Paolo Valassi Photography

A ryokan is a type of traditional Japanese inn that has existed since the eighth century.

Guest rooms are constructed using traditional Japanese methods: flooring is tatami, and doors are sliding doors.

Almost all ryokan feature common bathing areas or ofuro, usually segregated by gender.

Typically ryokan provide guests with a yukata (the Japanese casual kimono) to wear.

Bedding is a futon spread out on the tatami floor.

When guests first enter their room, they usually find a table and some supplies for making tea.

Paolo Valassi Photography

A ryokan is a type of traditional Japanese inn that has existed since the eighth century.

Guest rooms are constructed using traditional Japanese methods: flooring is tatami, and doors are sliding doors.

Almost all ryokan feature common bathing areas or ofuro, usually segregated by gender.

Typically ryokan provide guests with a yukata (the Japanese casual kimono) to wear.

Bedding is a futon spread out on the tatami floor.

When guests first enter their room, they usually find a table and some supplies for making tea.