What is a Ryokan? Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Accommodations in Japan generally include a yukata (Japanese Cotton Robe) for you to wear around the ryokan, outside for an evening stroll or as PJ’s. If you decide to wear your yukata outside then we recommend you borrow a pair of geta (wooden shoes) to complete your look. If it is cool outside there will also be tanzen which is a short jacket.
When you go for your evening Japanese bath you should also bring your yukata to change into. Personally, I like to take a bath before dinner and then wear my yukata while eating. It just makes me feel more Japanese and more connected to the culture. Putting a yukata on is easy but you do have to be careful about one point. First put the right side flap in and then the left as shown below. Doing it the other way is reserved for the deceased (i.e. not you). If you put it on the wrong way that is OK but a Japanese person might walk up to you and fix it. If this happens just smile and make a friend. Remember you are in Japan for new experiences.
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
Part of the Rediscover Group of Travel Companies Rediscover Japan Co., Ltd. (Japanese Guest Houses)
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