Our Stay At Nishimuraya Honkan in Kinosaki Onsen, Japan

24 Hours Visiting A Kinosaki Onsen Ryokan

One experience you should have while in Japan is staying in a traditional Japanese ryokan. A Kinosaki Onsen ryokan will give you a full pampered experience. Coming from Hiroshima, we took the Shinkansen to Himeji Station then took the Hamakaze JR line to Kinosaki Onsen. As denoted by the name, Kinosaki is the onsen district of the city of Toyooka. Onsens are the traditional Japanese baths, typically with water from natural hot springs. Kinosaki has been regarded as one of the best onsen towns in Japan, with over 1,400 years of onsen history.

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Nishimuraya Honkan - Kinosaki Onsen ryokan


ACCOMMODATION: Nishimuraya Honken – Kinosaki Onsen Ryokan

As we said, whatever you do, you MUST book a ryokan during your stay in Kinosaki Onsen. We booked a room for one night at the Nishimuraya Honkan a Kinosaki Onsen ryokan. With a history of 150 years, Nishimuraya is a luxurious ryokan with various onsen (some private), exquisite dining, beautiful gardens, and an onsite museum. We wanted to have a day of relaxation between all our days of heavy travel, and the traditional Japanese ryokan was the perfect way to do so. We elected to splurge on a room with a private garden and onsen so we wouldn’t have to book specific times.
Cost: 45000 JPY – 55000 JPY/night

The Lobby

Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by the staff of Nishimuraya Honken. They will assist you in checking in, arrange your meal times, and any other additional on-site experiences you wish you enjoy. During our stay we found out our train ticket was booked for early the next morning and would not be able to enjoy our traditional Japanese breakfast due to the time. Staff assisted us in rearranging our train ticket so we were able to stay longer and enjoy this experience. In the lobby you will find a gift shop, cozy bar area, and other places to sit and relax.


The Gardens

Something else that is very special and unique to Nishimuraya Honken is their on-site gardens. The gardens are perfectly manicured and very tranquil to spend time in. There is a place to pray, enjoy the koi fish, and walk around while gazing at the beauty of the garden.

Nishimuraya Honkan - Kinosaki Onsen ryokan

Nishimuraya Honkan - Kinosaki Onsen ryokan

Nishimuraya Honkan - Kinosaki Onsen ryokan

Nishimuraya Honkan - Kinosaki Onsen ryokan


Our Room With Private Onsen

If you are looking for to have an experience of ultimate luxury and romance, we recommend staying in a room with private onsen. Our room was quite spacious and had an on-suite private bathroom, large vanity including toiletries, outdoor shower, and private onsen to relax in during the day or evening. Nishimuraya Honken also provided us with Yukata to wear while we were out and about from our Kinosaki Onsen ryokan. In the evening after dinner, your table and chairs are removed and your futon beds are placed on the floor and fluffed.


Kaiseki Dining

During our stay at our Kinosaki Onsen ryokan, we elected to have the traditional Japanese meals in the form of Kaiseki dining. Kaiseki is a multi-course dinner that often features small portioned, artistically arranged dishes. We found the food to be wonderful, but a some of the dishes may required a certain palate. A few of the traditional dishes we tried were: uni (sea urchin gonads), Sazae (horned turban sea snail),  and Chirimen Jako (young salted dried sardines or anchovies). For more information about this kaiseki style meal check out this blog post on Japanese cuisine!


THE TOWN OF KINOSAKI ONSEN

While we enjoyed our Kinosaki Onsen ryokan the majority of our time in this quaint town, we also took a nice walk through the streets of Kinosaki Onsen. There are various local souvenir shops, sweets shops, and small restaurants. We stopped at a place called Gubigabu and enjoyed a nice afternoon snack of a cheese platter, which was not like most cheese platters you’d find, and hot cakes that were delicious!

Nishimuraya Honkan - Kinosaki Onsen ryokan

Another thing to try while in Kinosaki Onsen is the “Onsen Flavored” Ramune. The flavor tastes similar to sprite or 7up but with  light floral hints and a bit less sugary. It’s the perfect, refreshing beverage to enjoy while strolling the streets.

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While our visit to a Kinosaki Onsen ryokan was brief, we enjoyed every moment of this beautiful town far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and deep into the mountains of Japan.

After enjoying our relaxing stay in Toyooka we hopped on a train to our next stop, Tokyo!

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    Hiroshima, Japan | Pages of Travel
    January 11, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    […] After getting a good nights rest, we packed up and headed to the hotspring town Kinosaki Onsen (Toyooka)! (click here to read more) […]

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    Dining & Cuisine: Japan – Pages of Travel
    January 24, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    […] small portioned artistically arranged dishes. We had this style of cuisine when we stayed in Kinosaki Onsen. Our arrangement went as […]

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    Hiroshima, Japan | Pages of Travel
    October 23, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    […] After getting a good nights rest, we packed up and headed to the hot spring town, Kinosaki Onsen. […]

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    10 of the Wackiest Foods to Try From Around the World | Pages of Travel
    November 7, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    […] Upon first glance uni almost looks like an orange animal tongue which, of course, will immediately put some people off. However, uni is considered a luxury in Japanese culture and has a rich, creamy texture. Unlike what you would normally expect, it’s not at all “fishy.” We were warned by many people to steer clear of it because of it’s pungent taste but were pleasantly surprised at how mellow it was upon trying it fresh at a ryokan we were staying in. […]

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    travelpassionate (@ChrysoulaManika)
    November 19, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    That is a lovely city. I love natural baths but I didn’t have the time to visit one when I was in Japan. Although I love tasting traditional things everywhere I go, I would prefer a continental breakfast!

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      kallsypage
      November 19, 2016 at 9:55 PM

      It was a beautiful experience! The natural baths are an added bonus to this quaint town. If you do visit this specific ryokan they do have a “Westernized” breakfast option that would be what you’re hoping for. 🙂

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    MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)
    November 20, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    I love your photos of the Japanse Gardens – the green and the details are just beautiful. And you’re room looked pretty special too! I can’t wait to get to Japan and experience an Onsen for myself!

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      kallsypage
      November 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

      Thank you Vicki! It was a cooler, slightly rainy day when we were there which made the green of the garden pop even more. We loved it! The room was a splurge but well worth it for the experience. I hope you are able to visit and experience this as well!

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    Ticker Eats The World
    November 20, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Such a lovely post and amazing photos. Japan has always fascinated me the most and I hope to travel there once again in the future. I was there as a kid so not many memories from that trip. I actually saw and TV episode on Onsen and since then have been intrigued about the area. Certainly looks like a must visit place.

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      kallsypage
      November 20, 2016 at 10:36 AM

      Thank you very much! Japan has been our favorite country thus far. The people are so considerate and the culture is fascinating to us both; especially Logan as he is part Japanese. I hope you’re able to make a return trip soon!

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    Christina
    November 20, 2016 at 5:02 AM

    There’s something special about spending time at a Japanese onsen. The traditional bathing rituals are timeless and the gardens are beautiful. I think it’s a chance to rebalance your soul.

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      kallsypage
      November 20, 2016 at 10:35 AM

      I completely agree with you Christina! We had been walking nearly 20-25 miles each day prior to our time in Kinosaki Onsen so it was incredibly nice to unwind here for a short while.

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    mags
    November 20, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    This looks like such a great traditional Japanese city. I love all of the koi ponds, they’re so peaceful.

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      kallsypage
      November 21, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      We enjoyed the koi ponds as well. This town was far from typical and had very little tourism except that of Japanese people coming from nearby cities. It was very nice to get away from the urban hustle and bustle for a short while.

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    Mr Mike
    November 20, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    I always thought those outfits were kimonos. But the name yukatas sounds so much cooler! The private onsen sounds wonderful! Great trip 🙂

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      kallsypage
      November 21, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      You’re actually right as well! Kimonos are typically make from silk, while Yukatas are made from cotton and are more typically worn in the summer months as the fabric is lighter. 🙂

      We LOVED having the onsen right in our room, it was very beautiful and the light rain we had that day was soothing as well.

      Thanks for reading!

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    Carmen's Luxury Travel
    November 21, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    What a lovely 24 hours! Those gardens look beautiful. Also, how cool to have a hot spring in your room! Lovely, thanks for sharing 🙂

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      kallsypage
      November 21, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      It was quick but a much needed relaxing day. The gardens were so lush and green due to the light, drizzling rain which honestly, we didn’t mind so much! Thank you for reading! 🙂

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    Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L)
    November 22, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    I loved Japan when we went skiing there. Disappointing however we did not have enough time to visit a onset and I would really love to return in order to do so. Looks fab

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      kallsypage
      November 25, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed Japan as well! We were there during the summer so we didn’t get to ski but would love to go back and try it there! We’ll have to swap places. 🙂

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    vishalgmr1971
    November 22, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Lovely city, full of greenery and a lot of good people and not to forget talented visitors.

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      kallsypage
      November 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

      It really is! I take it you’ve visited before? 🙂

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    Carla Abanes
    November 22, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    I can totally live there! Loved the koi pond and the gardens. I don’t know how you can stay for only 24hours. Should stay longer but I bet it was expensive?

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      kallsypage
      November 25, 2016 at 11:02 AM

      Carla, I completely agree with you. A little over 24 hours wasn’t nearly enough. The onsens vary in price but yes they can be costly which is why we opted for a one night stay. 🙂

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