A New Look for an Ancient Hot Spring Town Kinosaki Onsen’s Revamped Ryokan Accommodations

An egg chair in a guestroom

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – As a hot spring town that prides itself on an unchanging cozy atmosphere lasting for over 1,300 years, Kinosaki Onsen has also welcomed various revamps for its traditional ryokan accommodations, further enhancing guests’ enjoyment of this ancient and tranquil town. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kinosaki Onsen took the temporary lack of visitors as an opportunity for some new renovations.

Onishiya Suishoen's garden and Noh stage to the left
Onishiya Suishoen’s garden and Noh stage to the left

Blending Traditional Ambiance with Modern Comforts

Onishiya Suishoen:

A traditional ryokan known for a gorgeous decorative Noh stage that displays videos of shows in its central garden, Onishiya Suishoen is ecstatic to announce all-new guestroom renovations including rooms with western-style beds, rooms designed with a chic mix of western and Japanese architecture, and in-room private hot spring baths, all providing foreign visitors with the comforts of home in a traditional Japanese setting.

Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei:

Nishimuraya Honkan’s larger, western and Japanese-style counterpart, is known as Kinosaki Onsen’s premier hotel for group tours and international visitors and has recently added a gym to its long list of amenities. In addition to the elegant lobby lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal), and luxurious Italian restaurant, those specifically looking for accommodation equipped with a brand-new gym are especially encouraged to consider spending a night at Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei.

Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei’s new gym (Photo by Daijirou Okada)
Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei’s new gym (Photo by Daijirou Okada)

Kinsui:

The stylish and quaint ryokan Kinsui is excited to introduce a newly renewed Japanese-style guestroom, designed after Kinosaki Onsen’s very own onomatopoeia picture book cleverly entitled Kinosaki Yu-nomatope. Guests young and old can enjoy a truly unique and unforgettable experience as they open the geta-shaped door and are greeted with willow tree wall art, Matsuba Crab illustrations, and an Oriental White Stork-design light fixture. Children will especially delight in the room’s playground-style tunnel.

Kinsui guestroom
Kinsui guestroom
Kinsui geta-shaped door
Kinsui geta-shaped door

UTSUROI TSUCHIYA ANNEX:

Highly popular among young international travelers, the cafe-hotel hybrid UTSUROI TSUCHIYA ANNEX has begun to offer overnight plans without kaiseki and breakfast meals, but with all of the comforts of a cozy and stylish hideaway in the center of town. In their room, guests can relax in one of UTSUROI’s iconic egg chairs, admiring the passersby below before savoring a bite to eat at the downstairs cafe.

An egg chair in a guestroom
An egg chair in a guestroom

Kobayashiya:

Kobayashiya’s renovated lobby
Kobayashiya’s renovated lobby
Kobayashiya’s renovated guestrooms
Kobayashiya’s renovated guestrooms

A beautiful ryokan with roots in pottery-making, Kobayashiya has re-opened its doors with an all-new cozy lobby area stocked with books from around the world for guests to read, along with sleek private hot spring baths available for guests to reserve during their stay. Those looking for an especially luxurious stay are encouraged to inquire about Kobayashiya’s three-room suite overlooking town.

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