Top choice ryokan in Kawayu Onsen

This special spot in the Ainu kotan at the southern end of Kussharo-ko is run by Ainu musician Atuy. It has just a handful of rooms decorated with traditional touches, some with lake views, and an onsen bath. The 'Ainu Room' (single/double ¥17,000/24,000), with wooden walls, carvings and colourful textiles, is a work of art. Meals can be taken in the ground-floor restaurant.