The oldest ryokan in Japan is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi Prefecture where the first Tokugawa shogun Ieyasu stayed twice and the warlord Takeda Shingen was also believed to have been a guest.
This is confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records which lists the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan as the oldest hotel in the world which began business in 705!
Hoshi Ryokan in Awasu Onsen, one of the four main onsen resorts of the Kaga Onsen, began in 718 and is the world's second oldest running hotel, having been run by the same family for over 45 generations.
Both ryokan offer an incredible sense of continuity and history as well as amazing Japanese kaiseki food. The ryokan are Japanese style with rooms having tatami mats and futon bedding. The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has a number of both outdoor and indoor hot spring baths. Prices are around USD 500 per night.
Nishiyama Hot Spring
Yamanashi Prefecture 409-2702
Tel: 0556 48 2111
Tel: 0761 65 1111
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