Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan is the oldest hotel in the world.
Providing accommodation for weary travelers is nothing new. Humans have long provided a roof and bedding for a nominal fee, with inns dating back thousands of years. While most of the old world inns have long been replaced, there remain a few relics that date back several hundred years.
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is a hotel that currently operates in the small Japanese village of Hayakawa – and it first opened its doors back in 705 AD! That’s right; this hotel will be operating for its 1,315 years this year!
What is even more incredible is the fact that the hotel has been run by one family for its entirety, dating back 52 generations – talk about a family business!
Throughout this time period, the hotel has only ever been shut for short-term maintenance and renovations, with the most recent having taken place in 1998. It features contemporary Japanese décor, and features many hot springs and is situated amongst a breathtaking mountain landscape
Current guests will have to make do without television or the internet, as both aren’t provided in the hotel. But this seems totally understandable given the quaint location that is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life to relax, unwind and recharge.
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan: Website