The laidback city of Atami, about 1.5 hours from Tokyo, is popular for its many hot spring resorts, with the luxurious Soki Atami being the latest addition. Opened in November 2020, this contemporary ryokan is situated within the coastal town of Koarashicho and is surrounded by panoramic views of Atami Bay. Each of the 54 well-appointed rooms comes with its own private hot spring bath as well as all the creature comforts you’ll need for a relaxing stay.
Apart from Soki, you can also enjoy other types of hot spring experiences in Atami, including the 1,300-year-old Izusan Onsen, considered to be one of Japan’s three great onsens, as well as Ryori Ryokan Nagisa-kan, which offers eight different themed baths.
In between all that therapeutic soaking, make time to explore the sights and sounds of this charming town.
Visit the “ancient” Atami Castle
Perched high on a mountain overlooking Atami, this castle mimics the style of castles built during the Momoyama period (1568-1600) but was actually built relatively recently in 1959. Despite its lack of a storied past, this modern-day castle continues to attract tourists with its permanent exhibition about the different castles in Japan. Guests are also invited to dress up in Edo Period costumes and try their hand at solving Japanese riddles. The castle is also a prime viewing spot to catch unblocked views of the Atami Fireworks Display, held several times throughout the year. Check this website for the latest fireworks schedule.