Spring Blossoms!

Spring has sprung at Shizuka Ryokan, with the various blossoms coming out to bloom. Perhaps it’s time for a Cherry Blossom viewing party?!


It’s QOSY here!

Travel bloggers QOSY recently visited Shizuka Ryokan to check out our various services.

Said the review, “Although our stay was only one night, we left breathing deeper, thinking slower, and much more mindful. The atmosphere of the retreat coupled with the bushland setting made for one of the most rejuvenating get-aways I’ve ever experienced.”

You can check out their comprehensive review, some beautiful images and even a succinct video commentary.


Lola Berry

Respected writer, television and online media personality Lola Berry visited Shizuka Ryokan recently.

A specialist in health and nutrition, Lola was keen to review our cuisine and wellness services.

In commenting on our Japanese breakfast service, she said “Salmon was ace but got to try a mountain peach which blew my mind!”


M&M Romance

7 Reasons to visit Daylesford

Travel bloggers, Mr & Mrs Romance came to stay at Shizuka Ryokan recently and included the experience amongst their recommended “7 Reasons to visit Daylesford” story.

Here’s some of their comments…

There are literally hundreds of places to lay your head in this part of the world. But if you’re looking for somewhere truly unique and honestly excellent, try Shizuka Ryokan in Hepburn Springs.

It’s the attention to detail in this hotel that makes it such an authentically Japanese experience. Instead of just staying in some generic hotel, it was really refreshing to spend time here.

Complete with shoji rice paper screen walls, tatami matting and a full-on ornamental kimono hanging on the wall, our room was perfectly Japanese. You’re provided with slippers at the door, which you wear throughout the hotel.

You can even wear the traditional robes around the place if you like (we did!), and as we mentioned, the food here is exceptional.

We were also treated to a couples spa treatment at Shzuka Ryokan – highly recommended!

See the full review and images at…


Shizuka wins Victorian Tourism Award

Shizuka Ryokan has been named 2013 Winner of the Victorian Tourism Award for Health and Wellbeing Tourism.

Additionally, the Japanese country spa & wellness retreat in Hepburn Springs was also awarded runner up finalist for the Hosted Accommodation category.

“We are truly honoured to receive this prestigious accolade, which reflects on the outstanding performance of each and every member of our talented team” said Peter McConvill, co-owner of the retreat.

Shizuka Ryokan is widely acknowledged as Australia’s only fully authentic Japanese style inn, offering the intimacy of six traditional guestrooms together with lovingly prepared cuisine and a wide range of health, wellness and spa treatments.

Co-owner Margaret McConvill added, “We hope that our receipt of this award will further increase the recognition of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region as Australia’s pre-eminent health, wellness and indulgence destination”

In its 29th year, the Victorian Tourism Awards are instrumental in fostering innovation, implementing continuous improvement and increasing professionalism within the tourism industry.

“The RACV Victorian Tourism Awards acknowledges and celebrates Victoria’s best tourism experiences, recognising outstanding achievement and dedication to the industry” Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said.

“The awards celebrate the achievements of those tourism businesses that embrace best-practice business principles and strive for tourism excellence, to offer their visitors a world-class tourism experience.”

Around one hundred tourism operators competed in an exhaustive judging process which included a site inspection and the submission of a detailed 30 page document.

The awards were presented on 11 November at a gala black-tie ceremony in Melbourne attended by over one thousand industry representatives.