Was there prior to my business activities in Kobe to relax and experience Japanese Ryokan. I wasn't disappointed as I was treated to great Japanese hospitality!
Upon entering the establishment you are required to change into indoor slippers and the staff kept our shoes. We were surprised that they can remember what shoes we wore and immediately brought them out each when we wanted to leave the place. The staff were always smiling and friendly throughout, and one of them spoke simple English so that helped a lot.
The rooms were very clean and welcoming, but the toilet bowl and washing basin were located in separate part of the room so that's a small hassle. When we returned from dinner the staff had already set up our mattresses on the futon so it was ready to sleep on. The onsen was clean and not crowded, so that is a big plus. Now we know why they do charge a fairly high room rates there.
For dinner, we were served a elaborate Japanese set meal and was very well prepared and filling. However please be warned that the dinner came at a price of about USD100 per person! Breakfast was also a pleasing affair with delicate Japanese food and that cost about USD35 per person. One of the highlights of the meals was that after each meal, you will be brought to a nice separate tea room for tea/coffee. The books, old piano, antique displays just make that tea room an endearing place to be in, and relaxingly slip away my cuppa.
The hotel was even nice enough to arrange a small passenger van to send us down to our next destination in downtown Kobe at no charge at all!
Overall this place may be fairly pricey, but it does offer fantastic experience of Japanese hospitality in a Ryokan. You will almost immediately feel at home in it. I would certainly return if I had enough budget!
P.S. Do look out for a special vehicle "floor rotator" at it's porch to help vehicles get back out into the main road without having to make a multiple-point turn. Unique!
- 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