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A Ryokan is a particular type of large, luxurious traditional Japanese inn. Ryokans typically feature tatami-matted rooms, sliding doors, a large central room for socializing, communal baths and a nearby hot spring. Everything about them is traditional, from the wood and rice paper architecture to the yukata they supply for their guests to wear. Most are family owned and feature traditional Japanese room service, sometimes with very exotic food. There is a good chance the inn is run by a really short kind old lady. In works set in Japan, they are frequently featured in a Hot Springs Episode or Beach Episode. Common activities for guests include bathing, table tennis and visiting the local festival.
Contrast Love Hotel.
Anime and Manga
- Love Hina's Hinata house was an inn before it was converted into a girls dorm. Later gets converted back into an inn by Kanako to serve one guest.
- The characters stay at a Ryokan in Kyoto and one at a beach.
- In Negima the cast stays at a Ryokan during a class trip to Kyoto and later during a trip to a beach. Word of God says they are the same locations.
- The Patlabor OAV "Versus" is centred around a Ryokan.
- Detective Conan has stayed at at least 10 of these and in every one there has been a murder.
- Hanasaku Iroha takes place in one with hot springs. It is focusing on it's workers.
- Hanaukyo Maid Tai episode 7 "Promise at the Resort". Taro takes the maids to one of these places to enjoy the hot springs.
- Private Prince: "Miyako Sakuragawa is a graduate student at Eito University against the wishes of her family, who wants her to take over their Ryokan."
- Koko wa Greenwood: Shun's family's owns a Ryokan"
- Skip Beat
- Nana - Nobu in Nana is the heir of his family's Ryokan but he'd rather just play the guitar.
- Bartender - Miwa's family used to run an old-fashioned hotel chain before they modernized.
- In Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon, one of these inns becomes your home base during a chapter of the game. It's complete with a hot springs and a short old lady.
- Persona 3 their school trip to Kyoto stay at one as well.
- Persona 4 Yukiko Amagi's family runs a famous one which she will take over soon.
- However the school trip subverts this by having the class stay at a Love Hotel instead.
- Persona 3 Portable as the girl they go on a trip and stay at the Amagi inn.
- Osu Tatakae Ouendan 2 features a retired lady wrestler who married into a family that runs such an inn and is trying to impress her mother-in-law.
- The Nancy Drew game Shadow at the Water's Edge is set in a ryokan that doubles as a Hell Hotel.