Experience All the Charm of Japan in a Traditional Ryokan Hotel

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Along side trending pop culture, promotional campaigns for tourism in Japan tend to focus on a smorgasbord of more traditional aspects of Japan. What they often unfortunately leave out, however, is perhaps one of the best opportunities to enjoy a uniquely Japanese experience during one's trip. And that's the calming and enriching experience of staying in a traditional Japanese-style inn, or ryokan.

As trendy themed-lodging options (such as robot-staffed hotels) and private housing become more popular, ryokan may be losing some of their footing in Japan. But for those looking for as all-encompassing and richly cultural an experience in Japan as possible, there may be no better option than taking in the sights, sounds, and flavors of a Japanese-style inn.

A hub of Japanese food and culture in one building

Located in Japan's thriving cultural center of Kyoto, Kohro is one such inn where guests can enjoy all that a ryokan has to offer. Kohro worked closely with skilled Japanese artisans in designing high quality guest rooms and baths, using cedar from Kyoto's northwest region Kitayama, which are prized pillars of Japanese architecture. Kohro as a whole has incorporated using these treasured techniques as much as possible, with the intent of keeping them alive.

Kitayama cedar is even used in this fascinating speaker set, located in guest rooms to help you unwind.

Outside of a communal cypress bath, or onsen, rooms are equipped with relaxing personal baths where guests can take in the surrounding stone gardens.

Kyoto cuisine you can take in with five senses

One of the most appealing parts of staying in a ryokan is being able to sample kaiseki-ryōri, a traditional multi-course traditional Japanese meal known to be particularly delicious in Kyoto, but also strives for a perfect balance of taste, texture, aesthetic, and color. Kohro prides itself as serving fresh seafood everyday.

Plating is just as important as taste when it comes to this cousine, so Kohro features 100 custom-made Kyō ware (Kyoto traditional pottery) dishes from long-established potter Tosai. Paired with especially planned courses, the dishes perfectly reflect each of the four seasons.

The above video is a promotional release from BS Fuji's program "ESPRIT JAPON" in a campaign to allow those traveling in Japan to rediscover the charm of traditional Japanese inns. The hustle and bustle of Japan's major cities provide endless entertainment, but sometimes the most pleasant experiences can be had by simply slipping into a yukata, enjoying a hot spring, and enjoying the fine dining of a ryokan.

By - Big Neko.

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