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Honke Bankyu

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749 Yunishikawa, Nikko 321-2601, Tochigi Prefecture
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

When I booked this stay with two friends, I was expecting a pleasant onsen experience and a quaint inn. I was blown away by the extent of the design of our entire stay, which I learned is typical of a traditional Japanese riokan. The Honke Banyu building is just gorgeous, with it's large wooden beams and wide planked floors. Upon... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

This amazing, historic property is definitely off the beaten path and a good hour plus from Nikko city. However, if you are willing to get away from the larger cities, you will not be disappointed. We arrived late on a Friday after missing a tight train connection and I had emailed the ryokan to let them know we'd be arriving... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This old house is truly wonderful. The rooms are beautiful, the hotel situated by the river and the sense of calm is truly fascinating. It is worth the trip from Nikko. The food was great and the staff very helpful!

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 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 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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131 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
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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