A Taste of Japan: Ryokan

While we won’t depart for our big trip for some time yet, we still have smaller adventures, and we’ll feature some highlights from those in the meantime. Japan was an amazing excursion for our first overseas!

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Ryokan are a luxury even for the Japanese.  These traditional hotels invite you to don yukata and sip tea on tatami mats in your room.  Far more spacious than hotels in the city, they serve as miniature suites, with a full bathroom (as in: a full room for taking baths – not showers), a “living” room that’s converted into a bedroom with futons at night, and a sitting/sun room.  Many ryokan also feature a high-end restaurant with full, multi-course, traditional Japanese meals (where you sit on tatami mats and food is partially cooked at your table).  If you’re lucky, yours will additionally offer a larger, multi-person sentou or true onsen.

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