A stay in a ryokan traditional inn is an unmissable experience on any Japan holiday, offering a superb insight into Japanese customs and home life. There are about 70,000 of these inns across the country, where one can spend one night or more nights, like in a hotel, but with a few rules of etiquette. In these beautiful traditional houses, built of wood, paper and bamboo, you will sleep on futon beds,
often after you've enjoyed an onsen traditional hot bath, fed by a thermal spring. Another idiosyncracy of a ryokan holiday is the kaiseki dinners that are included in the price. These multi-course gourmet marathons showcase the ryokan's chef at his or her finest, and are served in your tatame-floored rooms. It's a special moment, particularly for gastronomic adventurers. We generally recommend alternating between 'western' style hotels and ryokans on your Japan holiday.
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