In 1972, my father established a Ryokan (traditional japanese inn) that he named “Ota Shinkan”. As time went by, the place was in dire need of a renovation. The renovation ended up changing the entire inn and the need for a new name arose.
Choosing the name proved to be quite difficult and no name came to mind. It was at this time that the 65th head priest of Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple had suggested that the inn be called “Towa”.
The word “Towa” means “relaxing in the capital”.
When I said the word “Towa” in my mind, I immediately felt a rush of clarity. The fog that clouded my mind was gone. I was at peace. It was the same feeling of tranquility that one may experience with a loved one. Our desire was to create this same atomosphere with our inn. This is the story and message of “Towa”.
We want our guests to feel relaxed and at ease.
“If our guests are not full after the lunch, offer them dinner at an earlier time.”
“They want to go there? Take the Kyoto bus rather than the City bus.”
At the capital, at Towa,
I will welcome you when you arrive and be there to say goodbye when you depart. This is something I will always do no matter what.
– message to the guests from the landlady,