Recent winner of the Hepburn Regional Tourism Award for Excellence, Australia’s renowned Japanese guesthouse Shizuka Ryokan is an indulgent retreat featuring traditional accommodation, delicious cuisine and luxurious spa treatments. Set amid tranquil bushland in central Victoria’s picturesque “spa country”, Shizuka Ryokan is fully authentic in every detail including its architecture, furnishings and gardens. More important however is the genuine and warm hospitality of the Japanese and local hosts, offering generous and personalised service including the signature four-course dinner which may be served individually to guestrooms. Whilst highly traditional, Shizuka Ryokan also caters for common creature comforts which are provided in a truly stylish environment. Couples, singles and small groups come to the inn to relax, indulge, rejuvenate and immerse in the romance and tranquillity. Shizuka Ryokan is also a unique venue for small corporate groups to conduct retreats, workshops and meetings. Located in Hepburn Springs near Daylesford, it’s a small piece of Japan close to home – just a 75 minute drive from Melbourne. For Aussies, that’s much more accessible than the long flight to Kyoto.
Comment by: Peter McConvill