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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Takamiya Ryokan Miyamaso - A 300-year old Zao Onsen ryokan with a miraculous spring 霊泉を守り続ける老舗旅館「深山荘高見屋」

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【Location: Yamagata Prefecture - Zao Onsen 場所:山形県蔵王温泉】

 Takamiya Ryokan Miyamaso was founded in 1716, and the main building is an elegant wooden Japanese-style structure of 3 floors and with more than 100 years of age.

 You can enjoy not only the quaint old-fashioned atmosphere at the ryokan but also the delicious cuisine and the soothing hot springs in the building. The hot water flows from the hot springs into the bathtub using the natural differences in height. It has a cloudy white color and a strong sulfur smell.

Zao Onsen is said to have been founded 1900 years ago, and most of Zao's hot springs are strong acid sulfur hot springs. Strong acid sulfur hot springs have a softening and a detoxifying effect on the keratin. It is believed to be good for skin diseases, and that it can not only heal cuts but also improve frail health.

Extra: The Warabi no Sato Museum
This museum is a part of the Takamiya ryokan group, and they even have their own museum where artifacts from the inn are on display. It is a museum where even the buildings are worth looking at. The entire buildings have been relocated from inside and outside Miyagi prefecture.
童の里 美術館
他の美術館と異なる点は建物もご覧いただきたい美術館です 県内外から建物全部を移築してきたものであり、展示品は深山荘高見屋が昔お客さまに使っていたものです。

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

【Ryokan Meguri】New channel! Please check it out!

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Hi there! Anette here. How are you?
It has been quite a strange year, hasn't it?

 At the time I'm writing this, it has already been more than a year since Japan got its first case of Covid-19. For me, 2020 also marked the 10th year since moving from Norway to Japan. This blog was initiated back in 2010 to record some of my adventures, and it has been updated regularly since then, but due to career changes and various other commitments I haven't been able to keep up with the blog since 2019. 

Although I've been enjoying documenting my various adventures abroad and in Japan, one challenge for me has been that I have too many interests and I've felt that the blog has lacked a specific focus. At the outstart of my career in Japan, I spent 5 years working in the online travel industry, and during this period I was fortunate to visit both hotels and ryokans in various parts of Japan. I even wrote quite a few blog posts about the topic. Most visitors to Japan see places like Kinkakuji and Sensouji, but a lot fewer take the trip to the next level and experience authentic Japanese ryokan hotels. Some might feel that the experience is too far from the ordinary, and some are reluctant to show off their nature's suite in the presence of complete strangers at the onsen baths. But some estimate that Japan has over 38,000 ryokans, and you can find that there are greater variations than you initially might believe. 

My mission is to document some of these unique ryokans, to make sure that you can find one that suits your visit, by categorizing them by things like area, season, budget, and theme. Example of some categories might be: 

- Historical shinise ryokans 
- Ryokans to enjoy the Cherry Blossom 
- Ryokans to see fireflies 
- Ryokans where swimwear is allowed 
- Ryokans for Solo Travelers 
- Temple Stay Experiences 
- Ryokans with a private onsen bath 

 I've just started this next chapter of my Japan adventures.
Please check out the below links and follow me to stay updated!

Ryokan Meguri Homepage
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Ryokan Meguri Instagram

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A modern day shield-maiden who loves to explore the unbeaten paths of the world. From her base in Tokyo, Anette takes on both rural and urban challenges, and goes by the motto "No challenge too big, no adventure too small"!
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