Have you ever wondered or though about staying at the oldest hotel in the world? Well, The Travel Virgin is here with an interesting article on “The Oldest Hotel in The World“. The oldest operational hotel in the world is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, which is located in Japan. This hotel has been in operation for over 1300 years and has stayed in the same family for 52 generations. In 2011, The Guinness World Book of Records recognized Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan as the oldest hotel in the world. This hotel deserves a place at the top of our bucket list for 2021.
Japan is well known for having the oldest companies in the world, so it is not surprising that the second oldest hotel in the world, Hoshi Ryokan is also from Japan. The Travel Virgin will also feature this hotel in our article.
History of the Oldest Hotel in the World
The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan began its operation in 705 A.D. It is called “The Hot Spring Hotel”. It sources all its hot water from the local Hakuho Springs. Located at the Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, it is at the foot of the South Japanese Alps. The waters of the springs are considered to have healing effect making the hotel widely popular.
Description of the Oldest Hotel in the World
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has 37 rooms. Although the hotel had a major renovation in 1997, it has maintained its architectural traditional style. The hotel provides modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and is classically furnished.
Gallery of Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan Hotel
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Hoshi Ryokan Hotel- The Second Oldest Hotel in the World
The Hoshi Ryokan Hotel was though to be the oldest hotel in the world, until history proved this erroneous and Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan was actually found to be the oldest. Despite its second place, it is indeed bucket list worthy. Founded in 718 A.D, it also has a history of generational management. It has been managed by the Hoshi Family for 46 generations. Hoshi Ryokan is also popular for its hot springs.
The Legend or myth attached to the Hoshi Ryokan was that Taicho Daishi, the renowned Buddhist teacher had a vision whilst he was travelling in the area. In his vision, a deity, the god of Mount Hakusan, told him that there was a spring near by with healing powers. As such, he instructed one of his followers, Garyo Saskiri of the Hoshi family, to build a house that could accommodate persons to experience the healing wonders of the waters. This house became the Hoshi Ryokan. The story of the healing powers of the spring was heard throughout lands near and far. Since then Hoshi Ryokan has been accepting visitors.
Description of the Hoshi Ryokan Hotel
The Hoshi Ryokan has 100 rooms and can accommodate over 400 guests. Providing a authentic Japanese experience, rooms have tatami floor and Japanese futon beds.
Gallery of Hoshi Ryokan Hotel
It is so interesting to read about these hotels that have stood the test of time. Make sure to visit one of these hotels on your next trip to Japan.
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