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The Oldest Hotel in the World

The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) located in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It is widely recognized as the oldest hotel in the world and has been operated by the same family for over 1,300 years.

The inn was founded in 705 AD during the Nara period and has been in continuous operation ever since. It has a rich history and has served as a resting place for numerous travelers, samurai, shoguns, and even emperors. Throughout its long history, the inn has been rebuilt and renovated multiple times, but it has always maintained its traditional Japanese architectural style and atmosphere.

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is known for its natural hot spring baths, which are fed by the nearby hot springs. The inn offers a variety of rooms, traditional Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats, futons, and sliding doors. Guests can enjoy kaiseki-style meals, which are multi-course traditional Japanese dinners that feature local seasonal ingredients.

The surrounding area of Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan offers beautiful scenery, mountains, forests, and the Hayakawa River. It is a popular destination for those seeking relaxation, tranquility, and a traditional Japanese experience.

It’s worth noting that while the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is considered the oldest hotel in the world, there are several other hotels and inns that also claim to be among the oldest, such as Hoshi Ryokan in Japan and The Olde Bell in England. However, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has the longest verifiable history and is widely recognized as the oldest.

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