What is a Ryokan? 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.
If you visit a castle in Japan, Himeji Castle should be your first choice. This white five-story is one of the few castles in Japan that remained undamaged since it was built several centuries ago. Originally a fort in the 14th century, the castle was remodeled into its present structure in the early 1600s. Himeji Castle is known as the "White Heron Castle" and it is one of the most beautiful and majestic castles in Japan.
If you go...?
There are free guided tours of Himeji Castle conducted in English by volunteer tour guides. These tours are highly recommended and last for about 2.5 hours (and well worth every minute of your time!). No reservations are needed - just show up and ask about the guided tour at the admissions gate.
Warning: This located about 40 minutes away from Himeji station
Welcome to Yumenoi. This is a very large Ryokan Hotel with 100 guest rooms. Located at Shiota Onsen (Shiota Hot Springs) Yumenoi has a variety of baths, spacious hot tubs with panoramic views, delicious Japanese food, and first-class service for its guests. Only the attached shared outdoor baths have hot spring water while all of the other baths have normal water. There are numerous facilities for the guests at Yume...
Welcome to the Hotel Claire Higasa. This 7 story Ryokan Hotel has both Japanese-style rooms and Western-style rooms, and each guest room has its own private bath and toilet. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. Parking is available.
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
Part of the Rediscover Group of Travel Companies Rediscover Japan Co., Ltd. (Japanese Guest Houses)
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