Hoshi Ryokan - Second Oldest Hotel In The WorldHoshi  

Legend has it that the great Buddhist teacher, Taicho Daishi, saw a vision while traveling in the local area.

In his vision, a great deity made it known to him that nearby was a hot spring flowing with marvelous waters that had the power to heal the souls of all who bathed in them.

The spring was hidden underground, and under Taicho’s guidance, local villagers dug up the spring to take advantage of its warm waters.

Taicho instructed his disciples to build a ‘Ryokan’ (traditional Japanese boarding house) by the spring so many people could come and benefit from the special waters.

Hoshi Ryokan had been there ever since. Lucky for you, they did - because now you have the opportunity to bathe in the magical waters for yourself.

Location: Awazumachi  Japan  East Asia

Hoshi Ryokan is the second oldest hotel in the world; first opening its doors in 717.

Hoshi Ryokan building, the oldest hotel in the world

Hoshi Ryokan has an indoor and outdoor spa pool. And offer you the chance to unwind in their lovely gardens that combine ancient Japanese landscaping with modern methods.

Hoshi Ryokan facade

If you can come in September, you will be treated to a rare spectacle: the Garyo festival where the traditional dances of the Samurai are performed on a stage floating on a candlelit lake. Tempted?

Hoshi Ryokan lounge

Hoshi Ryokan's interior hasn't changed much in centuries.

Hoshi Ryokan room

The traditional Japanese rooms are covered with futons, and the sliding doors open to a magical garden.

Hoshi Ryokan view to the garden

Hoshi Ryokan's spa is filled with healing thermal waters.

Hoshi Ryokan spa
Hoshi Ryokan pool
Hoshi Ryokan garden and lake
Ishikawa-ken, Komatsu-shi, Awazumachi, Wa46Japan