Address: 1320 Gora, Hakone-Machi, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa Website: hakone.regency.hyatt.com    Tel: 0460-82-2000

Address: 664 Takeyacho Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto Website: www.machiya-hotel-kyoto.com    Tel: 075-354-5243

Address: 6-7 Oshuku, Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun, Iwate Website: selected-ryokan.com    Tel: 019-695-2121

Open in June 2018, this hotel is just a five-minute walk from Kyoto Station’s Hachijo East Exit, and is the flagship hotel of the Daiwa Royal Hotel City Co., Ltd, which plans to roll out 10 new premises by 2020. There are 272 non-smoking rooms all furnished with Simmons-made beds and coffee machines; a special executive area (7-9F) that caters to the specific needs of individual customers; and an Italian chef who will combine his deep knowledge of Japanese cuisine with international influences. Address: 15 Nishi Iwamoto-cho, Higashi Kujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Website: www.daiwaroyalhotel.jp/kyoto  Tel: 075-950-6186

UAN Kanazawa hotel opened in December 2017 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and is centrally located just a short walk away from the Omi-cho market and Kanazawa Castle. Perhaps the first thing that strikes guests when they step into the hotel is the spacious “Hare-no-ma” lounge. Inspired by the design of Kanazawa’s countless tea houses, the space is meant to serve as a luxurious “living room” for guests, where they can rest, relax, and stretch out. The 47 guest rooms at UAN Kanazawa are a perfect extension of the elegance that can be found in the lounge area: each one is spacious and elegantly appointed. There are a variety of room types available, with comfortable spaces that will suit everyone from single travelers to families of four, and some rooms feature private terraces and courtyards. Address: 6-30 Oyamamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken Website: www.uan-kanazawa.com/en   Tel: 076-260-0111

This ryokan has a 140-year history and is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property and located inside Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park in Gunma Prefecture. The Hoshi no Yu bathhouse, constructed in a typical Meiji period style, has mixed bathing facilities for the brave. Choyu no Onsen is for women only and sits adjacent to a nearby stream. Address: 650 Nagai, Minakami, Tone, Gunma Prefecture Website: hoshi-onsen.com/english    Tel: 0278-66-0005

Historians have found evidence that this hot spring area in Gunma Prefecture was used by people in the Jomon period (14,000-300 BCE) of ancient Japan, but the ryokan itself dates back to the Taisho era (1912-1926). Ideal for couples who want to spend some quality time together, this rare resort doesn’t just have one mixed-bathing open-air bath – it has three! Mixed bathing areas require guests to be nude, but women are provided with a special towel to wrap themselves in before they take a dip. All baths look out onto the river, offering breathtaking views in every season. Address: 1899 Fujiwara, Minakami, Tone, Gunma Prefecture Website: www.takaragawa.com/english.html    Tel: 0278-75-2611

Situated in Niigata Prefecture, an hour from the nearest train station, this historic ryokan sits at the edge of Shinano River, far away from any other houses or inns. Feast on a lavish bounty from the nearby mountains and follow up with a soak in one of the two open-air baths that can be reserved privately. Address: Echigo-Nagano Onsen, 1450 Nagano Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture Website: www.rankei.com/english.htm    Tel: 0256-47-2211

For a truly hidden gem, look no further than Nanoyado Hotel Iya Onsen, located deep in the mountains surrounding the Iya Valley in Tokushima Prefecture. Arriving at the baths (there are two – one for men and one for women), guests have an exclusive view over the Iya River from the bath area. The 20 rooms available are a mix of Western and Japanese style, some with open-air baths and panoramic views of the valley. Address: 367-2 Matsuo Matsumoto Ikeda, Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture Website: www.iyaonsen.co.jp/en    Tel: 0883-75-2311

Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo sits adjacent to Okuma Garden in the heart of Waseda, an area known for its focus on cultural and intellectual pursuits. Here you'll find a quiet oasis, far from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo's streets. Address: 1-104-19 Totsuka-machi, Shinjuku-ku Website: www.rihga.com/tokyo Tel: 03-5285-1121

This small guest house was named after the area it is in, Bamba. On the old road from Kyoto to Edo, Shinagawa was the last post-town. As such, the area was home to many stables for those who needed horses to travel. "Bam" means a horse and "ba" means a place in Japanese, hence the Shinagawa neighborhood's name. The hotel is in a renovated row house and offers an immersive experience in local culture. The classic Japanese-style rooms are furnished with vintage finds, the room service on offer is food made by local residents, and the owner is very friendly (you can find him working at his nearby DIY store). Room Rate: From ¥22,680 Address: 1-1-2 Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku Website: www.47gawa.tokyo/bamba Tel: 070-5566-9441

Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Kakigaracho, Chuo-ku Website: www2.rph.co.jp Tel: 03-3667-1111

Trunk Hotel is a creative spot and breath of fresh air in Tokyo's hotel scene. Opened in May 2017, Trunk Hotel is all about "socializing," with the space putting local first and focusing on the environment, diversity, health, and culture. The hotel is always buzzing with community oriented activities and Friday night parties in the hotel lounge. You can often find the local "it" crowd hanging out here. The airy and art-filled rooms range from singles (from ¥27,000) to the terrace suite (from ¥570,000). Find a selection of Made-in-Japan environmentally friendly products at the ground floor shop. The hotel's two restaurants serve delicious, local bites in a convivial atmosphere. Rates: From ¥27,000 per night Address: 5-28-5 Jingumae, Shibuya Website: www.trunk-hotel.com Tel: 03-5766-3210

This co-living, co-working space strikes the perfect balance between privacy and community. Upstairs, the rooms are spacious and simple, each equipped with a kitchenette. Downstairs, a communal space features a massive open space living room, kitchen, and dining room where fellow "Roamers" hangout and exchange notes on all their finds. There is also a shared work space, gallery, and rooftop. Roam Tokyo is all about access to this incredible metropolis. The community manager hosts weekly events to show the best that Tokyo and Japanese culture have to offer. For anyone looking for a unique, friendly approach to travel, this is the place to book. Rates: From ¥11,300 Address: 9-2-13 Akasaka Website: www.roam.co

Andon Ryokan is Tokyo's sole contemporary inn and winner of an architectural prize for its striking, glass facade exterior. At night, illuminations make the building resemble an andon, a traditional lantern. Throughout the ryokan you can find some of the owner's antiques on display. The rooms are comfortable and simple. Artist Mie Ishii's funky tile art adorns the walls of the ryokan's jacuzzi to add a special touch. Andon is located north of the touristy area of Asakusa, off the beaten path near the infamous Edo era red-light district Yoshiwara. Don't forget to catch a glimpse of the Tokyo skyline from the rooftop. Rates: ¥6,000 ~ ¥12,000 Address: 2-34-10 Nihonzutsumi, Taito Website: www.andon.co.jp Tel: 03-3873-8611