Okuno Hosomichi

What kind of onsen ryokan is Okuno Hosomichi?

This is one of the best auberge ryokans in Japan.  If you are a foodie, you must be happy.  Perhaps, if you are looking for boutique modern ryokans with private hot springs in Arima Onsen, you should stay here.  This is like a secret hideaway for adults.  There are 17 rooms only.  The ambiance is relaxed, serene, and tranquil.  On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a variety of hot springs, this is not.  The property would be great for romantic couples, solo travelers, or small groups, but not family with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 12 applies.  If you want to bring small children, it would be subject to negotiation.

Is the location easy to access?

The location is a little away from the center of Arima Onsen, but a free shuttle service is available from Arima Onsen Station.  You need to call at 078-907-3555 upon arrival.  There are some long slops on the way to the property.  You may want to ask the staff to pick up at the station.

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 terraces in the main building.  Most of the rooms tend to be cramped, but facilities tend to be the latest.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend rooms in the annex.  They wouldn’t be special except for the suite room.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, a humidifier, a Nespresso machines with capsules, welcome sweets, a green tea set, and bottled water, etc.  Also, there are some colorful yukatas in the lobby you can choose.  Room service is not available.  There is a vending machine for drinks.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Complimentary coffee, soft drinks, tea, sweets, and popsicles, etc., were available in the lobby.  The free WiFi reception was good in the property.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are small indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  The spring quality was good.  They are open from 6:00-10:00, 15:00-24:00.  Also, there is a private family hot spring.  It costs 3,000PY for 50min.  It’s open from 15:00-24:00.  If you stay in the annex, you can use it for free.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family one instead, or book a room with a private one.  Then Okuno Hosomichi is almost universal design.  There is a lift.  A wheelchair is 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.

How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience was simply wonderful.  The food performance was amazing, unique, and creative.  All ingredients were very high-end including abalone, beef, and sashimi, etc.  The portion tends to be average.  All meals are served in a private room or a dining room.  Dinner starts at 18:00.  You need to check-in by 20:30 if you have dinner on the property.  Breakfast starts from 7:00-8:30.  You can choose either Western or Japanese cuisine for breakfast.  Then inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Alternatively, you can go out for dinner as there are many local restaurants around Arima Onsen Station.

My impressions

All staff tends to be friendly but if you expect 5-star hotel service, this wouldn’t be.  If you cannot find English speakers at the reception, 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.  There are many ryokans and hotels in Arima Onsen, but if you are a gourmet, it’s truly worth staying here.  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 ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Okuno Hosomichi

Style Modern Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information  Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Okuno Hosomichi’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from Arima Onsen Station
Address and TEL 1683−2 Arimacho, Kita, Kobe, Hyōgo 651-1401
Tel +81 78-907-3555
Official Homepage Okuno Hosomichi’s HP 

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