For those keen to understand the quintessential culture of Japan, a stay at any of the 38 properties within The Ryokan Collection allows travellers to experience traditional Japanese inns and small hotels known as ryokans. The ryokans within The Ryokan Collection portfolio fall into one of three categories – traditional, heritage and contemporary.
The history of Japanese ryokan dates back 1,300 years. From hot springs to Geisha, the small inns (many family-owned) provided visitors with premium experiences across Japan. Each ryokan is rigorously assessed before it can be incorporated into the collection to ensure it can provide exceptional service, attention to detail and a bespoke traditional experience unseen almost anywhere else in Japan.
A Ryokan usually offers two meals for each night’s stay, breakfast and dinner. Chefs source fresh local ingredients daily in order to serve meals as freshly as possible. Ryokans are usually located outside of the big cities, surrounded by nature and close to hot springs. At the Ryokan Collection, guests are able to tailor their stay, requesting western-style beds for example; or opting to dine outside of the ryokan so they can sample a variety of cuisine in the local area.
Zenses, a joint-venture between The Ryokan Collection and H.I.S Co. Ltd (one of the largest travel agents in Japan) is a service that operates tailor-made itineraries for its customers. Guests staying at The Ryokan Collection can utilise the expertise of Zenses who can provide expert guides and escorts; luxury transportation; private admission to famous temples, shrines and gardens; dinners and events at World Heritage-listed sites; private meetings with local artisans; and private admission to galleries and museums.
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