Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns with origins that trace back to the Edo era between the 17th and 19th centuries (some even date back to the period's very beginnings). When you enter a ryokan, you'll experience the pure essence of Japanese hospitality.
First, the staff will invite you to take off your shoes and exchange them for a pair of slippers. As you make your way into the carefully furnished interiors, you'll notice the artwork that adorns the walls. Your hosts will also offer you an ayukata (a lightweight, cotton kimono), which you can wear during your entire stay and while visiting the traditional baths (hot springs, which are known as onsens), usually found on site.
Staying in a ryokan includes the opportunity to enjoy authentic Japanese food, prepared using only local and seasonal ingredients.See more