Hōshi 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 once thought to be the oldest operating hotel in the world until the realization that another Japanese hotel, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, in Yamanashi, Japan, had claim to this title; it was founded in 705.[1] The ryokan, which is about 1300 years old, has been owned and managed by the Hoshi 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, archived from the original on 15 March 2010, retrieved 10 March 2010

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