The Lost Castle Inn

The Ryokan engulfs many of Japanese valued traits culture, tradition, art and hospitality. The Buddhist monks as early as Nara period (710 – 784) provided shelter for travellers a free service purely set up to help people in need.
In the Heian period (794 -1191) pilgrimages to religious sites become popular and lodging was provided in the Temples or very close by.
Later in the EDO period 1603-1867 the period when Mori Tadamasa built the Tsuyama Castle the castle we modelled The Lost Castle upon. Trading routes were more established merchants as well as lords and religious people travelled more. In the EDO period moving freely from one place to another was not officially permitted.This did not include religious people or Lords.
For shorter travel to therapeutic hot springs and  sightseeing the rules were a bit less strict hence it  become popular to move around and explore.
Therefor Inns become more available,  now Inn’s did not just provide a place to sleep but also a place where you could eat, groom yourself and talk to other travellers. The Inn had communal baths and an area that served meals an early Ryokan.
Inns grew up around hot springs, scenic places and busy trading routes. In Japan many Inns in places like that has survived and still exists today. Of cause there were at least 2 classes of Inns one for the lords, wealthy and one for us normal people.

Between the Yoshii-gawa and the Tsuyama Castle moat a township started to form and Inn’s were a welcomed addition to the township. The images below are from one of the Inn’s

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