The Ryokan: the typical hotel of Japan

When traveling, the hotel night is often a more or less random place, without much surprise at least, but nevertheless essential to rest and regain strength to continue to discover a region or a country. Staying in a traditional hotel in Japan is to continue your journey, to discover a culture dedicated to well-being. Ryokan? This word may not tell you much, but it refers to the traditional hostel par excellence in Japan. Initially reserved for the local bourgeoisie, the Ryokans gradually became democratized to become a cultural element of the first order. Far from the standardized codes of continental hotels where all rooms are similar in any country; these establishments take place in typical Japanese style houses.

The room of a Ryokan

What is striking above all is that on entering the room, there is no bed. Most often no shower either. A coffee table, tatami mats (straw mats with the characteristic smell placed on the ground), possibly some cushions will welcome you. Welcome to the Japanese habitat: simple decoration, even bare but really exotic and attractive. An alcove most often completes the room. For a suite, the rooms are separated by sliding partitions made of paper. Wall tapestries