Toyooka Area: Kinosaki Ryokan and Farmhouse Inns

Japan is famous for its ryokan, traditional-style inns where guests stay in richly decorated rooms and eat multicourse meals. The town of Kinosaki in Toyooka area has some of the best ryokan in the country, known particularly for delicious fresh crab and multiple hot springs within walking distance around the scenic town.The ryokan I’ll talk…

Kinosaki Onsen: Mikiya

More beautiful views and things to do in Hyogo’s best onsen town! For this trip, we stayed at Mikiya. With over 300 years of history, Mikiya is one of the oldest ryokan in all of Kinosaki. Mikiya is also famous as the lodging that notable Taisho period novelist Shiga Naoya stayed at for months at…

Yamamoto-ya

Continuing in our Kinosaki Onsen series, I’m here to tell you about one more amazing place to stay during your visit to Kinosaki. Yamamoto-ya boasts a unique distinction: it is the oldest ryokan in the whole town. It’s been welcoming guests since the Edo period! It also happens to be a mid-size ryokan with the…

Hotel New Awaji

Okay, so let me start by noting that I have been lucky enough to have many opportunities to stay at beautiful hot springs accommodations in Hyogo and all throughout Japan. I can state with confidence that Hotel New Awaji is one of the best experiences I have ever had. The rooms, the food, the service,…