You will experience authentic traditional Japanese culture and customs and indulge in traditionalold-fashion Japanese hospitality and service at its legendary best. By understanding some of the customs and practices of a ryokan, you will be assured of a memorable experience and be able to enjoy the most of your stay.
A ryokan is a traditional Japanese-style inn and has been a central part of Japanese culture for centuries. Here guests can get a taste of Japanese traditional home life.
Check-in time is from 13:00pm. Try to check-in before 5:30pm as the ryokan may not be able to serve you dinner after 7:00pm. The reason is the ryokans serve fresh, seasonal food and as a result, dinner is served as soon as it is cooked and no later. If the dinner is already prepared but sits there for several hours there is a good chance it will be spoiled. If you check-in early, you may leave your luggage at the ryokan and go sightseeing before returning for dinner.
The reception at a ryokan closes early. Be sure to confirm both the check-in and check-out times.
A typical ryokan room is patterned on rooms in classical Japanese houses and contains : shoji (sliding paper doors) which separates the agari-kamachi from the room.
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Dinner (an example)
Breakfast (an example)
The Japanese consider a long hot bath to wash away the day’s weariness a major ryokan attraction and you should also find time to indulge in it. Your room may be provided with a private bath or you may choose to use the communal bath. Men and women bath separately.
Place your clothing in the basket and clean yourself with the soap.
Use a washbowl to scoop hot water out of the tub to rinse yourself with.
After washing off the soap, step into the bath tub. Do not use soaps in the bath tub. The tub of water is for everyone. The water temperature should be between 38℃and 42℃ and the water should be deep enough that an adult can sit submerged up to the neck.
Get out of the tub, sit down (on the low stool provided or on your knee(s) — not, in other words, with your bottom directly on the floor), and wash yourself thoroughly. You can wash your hair now, too.
Use the shower or water from the bath to clean any remaining soap or shampoo from the floor.