I visited Arima a few years ago but stayed in another onsen hotel. Before I left Arima back then I took a visit to Goshobo because of the classic building and was impressed by the facility and decoration inside. The hotel staff was nice enough to let us tour around the hotel escorted by their staff.
Last year I visited Arima again and decided to stay at Goshobo, and it was a smart choice, despite of its high price tag.
Upon check in, it was done in the restaurant where guests are served with Japanese snacks and tea. The room itself has not much to mention, but the hotel has a library where snakcs and drinks are served for free. It is a fantastic place to hang around, and a solarium with beautiful view of outside. We had a teppanyaki dinner served on the counter.
The onsen is a "gold" version of water. And male and demale onsen located just next to one another so the opposite sex can talk in the onsen. The fence, or wall bewteen the 2 sex in the onsen is just waist high.
The hotel has a rest area at the front lobby where guests can take a rest while waiting for the car. The hotel has an annex building next to the main building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Goshobo was founded 800 years ago and is the oldest inn in the spa town of Arima, an exceptional spot with astonishing brick-coloured waters. «Gosho», which means «imperial palace», is an echo of the long, feudal era when the establishment was reserved for the nobility. It has maintained its renown and high quality. The region's excellent Kobe beef is also served here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tosen Goshobo Hotel Kobe