Cultural Basecamp

Houshi Ryokan

Komatsu, Japan

Prices From: $185 per person

The world's oldest inn, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Houshi, in the hot spring village of Awazu in the Hokuriku region of Japan, dates back to the year 718 - some 1300 years ago - when its hot spring is said to have burst forth from the earth. That's a lot of pleasurable bathing and relaxed minds and bodies. Throughout it's long history, Houshi has been operated by the same family for 46 generations.

The deity of Mt. Hakusan told Taicho Daishi that the hot spring at Awazu had magical powers. Well, it seems to be true because Houshi has long been treasured as a place to bathe and find bliss. At Houshi the hot spring will not only help you overcome any illnesses you might have, but also relieve you of any stress you might be feeling. So have a soak in our large indoor bath, or in our rotenburo (outside bath). Better yet, indulge yourself and take the plunge in both.

Houshi Ryokan holds 74 Japanese-style guest rooms as well as a "hanare" (private guest residence). There are 24 hour hot spring baths for both men and women (same gender only), 2 indoor and 2 outdoor. They also have 1 family bath that can be privately reserved upon guests request. Enjoy traditional Japanese-style cuisine for breakfast and dinner.


Region: Asia - North and East



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General Information

  • Breakfast and Dinner included
  • Free pick up service from Kaga Onsen and Awazu Onsen stations (avail 1:30-6:00pm), if you let us know the arrival time at the station in advance.