Ryokan: Japan's Finest Spas And Inns by Akihiko SekiRyokan: Japan's Finest Spas And Inns by Akihiko Seki

Ryokan: Japan's Finest Spas And Inns

byAkihiko Seki, Elizabeth Heilman Brooke

Hardcover | December 25, 2007

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With over 180 color photographs and extensive commentary, this book showcases the beauty of Japanese inn, or ryokan .Featured are both old and new-from inns with a history dating back a thousand years to modern inns with the latest facilities that nonetheless capture the spirit of old Japan. Each of the properties has been handpicked by the authors for their strong design aesthetic, commitment to service and purity of their spring waters. The photographs showcase the resorts at their best and accurately express the unique architectural design of each ryokan.Each chapter begins by introducing the area surrounding the inns and their spas, or onsen, and provides a background of its local history, culture and traditions, as well as the natural environment. The text provides information on the design and development of each ryokan, and descriptions of the owners and their clientele.For those planning a visit to an onsen, this book provides contact details and information on the number of rooms, type of facilities and food, as well as vital information on travel and booking procedures and whether English is spoken. For those fascinated by Japanese culture and design, this book is an absolute delight.
Akihiko Seki was born in Tokyo in 1939 and graduated from Keio University with a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1963. He and his wife travel all over Japan and Asia in search of the ultimate healing and relaxation experience. American writer and editorElizabeth Heilman Brooke lives in Japan and is an ardent student of Japan's nat...
Title:Ryokan: Japan's Finest Spas And InnsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.86 inPublished:December 25, 2007Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804838399

ISBN - 13:9780804838399

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from More onsen than ryokan This survey of the best ryokan - or traditional Japanese inns - should really have been called onsen since every one of them has a hot spring. It's a great glimpse at the wide range of hospitality opportunities across the Japanese countryside. The only complaint is the language is what might be called travel cheesy. It tries too hard. To paint word pictures. And feels. Forced. #plumreview
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