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Ryokan beloved by Japan's literati, renowned for spectacular cuisine, onsen and views
Kotohira Kadan is a sprawling mountainside ryokan complex housing several spacious guestrooms, private "sukiya-zukuri" standalone villa accommodations and an outdoor mineral bath alongside traditional landscaped gardens. Views of Kotohira town, the Seto Inland Sea and the Mt. Sanuki-Fuji mountain range speak of "deep Japan." The inn dates back 400 years, and Kotohira Kadan's guest list is peppered with the names of Japan's literati cognoscenti and Buddhist pilgrims who have paid homage to the nearby mountaintop Konpira Shrine, the most famous on the island of Shikoku. After a day’s exploration of the shrine's staired environs, you are encouraged to retire for a long soak in either the central onsen or your room's private open-air baths filled with warm, nourishing water from the spring running underneath the inn.
Interiors are classically Japanese—lacquered folding screens, padded "tatami" matting, blond cypress, and burnished timbers—with modern conveniences found throughout the building. Sumptuous "kaiseki" meals draw heavily on the area's rich bounty, with locally-sourced ingredients such as seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, Setouchi citrus and Kagawa soy forming the backbone of Kotohira Kadan's haute cuisine.