Japan is known for their high-tech gadgets and infrastructures. Japanese homes are built with amazing technology like robotics and anti-earthquake machinery. If you are a tourist, you will be amazed with their amazing hotels that boast with the latest technology the world has ever seen. But, did you know that Japan is also the home of the oldest operating hotel in the world and it has been operating since 705 AD!
Guinness World Records confirmed it via their website that the oldest hotel is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan, a hot-spring hotel, which has been operating since 703 AD.
It is the oldest hotel and oldest company still in operation and it had 52 generations of the same family operating it since its founding. This hotel or inn was even patronized by Japanese samurai.
Here's what JapanPage.Net has written about this world's oldest operating hotel:
"Keiunkan has been in continuous operation for some 1,300 years. In 2011, this astonishing record was recognized by Guinness World Records, crowning the establishment as the world's oldest inn. Turning to the historical record reveals surprising facts: military leader Takeda Shingen of the Sengoku (Warring States) period, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first generation of the shogunate which controlled Japan, and other famous samurai patrons soaked in the hot springs there."And by the way, the second oldest operating hotel in the world is also located in Japan, it's called the Hōshi Ryokan. It was founded in 718. Hoshi Ryokan has been operated by the same family for forty-six generations.
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