A Japanese-style inn that relocated from the site of the Yamba Dam project in Naganohara will restart operations this month, the first among five remaining ryokans to do so. Yamata Ryokan has a history of about 60 years in the town’s Kawarayu Onsen hot spring resort, which will be completely submerged when the dam is completed. The ryokan inn will reopen at an alternate site on higher ground, with other long-established ryokans and a souvenir shop aiming to resume their businesses there this year. The hot spring is believed to have been discovered by Minamoto no Yoritomo during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). In the 1970s and 1980s, there were 22 ryokans in the area, but many of them halted operations as dam-related work progressed.