Traveling to Japan is an experience that is at the top of many travelers’ lists. From the fascinating sights of Tokyo to the heights of Mt. Fuji, there are so many things to do in this abundantly rich country.
If you have the luxury of traveling to Japan, there is one lodging experience that you must not leave without doing: staying in a ryokan.
Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns that are typically located in scenic, rural areas. These classic accommodations are known for their beautiful settings, tasteful rooms, dining excellence, and on-site hot springs which combine to make for a truly unforgettable stay.
The rooms in these inns are quite strange for Westerners, as there is practically no furniture inside. Visitors sleep on Japanese-style futon beds on tatami mats on the floor that are surprisingly comfortable!
The spas inside of these hotels, known as ofura, use hot spring water from nearby sources to provide healing and restorative bath facilities to visitors. These are sometimes available to be reserved in a private setting, where other ryokans just opt for common, shared ones.
You can’t go wrong with staying in a ryokan if you want to experience the best that traditional Japan has to offer.