Inside the World’s Oldest Hotel

When it comes to family heirlooms, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan takes the cake. Located in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture, the hotel has been around for 1,318 years and has been handed down through 52 generations. It’s no surprise then that the landmark holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest hotel. Its closest attractions — Mount Fuji and Jigokudani Monkey Park — are 2½ hours (a 4-hour drive) away. The 35 rooms inside the historic building have hosted everyone from politicians to samurai and military commanders. The property is known for its hot springs and has 6 baths fed by 4 separate springs. It is said to have been particularly popular during times of war because of the beneficial effects of the spring water on aching muscles. Although the hotel was last renovated in 1997, everything remains traditional, right down to the tatami mats and classic art in the rooms. Guests are given traditional robes to wear and are expected to take off their outdoor shoes when they enter the building. Although there’s no WiFi, the price is definitely from the 21st century. One night in the hotel, which includes dinner and breakfast, starts at ¥34,720 ($264).