Nakanobo Zuien

What kind of onsen ryokan is Nakanobo Zuien?

This is a luxury modern onsen ryokan in Arima Onsen.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  If this is your first time staying at ryokans, the property would be perfect.  You wouldn’t feel any stress during your stay.  Also, there are 50 rooms only.  If you want to relax in a serene atmosphere, the ryokan would be one of the most suitable.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure, this wouldn’t be.  Nakanobo Zuien would be great for couples, families, groups, or solo travelers.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.

Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is perfect, just a 5min-walk from Arimaonsen Station.  A free shuttle service is available.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary in Arima Onsen?

If you are looking for venues for special occasions, the property would be one of the best. The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private hot springs and garden views.  That’s truly amazing.  We spent lots of time jumping in and out of our private hot spring until check-out time.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should book western-Japanese rooms with twin beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, a green tea set, yukatas, pajamas, and a coffee machine, etc.  You can travel light.  Also, there are 5 kinds of pillows that you can choose.  The free WiFi reception was good in the property.  Then complimentary orange juice, apple juice, coffee, English tea, and cookies, etc., were available at the lounge from 8:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00, and 20:00-23:00.  Don’t forget to relax here while viewing a beautiful traditional garden.  Also, complimentary beer was available near the communal baths.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful communal indoor and outdoor hot springs.  They are open from 5:30-12:00, 13:30-24:00.  Also, there are two private family hot springs.  One of them is called Kinsen *Gold hot spring which contains high levels of iron and salt.  It costs 2,160JPY for 60min.  You need to book it in advance.  The other is called Ginsen *Silver hot spring which is mixed carbonated and radium springs.  You can use the Ginsen for free whenever it’s not occupied.  The water temperature tends to be high.  They are open from 6:30 to 23:00.  On top of that, you can use communal hot springs in the sister inn, Arima Grand Hotel.  Staff sends you to the venue if you request.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use the private family ones instead, or book a room with a private one.  Then Nakanobo Zuien is almost universal design.  There are some rooms for wheelchair users.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring wheelchair users, you might want to enter from the parking lot as there is no step.  Also 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 is a convenience store nearby.

How about meals?

The food experience was just divine.  I would recommend the restaurant called “Chef’s room Teppan” in-house.  The restaurant is one of the best Teppanyaki in Japan.  If you love Kobe beef, you should try it.  Also, you can choose Kaiseki cuisine in your room or a dining area.  If you have dinner on the property, you need to check-in by 19:00.   Inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies or dietary needs.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many local restaurants around there.

My impressions

All staff was excellent, professional, and elegant.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality, you should stay here.  Overall, the price range would be high if compared to other onsen resorts.   You may feel a bit overpriced but it’s truly worth staying here if you want to get much of an immersive luxury onsen ryokan experience in Arima Onsen.  I would recommend checking in earlier and enjoying the hot spring baths.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Nakanobo Zuien

Style Modern Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
14:00/12:00
Estimated Price 65,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
front@zuien.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 Nakanobo Zuien’s MAP
Access 5min walk from Arima Onsen Station
Address and TEL 808, Arima-Cho, Kita-Ku Kobe Hyogo 651-1401
Tel +81 78 904 0787
Official Homepage Nakanobo Zuien’s HP

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

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