Nowadays, ryokan are mostly found in hot spring areas like Nikko or resort areas like Miyako Island, though you can still find some budget ryokan in the Asakusa neighborhood of Tokyo where the Sensoji Temple and other attractions are located. Essentially, ryokan are Japanese inns, but they offer tourists a chance to experience traditional Japanese hospitality in a way modern inns or hotels won't.

Ryokans have existed in Japan since at least the 8th century and continue to offer guests futon beds on tatmi floors while providing local cuisine and Japanese-style baths to foreigners and tourists alike. Like modern inns, prices and style cary a lot between ryokans, so do your research before booking a stay.