The World’s Oldest Hotel – Over 1,200 Years in Operation (And Counting)

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Ever since the ancient times, hotels and Inns have played a significant role in the lives of travelers. In Europe, Inns are believed to have been developed by the Romans, more than two thousand years ago, but unfortunately most of the original ones have either been destroyed or all that is left of them is ruins.

The story of the Hoshi Ryokan began in 718 AD, the only hotel that has withstood the test of time and has been entertaining tourists for the last 1300 years. Hoshi Ryokan, listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest hotel and operating comapny in the world is run by the 46th generation of same Hoshi Family.

 

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The story of Hoshi Ryokan discovery is pretty freaky. It involves one of the greatest Buddhism teachers in the history of Japan, Taicho Daishi who climbed Mount Hakusan to perform training exercises, instead he was instructed by the spirit of the mountain who appeared in his dream to travel to this wondrous place, the underground hot spring which had the miraculous power to cure the people of all their illness.

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The hotel has been in business for over 1300 years but it has expanded and evolved significantly throughout the centuries and now accommodates 450 people in 100 large Japanese-style rooms. Its specialty includes two indoor and two same-sex only outdoor hot spring baths. The cotton kimono is a traditional and comfortable way to dress after soaking in the bath.

Its located in a charming Japanese setting and you can be a guest of this hotel for just US$600 per night which includes breakfast and dinner. So what are you waiting for? Grab a kimono and head towards an unforgettable life experience.

A guest with Hoshi Hotel's director. "Hmm, maybe he is from around the 42nd generation?

A guest with Hoshi Hotel’s director. “Hmm, maybe he is from around the 42nd generation?

In a place like the Hoshi, you just have to wear a kimono!

In a place like the Hoshi, you just have to wear a kimono!

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