written by Scott
A 'traditionally Japanese hotel'. It's a bit like a bed and breakfast in that you stay in Japanese style and often will be offered one or two meals as an option with the cost of the room. Ryokan are 'Japanese style' in that you'll take off your shoes at the door, may have a communal bath (if so often in the japanese style), will have a tatami-floored room and will sleep on futons. Ryokan are often run by a family, and range from around $30 per person per night on the smaller or basic end to hundreds of dollars a night for a full, tradition-laden experience with full meals, fancy bath, gardens to walk in, and so on.
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