My sister and I stayed at this ryokan for one night in early April. We had a little train trouble getting to Kinosakionsen, and did not arrive until 6pm. When we called the ryokan to inform them of our late arrival, they organized a car to pick us up from the station which was fantastic.
Simply put, the service was exemplary. A girl named Risa was assigned to look after us for the period of our stay. She was absolutely lovely. The seasonal dinner and breakfast included are exquisitely presented and taste even better. It was our first time eating a traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast and were amazed at the quantity of food - so make sure you're hungry for it!
The hotel is very near to the most popular public bath house called Goshono-yu, but the in-house Onsen baths are excellent as well. In addition to the public onsens, your room also has a private bathroom.
Our room looked into the beautiful inner garden which you were free to walk through and admire in your provided yukata and geta.
The ryokan also gives you beautiful patterned yukata with obi (belt) to wear but requires help from one of the staff. Risa offered to dress us in ours and took photos for us. It was a great experience.
Overall, our favourite experience in Japan. We would have loved to stay longer to experience more of the bath houses in the town of Kinosakionsen, however our budget didn't allow for this.
It would also be amazing to stay during the time of the summer festival, where you can wear the beautiful Yukata's throughout the town along with everyone else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nishimuraya Honkan is a traditional Japanese ryokan, located in the famouse hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen, near Kyoto/Osaka. Our ryokan has more than 150 years of history and was selected as "best onsen ryokan" in Japan by Lonely Planet and is also listed in the Michelin Guide. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nishimuraya Honkan Hotel Toyooka
- Kinosaki Onsen Nishimuraya Honkan Japan/Toyooka, Hyogo