The World's Oldest Hotel Has Been in the Same Family for 52 Generations (Video)
The hotel industry goes back way further than you might think. Sure, there are classic properties in historic cities such as Paris and Rome, but there's an inn in Japan that has those places beat by centuries.
The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, a Japanese resort not far from Mount Fuji, has been in business since 705 A.D. The hotel has been passed down within the same family for 52 generations. Guinness World Records has officially recognized it as the oldest continuously running hotel in the world.
Fujiwara Mahito founded the inn 1,313 years ago, and his family has been experts in the hospitality industry ever since. Although the inn has undergone quite a bit of modernization and upkeep over the years, the main attractions, namely the soothing hot springs and gorgeous views, have remained the center for its appeal.
Many people, from historical samurai to A-list celebrities and politicians, have come to the inn for its history and healing waters. Keiunkan’s famous bath, Mochitani no Yu, has water fed directly from the hot springs. Guests are invited to drink directly from the springs as well.
The hotel itself has 37 rooms, all decorated in the traditional Japanese style. Prices begin at $470 per night. For more information on booking a trip, visit the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan website.