A cross between a hot springs inn and a Western hotel.
This hotel is a good choice for travelers who are interested in a traditional Japanese experience but want the convenience and amenities offered by a typical luxury hotel. There are rooms with Western-style beds for those unaccustomed to sleeping on the floor, and eight of the rooms have individual outdoor hot spring baths for the ultimate in privacy.
They also have a 165,000-square-meter garden and a pool, jacuzzi, and sauna as well as the typical hot spring baths. There is a spa that offers aromatherapy.
Of course, the food is fancy ryokan fare – fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan, the famed Tajima beef, and the mountain and field vegetables of the region. Meals are served in your room.
With 100 rooms, this hotel will not offer you the intimate experience of a small inn, but the bonuses will make up for it for some travelers. When I visited, I enjoyed the excellent service, spacious outdoor bath, and comfortable rooms.
The hotel is somewhat removed from the station, but it’s very close to several of the public baths as well as the Kinosaki Ropeway, an aerial cablecar that will take you up the mountain and give you a great view of the surrounding landscape.
Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 10 AM.
Address: Yushima Kinosaki-cho Toyooka-shi Hyogo Pref. 669-6101
Website: Website: http://www.nishimuraya.ne.jp/shogetsu/english (English)
How To Get There
Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei
From Kobe Sannomiya (JR): take the limited express Hamakaze (180 minutes).
From Osaka (JR): take the limited express Konotori (160 minutes).
A shuttle bus can pick you up from Kinosaki-Onsen Station.