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A [[TitleDrop 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 [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens really short]] kind old lady. In works set in Japan, they are frequently featured in a HotSpringsEpisode or BeachEpisode. Common activities for guests include bathing, table tennis and visiting the local [[FestivalEpisode festival]].

For more information see TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryokan_%28Japanese_inn%29 article linked here]].

Contrast LoveHotel.

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* ''LoveHina'''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}}'' they also stay at a Ryokan in Kyoto and one at a beach. WordOfGod says they are the same locations.
* The ''{{Patlabor}}'' OAV "Versus" is centred around a Ryokan.
* ''DetectiveConan'' has stayed at at least 10 of these and in every one there has been a murder.
* ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'' takes place in one with hot springs. It is focusing on its workers.
* ''HanaukyoMaidTai'' episode 7 "Promise at the Resort". Taro takes the maids to one of these places to enjoy the hot springs.
* ''PrivatePrince'': "Miyako Sakuragawa is a graduate student at Eito University against the wishes of her family, who wants her to take over their Ryokan."
* ''KokoWaGreenwood'': Shun's family's owns a Ryokan"
* ''Manga/SkipBeat''
* ''{{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.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': The Sohma family owns one, which is run by Ritsu's mother. They visit it in the HotSpringsEpisode.
* A suicide club in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' ends up here after several failed suicides attempts in the woods nearby. While they lie awake on their futons fantasizing about Shonen Bat killing them all right there, who should show up in the next room?

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* In ''RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'', 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' their school trip to Kyoto stay at one as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 LoveHotel instead.
** ''Persona 3 Portable'' as the girl they go on a trip and stay at the Amagi inn.
* ''OsuTatakaeOuendan 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 VideoGame/NancyDrew game ''Shadow at the Water's Edge'' is set in a ryokan that doubles as a HellHotel.
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