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Japnese Ryokan with onsen
Room with dinner and breakfast
I have to be honest, Onishiya Suishoen wasn’t my top choice for a Ryokan with an onsen in Kinosaki. Actually, it wasn’t even on my top 10 list although it is number 3 on Tripadvisor.com. I do trust Tripadvisor very much on usual occasiona, however when it comes to Japanese’s ryokans and Taiwan’s minzu, I don’t tend to research on Tripadvisor. Asian people or in South East Asia’s travellers don’t use Tripadvisor much so the people who writes on Tripadvisor are usually westerners who would tend to choose accommodation by the accessibility in reservation. In Japan, as they cannot read the language and there are hardly any English details or info (or even email to contact), they tend to book hotels with English. there are many locals accommodations (or restaurants) who do not know English and don’t promote themselves as it is their culture to save the best for their own people. Onishiya Suishoen was one of the view ryokan that had English version of their website so it was easily booked. I must say, the photos on Tripadvisor does not justify how pretty it is.
I booked the room on their website as i could choose the meal I wanted. During the crab season, you can choose to have a crab meal too. For those who has not stayed at a ryokan, you can either reserve JUST the room, or with a meal. The email isn’t just your normal dinner fix at their restaurant,but it is their traditional Japanese dinner, and that sometimes can be 8- 15 courses! It is an awesome experience, i have tried it many times but it isn’t necessary. I chose to this time again as Kinosaki is a small town, there won’t be much restaurants around and they close relatively early, so just to save time, we decided to have two meals in the Ryokan.
We were greeted at the front of the carpark where they will check your reservation before coming in. Our luggages were carried to the room before we even got in. It is japanese culture to be bare foot inisde the building so we were told to take our shoes off and they putted it away for us. I was quickly shown around where the lobby is, souvenir shop, the onsen and then was rushed to upstairs where my room was.
There is the main room and a bathroom in the room we were shown to. There is a big table where we were seated in the middle of the room where we were served with hot tea. The lady spoke little English only but tried very hard to explain things to us. This is the compulsive step when you are staying at a ryokan, where the host will sit you down and explain the area for you and the facilities at the ryokan, for example – onsen opening times, free drinks vending machines, souvenir shop etc We were told there is free bus shuttle down to the Kinosaki town centre and onsen opens till midnight with free foot massages
We were given two yukata in the room and you are expected to wear it inside the ryokan at all times. I have had times when i haven’t worn it in the past, but they do give you an unpleasant look. As we were heading out to the Kinosaki town centre for the public baths, we thought its best to get the yukata on, as it is only manners to dress up on the yukata. There is instructions on the booklet they provided on how to wear the yukata. Yukata is a traditional Japanese garment, and they wear with pride. It isn’t that easy to put one on, so i do suggest you to watch on youtube how to put one on.
As you might realize from my photos, the bed did not exist until later. We are dining in the room, so after the dinner, they would clean up, and set up the bed on tattami floors for us, and as in the morning, the bed will be rolled away and breakfast will be served in the room. I do like that privacy where we will not need to see any other guests. We were asked what time we prefer to have dinner and breakfast as there are different intervals.
Lobby & around the hotel
There are two onsens room, one for men, one for women. They swop the two onsens daily so both sexes can experience both onsens room. This is the first onsen ryokan that has a sauna room too. there is also a jacuzzi next to the onsen pool then there is an outdoor onsen which i found rather cold. If you are looking for a ryokan with an onsen in your room, then you have come to the wrong town. Kinosaki has a rule (I was told by another onsen) that no onsen ryokan can have an onsen tub in their own rooms. I enjoyed the onsen here as it was very clean and has an indoor and outdoor onsen which most ryokan here don’t have.
Dinner and restaurant
Breakfast and restaurant
- Reasonable price compared to other ryokans in the area
- Onsens change over every day, so you can experience them all
- Onsens opens really early at 5:30am and ends at midnight
- Outdoor and indoor onsen
- Sauna is available
- Free bar area
- Meals served in the room
- Free parking
- Souvenir shop
- Shuttle buses available to town
- Free pass to the onsens in town
- Dinner and breakfast was slightly rushed
- Bathrooms are outdated
- Yakatas provided are old and bland
- Breakfast was too bland
- Check out time is 10am
- No welcome fruits or snacks
Onishiya Suishoen exceeded my expectations as the photos on TripAdvisor really doesn’t show the beauty of it. Plus there were so many westerners writing a review on Onishiya Suishoen that makes me skeptical if this ryokan is that traditional. Upon arriving, we were greeted by staffs at the carpark and luggage was rolled away without me noticing. Service was immaculate from the start rto the end, even the staffs who was in charge of giving back my shoes, theyw ere professional and fast. I had mention one mail that I cannot have shellfish, and they remembered so I was served with alternatives. Only thing I dislike was how popular the ryokan was, that at 11pm, tehre was still so many people walking around and at the onsen which made me slightly uncomfortable. But at least we know the locals Japanese visit here too
Would I go back again? Yes, if I am in the area
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 8/10
18,360 jpy per person (on their website)
Japanese style 28 rooms, western style 6 rooms
Matsuba ( tatami room, size of 90 tatamis which is equivalent to 149㎡. Thus it can be separated to two rooms of 50 and 40 tatamis.
Grand spa for men Byakko(white tiger), grand spa for women Suzaku(red phoenix), sauna and Jacuzzi (men and women), open-air baths (men’s side and women’s side)
night lounge Hanagoromo, lounge Momoyama, shop