Recommendation by Lemi
Founded in 705 A.D., Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is the oldest hotel in the world. The ryokan has been passed down through 52 generations over more than 1,300 years. They’ve got a good thing going: a prime location at the foot of the Japanese alps, mineral-rich onsen (温泉, hot springs), kaiseki (懐石, multi-course), and lifetimes of experience in the service industry. Their remote perch on the mountains boast some of the most breathtaking views. Take it all in while soaking in a warm bath. The low alkaline waters are known to help with fair skin and muscle pain. This time-old tradition is also believed to be an important social activity. Nothing strips barriers away quite like stripping down! Whether you favor wooden tubs or stone pools, they’ve got you covered. There are six baths to try: four open-air springs and two indoor observatories. If you’re a little body-shy, book one of the two private outdoor baths.
Hayakawa-cho, Minamikomaama-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
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