Oldest hotel-company in the world

The Hoshi Ryokan (A traditional Japanese hotel) is the oldest hotel in the world since many years ago. It was not the oldest business in the World, it was the second oldest. But since Kongogumi was absorbed by another company, the Hoshi Ryokan became the oldest company in the world. The Hoshi Ryokan was founded in 717 and it has been operated by members of the same family for more than 46 generations!





One night in Hoshi Ryokan costs around 350 USD per person with breakfast and dinner included. They also offer activities like tea ceremony or guided tours around the area. The best thing they offer are the hot springs, known in Japan as onsen.

In Japanese onsen, usually girls and guys bath in different areas, but there some traditional onsen where everyone, men and women, baths in the same “pool” 😉 In the case of Hoshi Ryokan, there is an outdoor mixed bath area (露天風呂).



This is the Hoshi Ryokan outdoor bath area (露天風呂)

English website where you can find information about how to make reservations. Telephone: 81 761 65 1111, Email: houshi@henokiens.com.

  • Karasu-kun

    February 25, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Any better resolution images? I kinda wanted to make the one of the front my background. ^^ Sasuga~ nice photography!

  • Tornadoes28

    February 25, 2009 at 6:31 am

    That is amazing. Amazing that hotel is that old and run by 46 generations of families.

  • sheerblade

    February 25, 2009 at 8:16 am

    That ryokan is beautiful. It’s easy to see why it’s still standing to this day.

  • Enrique

    February 25, 2009 at 10:11 am

    thats amazing!!! now i NEED to visit that place!

  • Edward

    February 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    46 generations is a long time… I want to visit this place.

  • thammuz

    February 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I would love to stay in a place like that.

  • alafista

    February 28, 2009 at 6:27 am

    The first photo of the indoor onsen is just lovely!

  • kulula

    March 21, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Really great travel blog, thanks for sharing this informative article… I love travel

  • MaxxHatter

    January 23, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I just returned from there for the Holidys, this hotel is FANTASTIC!!! The “experience” alone is worth every cent…

  • s.arellano

    January 3, 2012 at 1:38 am