Instead of modern motels and hotels, the ryokan offers new experiences with traditional housing styles and outdoor swimming pools.
A ryokan or inn is a form of accommodation that dates back to the 8th century. One of the oldest ryokans is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan inn, which opened in 705. This form of accommodation developed in the Edo period and is the residence of famous people while traveling.
Enjoy the traditional atmosphere
The inns were built long ago, so they have traditional Japanese architecture, including many single rooms with wooden partitions. Inside the room, the floor is made of tatami mats, with futons and wooden furniture. Room amenities are simple and elegant.
The Japanese traditional house-style inns. Photo: Envato.
All ryokans are designed with traditional garden houses. From the room overlooking, the green and peaceful space will help visitors relax after a long day.
All the inns adhere to Omotenashi’s criterion, which means serving customers wholeheartedly. Unlike the professional receptionists at the hotels, the owner or the hostess at the ryokan will directly welcome guests with traditional Kimono costumes.
In addition, when staying at a Ryokan, you will be served 2 free traditional Japanese meals for free. The chefs at the ryokans are mostly experienced in the preparation of traditional dishes.
Experience an outdoor hot tub
The highlight that you cannot miss when choosing a hot spring ryokan. Some inns also have outdoor baths (rotenburo). Here, visitors can sip a cup of hot tea, watch the outdoors and relax after a long day of discovery.
Hot showers help increase blood circulation. Photo: Kashiwaya.
Famous inns in Japan
Tawaraya is a long-standing traditional Kyoto inn dating back to the Edo period. Currently, the inn is still preserved according to the old architecture, from the frame to the layout. Another plus is the hostel located in the city center and close to the Higashiyama district shopping stores. Ryokan Tawaraya will be a suitable choice for travelers interested in nostalgia.
Located in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, Kayotei offers premium room types with private hot tubs. Here, visitors can enjoy a cup of tea and enjoy the views from the lush green forests.
To Japan in the fall, visitors can visit Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture, pick fruit at Yamanashi Garden and walk around Mount Fuji watching the falling yellow leaves.