So how long have you been running your business?
The Houshi Onsen
in Komatsu, Japan. About a 2.5 hour train ride north from Kyoto is the Houshi Onsen complex was founded in 718.
The legend states that the god of Mount Hakusan visited a Buddhist priest and told him to uncover an underground hot spring in a nearby village. He found the hot spring and asked his disciple, a woodcutter’s son named Gengoro Sasakiri, to build and operate a spa on the site. His family has run a hotel in Komatsu ever since.
The structure houses 450 people in 100 rooms. For generations, Houshi proprietors have borne the name Zengoro Houshi.
The current proprietor is the 46th
posted by somnambulist
on Sep 30, 2009 -
The world's oldest family companies
start with a 1,400 year old Japanese family business
that has always built Buddhist temples. On the corporation side, only one of the great chartered companies
survives, Canada's Hudson Bay Company, founded in 1670
, and now a large retailer, though there may be much older
corporations. There is even a club with an interesting web site, Les Hénokien
, for companies that are over 300 years old. If companies aren't your thing, there is always the world's oldest restaurant
posted by blahblahblah
on Sep 28, 2005 -