Deep within the forest, surrounded by trees, this stunning ryokan is housed in a 200-year-old building that was carefully relocated from Iwate Prefecture. With distinct Western interior-design influences, Wabizakura (a type of cherry blossom) is popular with well-off Tokyoites seeking refined solitude in a historical setting. The 10 suites include outdoor onsen and stylish lounge areas. Very hard to leave.
It's 15km from Kakunodate; pick-up from the train station is available with advance reservation.