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Hoshi — The world's oldest hotel

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Hoshi, a traditional Japanese ryokan, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest in the world.

The hotel has been in business for more than 1300 years, and operated by the same family for forty-six generations.

It has 100 guest rooms and a 'hanare', a private guest residence. There are two indoor and two same-sex-only outdoor hot spring baths. Two family baths can also be privately reserved by guests.

Rooms with private bath and toilet are available and there are large Japanese-style rooms suitable for four or more guests. Guests are provided with 'yukata' for relaxation. This cotton kimono is a comfortable way to dress after soaking in the bath.

The ryokan serves breakfast and dinner and will cater to some special requirements, such as vegetarian or no pork. Local seafood is used in much of their delicious food. Room service is available.

Everything is aimed at fully satisfying each customer. The tea ceremony is a traditional Japanese welcome. Harmony with nature and appreciation of season changes is evident to guests, and all rooms have been given a poetic name.

An emmeikaku guesthouse in the garden is decorated in red checked patterns from the Hokuriku area.

There are shops and restaurants nearby and they will pick you up from the nearest railway station.


Ishikawa on Japan's Honshu Island.


Hoshi ryokan rooms start at around $670 a double a night. Breakfast and dinner are included.

World Expeditions has a sixteen day Landscapes of Japan Tour starting in Osaka. Prices start at $4990 per person twin share. Accommodation, meals, transport and a guide are included.

Prices quoted are correct on September 14, 2006.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information


Awazu Onsen
Ishikawa-ken 92383
Ph: 81 761 65 1111
Fax: 81 761 65 1115
Website: E/

World Expeditions

Level 5, 71 York Street,
Sydney 2000
Ph: 1300 720 000
Fax: (02) 9279 0566

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