How to enjoy your stay in Kochi


A hotel guest is welcomed by a room with a strange culture of taking shoes off, and a big surprise comes into view – there are many ‘tatami mats’ on the floor. Tatami mats are commonly used in Japanese ‘washitsu’, and are made of straw and rush, and consists of a thick base and a soft, smooth surface that covers the base. Washitsu is a Japanese style room with tatami mats in the ryokan (Japanese-style hotel). The main difference between a hotel and a ryokan is that a ryokan has a certain number of washitsu. A hotel guest may wonder why there are no beds in the room as there are only two folding chairs and table at the centre of the room upon entering. In all awe, the staff continues to explain where the yukata (casual summer wear in Japan) is, what time dinner time is, and the facilities available within the ryokan. Continue reading How to enjoy your stay in Kochi