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  Origins and History of the Japanese Ryokan (PDF)  
  The wonders of Japanese Architecture & the Japanese Garden (PDF)  
  An Invitation to the Profound Taste of Japanese Cuisine (PDF)  

Now You Stay in a Ryokan
Receiving Guests  
Prelude to Relaxation  
To Your Guestroom  
Guestrooms of the Ryokan  
After Settled Down in Guestroom  
Japanese-style Garden  
Onsen, Hot Springs  
Open-air Hot Spring Bath  
Private Open-air Hot Spring Bath  
Massage & Esthetic Treatment  
Comfortable Slumber  
  How to use Chopsticks (PDF)  
  The four Seasons and the Seasonal Calendar of the Japanese Ryokan (PDF)  
  Glossary of Terms Related to the Japanese Ryokan (PDF)  
How to enjoy staying at a RYOKAN  
Ryokan Experience by Expatriates  

Looking forward to Welcoming You Again.

Welcoming you again!

After enjoying a good breakfast and with only a short rest after it, you take time to get dressed. The hour of departure is approaching, but you wish to spend the last few moments in a memorable way. There is no need to hurry. Please take your time and relax until the hour of departure.

At most ryokans, the check-out time is either 10 or 11 o'clock in the morning. Although some guests may leave very early in the morning due to their itinerary,if you are in no particular hurry, please enjoy yourself a while longer before you leave the ryokan.

It is time for departure. The Okami and her staff will all be there at the entrance to see you off, regretting the shortness of your stay. In Japan, there is the proverb "Sode furiau mo tasho no en (Even a chance acquaintance is preordained)."This signifies that an encounter, no matter how brief, is to be treasured forever, for the encounter may have been predestined by the Karma in one's previous life. The Okami and her staff, wishing that you have enjoyed your stay and will have a safe journey ahead, will repeat their words of gratitude, bow repeatedly, and smilingly wave until you are out of sight:"Thank you very much for staying with us. We hope you will visit us again."

A public area - guests can use the Internet.   Delicacies, sweets and 'sake' make good souvenirs.   Just as when you arrived, some ryokans will serve you a drink prior to departure. Japanese tea or coffee before leaving the ryokan somehow tastes special.
Check-out time is either 10 or 11 o'clock in the morning.

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