If you’ve done any planning online for an upcoming Japan trip, you’ve come across a type of hotel called a ryokan. These traditional lodgings are the best way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and hospitality. Ryokan are all about taking it slow and easy, enjoying top notch service, eating fantastic food, and relaxing in the public bath.
There was a time when booking an overnight stay at a ryokan was not easy for foreign guests. They remained off the digital grid for years, so it was impossible to get on a hotel booking website and find a ryokan until only recently. You needed to know someone in Japan who could arrange a stay for you or go through a booking agency. Thankfully, nowadays anyone can find a multitude of ryokan listed online, from mid range lodging to high end luxury experiences.