THE OLDEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD
THE WORLD'S OLDEST HOTEL - NISHIYAMA ONSEN KEIUNKAN
Japan’s NISHIYAMA ONSEN KEIUNKAN is considered as the oldest hotel in the world.
It was founded in 705 AD, managed by the descendents of Fujiwara Mahito – all 52 generations of them – have operated the inn, for the last 1,313 years. It was founded during the 2nd year of the Keiun era, which was the reason for the hotel’s Keiunkan name.
With that sort of longevity, the hotel was named the world’s oldest by the Guinness Book of World Records. The world’s second oldest hotel – the HOSHI RYOKAN, is also in Japan founded almost 13 years later.
There aren’t many types of people who haven’t stayed at the Keiunkan, which is located at the foot of the South Japanese Alps, at one point or another. Guests are said to include everyone from politicians to samurai. And many come for the same thing - the inn’s hot springs, which have flowed since its opening.
The hotel markets those springs – and nearby attractions such as Mt. Fjui and the Jigokudani Monkey Park (each 3-4 hours away) – on its Website, but it’s low key about its long family history. (In fact, there’s no notification in any of its marketing about the distinction.)
It is boutique hotel with less room inventory (some with open-air baths and another with a moon-viewing platform), along with a karaoke bar and a restaurant that serves locally-sourced koshu beef.
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