If you feel like you need to disconnect and recalibrate—and have a few days to do it—then look into booking a couple of nights at a Japanese ryokan. These traditional inns date back to the 8th century A. Now, however, they are a preferred lodging option for locals and tourists alike. These accommodations are characterized by tatami mat flooring, low wooden tables, shoji screens, futon bedding, and yukata robes.
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These hot springs inns can range from old fashioned, past-their-prime places, to massive properties where guests are entertained around-the-clock with buffet dinners and breakfasts, huge bathing areas, and karaoke rooms. But the small inns with no more than thirty rooms, up-to-date baths with glass walls overlooking forests, and first-rate food are what we suggest. These days, though, everyone is welcome in most ryokans, where a typical stay is no more than three nights and usually just one or two. Here are some of our favorites:. Sanyo-so , located in Shizuoka prefecture not far from Mishima Station, is a classic and famous property, with wide hallways and a huge entryway that conjures up images of horse-drawn carriages. The silence of a stroll here is memorable.