5 pretty Japanese ryokans for the ultimate omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) experience

HOSHINOYA KARUIZAWA, NAGANO: Nestled in the Yukawa River valley and located at the foot of Mount Asama, an active volcano, this hot spring resort features guest pavilions that sit by the river as well as those atop a hill -- shrouded by trees and with a view of a wild bird sanctuary.Here, you can catch a glimpse of a flying squirrel, hear the symphonies of songbirds and watch waterfowl play.