Coupling a minimalist aesthetic with a focus on achieving zen, Japan is renowned for its distinctive design style. On top of its beautiful landscaped gardens and tranquil tea houses, this exquisite approach can be found in its traditional spas, as outlined in Japanese Inns and Hot Springs, a new Japan travel guide by Tokyo-based author Rob Goss.
Known as ryokan, these historic Japanese inns have attracted travelers for centuries. Unlike modern hotels, ryokan have remarkably retained elements of traditional Japanese interior design, including tatami reed floors and shōji, or sliding doors. Many ryokan are within close proximity to onsens (hot springs) which provide warm water for the ofuro, or communal bathing areas.
Japanese Inns and Hot Springs takes readers on a trip around Japan, stopping at 40 of the country's best ryokan. Aiming to make your stay as pleasurable as possible, the book offers tips on travel, easy-to-follow advice on booking a stay, and a helpful etiquette guide geared toward English speakers. When paired with
Japanese Inns and Hot Springs is now available on Amazon.