The Japanese Ryokan Picture Post

By Donnie | Articles

I took heaps of photos while I was at the ryokan. I found that I just didn’t have enough card space to get everything I wanted to. I didn’t put all of my photos in the initial post because I thought it would get to be just a bit overwhelming. But her are some of the other photos I shot at the ryokan…some of them just a little random, others a bit silly.

ICHIITEI RYOKAN (Haknone, Japan)
RANDOM RYOKAN PICTURES

The view just outside my window. This was the most peaceful hotel I've ever stayed in.

You want to know why I took a picture of the ceiling of my room, you say? Hey, I told you some of these pictures would be extremely random. There was something about the wood-style ceiling that I found quite charming, though.

Some the additional items for purchase.

Beverage prices

A humidifier and dehumidifier inside of the cabinets in my room.

Another random shot of a wooden grate in the bedroom.

A nice selection of creams, aftershave, lotion, shampoo, body wash, and all kinds of other stuff. I only used the soap, but I guess it's better to have too much than too little, ne?

A washlet. Wow! So traditional. Don't quote me on this one, but I'm pretty sure ancient feudal lords probably used these very same devices.

This is what I like to call a samurai-style arm rest.

This is how it works. See? Instantly more samurai-ish.


AROUND THE RYOKAN

This looked like an giant yen coin to me

The entryway.

Another view of the entryway

Ryokan items for sale

Is it just me? Or are Japanese, wooden clogs, geta (げた), the looking sandals ever!

Just outside of my room.

A walkway just outside of my room.

A random staircase

One of the ryokan hallways.

Another ryokan hallway

The Ichiitei lounge/lobby area.

The Ichiitei lounge/lobby, view number two

Zen State Donnie


THE DAIYOKUJO (大浴場)

The walkway towards the large bath, the daiyokujo (大浴場). The weather was perfect!

Fresh towels at the daiyokujo.

Inside the daiyokujo.

More creams and lotions in the daiyokujo.

Okay, so maybe the sphygmomanometer detracts from the traditional feel just a tad.

Did I ever tell you that I had mind powers. This is me using my mind powers on the digital scale in the large bath.

Holy crap...it worked!!

The washing area.

Bath time! YIPPEE!

How to use the bucket in a Japanes bath

How not to use the bucket at the Japanese bath.


Donald at the Ryokan

This is me, "Tea-ing" up, ha ha ha ha...sigh...bad joke...I know.

Decked out in the traditional Japnanese yukata

I like to call this litte photo Enter the Shrimp

The Return of the Shrimp

I'm not a drinking person, but I made an exception for this one. Have you ever tried peach sake? It was incredibly good...even for someone who doesn't drink much.

Yep, this ryokan pretty much rocks.

Thanks for watching,

Donald Ash

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  • Nanami

    -jaw drops- O_O That is so awesome.

    -puppy eyes- Next time can I come too?

    You look so cool in your yukata! I have one that has swallows, cherry blossoms and I think cranes on it at home. The patterns usually mean something… but I have no clue what they are. I wonder if your pattern meant something!

    I have to admit, your laughing Yipee face brought me a smile that I really needed today. Thank you. 😉

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks, Nanami-chan! Ha ha, I can’t resist the puppy dog eyes. Sure, you can come 🙂 Yeah, I guess I’m just a little bit silly, ne?

  • Tomoko

    Wow!! What a nice ryokan!!
    I love onsen and ryokan(*^o^*)
    It’s a good way to relax and refresh.

    I’ll plan to travel to somewhere.
    California or Thailand or Bali or …☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

    • Donald Ash

      I loved it. If I can go again…when I go again, I’ll try to go for longer. I’ve heard Bali is REALLY nice, Tomoko. I want to go there, too.

  • LanceT

    That looks awesome! If only that blinding light was a little closer to you head in that zen state pic, lol. Glad you enjoyed your stay! 😀

    • Donald Ash

      Aw, you’re right! I didn’t even catch that one. Thanks Lance-kun!

  • Derrick

    First of all, you are an idiot for the “Bath time! Yipee!” photo. lol! Secondly, you look like a straight Samurai ‘G’ contemplating all out war on a rival clan in the “Zen State Donnie” photo. Good job, sir.

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks, D. I’m just glad it wasn’t you, because I think the pictures would probably twenty times crazier. I really just wish I had one of those to wear around all the time. Go walking around all Samurai Champloo style, it’d be awesome!

  • Really lovely photos man. Especially liked the captions/comments you had for some of the images.

  • Kayla

    It looks like you had a great time! Awesome.

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