Nishimuraya Honkan

Toyooka, Japan

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  • One of Japan’s premier and historic ryokan inns
  • Part of the Relais & Chateaux group
  • Offers an authentic Japanese experience with traditional décor, onsen and Kaiseki dining

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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Fall is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colors, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Peaceful, elegant and classy, Nishimuraya Honkan is one of Japan’s finest traditional ryokan inns. Offering tasteful décor, impeccable service, onsen bathing and Kaiseki dining, the hotel provides guests with an authentic taste of Japanese life.

A well-established favorite, Nishimuraya Honkan is a 150-year old traditional ryokan inn located in the atmospheric town of Kinosaki Onsen. For those wishing to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, a stay here will not disappoint. Part of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux group, the property has a maze-like layout which affords guests the utmost peace and privacy. The traditional and elegant décor includes sliding paper doors, tatami mats, futon beds and wooden terraces, many with private onsen. A feature of the hotel is the beautiful garden, alive with birdsong and dotted with statues and koi ponds. The gracious staff are welcoming and attentive, there is an onsite art gallery to enjoy and excellent in-room multi-course Kaiseki dining.
Rooms are spacious and standard amenities include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom, seating area, kettle, minibar, safe, fridge, TV and hairdryer, with traditional futon beds and tatami mats. The hotel provides guests with yukata robes, tabi socks and wooden geta slippers and aside from the Japanese-Style Standard Rooms, all include open-air stone baths and some include beautiful views of the gardens. While there is no restaurant, guests can enjoy in-room breakfast and dinner featuring local Tajima beef and fresh crab. Dietary requirements can be accommodated and the experience of multi-course Kaiseki dining will be a highlight of your stay. Those staying in a room without a private onsen are welcome to use the onsen at the sister hotel 700-meters away and indeed the hotel gives guests a pass enabling them to enjoy the other seven onsen in Kinosaki, which can be toured wearing yukata robes and geta sandals. The hotel also provides complimentary bicycles.
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All the rooms are generously-sized, featuring classic Japanese décor with sliding paper doors, wooden terraces, futon bedding and tatami mats. Tastefully decorated, the hotel is a wonderful environment to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and for a real treat opt for a room with a private open-air bath.


Children are welcome at the hotel although there are no specific childcare facilities available.


Everything at the hotel is considered, authentic and elegant including the lovely gardens which are perfect for relaxation; the spacious and charming room décor; the provision of yukata robes, tabi socks and geta slippers for onsen bathing; the wonderful service; the interesting art gallery; the free use of bicycles and the exquisite Kaiseki cuisine.


Guests can relax in their private onsen, tour the onsen of Kinosaki or visit the sister hotel, Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei, just 700-meters away to enjoy communal and private bathing. The hotel is just 2-kilometers from Kinosaki-Onsen Station, while the Kinosaki Ropeway (cable car) and Kinosaki Museum are just a 10-minute walk away.


  • Genbudo Museum & Basalt Caves

    Discover the fantastic hexagonal rock columns of Genbudo Basalt Cave. You will also visit the Genbudo Museum to learn about the geological backgrounds of these unique formations.

  • Izushi Castle Town

    This half-day tour visit the Izushi Castle Ruins, the Kabuki theater of Izushi Eiraku-kan and the clock tower of Shinkorou.

  • Takeda Castle Ruins

    Perched atop of mountains, you will visit the Takeda Castle Ruins which are often dubbed as "Castle in the Sky" or "Japan's Machu Picchu".

Vacation Ideas

  • A Short Getaway to Kansai

    Osaka, Toyooka & Himeji

    from $2500 pp 4 nights

    • Retreat to Japan's finest onsen town with Relais & Châteaux kaiseki dinner
    • Explore the majestic Himeji, renowned as the best-preserved traditional Japanese castles
    • Stroll along the 1.8 kilometer bamboo road of Take-no-michi
  • Epic Japan

    Osaka, Toyooka, Kyoto, Takayama & Tokyo

    from $13200 pp 13 nights

    • Devour the many culinary highlights throughout this epic trip, staying in chic and stylish hotels with the best access to restaurants, bars and markets
    • Take fun and vibrant guided tours in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, cities known for their love of eating, delicious street food, Buddhist temples and magical gardens
    •  Head to the Japanese Alps for lush beauty and mesmerising scenery with its many shrines and temples hidden in the hillside
  • Kansai for Families

    Amanohasidate, Toyooka, Nantan, Kyoto & Nara

    from $4200 pp 6 nights

    • Experience mackerel fishing, canoeing or stand up paddle-board at Amanohashidate
    • Stay at the traditional Japanese thatched farmhouses with optional biking and bamboo crafting
    • Visit Nara, the original imperial capital of Japan, and come face-to-face with deers on the park

Location & directions

Toyooka, Japan

Kansai Airport is 215-kilometers away, while Osaka Airport is 150-kilometers. The hotel is ideally located for those traveling by train being just 2-kilometers from Kinosaki-Onsen Station.

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