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Honke Bankyu

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749 Yunishikawa, Nikko 321-2601, Tochigi Prefecture
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been to many traditional Ryokan, this one is by far the best I had experience (my sample rate is small though) . Tucked in a small onsen area on a mountain with a 45mins drive from main Kounigawa Onsen, this is a traditional ryokan with more than 300 years of history made of wood. Upon arrival, I was... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I've just returned from my fourth stay at the glorious Honke Bankyu. It was my first time back in 9 years and I wondered if it could possibly be as great as I'd remembered. But, to my delight, it was even better. The pristine setting on a beautiful mountain stream, the exquisite food and spectacular hot springs baths, the amazing... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Fabulous, historic, luxury ryokan. It would be lovely in any season but I highly recommend staying at Honke Bankyu in Winter. It is a fairly easy drive into the mountains from Tokyo and only 45 minutes from Nikko. Like many luxury ryokans the service is excellent and attentive. The building itself is creaky and atmospheric. We had a room on... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Spent 2 nights in this amazing ryokan, literally in the middle of Japan. Room was wonderful and incredibly large for a ryokan. The meals were incredible and the staff were bemused by the group of us exploring the various nooks and crannies of the inn. The outdoor male bath was to die for. Sadly we missed the autumn colours (which... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Atmosphere: The ryokan started its services back in 1600s at the beginning of the Edo era when the Heike clan dispersed into the mountains to hide themselves after losing power to Genji clan, which led to the discovery of this natural volcanic spring area. The main inn itself has maintained many of the original wood structure and authentic feel, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We have enjoyed our stay in this hotel. Very friendly staff and will help you with anything you need. We've only tried the private onsen and it was superb !! You can book it for 45 mins for 1080 JY, and i garentee they are worth it!. We also had dinner in this hotel and it was top notch! It... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I'd had this place on my radar for years and I/we finally got there for New Year's Eve 2014/5. It's expensive and quite a trip - but I'm glad we went. A 2 hour train journey on the fastest train to Kinugawa and a 45 minute bus journey up the hill. We arrived on a snow melting/slushy day and walked... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Not sure what the last reviewer is on about. This place is amazing. Beautiful mountain surrounds, traditional Ryokan with natural hot spring (onsen). We booked a room that had a private onsen attached right beside the river. Warning, the Japanese like their baths hot! Luckily the private onsen also has a cold water hose so you can add water to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

This is old school Japanese ryokan gone wrong. They probably don't even realize why! First, you can't just do a poor cosmetic upgrade of a rotting bubble Era neighbor, describe it as your annexe and charge full ryokan price. It's a rip off, they know and the customers know it. Second, how come meals are still served when it suits... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

some great stuff, some less desirable. But if you want a good traditional ryokan experience, this is it. Not the very best, but good value for money and excellent service throughout. Loved the welcome, the lobby and tatami rooms overlooking the river with the suspended bridge. Did not like the sound transmission from one room to the other. Had to... More 

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