|Above, Denise photographing the massive dinner layout at the Atami Shinkadoya ryokan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
In their continuing efforts to boost foreign tourism, the Japanese government is subsidizing the upgrading of traditional Japanese hotels and ryokans.
According to San Antonio's (Texas) La Prensa:
Tokyo, Dec 1 (EFE).- Japan will provide a subsidy to cover half the cost for traditional hotels to upgrade to meet the need of foreign tourists, who look for internet, Western-style toilets and signboards in multiple languages.
The traditional Japanese-style lodgings, or 'Ryokan', with low occupancy by foreign visitors, can take advantage of this plan to attract non-Japanese tourists, public broadcaster NHK reported Tuesday.Thus far, every ryokan I've stayed at were already suitable for foreign visitors. All had western-style flush toilets and Internet access.
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