Jinya @ Tsurumaki Onsen, Kanagawa
Total score: 4 (out of 5)
Type of Onsen: sodium, alkali
Nearest station: Tsurumaki Onsen Station, 5-minute-walk (about an hour from Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Price: 1700 yen(comes with one drink) 11:30am-8pm, 3800yen/5200yen-(comes with a lunch, but please check with the ryokan for details. Prior reservation via website is required)
Notes: This ryokan is located only an hour away from central Tokyo. If you only have a day or two to stay, Jinya would be a great place to experience ryokan and onsen. Especially for ANIME fans!! This ryokan is run by Hayao Miyazaki's relative. It is said that his experience at this ryokan inspired him to create some of his films. There is a totoro tree in the garden. I was IMPRESSED!!