Japanese Inns and Hot Springs: A Guide to Japan's Best Ryokan & Onsen
Richly illustrated and exhaustively researched, this is the definitive guide to Japanese spas and hot springs known as Ryokans. Identifies the 40 finest Japanese ryokan and onsens for English-speaking visitors (including 13 in the Tokyo area and another dozen near Kyoto and Nara). Locales range from historic properties like Hiiragiya in Kyoto -- to luxury retreats like Zaborin in Hokkaido and Tenku-no-Mori in Kyushu. Indispensable tips on booking a Japanese Ryokan that is right for you, and reaching each property by train, bus and taxi are provided, along with a detailed etiquette guide to staying at a Ryokan and bathing in an Onsen, as well as descriptions of the special features of each of the inns featured. The beautiful properties in this book also illustrate the unique design sensibility for which Japan is so justly renowned. Above all, else this guide reveals the enduring traditions of Japanese hospitality, a rich heritage reaching back a thousand years.
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