Japan may be a small country, but it boasts a grand heritage. Despite the modernization and urban boom, some of the ancient wonders are still carefully preserved.
The land of the rising sun has always been popular for its picturesque hot springs and intrinsically structured pagodas. It’s also known for its brave Samurai warriors. Interestingly, there exists an inn Japan which is renowned for hosting these brave men.
Nestled among the mountains in southwest of Tokyo, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi Prefecture is one of the oldest inns in the world. Today, tourists across the world flock to this inn to experience the traditional Japanese way of life.
Legend has it that Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is over 1,300 years old and was first set up in 705AD. Interestingly, it is run by the same family spanning over 52 generations.
What’s unique about the inn is the service that it ‘does not’ offer. As the intent of the locale itself is to cut away from the everyday hustle and bustle, the guests have to do without electronic media.
They won’t have access to television or the internet. Most guest rooms are spacious with a twelve-tatami mat area studded with cozy Japanese decors. A look outside the window is a painting that has come to life. The mountains of Kai bear a semblance to shan shui paintings, and the beautiful view of the Hayakawa and Yukawa ravines are a sight to behold.
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan further rose to fame in 2011 when it was certified as “the world’s most historical inn” in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is an inn at the foot of the South Japanese Alps in Yamanashi Prefecture and has all of its hot water directly sourced from the hot spring.
The inn has been popular among politicians and celebrities, who come here to experience the hot spring. The new bath installed at the inn can pump over a thousand liters of naturally heated water per minute.
This video captures the vivid imagery of Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan.