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What's is a Ryokan?> Various Encounters with the Unknown
Japanese-style Hotel "Ryokan"
What is a Ryokan?
  Various Encounters with the Unknown  
  Difference between a Western-style hotel and a Japanese Ryokan  
  Feel Reluctant to bathe in the Presence of Others ? - Guestrooms with an Open-air Bath Available  
  Sleep on FUTON placed over the TATAMI Mats!  
How to choose a Ryokan
Okami, the Landlady
The Fee System & Prices  
Photo Gallery  
  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  

  What is Ryokan?
An Outline of the Japanese Ryokan, for a pleasant Stay

Various Encounters with the Unknown

Experience the elements of Japanese culture and customs: living in a room with Tatami (straw mat) flooring, changing into a typical Yukata (robe) after taking an Onsen hot-spring bath, sleeping on a Futon (bedding) put down directly on the Tatami floor, and etc. in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese hotel.

Ryokans are accommodation facilities which are imbued with the traditional culture of Japan. As a result, it is quite understandable that foreign guests are often perplexed by many things when staying at a ryokan. Nevertheless, it is also true that various encounters with the unknown will greatly deepen the impressions and excitement of your journey. To be captivated by a totally different landscape, to enjoy experiencing something new, to try out local flavors, all for the first time ... these are surely what make any journey exciting, allowing you to become immersed in a special sense of freedom that cannot be savored in daily life. In Japan, there is the following proverb: “Go ni itte wa go ni shitagae” (literally, “When in a village, do as the villagers do”, which is equivalent to the English proverb, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”).

The very act of coming into contact with the traditions, culture, climate and customs of the country you are visiting or the land through which you are traveling is in itself particularly precious. If you have any queries or comments, please do not hesitate to inform the ryokan staff. They will, of course, do their best to make your stay an agreeable one without any inconvenience, by responding to your needs in a friendly yet thoughtful manner.
The front-gate of a first-class ryokan

A modern ryokan

A traditional ryokan


A Tatami-matted room

Onsen, hot-spring bath

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