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The ryokan: the ancient Japanese inn that is the next big Airbnb thing

5 monthes ago   |   By The Guardian

The rentals website is reporting a 600% rise in bookings next year for the traditional, family-run hosteries - the oldest of which dates back to the 8th century Hundreds of years ago, they were a place for Japan's nomadic samurai to rest their limbs and reflect. But these days, the ryokan - a traditional, family-run Japanese inn that is usually close to a hot spring - seems to be the buzzword on trendy travellers' lips. Many of them feature modern spins such as onsite Michelin-starred restaurants, robotic toilets and luxury spas, and they are proving a hit with both Japanese tourists and...
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