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Best Ryokans

You’re an old soul, so when it comes to taking an epic holiday, you go straight to OG accommodation. You don’t get any more original than staying in a ryokan. Dating back to the 8th century, these Japanese inns are among the oldest hotels in the world. In fact, the very first hotel ever was opened in 705 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, and it was designed in the ryokan style. No big deal.

Ryokans aren’t just historical. Over a millennium of ongoing hospitality means they’re doing something right! Large common areas are perfect for late-night dining and entertainment with your travel mates. Simple, smart furnishings and natural light say “See ya!” to clutter and stress. And need we mention that many ryokans are all-inclusive? Take in a traditional Japanese tea service and a smashing meal prepared by the hotel chefs. You’ll find culture and luxury in one elegant setting.

Craving some quality time with Mother Nature? Most ryokans are located outside major cities, and surrounded by wilderness. You’ll find ryokan-inspired hotels and guest houses all over the world as well. Embrace the great outdoors and indulge in the Japanese practice of forest bathing for the ultimate relaxation experience. Unplug, unwind, and turn off your mobile—after you post some sweet nature pics, of course. It’s only roughing it if you don’t use a filter.

Did you need a holiday, like, yesterday? We’ve got you covered with ridiculously good-looking deals on cheap ryokan accommodation in your favourite destinations. Get ready to relax like it’s 705!

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