Hyoe Koyokaku

What kind of onsen ryokan is Hyoe Koyokaku?

This is a typical onsen ryokan, but we were impressed with their warm hospitality.  If you are looking for an onsen ryokan adventure in Arima Onsen, you should stay here.  On the other hand, if you are looking for luxury onsen ryokans, this is not.  I would rather recommend Nakanobo Zuien.  Hyoe Koyokaku would be great for family, big groups, or couples, but not solo travelers or not romantic couples.  The ambiance is lively, cozy, and family-oriented.

Is the location easy to access?

A free shuttle service is available from Arima Onsen Station.  It takes just 8min on foot from the station but there is a slope on the way to the property.  You may want to ask the shuttle service if you bring small children or people with weak feet.  Just call at 078-904-0501 upon arrival at the station.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms in the north building as you can view peaceful mountains in good weather.  The décor is “Japan minimalistic” but truly relaxing.  Some rooms wouldn’t have nice views.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called Futon in Tatami rooms, you should book Japanese-Western rooms with twin beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a green tea set, etc.  Room service is not available.  Then free WiFi reception was sometimes slow in our room, but I could connect to the internet in the lobby without any trouble.  Also, I noticed that some PCs were placed in the lobby to use someone.  Then this is child-friendly.  Staff provides items for small children, such as baby chairs, couffins, yukatas, and slippers, etc. if you request in advance.  Also, I noticed that diapers were being sold at the souvenir shop on the lobby floor.

How about In-house Facilities?

Facilities tend to be outdated but very clean and well-maintained.  Then there are wonderful large outdoor and indoor communal hot springs in-house.  They are open from 5:00 to 25:00.  Also, there are two outdoor private family ones with small gardens.  They cost 3,100JPY or 4,100JPY for 50min.  You need to book them in advance if you want to use.  They are open from 8:00-9:45, 14:45-22:15.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family ones instead.  Also, there is a nice footbath in the garden.  When you take a walk in the garden, you should try it.  Then Hyoe Koyokaku is almost universal design and wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Then there are some vending machines for drinks including beer.  There is a convenience store nearby.  *Please note that drink from outside is prohibited.

How about meals?

You can choose either Japanese Kaiseki, charcoal grill, or buffet-style cuisine.  Overall the food experience was nice.  If you are a gourmet, I would recommend Kobe beef kaiseki cuisine or the charcoal-grill for dinner.  If you bring small children, you may want to have at the buffet restaurant.  You need to book a table in advance.  Then if you have dinner in the property, you need to check-in by 19:00.  After dinner, don’t forget to visit The Rose Bar in the north building on 10F.  The ambiance was nice for adults.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many local restaurants around here.

My impressions

All staff is excellent, professional, and courteous.  If you cannot find English speakers, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of the young staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.  Hyoe Koyokaku is popular all year round.  I noticed that there were many tour groups and buses on-site.  If you want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekends in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.   You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Hyoe Koyokaku

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
14:30/11:00
Estimated Price 30,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
yoyaku@hyoe.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Hyoe Koyokaku’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from Arima Onsen Station
Address and TEL 1904 Arimachō, Kita-Ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo 651-1401
Tel +81 78-904-0501
Official Homepage Hyoe Koyokaku’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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