Among our favorite Onsen resorts located within 2-hour trip from Tokyo, our image of the Kinugawa area is that there are huge spa-hotels and few small traditional inns. Therefore, the Han-Zuiryo inn, with only 6 rooms, will be one of a few such inns we could recommend for those who look for enjoying tranquil Japanese Onsen culture.
“Sophisticated” will not be a right word to describe our room, but it is clean, well-maintained and comfortable to stay. To our small disappointment, its open-air private “onsen” does not draw water from a natural hot spring, however, it uses artificially radium-treated hot water, which is said to induce healthy perspiration. Such may be the reason, there are more than 2 sets of bath towels and Japanese Yakata prepared, which we eventually found very convenient.
Mikimoto and Pola cosmetic products, both of which are quality brands in Japan, are there in the onsen bath room, and the coffee maker with variety of teabags in a small kitchenette is very handy
One minor drawback might be noises of trains passing in the neighborhood, however, you will only note them almost once in an hour. ( But please kindly note that we are a sort of train spotters )
We would particularly like to comment on our appreciation for the hospitality and attractive personality of the landlady. Her moderate but warmhearted attitude towards all the customers are very impressive. Although It seems that there are only two staffs, including this landlady, attend the guests, even covering the ones visiting the adjacent soba, Japanese needle, restaurant, the service there is surprisingly well-managed.
It serves excellent and elaborate cuisine for dinner. We do recommend that you try soba, noodle, dish which you find very fresh. You can also enjoy local vegetables, beefs and Yuba, tofu skin, as the area specialty. When it comes to the end of dinner course, you may be too full to try the seafood such as lobster and abalone. Please be very careful.
Breakfast is delicious in quality and abundant in quantity. You will be especially touched by the taste of its Miso soup prepared by the landlady herself.
As repeaters and supporters, we highly recommend this inn.