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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  

  To Your guestroom
On the way to your guestroom Enjoying Blissful Moments of a Serene Journey.

To the guest room

After relaxing in the lobby, you will finally be shown to the guestroom. A female attendant known as Nakai-san will, with your prior consent, carry your personal luggage.

On the way to your guestroom, the Nakai-san will give you a quick tour of the ryokan.

The custom in Japan is to take off one's shoes indoors. As for ryokans, some request guests to take off their shoes and wear slippers at the entrance, while others allow guests to keep their shoes on as far as the guestrooms.

At ryokans where the guests can keep their shoes on as far as the guestrooms, the corridors are either stone-paved or carpeted. In contrast, at ryokans where the guests are requested to remove their shoes and wear slippers instead, the corridors usually have wooden flooring. Moreover, at some ryokans the corridors are tatami-matted, in which case the guests are to walk along without shoes or slippers.

A stone-paved corridor A tatami-matted corridor
A wooden-flooring corridor Nakai-san, a room maid

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