What is a Ryokan? Like a Western-style inn, maintaining the special, atmosphere and appearance is more important than providing the latest modern conveniences. Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Japan has eight beautiful regions rich in culture and diversity. Select a region to explore and view available ryokans.
Kinosaki Onsen (hot spring) is located in northern Hyogo prefecture and is famous for seafood especially crab which is best during the winter months of November through March though it is available year round. One of the most famous public hot spring bath houses, which runs along the picturesque Otanigawa River, is Ko-no-yu (hot spring of storks) that legend says was used by storks to heal their wounds. There are 6 other hot spring bath houses to enjoy. Travelers can be seen strolling along the river in yukatas (cotton kimono) and geta (wooden sandals) enjoying cherry trees and weeping willows as well of the traditional feel of the town.
Onsenji Temple, believed to have been erected by Dochi-shonin in 738, was built to commemorate the founding of the onsen. You can take the ropeway halfway up the mountain to the main building of the temple or to the very top to see panoramic views of Kinosaki, the Maruyama River and the Sea of Japan. Or if you prefer to hike you can reach the top in about 40 minutes or so at a leisurely pace.
Note: Ryokan in Kinosaki do not accept meal changes so if you have allergies or other meal requirements then we advise that you do not stay overnight in Kinosaki.
Welcome to Onishiya Suishoen. This Modern Ryokan has 28 Japanese-style rooms and each room has its own private bath and toilet. The interior courtyard at Onishiya Suishoen has a wonderful Japanese garden as well. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only). Fresh, local seafood dishes are served to the guests at Onishiya Suishoen. Check-in time is after 2:00pm and check-out time is before 10:00am. Parking is available.
Welcome to Tsutaya Ryokan, a traditional 3 story Traditional Ryokan. Tsutaya Ryokan is filled with history; for example Katsura Kogoro, one of the leading figures who defeated the Edo Shogunate in the late 1800s, hid away in Tsutaya Ryokan for 3 months in 1864. Each guest room is unique at Tsutaya Ryokan, including the Hagi Room which is filled Japanese fragrances and features a painting of Kinosaki by Ryota Matsuzaki. The hot spring bath is open 24 hours a day for your enjoyment, and fre...
Welcome to Tsukimotoya Ryokan. This Modern Ryokan is located in central Kinosaki Onsen (Kinosaki Hot Spring). Tsukimotoya Ryokan has 11 Japanese style guest rooms and a Japanese garden. There are shared hot spring baths (same gender only) at Tsukimotoya Ryokan, and they are open 24 hours a day. Guests are served fresh, local seafood cuisine. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am.
Welcome to Mikuniya Ryokan. This Traditional Ryokan was originally built in the late 19 century but it was recently renovated about 10 years ago. Mikuniya Ryokan has 12 Japanese-style guest rooms in the “Honkan” and the “Shinkan”. There are 3 indoor hot spring baths for both women and men (same gender only), and these baths can also be privately reserved. Fresh and delicious seafood cuisine is served to the guests. English is spoken
Welcome to Yusho. This Modern Ryokan is located is only a few minutes walk from Satsu Beach (a wonderful, clean beach for swimming during the summer months). Yusho has 15 Japanese-style guest rooms, and all of the rooms have their own private toilet. There are indoor baths for both women and men (same gender only). Traditional Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Yusho. Check-in time is after 3:00pm and check-out time is before 10:00am. Attention: Yusho is not located ...
Welcome to Iwaburo Shinonomesou. This ryokan is located in the center of Kinosaki Onsen. This ryokan has 2 buildings and 24 rooms in total. Each room comes with its own private bathroom. As one of its features it has iwaburo, or a bath made of large rocks that provide an unique bathing experience. Your stay here comes with a pass so you can go around to seven different hot springs in the area. Dinner featchers crab that the Kinosaki Onsen area is famous for.