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A Douse in 1300 Years of History

Japan's oldest hot spring inn offers a soothing retreat

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Caleb Cello   - 3 min read

Resting in the deep mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture, lies the world's oldest hotel—Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan has been managed by the same family for over 50 generations.

The safeguarding and maintenance by the family have preserved the inn from the marks of history and the untroubled course of time which provides a splendid view of the World Heritage listing of Mount Fuji—the sacred mountain. And, for folks who seek a vintage adventure and want to break free from the groove of city life, this hodgepodge of the earliest Asian culture is an absolute escape.

You can heal and ease into their mineral water hot springs that facilitate a relaxing vibe to travelers from all over the world. The hotel has four open-air baths and two indoor baths that will surely give you a moment of bliss while giving you a luxurious feeling; the water contains sodium, calcium nitrate, and chloride spring to aid in healing many ailments. More than that, the innate panorama of this Guinness Book of World Record holder will never drop your expectations as it candidly showcases the surrounding rich culture.

The sheer characteristics of the interior have been nurtured through the years to cater and give travelers a taste of the traditional Japanese lifestyle that highlights a spectacular view of the mountains of Kai from their 12-tatami-mat-sized bedrooms. Each room can cater to two to seven people, and the rooms are adorned by Shan shui paintings. Its magnificent architecture also includes open-air baths and bona fide Japanese suites. The rooms are inspired by Japanese abodes, from room decor, furniture, and handcrafted walls. The guest rooms have moon-viewing platforms that will surely bring joy to the hearts of visitors.

For travelers who seek out peace and quiet, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan will definitely satisfy those cravings. By soaking in the relaxing bath, visitors can lounge in the outdoor air of the hotel's private terrace and enjoy the views of the Hayawaka and Yukawa ravines. Visitors can enjoy gazing out from any room to the awe-inspiring view of the mountains, rivers, and valleys.

Welcome to a world of ultimate relaxation untouched by time that offers an escape from reality. Opposite the old, iconic atmosphere, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan makes its visitors feel revived and alive. Indeed, a true testament that old is gold.

Caleb Cello

Caleb Cello @cello.caleb