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The Chigasaki-kan is a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) founded in 1899. It is one of the few remaining seaside ryokan in the Shonan area to preserve the atmosphere of that age, when such establishments were plentiful, making it an important part of the Shonan area’s cultural history. It is also known as a favorite destination of pioneering film director Yasujiro Ozu.

In 2009, the Chigasaki-kan was formally recognized as Chigasaki’s first Registered Tangible Cultural Property (Architecture). The banquet hall and bathhouse are particularly rewarding examples of traditional Japanese architecture, retaining the elegance of a century ago.

Yasujiro Ozu and the Chigasaki-kan

The Chigasaki-kan is well known as a favorite destination of director Yasujiro Ozu (1903–1963), a giant of Japanese cinema. He first visited the Chigasaki-kan in 1937, and after returning from the war he used Chigasaki-kan’s “Second Room” (niban no oheya) to draft classic Ozu films like Late Spring, Tokyo Story, and Early Spring. Many of Ozu’s works begin or end at the seaside, or use the beach as a setting for another key moment. Ozu evidently found inspiration for such scenes during his daily walks along the beach while staying at the Chigasaki-kan.

When the Chigasaki-kan was built, Chigasaki was a relatively undeveloped place. It eventually became a popular site for vacation homes and sanatoriums, and a small artistic and literary community that included writers, playwrights, and Kabuki actors gathered there. They were later joined by Ozu and other film industry figures, and a unique culture cultivated by Chigasaki’s community took shape. The Chigasaki-kan not only preserves the relaxed atmosphere of the Shonan area in decades past, it is also a place of inspiration and new creation.

Getting There

The Chigasaki-kan is a Registered Tangible Property that still operates as a traditional ryokan, where tatami mats and Japanese cuisine offer a completely different experience from a modern hotel.

The city of Chigasaki is an just an hour away from Tokyo by train, making it a convenient option for a quick getaway from the noise and bustle of the city. The Chigasaki-kan is just five minutes’ walk from Chigasaki’s famous beach, where visitors can enjoy distinctly Japanese views of the ocean. A fishing port is also nearby.


* For special dining requirements or other requests, please contact us using one of the methods given below
* Prices in the table are per guest, per night
* Prices include consumption tax, service fees

Room in detached wing (hanare) Room in main building
Room only (no meals) ¥9,680 ¥8,580
With breakfast ¥11,330 ¥10,230
With dinner and breakfast
Dinner: Yamayuri pork course
¥15,180 ¥14,080
With dinner and breakfast
Dinner: Wagyu beef course
¥17,380 ¥16,280
With dinner and breakfast
Dinner: Sukiyaki course
¥20,130 ¥19,030

* Check-in: From 3:00 P.M.
* Check-out: By 10:00 A.M.
* Free parking available