What is a Ryokan? Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Nara was the first permanent capital of Japan, established in 710 AD and is now celebrating its 1300th birthday. Although the capital was soon moved to Kyoto where it remained for the next 1,000 years, Nara saw the development of Japan's first arts, crafts, and literature. Nara became the political and cultural center of Japan, and it established many shrines, temples, palaces, and pagodas. Most of Nara's historical buildings remain, and they are surrounded by a large and spacious park. Some of the bigger attractions are the bronze Buddha statue at Todaiji (pictured above), and Horyuji which is said to be the world's oldest wooden building. The presence of wild, free-roaming deer at Nara add a very special atmosphere to the area. Although most visitors make only a day trip to Nara, the historical and natural beauty of the city and the surrounding area warrant at least a couple of days of exploring. For more information about Nara please see our travel content partner Japan-Guide
Welcome to Gyokuzo-in. This Buddhist temple was first established about 1400 years ago. It is located on the east side of the Mt Ikoma, between Osaka and Nara. Japanese dishes featuring local specialities are served at the guest room or in the banquet hall. For dinner, guests can choose from a traditional multi-course meal or traditional vegetarian dishes. There is a morning prayer that starts around 6:00 am. As guests of Gyokuzo-in you are invited to attend the prayer services. The praye...
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
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