Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan: The Oldest Hotel in the World!

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Did you ever wonder about the oldest hotel in the world?

If yes, then here is a chance for you to know everything about it!



There is a hotel that has been operated by the members of the same family for more than 1,300 years. This hotel is situated in Kyoto Mountains, Japan, and that makes it all the very more beautiful. It caters to everyone – from ancient samurai to the tourists that visit it for a change. It has been providing everyone with their services for more than a thousand years!


Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan was introduced in 705 CE. This traditional ‘Onsen’ (translated as Hot Spring) was the idea of the son of the reigning emperor. Since the springs were hot in this location, this area allowed a lot of healing baths for the visitors as well as the military men and that’s exactly what attracted them the most, since they could drop anytime and relax. A lot of samurais visited this place to enjoy their spa time and to relax their muscles after their special tiring training sessions.


52 different generations have seen the progress of this hotel and has been operating it right from the time it started. The descendants have always been caring for this beautiful place and have been operating it with all their hearts. Generation after generation, they kept modifying the place, growing it to make it more spacious and luxuriously relaxing for the visitors. Even though modernization has touched every bit of it, there are a lot of things that remind you of all those ancient and sacred times.

Today, the site is obviously larger than what it was back then, but the feel of it has remained the same, making it all the very more beautiful for the guests.

h/t : wikipediaatlasobscura

Image courtesy: Namazu-tron/wikipedia, 663highland/wikimedia, 663highland/wikimedia

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