The ones who respect a restorant or bakery that has not been changed hands for three or four generations, must stand in awe of Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan when they hear the story behind. Not 7 or 10 generations, this hotel was founded 705 AD by ancestors of Fujiwara Mahito, so they run this hotel since 1300, for 52 generations. In the other words this place is the oldest hotel of the world!
This period of time refers the second year of Keiun era, 300 years before Vikings arriving to America and 225 years before establishment of England! After thinking about all this time passed and being active for 13 centuries, it is not really surprising then how this hotel managed to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
According to Fortune’s report, the hotel that located in the Southern Alps of Japan, has visitors from all walks of society from samurai to politicians, even emperors. This family heirloom that passed down 52 generations still remains popular. But, the main reason of preference of this hotel neither its thermal waters flowing since the day it’s opened nor Mount Fuji and Jigokudani Monkey Park with a three or four hours distance. The biggest reason that provides continuity for the hotel is the quality of service. Nestled in the mountains in a remote valley the hotel still embodies the unchanging hospitality for all off its guests. It’s almost imposible to find a bad comment about Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan on Trip Advisor. All ratings are high and you barely find a comment except ‘’very good’’ or ‘’perfect’’.
The last renovation of the hotel was almost 20 years ago, in 1997. It has 37 rooms with the options that offer moon viewing platform and open air bathrooms. The accomodation fee for one night in this hotel starts 52 thousands yen, 439 in American dollars.