Battle of the World’s Oldest Hotels
In 718 a Buddhist monk had a vision of opening a spa. As legend has it, a monk named Taicho Daishi had hiked up a sacred mountain and dreamt that he was told of an underground hot spring nearby. “With the people of the village unearth the hot spring,” he was ordered. “It will serve them forever.” So he traveled to the Japanese town called Awazu and uncovered the hidden mineral spring.