Worlds Oldest Hotel, Hoshi Ryokan

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Worlds Oldest Hotel, Hoshi Ryokan

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If you want to stay in the oldest hotel of the world, you will have to travel to the extreme east of the globe to Japan. In this world when acquisitions and takeovers and mergers are the orders of the day, it is hard to digest that a business, especially a hotel business is being carried on by the same family for 46 generations (you read it right, generations and not years).

It is the Hoshi Ryokan, a hotel and spa in Komatsu, Japan. It is famous for its hot springs that cures diseases and is believed to be discovered by a Buddhist monk in dreams. His disciple founded the hotel and since then it has been rejuvenating people for nearly 1300 years. Apart from being the oldest running hotel, it is the oldest running business too. If one thinks of the historical condition of the world back in 718 AD when Ryokan opened its doors, they will get nothing lesser than baffled.

The exact location of the Ryokan is in the village of Awazu. The story goes that Taicho Daishi, a great Buddhist teacher once hiked up to the sacred Mt. Hakusan and after tiring out he fell asleep. The deity of the mountain came in dreams and directed Taicho to this wonderful hot spring that can rejuvenate the tired, ailing people. He got a few sick villagers and as they immersed in the water and came up they were cured. Taicho went in search of enlightment leaving the spa to his disciple, Garyo Hoshi.

Hoshi’s family has been running the spa for all these years. They have seen changes in the Japanese dynasties as well as survived two World Wars and are still running the modest business and its popularity has never diminished. These days the hotel has a hundred guest rooms in the traditional Japanese style there are two pools indoor and two outdoors separated for the men and women. The hotel provides its guests with the special Yukata kimono so that they can enjoy their relaxation completely. The whole spa and hotel is surrounded by many traditional gardens and the rural scenery all around automatically relaxes the mind that is devoted to urban problems and deadlines.

The rent is moderate and includes breakfast and dinner. You not only get relaxed in the hot springs but also get to live the traditional Japanese way.

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