceful stay with delicious food and so much personal attention to boot.
first thing first - the main outdoor onsens (there are two, but we liked the main one much more) are really great. The indoor onsen was great too, but we ended up going to the outdoor one mostly.
food was good but not great. our nakisan spoke decent English.
I did notice some small things such as dusts and even spider nets on the ceiling.
Excellent authentic Japanese Zen/Peaceful experience
Never been to a hot springs hotel before so we have always wanted to try the experience. Out of the many choices we chose this one as the food stood out from the rest. We booked for a one day trial by phone for the suite, and online for two other rooms. I believe the owner who spoke fluent English took care of us personally on the phone. Per instruction, train from Tokyo was not packed, and very nice ride. At the train station in Izu, the hotel arranged a taxi to take us to the hotel. It was a surreal experience walking into the place, starting with low ceiling, traditional settings and all. Very comfortable, but very traditional Japanese. Now put on your Zen glasses and from here on the whole stay is very...Zen...is how I can put it (just insert Zen in every sentence). We were greeted in a room with some welcoming snacks, we were then taken individually to be shown the room, the facilities, the traditional robes which we can dress up in, the fancy toilet, the private hot spring in our suite, and the deck outside where you can feed the koi (we behaved very badly and overfed them), meditate and enjoy the well-arranged scenic view. We had our own hostess, who spoke little English, but we got by well. The room was comfortable by US standards, even for those who are used to staying at decent suites. Multiple light/AC switches, fridge stocked with local drinks, nice vanity for the females, to the flower arrangement on the wall. There was hot water in the room and tea set whenever you feel like. We took a dip in the private hot springs and the temp was a little hot, but very nice. On with the cold local spring water to cool off, then the hot tea, then the deck...etc. We were informed that dinner was ready. Our group requested to have dinner together, so they used another guest room and set it up for our private dining. The team made up of each individual caretaker of our room were there to care for us. The multi-course Kaiseki was remarkable, with fresh local ingredients and at least Michellin 1 Star quality, service and all. After the meal, we went to the upstairs bar and had some drinks. (Nope it might look like a big traditional one story shack, but it's a real hotel with elevators and all). The bed was ready when we got back to the room. On with another round of private bath, cool off, relax to the sound of nature and off to sleep. I do have to say for the quality of the hotel, the bedding was a bit subpar. I've only had it one other time at the JAL hotel in Narita due to a missed connection but JAL hotel had nicer bedding on their Tatami. The AC was a bit noisy so we turned it off for the sounds of nature from outside. Woke up early with the jetlag. Note we did not hit the town because a hurricane was passing by south of Izu, and it rained the entire time. But the hotel was excellent stay by itself. On with the traditional breakfast one can only dream of in the U.S. Then more bath, relaxation, feeding the fish in the rain..etc until it was time. The owner's wife also escorted us for a brief walk through the wonderful property. At checkout time, we bought our souvenirs at the hotel for honest prices and the taxi took us to the train stop with hotel team lining the driveway to bid farewell. You don't get that anywhere in the west. Yes, checkout was a bit early for the train, but there was a great souvenier store with noodle right at the train stop to make sure you don't miss the wasabi flavored kit kat, ice cream...etc of local origin. Return to Tokyo on another scenic train ride.
I believe the true feeling of a trip is how you remember it afterwards, and I will tell you it was a great experience. It was a very special dream even for someone like me who likes to claim been there done that. It is so special that I am grateful and satisfied for the one experience in life with no further expectations. Obviously I will try to return every chance I get.