The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan holds the record for being the oldest hotel in the world. The hot spring hotel lies at the foot of the Akaishi Mountains and has been operating since 705 AD. It is possibly even the world’s oldest business catering to everyone from the ancient samurai to modern tourists for over 1,000 years.
The hotel was established by Fujiwara Mahito, son of an aid to an emperor, and has been owned and operated by 52 generations of the same family for over 1,300 years. With each passing epoch the hotel was modernized and was last renovated in 1997. However, the rooms furnished with tatami mats and classic art ensure that everything is traditional on the inside.
Guests are instructed to take off their outdoor shoes when they enter the building and given traditional robes to wear. There is no access to internet or WiFi, so it’s all about relaxing and immersing yourself in the surroundings. The hotel consists of 35 suites, four open-air baths that offer stunning views of the mountains and two indoor baths.
Dinner at hotel is kaiseki-style, meaning that your meal is brought to your room and served to you dish by dish. The high quality cuisine made by expert chefs includes a lot of fresh ingredients from the local mountains and river. In 2011, this hotel was formally recognized as ‘world’s oldest hotel’ by the Guinness World Records.
The World’s Oldest Hotel
Been Operating Since 705 AD
Hot Spring At The Hotel
Set Amidst Beautiful Surroundings
As Traditional As Ever
Inside the Hotel