Ishiba Ryokan

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Indoor spa tub
Rollaway beds, free WiFi

Overview of Ishiba Ryokan

Ishiba Ryokan

2.5 star property
Historic ryokan in Hirosaki

8.6/10 Fabulous

66 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathtub
Mototeramachi 55, Hirosaki, Aomori-ken, 036-8355
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast available
  • Spa tub
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping

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About this area

Getting around

  • Aomori (AOJ) - 42 min drive
  • Odate (ONJ-Odate - Noshiro) - 69 min drive
  • Chuohirosaki Station - 8 min walk

About this property

Ishiba Ryokan

Historic ryokan
Take advantage of an indoor public bath (no minerals), a garden and a hot tub at Ishiba Ryokan. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • Free self-parking
  • Full breakfast (surcharge), smoke-free property and luggage storage
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the breakfast, helpful staff and walkable location
Room features
All guest rooms at Ishiba Ryokan offer comforts, such as air conditioning, as well as
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Separate baths/showers, free toiletries and hairdryers
  • 24-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels
  • Coffee/tea makers and daily housekeeping


English, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 18 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (3 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking is limited

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7 AM–9 AM

Travelling with children

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Skiing nearby


  • Luggage storage


  • Built in 1879
  • Garden
  • Hot tub


  • English
  • Japanese

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 24-inch flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

Freshen up

  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men's and women's areas. The ryokan bathing area is open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of JPY 864 for adults and JPY 1296 for children (approximately)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for JPY 1080.0 per day

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for private bath/onsen and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels etc). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards on site.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Ishiba Ryokan Hirosaki
Ishiba Ryokan
Ishiba Hirosaki
Ishiba Ryokan Ryokan
Ishiba Ryokan Hirosaki
Ishiba Ryokan Ryokan Hirosaki

Frequently asked questions

Does Ishiba Ryokan offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Ishiba Ryokan does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Ishiba Ryokan?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Ishiba Ryokan?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Ishiba Ryokan?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Ishiba Ryokan?
You can check in starting at 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
What is there to do at Ishiba Ryokan and nearby?
Have fun with nearby winter activities such as skiing. Relax in the hot tub after a day on the slopes or enjoy the use of a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Ishiba Ryokan?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include PÂTISSERIE LE CHOCOLAT (5-min walk), Restaurant Yamazaki (5-min walk) and Rajah Court (5-min walk).
What's the area around Ishiba Ryokan like?
Ishiba Ryokan is a short 8-minute walk from Chuohirosaki Station and 8 minutes' walk from Hirosaki Park. Travellers say that the area is walkable and ideal for skiing.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Warm and Welcoming Ryokan
We had a thoroughly relaxing overnight stay at Ishiba Ryokan. The owners’ hospitality exceeded expectation, even driving us to a local restaurant. The on-site onsen was soothing and the traditional beds comfortable. It was a wonderful experience.
Wendy, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Our stay took us back in time due to the ryokan’s historic past. It’s rustic charm, welcoming owner and helpful staff made for a memorable experience.
1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The boss is very kind to send us to the train station. he also give us a welcome drink likely if you inform early he will be able to provide you transport if he is free walking distance to hirosaki castle
Steve, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Budget traveler
Perfect central location to Hirosaki Castle and sights. Very walkable. This is wonderful for the budget traveler looking to experience a traditional Japanese ryokan.
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Just to get the only negative out of the way, keeping a 100+ year old building updated isn't easy. For example, the indoor plumbing is exposed in the restroom. That's really all I have for a negative comment. Moving on... The people running this place really left a good impression on me. Very attentive. They kept tour information handy, so my first day's adventures were thanks to what was at the front desk. I wasn't just handed the tour guide, we walked through it together. I was told the cafe at one of the gardens is really good, so I ate there, and had to agree. Also, because there was a festival going on (Neputa), those who wanted to go were walked to two rows of reserved chairs 15 minutes before things got started. Oh, and the seats were conveniently located between a couple of food stalls. The room was nice as well. The standard futon, tatami mats, and tea set (and hot water container delivered outside your door twice a day). I also had a nice view of a little garden.
Sean, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Unaware this ryokan is considered a "nationally designated important cultural property" until we saw the plague on the wall outside the main entrance. The young manager/owner(?) is very courteous and insisted driving us to restaurants for dinners even though they are 10 - 15 min. walk away. He also drove us to the train station early in the morning so we can catch our connection. We truly appreciate his Japanese hospitality. Another unexpected thing was that one early early morning, we found mama-san (old lady) cleaning our shoes left on the shoe racks at the hotel entrance. I felt embarrassed but also very pampered. Definitely excellent service and an experience not found in hotels. Have already recommended this ryokan to my friends and family.
PhoebeT, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A True Historical Experience
I was looking for an authentic Japanese ryokan experience, and Ishiba Ryokan is it! Built in 1879, it is a designated historical property, and although it has updated electrical and plumbing systems, it still has the ambiance of an old Japanese inn, with old wood and creaky stairs in the original wing (there is an additional wing with slightly newer rooms as well) and rooms with tatami mats and futon for bedding. So comfy! It is definitely not one of the super-premium, high-priced, estate ryokan with its own sushi master and kimono-clad staff. It is family run and friendly, perfectly located near the Hirosaki castle park, gardens and old samurai residences. For large groups, there is a dining room, and a kaiseki Japanese breakfast is extra by request. The communal bath is clean and not too hot (I have been scalded by the bath in other inns), and the rooms all have views of the simple but beautiful courtyard. And next door is a tiny private bar with a 1960s Rat Pack theme! Highly recommended!
Scott, 4-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice ryokan and super nice people in Hirosaki!
Since we stayed at Ishiba Ryokan in September, the weather was lovely and we didn't need any space heaters, unlike some of the experiences of other guests. We did need the air conditioner, however, which was a bit tricky to turn on (no remote control, just a switch on the air conditioner itself), simple and functional. When we arrived at 3 p.m., we were greeted by a long-time staff who had been with the Ishiba family for years. Our check-in was conducted completely in Japanese, in our room, over a cup of freshly brewed green tea, sitting on zabuton cushions--and we understood about 5-10 percent of her explanations, LOL--but filled with a lot of smiles and kindness. And Ishiba-san welcomed us in the evening when we returned to the inn, treated us to apple cider and apple wine at the bar just a few steps away. Thank you, Ishiba-san! And thanks for recommending the loveliest place for apple pies and coffee! The inn is only a 5-minute walk to the gardens and castle. I would love to see this town in spring and autumn with all the splendid colors of nature. We plan to be back. We've met some of the friendliest and nicest people in Japan in Hirosaki.
elaine, 1-night trip
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