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Hida-takayama-onsen Utilize Association offers various types of accommodations, Japanese-style hotels, big hotels, pensions and so on. Even one lady can use them, a family vacation and a business also can. And please heal your fatigue of travel and relax at Hida Takayama hot spring.

member hotels of the Association
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Ryokan (Japanese-style)

Ryokan provides overnight accommodation for travelers. In constant to the western style-hotel, it offers Japanese-style facilities. The rooms are covered with tatami(straw matting), and yukata(cotton kimonos) are provided for guests to wear on the premises. In stead of beds, futon(matt) are rolled out at night on tatami to sleep on. Sometime the employees of the ryokan wear traditional Japanese clothing, and the meals, which are prepared in the Japanese way, are brought individually to each room. It is the employees who provide the characteristic family-style room service associated with the ryokan, and are responsible for greeting and farewelling guests, bringing meals and laying out the bedding. And unlike city inns, which cater for small functions or to guests staying there on business, inns in hot spring resorts possess large bathrooms, and spacious halls where groups of visitors can eat and drink together. Tourist inns can be found in places of scenic beauty and spots with historical connections.


Minshuku (Japanese-style)

Minshuku are small family-run inns. There are some difference from Ryokan, bath and toilet facilities are usually separate from the room. The guests may be expected to fold up their futon bedding in the morning and stow it away in closet. For dinner, if you order them, most minshuku offer home-style cooking.

Pension (Western-style)

Pension is sometimes called "Western-style minshuku", it is small family-run. It has been developed essentially to satisfy a demand among Japanese people for good, inexpensive Western-style room. Its rules are very similar with those of Minshuku.





Kokumin Shukusha

Kokumin Shukusha is an inexpensive lodge run by a local government, mostly built in National Parks or nearby with the aim of providing the nation with an opportunity to enjoy an inexpensive form of recreation in a select natural environment Rooms are in Japanese style with traditional rice-straw tatami matting. Guests are asked to fold up their futon bedding in the morning and stow it away in closet. Kokumin Shukusha loan a yukata cotton kimono but do not provide a towel.



Hot springs

In Japan, natural springs with a temperature over 25 degrees centigrade are called Onsen,'hot springs'. In European countries designated hot springs are 20 degrees and more, and in the United States, 21.1 degrees (70 degrees F). Perhaps because of its volcanic activity, Japan has more than 2,000 hot springs areas. The popularity of hot springs is in no small way related to the Japanese love for bathing, and tourist resorts have developed around hot springs, sometimes, as in the case of Atami and Beppu, growing into large cities. More than a billion people stay at hot springs annually. Young and old, men and women alike, delight in visiting hot springs to bathe in the communal baths and enjoy regional cooking at the inns there. Reports about hot springs are featured on television and in women's and travel magazines the year around. Hot springs are also considered to have medicinal value and many people use them for convalescence and rehabilitation, as well as for their effectiveness for stomach complaints, skin diseases, and nervous and gynecological problems.( Reference:Gakken)

Japanese Culture of Bathing

The Japanese are a bath-loving people. There is, however, a difference in the way they take baths. All soaping, scrubbing and rinsing of the body is done outside the tub and usually while perched atop a tiny stool. Water disappears via a drain in the floor, which is usually of tile. only after the body is thoroughly clean will a Japanese submerge neck-deep in the hot water of a deep tub to soak and relax. Though a shower might suffice in the West for the practical purpose of cleansing the body, a bath ? a Japanese style bath ? is something no Japanese would a willingly do without. It is also the norm in Japan to bathe in the evening, usually before retiring. Again this is quite in contrast to the common Western practice of showering in the morning before leaving for the dayfs activities. When on vacation at a hot springs resort some Japanese do enjoy a morning bath ? irresistibly nice! Due to numerous volcanoes throughout the nation spas have long abounded. Some even have facilities for open0air bathing. This allows the bather to relax body and soul in natural surroundings while enjoying scenic beauty. Such a style of bathing also underscores the Japanese predilection for harmonizing with nature.

Hidatakayama-Onsen Utilize Association
1-2 Honmachi Takayama-city Gifu-pre. Japan  Zip code 506-0011
tel +81-577-36-1011
e-mail spa@hidatakayama-onsen.jp


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