High-class Ryokan That Releases You From Daily Life
Kinosaki is the hot spring resort where many tourists visit from all over the Japan.
As a result, many ryokans are lining up.
Kinds of such ryokans are various, and it is the high-class ryokans that will be introduced this time, and such ryokans will make your stay a lifetime memory.
Not to mention that the atmosphere of interiors and guest rooms is quite comfortable, but also you can enjoy happiness more than the values of price, such as detailed delicate services, delicious dishes, and superb views from the ryokans.
If you spend a day of your lifetime memory, such as celebrations and anniversaries with your important partner, and your marriage proposal, why don’t you upgrade your selection of ryokans?
Please try selecting the ryokan where you will feel the prime moment, while feeling liveliness of Kinosaki Onsen town.
Yuyado Yamayoshi, Small Ryokan Stands Quietly in Kinosaki
Yuyado Yamayoshi is a ryokan where only 5 groups in a day can stay, which is a small ryokan stands quietly in the center of Kinosaki.
Located in ten minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle service is available), “Yuyado Yamayoshi” is an ryokan of concept of “Japanese modern hidden place”.
Lattice patterns, illuminated by lighting of an entrance, produce atmosphere of full of stylish.
Actually, there are only five guest rooms in this ryokan!
You can stay here relaxed and slowly with having detailed and delicate services that you can have only where the less numbers of rooms in a ryokan.
It tends to become fully booked, but it is the ryokan where you can feel premium only in an ryokan of less guest rooms, and you can enjoy excitement as a hidden place.
Every guest room of only five rooms is a space where is of Japanese room with modern and stylish elements scattered.
While a pure Japanese room, where you will feel old history, created according to tradition, is excellent, such refined atmosphere can be created just with mixing a bit of different combination.
Bright and clear landscape outside of a window and gentle lights will for sure ease your feeling.
Speaking of Kinosaki, you will think of crab dishes as classic, but the specialty of this ryokan is rosy sea-bass!
The salt grilled rosy sea-bass is so juicy that when you even lightly push with chopsticks, fish fat with full of taste will come out so tastefully.
As this one also manages a seafood processing company and a restaurant, seafoods freshly caught at the sea port will be delivered by its special delivery system with priority of freshness.
Especially, the ryokan uses “Shibayama crab”, the brand which will be awarded only to the supreme quality even among snow crabs, which are famous as Kinosaki specialty!
Please try tasting the higher grade among the specialty.
Yushima 379, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
About 10 minute walk from Kinosaki Onsen station of JR Sanin Honsen Fee
from 17,300 Yen (per person, two person in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc
Nishimuraya Shogetsutei, Ryokan Embraced By Forest Garden
Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei is embraced by forest garden of 50 thousand tsubo (approx. 165 thousand square meters), and is a ryokan where you can enjoy fully the rich nature.
Located in 25 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle service is available), “Nishimuraya Hotel Syogetsutei” is a long standing Onsen ryokan, which is proud of more than 150 years since establishment.
The specialty of this ryokan is anyway the forest garden of some about 50 thousand tsubo!
You can slowly spend your relaxed time while feeling quietness of vast nature in the huge ground.
“Like to feel the great nature eliminating all the hustle of daily life and your idle thoughts”, “Like to sharpen your spirit while embraced by negative ions”… For those who have such thoughts, and whose body and mind are a bit tired, Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei is recommended to visit.
This is the forest garden of some about 50 thousand tsubo that is pride of Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei.
You can feel experiencing seasonal beauties in vast scales, such as flowers profusely blooming in spring, fresh greens that make you feel powerfulness in summer, vivid colored autumn leaves in autumn, and snowy landscape expanding all around in winter.
When you are especially so tired in daily life, you like to go back to sleep in the morning unintentionally, don’t you?
But, the early bird gets the worm even during a trip.
Let’s get up a bit early and try strolling around slowly as if you absorb energy of the great nature.
It is a rare ryokan where you can charge your energy not only by taking an onsen bath but also by Shinrin Yoku (strolling in the forest).
This is Rinsen, the one of the private open air onsen baths “Private Onsen Spa in the forest”.
It is with a theme of Shanghai retro, and is using bricks of surprisingly 100 years ago as construction materials.
Making a good use of such atmosphere, the spa creates a space with somehow full of fascinating atmosphere.
When you look outside, the landscape of forest garden expands in vast scale.
There, only the sounds of nature created with wind and murmuring woods are resonating, and you will enjoy the openness as if eliminating all the daily idle thoughts.
Besides, you can also enjoy various themes of private open air baths, such as Japanese modern style and Bali-like resort style.
Yushima 1016-2, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
(by car) About 35 minute drive from Hidaka Kannabe Kogen IC of Kita Kinki Toyooka Expressway.
Free parking available.
(by train) 5 to 15 minutes from JR Kinosaki Onsen station by free shuttle bus. Fee
From 14,900 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc.
Nishimuraya Honkan, Pure Japanese Ryokan With History
Nishimuraya Honkan is pure Japanese ryokan, and the best in San-in region, that conveys history and tradition to today.
Located in 15 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle service is available), Nishimuraya Honkan is a long standing ryokan of 150 years since establishment.
The dignified gates make you feel the history, and you may stand straight unconsciously by tense as you walk through the gates.
When you enter to the ground even a step, the relaxed space welcomes you warmly.
This is the space where you will think back to the past that the ancestors relaxed here and healed the daily fatigue.
This is “Kangetsu Suite Room”, a guest room with an open air bath.
Decorating items, such as a Japanese screen and a Japanese painting, and elaborated lightings make you think of high elegance.
While viewing Japanese garden attached to next, you can enjoy taking a bath at anytime you like.
Here is such a luxury space.
The Japanese garden is beautiful in any season, and it has reputation that you can feel elegance even when raining.
You can of course relax and enjoy the scene from the room, but also you can stroll around outside the room.
This is “steamed crab with herbs”.
Good taste of fresh snow crabs combined with fresh scent of some spring onions, and you can distinctively taste each ingredient.
You can enjoy such crab dishes during the best season from November to March every year.
If you come to Kinosaki in winter when crab dishes become specialty, you cannot definitely miss the crab dishes.
But, of course, there are also many delicious dishes during other seasons.
You can enjoy fully delicious gourmets only in the place surrounded and got caught between mountains and seas, such as Tajima beef and “Kounotori rice”, a branded rice of Tajima.
Yushima 469, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
15 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station. About 60 minute drive from Wadayama IC of Kita Kinki Toyooka Expressway Fee
From 19,700 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 11AM (OUT), etc
Tokiwa Bekkan, Ryokan With Only 23 Rooms
Tokiwa Bekkan is a ryokan of only “Bekkan (annex)”, with only 23 rooms, standing quietly at the far end of Kinosaki.
Tokiwa Bekkan was originally located in the prime place of Kinosaki Onsen town.
But, thinking that “we like to make visitors to stay relaxed in wider quiet location”, the ryokan relocated to the current place (20 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station) in Showa the 40th (1965).
Also, from the thought that “we like visitors to stay totally relaxed as in the villa, afar from the hot spring town”, the name of the ryokan has intentionally with “Bekkan (annex)”.
It is the perfect ryokan for a trip wishing quiet and “hidden place” atmosphere at the ryokan, while enjoying the liveliness of the hot spring town.
Wide garden is a pride of “Tokiwa Bekkan”.
As four buildings are built as if surrounding the garden, you can view the garden from the lobby and the guest rooms just like the photo.
All the buildings are two-stories in order to keep the landscape, and the numbers of guest rooms are limited only 23 rooms.
It is the luxury landscape that can be realized only in the place where a bit far from the center of hot spring town.
This is the open air bath of large baths.
Making a good use of texture of woods, it make more relaxed mood.
As it is popular hot spring resort, you may experience that you cannot spend so much your time in going around the public baths…
When you have such experience, it may also be good going out for the public baths after you healed completely in spacious private baths.
Yushima 1013, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
20 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station. Public shuttle bus service available during 3PM through 6PM Fee
From 7,600 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc
Mikiya, Ryokan With History In Kinosaki As A Town Of Literature
Mikiya One of the persons that you cannot miss when talking about history of Kinosaki Onsen is Naoya Shiga, a writer, who was active from Meiji through Showa.
And the ryokan “Mikiya”, located in 15 minute walk from JR kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle service is available) is deeply related with him.
Starting with Naoya Shiga at the head of list, there are many cultural people visited here.
The ryokan has been more than 300 years since establishment, and the building of wooden construction itself has been built in Showa the 2nd (1927), and is registered as the national tangible cultural treasure.
Naoya Shiga had a minor collision with Yamanote line trains in Tokyo in Taisho the 2nd (1913), and seriously injured.
It was this “Mikiya” where he visited for recuperation by hot spring cure.
From his experience of about three weeks, stayed in “Mikiya”, he wrote the one of his works “Kinosaki nite (at Kinosaki)”.
And, the room of his choice for staying was “Room the 26th” of the photo.
It is open for observation only for the in-house guests (but, closed when there are staying guests), so it is a bit known sightseeing spot among those who like modern literature.
You can think back to the thought of Naoya Shiga at that time, who was inspired for creating works while healing the wounds of body.
This is the “library lounge” attached to a lounge space located the far end of lobby.
The books are selected with concept of “the bookshelf that makes you feel like reading a book”, such as books of, to start with, Naoya Shiga, and books of writers and painters related to Kinosaki Onsen, and also books related to the “book” itself.
Yushima 487, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
15 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station. Fee
From 16,200 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 11AM (OUT), etc
Ryokan Tajimaya, Japanese Modern Atmosphere Produced In Old Folk House
Ryokan Tajimaya is located in 12 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle service is available), “Tajimaya” is an onsen ryokan renovated the old folk house that was built in Taisho the 15th (1926).
The outer appearance with walls of black based is chic impression, but once you enter inside, there expand bright space with atmosphere of Taisho roman.
While remaining Japanese modern as the base, stylish structure combined with playful minded modern elements will make your fun of trip more excited.
Guest rooms are with modern accents combined, while used construction materials and styles used from past for Japanese houses, and these are somewhere pop and spaces of being excited.
These are stylish designs of playful heart, such as patterns of cushions and lattice of shoji (paper sliding doors), aren’t these?
It is the relaxing space mixed warmth of nature materials and fashionable elements refined in the city.
All the baths of this ryokan are private with free of charge.
This is “Chikuyo no yu”, one of the private baths.
Walls woven bamboo in lattice pattern and indirect lightings produce somehow fantastic atmosphere.
Different from the standard stone-made or tiled floor, the floor of washing place here is distinctively of tatami-matted.
It is also gentle to skin with familiar texture, and you can relax more.
As it uses the special tatami mat that is good for breathability, the sanitation is also perfect.
The good point of tatami-matted floor is that you can spend your time relaxed as if you were in a room.
Private open air baths of three kinds in total are elaborated with different elegance, and you can fully enjoy time of full of mood.
Yushima 453, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
12 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station. Fee
From 7,000 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc
Shinzan Rakutei, Ryokan Full Of Antique Feels
Shinzan Rakutei is located in 20 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station, “Shinzan Rakutei” is an onsen ryokan that brings to the extraordinary feel with interiors of antique style of Taisho roman.
Rare in even among ryokans of Kinosaki Onsen, you can enjoy surprisingly four kinds of large baths.
If you place yourself in a space where as if time has stopped, you can enjoy feelings of great wrters who once visited to Kinosaki.
This is one example of a guest room with open air bath.
The Japanese room that makes you feel warmth of wood has an easy feeling as if you came home, while having a full of elegance.
From the open air bath, you can slowly enjoy landscape that changes expression by seasons without caring for time.
When you are nearly exhausted with many thoughts of daily problems, it will be valuable times even just seeing the landscape.
This is “the Autumn dinner set menu with local fish sashimi arranged original fish shape”.
You can enjoy fruits of sea and mountain at the same time, including, of course a crab dish when in the best seasons, diced steak of Tajima beef, small dishes of abundant mountain vegetables.
It is fun points of Kinosaki gourmets.
There are not less visitors returning in different seasons for enjoying tastes of different seasons.
Yushima 1011, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
5 minute free shuttle bus ride from JR Kinosaki Onsen station Fee
From 5,400 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc
Yutouya Ryokan, Good Landscape Of Natural Forest
Yutouya Ryokan is located in 10 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station, “Yutouya Ryokan” is an ryokan situated just in front of “Ichi no yu”, which is a popular public bath in Kinosaki Onsen.
As it was established in Edo Period, Genroku the 1st (1688), it is one of the longest standing ryokans even among Kinosaki Onsen.
After going through gates, before reaching a front, your eyes will be fascinated with the garden unified with buildings.
And you will be overwhelmed with beautiful borrowed landscape of natural forest on a mountain behind the ryokan, which is designated as “the forest reserve”.
“Yutouya Ryokan” is actually an ryokan that relates deeply with great writers, such as Toson Shimazaki and Katai Tayama, also with the imperial family.
The massive appearance that is registered as the national tangible cultural treasure by the Agency for Cultural Affairs directs time to the higher class, even after you enjoyed casually going around the public baths.
A guest room of the photo is of the new building “Keiun Kan (Kaede)”, with bright impression of Japanese modern.
Besides, there is the main building “Unzeitei”, where rooms are of elegance as it was past and a garden with beautiful moss expanding in your front.
And also there are the main building “Tekisuiro”, where expanding nature rich mountains in your front when opening a window, and more. Every place is where once great writers had rested and refreshed body and mind, and had gotten energy for creation activity.
When you spend your time in a room, it is also fun to have normal conversation, but why don’t you spend your quiet moment thinking back to those great writers?
This is “Kousetsu”, a bathroom for women.
Lights beaming from the round window, rich green that can be seen from the window, and a bath tub of round shaped will naturally make your feeling calm.
You will for sure actually feel effects in and outside of your body, such as effects on beauty skin, neuralgia, sore muscle, and poor circulation.
You may take a bath longer than you thought with somehow mystic scenery, which you cannot enjoy by going around the public baths.
Quality of spring
Chloride spring Effects
neuralgia, sore muscle, sore joint, frozen shoulder, motor paralysis, bruise, poor circulation, recovery from exhaustion, health improvement, cut, burn, chronicle skin disease, etc. Source
Yutouya Ryokan official site
Yushima 373, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
10 minute walk from Kinosaki Onsen station of JR Sanin Honsen Fee
From 17,800 Yen (per person/two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc
Sennen no Yu Koman, The Second Oldest Ryokan In Japan
Koman is located in 15 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle is available), situated next to “Mandara Yu”, one of the seven public baths in Kinosaki Onsen, “Sennen no Yu Koman” is this.
The outer appearance of Sukiya Zukuri building (built in the style of a tea-ceremony house) makes you feel history and elegance.
The root goes back to surprisingly Yoro the 1st (717), and it is the second oldest ryokan nationwide of Japan as Onsen ryokan.
It is not an overstatement to say that it is the history of Kinosaki Onsen.
You would love to remember for sure the famous ryokan that continues healing visitors with hospitality for more than 1,300 years as the place of spirit of Kinosaki Onsen.
This is an open air bath of the room 15 “Reiga no ma”.
During the moment when taking a bath while viewing trees and the golden carp in a pond, it will eliminate all the daily hustle, and so let’s embrace such moment as a special time.
The room is constructed by Zangetsu Yuka – a construction style of Japanese tradition, and you can relax in a space of modest but attractive.
From November through March, if you like to enjoy fully Kinosaki in winter, you do not like to miss for sure eating snow crabs.
This set menu “Kani Emaki” includes snow crab dishes of various cooking methods, so you can taste completely the deliciousness of the crab.
Also, there are many more specialties of Kinosaki, such as Japanese Black beef, soba (buckwheat) noodles, and mountain vegetables.
Whichever the season you visit, you can enjoy the best foodstuff of each season.
Yushima 481, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
5 minute ride on free shuttle bus from Kinosaki Onsen station of JR Sanin Honsen. Fee
From 6,500 Yen (per person/ two persons in one room) Accommodation time
3PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT), etc
Kagaribi no Yado Onishiya Suishoen With Fantastic Bonfires in Sunset
Onishiya Suishoen is located in 15 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station (free shuttle is available), “Kagaribi no Yado Onishiya Suishoen” is an ryokan of the pure Japanese appearance with full of cleanness.
As the name tells, bonfires light up in the ground when in sunset hours, and all around the place changes to fantastic world.
As the inside of building is tatami-matted floors, you do not need to wear slippers, so you can enjoy comfortability as if you were relaxing at Japanse home.
You can release your daily fatigue with fulfilling equipment and openness.
This is a guest room of 12.5 tatami-mat wide (about 22.8 square meter) Japanese room in a separate building on the ground floor.
You can view a garden from the spacious Japanese room as well as from a narrow wooden deck connected to the room.
The time when you spend doing without any particular thing in a soft lighting is also luxury moment.
When you come to Kinosaki, why don’t you try strolling in the hot spring town, wearing a yukata?
In the building, there are rental services of colored yukata and hair ornaments, and also you can have yukata dressing service as well.
With more feeling of not-a-daily-life, you will be more excited also even for strolling.
When you slowly stroll in the hot spring town, wearing colored yukata, you may find different charms from usual.
Momoshima 1256, Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture Access
About 5 minute ride on free shuttle bus (union bus) from JR Kinosaki Onsen station Fee
From 7,600 Yen (per person/ two person in one room) Accommodation time
2PM (IN) through 10AM (OUT) etc
Spend Your Special DayS At High-class Ryokan In Kinosaki Onsen
How did you like it?
The famous hot spring Kinosaki Onsen of a pride of some 1,400 year history.
Not only the specialty of going around famous public baths, but also the high-class ryokan that makes you feel the elaborated detailed services and the presence are charm.
Please enjoy Kinosaki Onsen of higher class, by selecting ryokan that suits to you.