An inn or hotel in Japan offering traditional Japanese cuisine and furnishings, and usually a large communal bath.
Other Word Forms
Origin of ryokan
- Japanese ryokan from Middle Chinese lɨə´ kuan` inn lyə̆´ journey, travel (also the source of Mandarin lǚ) kuan` guesthouse, to lodge (also the source of Mandarin guǎn)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition