But in recent years, tourists willing to pay upwards of $1,000 have been able to score an evening at a traditional ochaya (teahouse) for the privilege of an authentic geisha experience, via connected concierges working at five-star hotels and luxury ryokans
(traditional Japanese inns).
Today, Kaiseki is enjoyed on special and celebratory occasions and served in specialised restaurants and at Ryokans
Local hotels and ryokans
(Japanese-style inns) accommodated 1.
(Japanese inns) sprung up in the 17th century as family homes with guestrooms, much like a Japanese version of a western B&B.
The most famous ryokans
in Japan are in Kyoto [ETH] choose from either Tarawaya or Hiragaya.
THE launch edition of International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Japan, taking place from March 11 -- 13, 2013 in Kyoto will feature a bespoke selection of authentic, elite Japanese travel experiences from Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to ryokans
, modern hotels and bullet trains as well as the snow covered Mount Fuji, the sub-tropical Okinawa, sumo-wrestlers and geishas.
Having traveled extensively throughout Japan for many years, JapanQuest Journeys has developed close and unique relationships with a great many of the country's finest hotels and ryokans
They slept in the ryokans
(Japanese Inns) or in Buddhist Temples when they traveled.
The company is offering adventure holidays in Japan with additional features such as visiting temples and shrines in Kyoto, a stay in traditional ryokans
, or a day at a sento, a communal Japanese bath house.
Michelin awarded stars for the first time to 22 ryokans
, the traditional Japanese style inns.
The questionnaire listed 16 kinds of facilities: hotels, ryokans
(Japanese-style hotels), hospitals, clinics, restaurants, department stores, supermarkets, both food and nonfood retail stores, convenience stores, airlines, railroad companies, buses, taxis, amusement facilities, and educational establishments.
Visitors to Japan can easily sample a taste of kami-sama treatment by indulging themselves in the high level of customer service in tasteful restaurants, cozy ryokans
or in engaging with the eye-dazzling selection of consumer goods.