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Forbes Life ‘Soaks it up’ in Kyoto

In the original Hiiragiya house, this corner garden room has hosted many a prominent guest.—Courtesy Hiiragiya

“After a long day out and about, there are few travel pleasures more basic, yet more satisfying, than a good long soak in a traditional Japanese pine or cypress wooden tub” says John Oseid of Forbes Life.

Anyone with Japan experience knows that nowhere beats an old ryokan inn for delivering and, at Kyoto’s legendary Hiiragiya ryokan, travelers now have their choice of getting down to the basics in one of the inn’s ultra-traditional rooms, or in one that belongs to its sleek new wing. And when you ultimately check out and Mrs. Nishimura waves goodbye, you will no doubt leave nodding to the motto which is written large in the reception hall. “Kuru mono, kaeru gotoshi:” That a guest at Hiiragiya should feel “as if he has come home.”

SOURCE: Forbes Life