TIRED of faceless hotels without any special features? Want to experience distinctive hospitality, you will never forget?
Booked.net writer Svetlana Malukha investigates ryokan – a Japanese hotel, where you are unlikely to see familiar beds, where you wear a special kimono – yukata, which symbolizes tranquility and peace, and taste food cooked on hot stones.
The first ryokans appeared in 1603 and since the concept has been greatly modified, yet one thing remains stable – a strong feeling of genuine Japanese hospitality, sensed as soon as you reach the doorstep.
But don’t expect to just casually walk through the door.
Once you are in a ryokan, you need to be aware of the etiquette you are expected to comply with.