Wednesday , 18 January 2017

Inside The World’s Oldest Hotel That’s Been Passed Down 52 Japanese Generations During Its 1,311 Year History

Now THAT’S called a family heirloom!

  • Hot-spring hotel Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan opened its doors in 705 AD in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture
  • It’s hosted important guests ranging from emperors to samurai. The traditional inn remains popular today
  • The key attraction is its six natural hot-spring baths although Mount Fuji is also within driving distance

When it comes to family heirlooms, Fujiwara Mahito has taken the crown.

The hotelier established Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture in 705AD and it’s stayed in his family for an astounding 52 generations – making the traditional inn 1,311 years old this year.

It’s no surprise then that the landmark holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest hotel.

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (above) in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture, was established in 705AD, making it 1,311 years old this year

The family-run hotel can be found in the sprawling wilds of Japan.

Its closest attractions, Mount Fuji and Jigokudani Monkey Park, are two and half hours and almost four hours drive away respectively.

The 35 rooms inside in the historic building have hosted everyone from politicians to samurai and military commanders.

Fujiwara Mahito was the son of an aid to emperor Tenji in the seventh century according toLingualift, which meant that a few ruling families have also stayed at the hotel.

It was said to have been particularly popular during the warring periods because of the beneficial effects of the spring water on aching muscles.

Today, the remote inn remains a popular attraction for visitors looking for an authentic hot spring experience.

In fact, last year Modern Notion reported that the hotel was digging a new 888 metre well that would make it the hot spring resort with the most amount of water produced per minute.

There are four open-air baths with the view of the mountainous surroundings as well as two indoor baths with a little more protection from the elements.

Aside from the baths, many of the facilities inside the hotel are run with the help of the hot springs, including the drinking water and a sauna, according to RocketNews24.

It was last renovated in 1997 but in reality, little has changed from the traditional way of life.

There’s tatami (traditional mats) flooring and kaiseki (multi-course tasting menus).

Guests are given traditional robes to wear and are expected to take off their outdoor shoes when they enter the building.

And there’s definitely no wifi. That said, the price is a very modern one. One night at the hotel, for two people including dinner and breakfast, starts from 34,720 Yen, or about £216.90.

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