When American Jan Bardsley wanted to stay at a traditional ryokan, he found Nantenen in Kawachi-Nagano, Osaka Prefecture, through its Internet page.
Bardsley said both the interior and the garden of the ryokan were exceptional, and the inn provided him with experiences one can have only in Japan.
Nantenen is one of the few Japanese-style hotels that have succeeded in adapting to the rapid globalization of the tourism industry.
The government is intent on training operators of ryokan, which it calls "the embodiment" of Japanese culture, as an increasing number of overseas tourists came to the country and hope to stay at one.
According to a fiscal 2013 report by the labor ministry, there were 81,453 ryokan across Japan in fiscal 1983, but the number has halved to 43,363 by fiscal 2013.
adapt to：慣用語，適應。例句：We have to adapt to the new system as soon as possible.（我們必須盡快適應新制度。）
intent on doing something：慣用語，決定去做某事。例句：He seems intent on specializing in commerce law.（他看似決定專攻商業法。）