Hoshi Ryokan

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Main entrance
Hot springs spa bath at Hōshi Ryokan in winter

Hōshi (法師?) is a ryokan (Japanese traditional inn) in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 718, it was the oldest hotel in the world, that was still in operation, as far as the editors of the Guinness World Records knew, until that title was given in 2011 to Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan and founded in 705.[1] The hotel has been operated by the same family for forty-six generations.[2]

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  1. ^ "Oldest Hotel". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Hoshi — The world's oldest hotel, Getaway Fact sheets, Ninemsn, 21 September 2006, retrieved 2010-03-10 

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Coordinates: 36°19′54″N 136°26′53″E / 36.331698°N 136.448109°E / 36.331698; 136.448109