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Shizuka Ryokan

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Tranquillity is the perfect name for this place

"Can't remember the last time we felt so relaxed. Such attention to detail adds that little something special, and excellent service makes us want to return next weekend and each one after!"

Shizuka Ryokan, Australia's renowned and award-winning Japanese guesthouse, is an indulgent retreat featuring traditional accommodation, delicious cuisine and luxurious spa treatments. Set amid three and a half acres of tranquil bushland in Hepburn Springs near Daylesford, Shizuka Ryokan is fully authentic in every detail including its architecture, furnishings and gardens.

Shizuka Ryokan offers just six guestrooms, thus ensuring intimacy, privacy and tranquillity. The grounds are often visited by a wide variety of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos, anteaters, rabbits, turtles and various colourful birds. More important however is the genuine and warm hospitality of the Japanese and local hosts, offering generous and personalised service. They are renowned for their authentic cuisine including their signature four-course dinner served individually to guestrooms and a traditional Japanese breakfast so rarely offered in Australia.

The guestrooms all feature the hallmarks of traditional Japanese style accommodation including futon bedding, shoji rice paper sliding screens and decorative tokonoma alcoves. They also boast modern world comforts including air-conditioning, central hydronic heating, mini-bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, toiletries and CD player. Guestrooms all feature tatami straw matting, offering that subtle fragrance unmistakably reminiscent of Japan. There's also zaisu chairs and handmade zabuton pillows to accompany the traditional kotatsu low tables in each room. The ensuite bathrooms in each guest suite have been totally renovated and now boast beautiful new tiling and accessories. And the dining room has introduced a range of lovely original ceramics, which were purchased in Japan exclusively for use at Shizuka Ryokan.

Shizuka Ryokan is a convenient 15-minute walk from the Hepburn Springs spa bathhouse complex and just a stone's throw from the Hepburn Springs Golf Course. The bustling town of Daylesford, with its myriad of art galleries, craft stores and fine restaurants and cafes, is a short five-minute drive away.

Relax, indulge, rejuvenate and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Shizuka Ryokan.

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Shizuka Ryokan offers a range of packages to suit. Prices include your choice of a traditional Japanese or continental breakfast daily.


From $260 to $380 per couple.


From $239 to $319 per couple per night.


From $159 to $309 per couple per night.


Their signature four-course banquet dinner is $85 per person. It is only available on selected nights, usually Saturday, Monday and Thursday evenings, so suggesting booking well in advance.

Shizuka Ryokan is not a suitable environment for babies or young children and thus they only accept bookings for children over the age of 16. In keeping with the tranquil environment of Shizuka Ryokan, there are no televisions or telephones in the guestrooms. Prices are subject to change. Always ask for their best available rate at time of booking to make sure you get the best deal at LoveBirds.

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Walk into your room at the Shizuka Ryokan and you walk into another world. The simple beauty of the traditional Japanese decor soothes the senses. Delicate cups of fragrant green tea refresh the spirit. Relax against silken cushions and feel your cares float away. The soft tatami matting is gentle underfoot as you cross to a panel of delicate shoji screens and slide them open to reveal the serene beauty of your private Japanese garden. Here water flows softly and time passes slowly. At night a new surprise awaits you when, in traditional ryokan fashion, staff replace the tables and chairs in your room with authentic Japanese futon bedding. Placed directly on the tatami matted floor, your futon enables you to experience the centuries old tradition of Japanese style slumber.

Soak up the simple charms and timeless beauty of the ryokan experience as you luxuriate in your ensuite spa bath. At Shizuka Ryokan, every luxury is provided so you can indulge in the sensual delights of the bath. Wooden bathing stools, fragrant cedar-wood dipping bowls, mineral bath salts, scented soaps, soft candle light and deep spa baths all ensure a truly indulgent experience. Savour the crystal clear flavours of traditional Japanese cuisine and surrender to the indulgence of their wide selection of body spa therapies.

Shizuka Ryokan has six authentic Japanese guestrooms, each with its own individual style and character. All are of similar size and all boast the following amenities: Private Japanese garden, with water feature and night time illumination. Engawa alcove with cane chairs and table overlooking the private garden. Genuine tatami straw mat flooring. Traditional kotatsu low table with zoisu chairs and zabuton pillows. Ensuite with double-sized spa bath, shower and separate toilet. Complimentary toiletries. Fresh traditional cotton yukata robes. Soft slippers. Hairdryer. Mini-bar refrigerator and extensive refreshment menu. CD player, radio and CD selection. Tokonoma decorative alcove with scroll and fresh ikebana flower arrangement. Tea and coffee making facilities. Air-conditioning. Hydronic central heating system. Double glazed windows. Bonsai miniature tree and ikebana flower arrangements. Comprehensive information folder and extensive area guidebook.

Other features of Shizuka Ryokan include: Spa treatments. Bar and snack menu. Free wifi is available throughout the retreat. Spacious lounge and dining area. Cosy open fireplace. Daily newspapers and current magazines. Extensive book and game library. Sunny deck with bushland views. Barbeque.

Whilst we try hard to ensure information is up to date, we cannot guarantee that it will be correct at all times. Please confirm pricing and other details with each property at time of booking. 

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7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs, Victoria 3461.

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  • Brilliant, food outstanding, service impeccable, surroundings extremely Japanese, very authentic. Excellent. Will definitely be back.

    - CHRIS
  • Thank you for making our first wedding anniversary such a wonderful experience. We had such a relaxing stay. The food and service were exceptional and we thoroughly enjoyed our treatments.

    - DAMIEN
  • We were here for our honeymoon and wanted to come back for our anniversary this weekend because it was such a lovely experience the first time. We have enjoyed our stay just as much this time and think we should make it an annual event! Yes! My masseuse yesterday was wonderful too! Thank you very much.

    - TINA
  • Tranquillity is the perfect name for this place. Can't remember the last time we felt so relaxed. Such attention to detail adds that little something special, and excellent service makes us want to return next weekend and each one after!

    - JANE

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