Ryokan Kato

Ryokan in Yoshino

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9.1 out of 10

In business for two centuries but marvellously up to date, Katō has English-speaking staff who cater well to international travellers. Especially appealing is the modern, log-house-style back building, with a glassed-in rotunda for cherry-tree viewing and communing around a wood stove. All 14 Japanese-style rooms have shared bathroom (there's a stone rotemburo – outdoor bath); half have private toilet.

Staff can pick you up from Yoshino Station if you ring them, except during cherry-blossom season, when the road's closed to traffic. Reservations for blossom time open at 9am on 10 January and go fast.

Quick description via booking.com

Located in Yoshinoyama National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ryokan Kato boasts panoramic views of the amazing natural scenery as well as hot public baths and authentic Japanese cuisine. The Japanese rooms look out on woods and feature traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. All are air-conditioned and have an LCD TV, an electric kettle with green tea and shared bathrooms. Some rooms have log construction, free Wi-Fi or a private toilet. Just a 2-minute walk from Sancho Cable Car Station, the hotel is a 15-minute walk from Zaodo Temple. Ten free parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Both indoor and open-air baths are available, and some can be reserved for private use for a fee. Luggage can be kept by the front desk. A Japanese or Western set breakfast is served at Cafe Hinatabokko, and dinner courses are on offer at Iroriza.

Important information

Please inform Ryokan Kato in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
Hot public bath operating hours: 07:00-09:30, 15:00-22:00.

To eat breakfast at the hotel, a reservation must be made at time of booking. The hotel can arrange either a Japanese or Western set menu.

Please note, there is no dining option in the vicinity.

Guests with children must inform the property at the time of booking. Please specify how many children will be staying and their respective ages in the special request box.

<Transport restriction>
- Please note, transport access will be restricted around Mount Yoshino from 31 March 2018 until 06 May 2018.

- During this period, the property will offer free shuttle service from Yoshino-Jingu Station to the nearby parking area, a 5-minute walk from the property.

- To use the property's free shuttle service, please inform the property of guests' expected time of arrival at the Yoshino-Jingu Station in advance. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.

Features of Ryokan Kato


  • Parking
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Karaoke
  • Wifi
  • Designated smoking area
  • On-site parking
  • Kid meals

Food and drink

  • Restaurant


  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Laundry
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking