What kind of onsen ryokan is Ginka?

If you are looking for authentic ryokans in Kinosaki Onsen, I would recommend it.  Perhaps if this is your first time staying at ryokans, you should stay here.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  You wouldn’t feel any stress during your stay. 

On the other hand, if you want to stay in the center of Kinosaki Onsen, this is not.  Ginka is a little away from Kinosaki Onsen Station.  It takes 10min by car.  Free shuttle service from the station is available between 13:50 and 22:00.  You need to book it in advance.  The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and relaxed.  The ryokan would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms on 2F.  You can chill out in the room while viewing the river.  There is no room with private hot springs, but a Japanese cypress bath is installed in each room.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, a green tea set, yukatas, samue outfits, a complimentary minibar including beer, and a coffee mill with coffee beans.  Then there are some colorful yukatas you can choose from.  Room service is not available.  Free Wifi reception was good in the lobby only.  There is a vending machine for drinks.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  There is no bar, no lounge, or no library to chill out while drinking.

How about In-house Facilities?

Then Ginka is not a universal design and there is no lift.  There are a few steps in the building.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to request a room on 1F.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.   Then this is child-friendly.  Staff can offer some items for small children, such as yukatas, samue outfits, and amenities, etc. if you request.  Then there are wonderful large communal hot springs in-house.  The water temperature tends to be lukewarm if compared to others in Kinosaki Onsen.  All of them are open from 14:00-10:00 the following morning.  Also, there are two private family ones for free which you can use whenever they are not occupied.  They are open from 6:00-10:30, 15:00-24:00.  Then if you want to go on a hot spring hopping to the center of Kinosaki Onsen, staff can send you at 20:00, 20:30, or 21:00 by free shuttle bus.  That’s a great service.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use communal hot springs, use the private family ones instead.

How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience for dinner and breakfast was just divine.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  You won’t be able to resist even you are full.  If you love crabs, you should stay between the 6th of Nov and the 20th of March.  If you prefer Tajima Beef, you might want to visit here except for the above period.  *You need to make sure of the exact period beforehand.  After dinner, steam sweet potatoes for a night snack were served in our room.  It couldn’t be better.  *Please note that 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 it on that day.  Then if you stay in a room on 2F, all meals are served in a private room in a dining area.  If you stay in a room on 1F, they are served in the dining area, not a private room.  If you have dinner on the property, you need to check in by 19:00.  Then, as far as I know, there is no restaurant within walking distance unless you visit Kinosaki Onsen Station.  You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

All staff was excellent.  We were so touched by their cordial hospitality during our stay.  That’s truly special.  Overall, the performance of the service, amenities, food, and facilities was way above expectations for this price range.  We’ll definitely come back again.  At last, if you bring small kids, you should visit Kinosaki Marin World.  Staff may be able to send you to the venue if you request in advance.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *If you check-in after 19:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.   Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on or Agoda

Info about Ginka

Style Modern Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 50,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Tel 0796-28-3515 from domestic
Tel +81 796-28-3515 from overseas
Internet Connection Free wifi at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are almost available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Ginka’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Kinosaki Onsen Station
Address and TEL 1177 Oshima, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo 669-6123
Tel +81 796-28-3515
Official Homepage Ginka’s HP  *Japanese only

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