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Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat

7 Lakeside Dr, Hepburn Springs, Victoria 3461 Australia
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Slip off your shoes and enter the tranquil world of the Japanese ryokan. Hospitality of honour. Zen design. Tatami flooring. Sliding shoji paper screens. A deep soaking bath overlooking your private courtyard garden. "Omakase" dining. Delicious breakfast. Spa and holistic wellness treatments. Australia's renowned Japanese guesthouse, the award-winning Shizuka Ryokan is a tranquil environment in which to relax and reenergise. The accommodation is traditional ... fully authentic in every detail including its architecture, furnishings, gardens, warm hospitality and personalised service. It's a small piece of Japan just 80 minutes drive from Melbourne.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Hot bath
Yoga classes
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Golf course
Taxi service
Car park
Yoga room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Tennis court offsite
Board games / puzzles
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Adults only
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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joh wrote a review 3 May
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I went to a beautiful yoga retreat at Shizuka Ryokan. From the moment you walk down the garden path and take in the natural bush surroundings you start to feel relaxed. You are welcomed with lovely Japanese hospitality, artifacts, food and traditional inn style rooms. The yoga teacher Renee was fantastic. Classes were varied and supported all levels, my favourites were the morning yoga overlooking the bushland and a relaxing sound meditation. I left smiling, refreshed and calm.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Mi Na wrote a review Apr 2022
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My husband and I went to this place last January and we loved it. Beddings seem clean and futon bed was comfortable. Overnight stay was quite refreshing. However on our second visit this week, loud banging sounds kept us awake whole night plus bed was quite uncomfortable. I told the staff and I was told it was a plumbing issue. So basically I paid 750 for one night just to keep us awake.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Shizuka Ryokan, Owner at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat
Responded 19 Apr 2022
Hi Carmina, once again, thank you for bringing this to our attention. As Catherine explained while you were here, we did unfortunately have some plumbing issues which created noise in the water pipes. After having a plumber here for three days in a row we have now identified and rectified the cause of the problem and we haven't had any further complaints. We hope that you enjoyed the complimentary Shiatsu that you had while you were here and if there's anything further we can do for you, please get in touch. Kind regards. Gurudaya
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djr843 wrote a review Jan 2022
Greater Melbourne, Australia7 contributions3 helpful votes
Wonderful two days at a Japanese inn, with authentically Japanese food. My 8-tatami room had a small contemplative garden and was ideal for either an afternoon reading or a nap. Quite lovely! Immaculately clean! A highlight was watching the kookaburra having his breakfast sashimi. Toiletries were perfect for my requirements. Loved the shiatsu massage as a first-timer for that experience.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: I would be happy with any room, I think!
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Paul wrote a review Jan 2022
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia239 contributions136 helpful votes
Lovely location in quiet town...nice gardens leading to building itself. Staff are friendly and helpful...really great! All the food was excellent with nice sake choices to match. Building and rooms are quite small and minimal but that's really part of the experience. Had a shiatsu massage: highly recommended. Only a couple of minor improvements that are really maintenance: update the wicker furniture in room as noisy...and needs a freshen up for wood and paint. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
nicholas_moresby wrote a review Jan 2022
Windhoek, Namibia3 contributions
Wasn’t able to travel to Japan this year so decided to try Shizuka Ryokan instead. Very authentic experience and didn’t feel kitschy at all. There’s no TV which I found to be a nice touch. Bathtub was good size and room very clean. Breakfast was delicious and very typical of Japan. Was especially impressed with the service and we were well looked after by Catherine and Shinya. We also had some last-minute changes to our reservation and they were very understanding and accommodating which was very much appreciated.
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Date of stay: January 2022
USD 232 - USD 303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Portal 108 (0.2 km), Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve (0.5 km), and Hepburn General store (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a spa, free parking, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Surly Goat, Frank and Connie's Kitchen, and Rubens.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Is Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Hepburn Springs.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wombat Flat Mineral Spring (3.9 km) and Leitches Creek Mineral Spring (8.0 km).