This amazing Japanese hotel has been welcoming guests for 1,311 years

10:47 AM by Saša Tošić
The oldest hotel in the world is located in the village of Hayakawa in Japan. It’s called Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, and it was built in 705 A.D., so this year it celebrates its 1,311th anniversary. Since the day of its founding, the hotel has been closed only for renovation. And during all this time, for an incredible 52 generations, it has belonged to one and the same family.
The last time it was renovated was in 1998. The interior is furnished in the traditional Japanese style, but guests will find the kind of modern accommodation they expect. However, there is no television or internet access — after all, this is a place of refreshment and rejuvenation, where you can find peace of mind, bathe in the hot springs, and stroll along the mountain paths.

This is the hotel from the outside.



Hot tubs fed by underground springs are the hotel’s trademark.



The building is situated in a mountain valley, so all the windows look out on to the peaks. The perfect view for breakfast!



The restaurant’s menu offers traditional Japanese meals.




The central heating is provided by the hot springs, and all the water in the hotel is taken from them, too. This is the fountain at the entrance.



Another bath inside the house.



The hotel has 35 rooms, all furnished in the traditional Japanese style. Each of them has accommodated emperors, warlords, or samurai at some time or other.



The hotel serves as a place of solitude and meditation far from the urban hustle and bustle.



Some rooms have access to their own stone pools, and those who feel tired of bathing can go to the sauna.


The hotel has stayed open for all these centuries because the hosts really care about their guests. They love their work, they’re proud of their home, and they’re happy to provide piece and quiet to those who need it. 

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