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Kinosaki Onsen Resort / Vol. 1

By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 3月 31, 2012

Willow trees standing along The Ohtani River is the symbol of Kinosaki Onsen

 

Kinosaki (城崎町) was a town located in Kinosaki District, Hyogo Prefecture. The town is a popular hot spring resort at the north part of Hyogo Prefecture. It is on the west side of the Maruyama River flowing into the Sea of Japan, and the town is along the Ohtani River, a small tributary of the Maruyama River. On April 1, 2005 Kinosaki, along with the towns of Hidaka and Takeno, all from Kinosaki District, and the towns of Izushi and Tanto, both from Izushi District, was merged into the expanded city of Toyooka and no longer exists as an independent municipality.

Kinosaki is famous as a resort area, with Onsen based in its natural hot springs. In 1913, the writer Naoya Shiga came to Kinosaki and stayed there for three weeks. Kinosaki provided inspiration for his short story, Kinosaki ni te or “In Kinosaki”.

Readily accessible by rail, this fascinating center attracts thousands during holidays to luxuriate in the spas fed by geothermal sources below the town. Groups of visitors can be seen wandering the streets in ‘Yukata’ cotton kimono accompanied by the characteristic clicking of ‘Geta’ or the traditional wooden clogs one can see lined up in the entrance halls of the hotels.

A feature is the fountains in the square where mesh bags of eggs can be immersed and boiled while you wait. There are several small ponds of running hot water where one can sit by the edge of the road and relax while soaking one’s feet. A ropeway at the far end of the street take visitors to the lookout or one can walk there.

It is said that a wounded stork was found first, which healed the wound here in the 7th century.

In 717, high priest Douchi visited here. To help people with bad disease, he performed ascetic training here for a thousand days. Then new hot spring gushed in 720. It is current “Mandara-yu” hot spring, and Kinosaki hot spring resort was opened at that time.

In the popular hot spring ranking list made in the 19th century, Kinosaki hot spring was ranked the second of western Japan, after Arima Onsen resort. Many hotels and Onsen inns are on the both side along Ohtani River. And many willow trees are by the river, and the scenery is the symbol of Kinosaki.


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<Reference materials>

http://ja.wikipedia.org/

http://www.kinosaki-hotsprings.com/

http://www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/

http://onsenyado.sakura.ne.jp/

http://www.kiyamachikoji.com/

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce ‘Kinosaki Onsen Resort’ in Hyogo Prefecture. If you have something to ask, like to make reservation, or need English speaking tour guide when visit there, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

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Introduction of the specialist for Onsen design

 

If you like to build a real Japanese style hot spring facility in your country, I would like to introduce one of the best Japanese architects, Mr. Hiroshi Ebisawa, who is the author of a technical book ‘ONSEN’ specialized in design for Japanese Style SPA. The bilingual book written in Japanese-English is published by Rikuyosha Co. (http://www.rikuyosha.co.jp/) which is available at most bookstores in Japan.

Please contact: http://www.e-koubo.co.jp/

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Provide a special scene in a usual life but not exclusive high standard

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 2月 26, 2012

Management concept of the inn is providing a special scene in usual life to their customers but not tries providing exclusive high standard. The inn is located in a corner of busy commercial area so it is something different from remote hot spring resorts such as ‘Yufuin’ and ‘Kurokawa’. Although, some exclusive Japanese inns not allowed accepting children, ‘Kokian’ welcomes family groups with children. Toys among variety choices are given to accompanied children when family groups check in. Most room guests usually stay in their own guest rooms so the public areas, such as reception house and a hotel garden, are open to these arrival children. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Taste of Japanese modern’ gives more comfortable feelings to overnight guests

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 2月 19, 2012

The tariff of ‘Kokian’ shows rather expensive rates, and number of guest rooms are limited only 16 which are rare in Yuda Onsen Resort. Each room is dotted in a man made forest. Room guests can enjoy staying in their rooms longer than those in other hotels. When you take bath at outdoor, your privacy is kept by surrounding forest. It is something like a mountain villa in a natural forest than a typical traditional Japanese landscape garden. The design concept is ‘Japanese Modern’ which is now popular in Japanese inns. Western living style, such as twin beds, closets, and other functional settings are tactfully arranged in a Japanese room decorated with traditional materials in Japan.

All 16 guest rooms have enough space in 52㎡- 69㎡ coping for the maximum capacity of 4 people. Each room is equipped with flower heating, a living, a Japanese room, a twin-bed room, a terrace, and an outdoor hot spring bath. Special rooms also have a swimming pool and a foot bath, or a pond. A double liquid crystal display television set, a music player, bathrobes are standard arrangement in all guest rooms. Free drinks are always available in a refrigerator, excluding alcoholic beverages. Read the rest of this entry »

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Skillful design work changed an old hotel along the busy street to a quiet and high quality relaxation facility

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 2月 12, 2012

A Japanese style inn ‘Kokian’ quietly opened on July 6, 2011 at the gateway to Yuda Onsen Resort which was the old site of ‘Hotel Tanaka’. The Kokian Co., a subsidiary of ‘Hotel Tanaka Group’ runs this new inn. A public space in mountain villa style building and 6 guest houses are arranged in a 10,000㎡ man-made forest. Although, you are in a corner of busy street of Yamaguchi city, you can really feel comfortable as in a natural forest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Public Onsen facility ‘Yubae-onsen-kaido’ is laid out along the seaside

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 2月 5, 2012

It is something like a path along the ocean; therefore, you can enjoy seeing a beautiful vista of sunset into the Sea of Japan while taking bath. The bath house has variety of baths including outdoor baths, inner baths, separately for ladies and gentlemen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Old restaurant mainly for breakfast was reborn as attractive main dinning ‘Hamanasu’

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 1月 29, 2012

New dinning room ‘Hamanasu’

‘Hamanasu’ is used to be a restaurant mainly for breakfast. It was not bad for serving breakfast, but not suitable for dinner. New wallpaper and carpet covered the interior and lighting was totally changed in the renewal work. Serving method is rescheduled and newly an open style kitchen and a buffet table are equipped. All furniture in the dinning is also completely changed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beautiful sunset into the Sea of Japan is magnificent from your guest room

By Kikki - Last updated: 月曜日, 1月 23, 2012

‘Yubae-no-yado Shiomi-so’ in Senami Onsen Resort, Nigata Prefecture finished its renewal project and opened a new special floor ‘‘The Ocean Club’ and the dinning room ‘Hamanasu’ on March 3, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Variety of trendy bathing facilities are skillfully laid out in each floor

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 1月 15, 2012

‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport

Name: Manyo-no-yu’, the New Chitose Airport
Address: 4th Floor, The New Chitose Airport Terminal
987-22 Bibi, Chitose City, Hokkaido, 066-0012 JAPAN
Phone: 0123-46-4126
FAX: 0123-45-3333
URL: http://www.manyo.co.jp/chitose/
Total floor space: 4,773㎡
Onsen sauce: Natural Onsen sauce in Bunkyo, Chitose City
(Sodium chloride-weak alkaline hot spring)
Management: Maruseppu Kanko Co.
Business hours: 23 hours a day from 10.a.m. throuout the year

Floor layout

● 5th Flloor

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Onsen is considered as one of the main attractions to promote visitors to the airport

By Kikki - Last updated: 月曜日, 1月 9, 2012

‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport

‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport was considered as one of the main facilities in the airport building when the renovation was planned. It was expected to promote accessibility and attractiveness of the airport.

The function of the New Chitose Airport is expected to dramatically heighten by the renewal work of the terminal buildings and renovation of both facilities for domestic and international airlines. It also helps to increase number of arrivals and hours of staying at the airport. As the entrance to Hokkaido, the airport building must provide much refined hospitality service to visitors and variety of menus to attract them while staying.

The purpose of ‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport is providing valuable period at the airport as an orthodox relaxation facility with using first natural Onsen water at the airport and as one of the main facilities not only for air travelers but also for local visitors.

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Popular Onsen Chain ‘Manyo-no-yu’ opened at the New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido

By Kikki - Last updated: 金曜日, 1月 6, 2012

‘Manyo-no-yu’ in New Chitose Airport

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Two inns under the same management work in cooperation with each other

By Kikki - Last updated: 火曜日, 12月 6, 2011

 

  

 

 

The Itsutsuro guests can use parts of public facilities in ‘Kakujoro’

 

 
Open-air & inner grand baths and esthetic salon in ‘Kakujoro’ are provided for room guests of ‘Itsutsuro’

  

All guest rooms in ‘Itsutsuro’ have no bathrooms, so that two charter bathrooms and one open-air charter bath are equipped instead. However, some room guests like to enjoy bathing in rather wider grand bathroom. A special path connecting to ‘Kakujoro’ is prepared from the backyard of ‘Itsuitsuro’ for these guests.

And also they can use the relaxation space ‘Riraku’ where famous SHISEIDO brand esthetic salon ‘Qi’ and L’OSERAIE is located.  

 
Japanese-style bar ‘Wakura’ is renovated from a 150 year-old traditional Japanese storehouse. 

 

Another attraction for the room guests is a Japanese-style bar ‘Wakura’ in town, which is renovated from a 150 year-old traditional Japanese storehouse.

Parts of nearby facilities under the same management are effectively used for cover up lack of public facilities at ‘Itsutsuro’.

Not only use public facilities, but also staff members from both inns help each other accordingly. Total number of staff for ‘Itsutsuro’ is only 10, including kitchen staff.

<Reference materials>

Monthly Hotel Ryokan June 2011

http://ja.wikipedia.org/ 

http://www.jalan.net/

http://www.ikyu.com/

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce ‘Roman-no-yado Itsutsuro’ in Aichi Prefecture. If you have something to ask, like to make reservation, or need English speaking tour guide when visit Atsumi Peninsula, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

Please Contact Us/お問合せ

Introduction of the specialist for Onsen design

I would like to introduce one of the best Japanese architects, Mr. Hiroshi Ebisawa, who is specialized in Onsen facility.

Please contact: http://www.e-koubo.co.jp/


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The new born Japanese resort inn is aimed at the youth market

By Kikki - Last updated: 水曜日, 11月 30, 2011

Lower rates are set to distinguish from the main inn ‘Kakujo-ro’

Elements of Western style menu are skillfully employed

Compare to their main inn ‘Kakujoro’, this unique and original minded Japanese resort inn targeted on rather younger market. Main target of Itsutsuro is  couples of younger generations between 20s and 40s. Expecting average consumer price at the inn is about 15,000 yen or so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Almost decayed old inn was reborn as a new style Japanese resort Inn

By Kikki - Last updated: 日曜日, 11月 20, 2011

An almost decayed old Japanese inn in Fukue Town was reborn as ‘Roman-no-yado Itsutsuro’ on August 6, 2010. Its original structure was a long established Japanese inn built in 1830s, but was closed its business five years ago. The owner of ‘Kakujoro’ Japanese inn in the same town purchased the old structure and renovated it before reopening. Fukue Town is located at the tip of Atsumi Peninsula in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture. It takes about 15 minutes from Irako Promontory by car.

The town used to be a prosperous fishing port in the Atsumi Peninsula, but it takes more than one and 20 minutes from Toyohashi Station on the New Tokaido Bullet Train Line.

As of 2008, the Tahara City has an estimated population of 66,354 and the density of 405.01 persons per km². The total area is 188.58 km². The city was founded on August 20, 2003 as a result of the town of Tahara absorbed the town of Akabane and then gained city status. On October 1, 2005 the town of Atsumi was merged into the city of Tahara. Toyota Motor Corporation has its award winning Tahara plant in the city which makes many Lexus-brand cars and some Toyota models. The Toyota Celica was manufactured in Tahara from 1979 to 1999. Many Lexus models are manufactured within this plant, as are many Toyota models for domestic and international markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Local food materials are cooked in traditional Kaiseki-style

By Kikki - Last updated: 月曜日, 11月 7, 2011

‘Migiwa-tei Ochi Kochi’ in Tomonoura Onsen / Vol. 3

 
Check-in and check-out procedures are done at the lobby lounge

 

As well as putting special care on its renovation design, service style is also something different from other two properties in Tomonoura. Check-in and check-out procedures are done at the lobby lounge, and a cup of welcome tea is served there. Dinner and breakfast are served in the dinning room ‘Kaede’ for all room guests, except guests in upper suit rooms. The hotel staff tries not to visit guest room so often for keeping privacy of guests in the rooms.

 
For creating image of the sea, wave, and islands in the Seto Inner Sea, beautiful china wares are used for dishing up.

 

Local food products are used for cooking of a full traditional Japanese Kaiseki-ryōri. For creating image of the sea, wave, and islands in the Seto Inner Sea, beautiful china wares are used for dishing up. Each dish is cooked one by one in the kitchen and served promptly to the guest at the table. As in located in Hiroshima, different 11 brands of local sake or rice wine and 14 brands of local shochu or a clear distilled liquor are lined up on the beverage list. Varieties of 6 brands wine are also listed on it. Kaiseki menu makes seasonal change once in every two months. 

Breakfast is your choice among Japanese or Western style menus. A good quality of food materials such as organic vegetables and homemade soybean curd used for the dishes. Especially organic rice is purchased from local farm ‘Chikahiro Nosan Co.’ in Mihara city, which is characterized in sticky and sweet taste. The rice won the special finest prize among local rice at the 12th Rice Tasting Contest in Japan. Eggs for breakfast are given from natural feed hens.

<Reference materials>

http://www.ochikochi.co.jp/

Monthly Hotel Ryokan June 2011

http://ja.wikipedia.org/ 

http://www.jalan.net/

http://www.ikyu.com/

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce ‘Migiwa-tei Ochi Kochi’ in Tomonoura Onsen in Hiroshima Prefecture. If you have something to ask, like to make reservation, or need English speaking tour guide when visit to Tomonoura Onsen Resorts, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

Please Contact Us/お問合せ

Introduction of the specialist for Onsen design

I would like to introduce one of the best Japanese architects, Mr. Hiroshi Ebisawa, who is specialized in Onsen facility.

Please contact: http://www.e-koubo.co.jp/


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Modern taste guest rooms arranged with original design beds

By Kikki - Last updated: 月曜日, 10月 31, 2011

‘Migiwa-tei Ochi Kochi’ in Tomonoura Onsen / Vol. 2

Guest rooms

Room rates with dinner & breakfast 

Types # of Space Allowance Minimum
  rooms (㎡) (Guests) (Yen/person)
Standard Twin 6 39.0 2 26,250
Wide-view Twin 3 53.6 3 27,300
Corner-view Twin 2 52.0 3 27,300
Suite 2 65.4 5 32,550
Upper-suite 4 77.3-95.0 6 35,700

*Rates above include tax and service charge.

10 existing guest rooms are reduced to 8 for providing 39 square meters for new standard twin rooms. Old banquet hall is useless for small family groups and is remodeled to 3 new upper-suite rooms instead. The inn could increase number of guest rooms from 16 to 17 rooms all together because of the above renovation.

Each guest room has wooden deck and open-air bathroom is laid out on it where beautiful ocean view can be observed. Onsen water from ‘Tomonoura’ is used for all these open-air baths.

Original design beds are placed on ‘Ryukyu-tatami mat’ in the modern taste Japanese style rooms. Beds from the maker in Hiroshima and Simon co. in USA are arranged in the guest rooms. Different furniture and fixture in original design and colors are arranged in each room.

Sophisticated arrangements on tools and amenity goods in the guest room, such as double gauzed pajamas, adjustable pillows in thickness and softness, and famous ‘Arita-china’ coffee cups, are also their original idea.

And additionally, multiple use audio system available for CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc, air cleaner, and a set of coffee maker are standard in each guest room.

Standard Twin 

Number of rooms: 6 rooms
Room size: 39.0
Maximum accommodation: 2 guests
Minimum rate with dinner and breakfast: 26,250 Yen/person
 
Standard twin room is consisted of 10-tatami bed room, wooden terrace, and open-air bath room. Beds are made by Simon co. in USA. A liquid crystal display television with multiple use audio system available for CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc, air cleaner, and a set of coffee maker are arranged.

 

Wide-view Twin 

Number of rooms: 3 rooms
Room size: 53.6
Maximum accommodation: 3 guests
Minimum rate with dinner and breakfast: 27,300 Yen/person
 
Wide-view twin room is consisted of 10-tatami bed room, wooden terrace, and open-air bath room. Beds are made by Simon co. in USA. A liquid crystal display television with multiple use audio system available for CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc, air cleaner, and a set of coffee maker are arranged.

 

Corner-view Twin 

Number of rooms: 2 rooms
Room size: 52.0
Maximum accommodation: 3 guests
Minimum rate with dinner and breakfast: 27,300 Yen/person
 
Corner-view twin room is arranged at the corner of each floor from 2nd to 5th. It is consisted of 10-tatami bed room, wooden terrace, and open-air bath room. Open-air bath is arranged separately on another wooden terrace. Beautiful sea vista can be observed both wooden terraces. Beds are placed directly on the tatami-mat only in this type.

 

Suite room 

Number of rooms: 2 rooms
Room size: 65.4
Maximum accommodation: 5 guests
Minimum rate with dinner and breakfast: 35,700 Yen/person
 
Suite room is consisted of twin-bed room, Japanese style living room, wooden terrace, and open-air bath room. Powder corner, washing area, and open-air bath are arranged in the bathroom. The bathroom is surrounded by ‘Muso-style’ wooden door for avoiding strong wind and sight from sailing boats on the sea.

 

Upper-suite room

Number of rooms: 4 rooms
Room size: 77.3-95.0
Maximum accommodation: 6 guests
Minimum rate with dinner and breakfast: 38,850 Yen/person
 
1,200mm width beds are placed on the slatted wooden flooring for reducing humidity in the room. Living dinning area is consisted of two Japanese type rooms; 6 and 10 tatami rooms. Window side is widely open to the ocean view. Original designed room furniture and fixture are arranged.

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce ‘Migiwa-tei Ochi Kochi’ in Tomonoura Onsen in Hiroshima Prefecture. If you have something to ask, like to make reservation, or need English speaking tour guide when visit to Tomonoura Onsen Resorts, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

Please Contact Us/お問合せ

Introduction of the specialist for Onsen design

I would like to introduce one of the best Japanese architects, Mr. Hiroshi Ebisawa, who is specialized in Onsen facility.

Please contact: http://www.e-koubo.co.jp/

<Reference materials>

http://www.ochikochi.co.jp/

Monthly Hotel Ryokan June 2011

http://ja.wikipedia.org/ 

http://www.jalan.net/

http://www.ikyu.com/


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