Established in 718, Hoshi Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn and is recognized by Guinness as the oldest hotel in the world.
It has been operating under the same family for generations. Its rooms are based on traditional Japanese design with complete tatami mat flooring and futon bedding.
Its rooms cost between 10,000 to 50,000 JPY per night, providing guests the view of scenery right outside the window. All rooms are equipped with bathrooms and baths.
Guests are invited to pamper themselves with massage services or feel the steam in the sauna. Those who stay at the inn can also view landscaped gardens and the gallery that features works of pottery.
After relaxation, guests can anticipate breakfast and kaiseki dinner in the dining.
The ryokan is near Osshobe Park and Nata Temple, which can be visited by the guests during their stay.
Hoshi Ryokan is accessible by rides coming from airports of Komatsu and Toyama. A free shuttle is also available.
Guests are required to practice safety and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Is there a communal shared public bath?
Price range (yen)
10,000 – 50,000
Houshi Ryokan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A very gorgeous place.
Being the second oldest hotel in the world listed by Guinness Record, it feels full of traditional Japanese onsen culture. The service is great and everything is above average. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A very pleasant stay in this traditional Ryokan. Super friendly staff were welcoming and helped make our stay (with 2 infant kids) an easy one. We were allowed to park our car in the front car park because we had extra luggage and a baby-stroller. The Ryokan loops around a beautiful Japanese garden that makes for a great stroll and photo backdrop. It was nice to relax in the warm waters of the public bath! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Very nice hotel, good service, clean and tidy!
Minshuku Hoshi Ryokan
Total rating: 4
Great location for friendly family run minshuku
It was a lovely surprise to be met at the train station as the young woman from Hoshi Ryokan was very patiently waiting for me as I had taken my time lugging my suitcase up the stairs from the platform to the cross over and down the stairs to the small station building. As others have said the location is so close to the station (1 minute) and within walking distance to many of the sites in Tsuwano. The spacious tatami rooms were upstairs but assistance with my suitcase was provided. The room was not ensuite but I had no problems accessing the toilets and washbasins upstairs or downstairs bathroom. The breakfast was excellent and wifi was available in the room. I received advice and suggestions for attractions and restaurants in English (and there were English maps and pamphlets in the room) and small gifts when leaving. A very pleasant and relaxing stay.
great location, gracious hosts
the elderly owner of the small ryokan met us at the train station ( even offered to help the bags, which of course we did not let her do). it is a 2 minute walk to the ryokan. we had a 2 room suite on the second floor. one is the sleeping room. the futons were large and comfortable. the other room had both a low japanese style table and a western height table with 2 chairs. there was a large window facing the street in the sitting room. each morning and evening, we were served tea and cookies. the toilet room is on the second floor, while the shower/tub room is on the first floor. the sink area is in the hallway outside of the toilet room. the lighting there was a little dim for putting on makeup or shaving. we did not have our meals in the ryokan.
Located a two-minute walk from the station and close to old Tsuwan, the Hoshi Ryokan is not the newest or fanciest place, but I was treated like family from the moment I stepped inside until I left, when I was presented with some token omiyage (gifts) to remember my visit. The traditional Japanese Inn has a more authentic feeling than many I've stayed in. The food was wonderful. I feel I experienced true Japanese "omotenashi."
perfect ryoken to relax for a couple of nights
When we (my wife and I) arrived we had an extremly friendly. It is a family run ryoken with very helpful owner. The rooms are very spacious (for Japanese standard). We had two rooms. One with Futon bedding and the other one with a seating area, table and TV. Also we had WIFI in the room. A welcome tea, water and cookies were provided at our arrival. We had the choice between Japanese and Western breakfast. The owner speaks at least some English so that you can do some conversation and ask some things. Very friendly goodby and all the family said farewell. The area is very quiet and it was the perfact location to relax and calm down. For one or two nights this is perfect.
Next to the railway station, a charming & warm ryokan
Sort of a suite, with 2 rooms (total 16 tatamis); we were the only guests that evening, so the common bathroom was all ours, as well as other facilities. The hosts were charming and dinner delicious.