A Ryokan can simply be described as a Japanese guesthouse or inn that has formed a part of Japanese culture for centuries. Styles and types of Ryokans have developed through the years and although used in the past as a haven for weary travelers on a long journey, Ryokans now attract visitors seeking excitement and relaxation from around the world.
Price and qualities of Ryokans vary dramatically and choice would depend solely on your travel requirements or needs. Most Ryokans however offer good massage services and have been built on a mineral rich Onsen, or natural hot spring. One is usually expected to enjoy the hot spring or onsen completely naked; however private hot springs are also available in the more luxurious or modern Ryokans. The hot spring water usually ranges from 40 – 44 degrees Celsius and separate male and female bathing areas are usually the norm. It is good to plan your visit in spring or autumn to be able to enjoy the hot springs outdoors in the beautiful Zen gardens.
Some Ryokans are keeping up with latest trends and technology while still holding onto their traditional customs. Consequently, it is no longer out of the ordinary to find the latest in relaxation facilities and services in some of the Ryokans dotted around Japan. There is nothing more wonderful and awe inspiring than experiencing wellness in a setting as beautiful and traditional as the one found in Japan.
So if staying in a room with straw floors and sleeping on a futon on Tatami flooring sounds interesting, then a traditional Ryokan would suit you perfectly. If comfort is your priority and you would like a dash of traditional Japanese culture with modern day facilities, then a Modern Ryokan would be your best bet. You can find out more about the various Ryokans and what they offer at the following site: www.japaneseguesthouses.com
Relax for a while in the hot springs or baths, enjoy professional massages, walk around artistically designed gardens in your wooden clogs or simply gaze at the natural wonders around you. The remarkable outdoor scenery that is found in Japan, can only aid in mind and body rejuvenation. Whether set by the sea, mountains, rivers or bamboo groves, this is sure to be a wellness experience you will not forget very easily.
For a list of luxury Ryokans visit: www.ryokancollection.com
For more information on Ryokans visit: www.ryokan.or.jp or www.japaneseguesthouses.com
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