LWIF EP124: What a Family-Owned Ryokan is Like (Traditional Japanese Inn and Hot Spring)

Japan is famous for it’s ryokan’s (traditional Japanese inn and hot springs). A large part of that is the omotenashi, or the hospitality, that you receive. We go to Northern Ibaraki to visit Toshimaya Tsukihama No Yu, a family-owned ryokan that’s been in operation for 113 years and is being passed on to the sixth generation.

Thanks to Ibaraki TV who invited us and sponsored our visit. To learn more about Ibaraki, please visit:

Kanko Ibaraki


Ibakira TV


Toshimaya Tsukihama No Yu



– B.C. Pool Guideline https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/air-land-water/pool_operations_guidelines_jan2014_final.pdf

– Japanese Onsen Law https://www.env.go.jp/nature/onsen/docs/pamph_aramashi.html

– Hot tub By oksmaria, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54355730

What’s a family weekend getaway like where you’re from?