Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is a hot spring hotel in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 705 AD, it is the oldest hotel and one of the oldest family in operation.
For roughly 1,300 years, the descendents of Fujiwara Mahito – all 52 generations of them – have operated the inn, which was founded in 705AD – some 300 years before the Vikings came to America and 225 years before the founding of the kingdom of England. That was the 2nd year of the Keiun era, which led to the hotel’s “Keiunkan” name.
With that sort of longevity, it’s not too surprising the hotel was named the world’s oldest by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Keiunkan is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, the same region as the World Heritage-listed Mt. Fuji. View the grand sight of Japan’s greatest sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji, while you make your way to the world’s longest-standing inn, Keiunkan.
The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is extremely well sought out by the expert travelers for its beauty and heritage alike. Besides the usual tourists this has served as temporary abodes for a number of famous samurais and shoguns who have left their marks in the history of the place.