A hotel with a twist – the Japanese ryokan

October 4, 2011

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 tranquil surroundings of a Japanese ryokan.

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.

 

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