There are many Japanese style hotels, what is called “ryokan”, in “onsen” hot springs towns.
“Ryokan”, in general, offers a sleeping accommodation with dinner and breakfast. The charges are not indicated per room but per person. As the guests stay here to enjoy hot spring bathing and good meals, “ryokan” is equipped with large public baths and a variety of small baths for a family. Some high-end “ryokan” have a private bath for exclusive use, as shown in the first picture, in each private room. Meals, in most cases, are brought into the room by a “nakai” waitress and dinner is likely to be lavish with local food stuffs. The second picture shows an example of breakfast. Although the charge per person ranges from 10,000 yen to 30,000 yen, that is a little more pricy than Western style hotels, staying at a traditional “ryokan” with “tatami” mat rooms and “onsen” hot spring baths for one night is worth experiencing.
By Masahisa Takaki.
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