What kind of onsen ryokan is Mikiya?

We recently stayed at Mikiya.  The experience was pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  If you want to get much of an immersive “authentic onsen ryokan” experience as you expect, I would recommend it.  You won’t regret your decision.  Mikiya is amazingly lovely, charming, and quaint after renovating in 2013.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  On the other hand, if you are looking for modern ryokans, this is not.  The property would be great for couples, small groups, or solo travelers, but not families with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 7 applies.

Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it takes 15min on foot from Kinosaki Onsen Station.  Free shuttle service is available between 13:00 and 18:00.  You need to book it in advance.  The location is perfect if you want to enjoy hanging out around Kinosaki Onsen in Yukata.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend Japanese-western-style rooms with peaceful views of the traditional garden.  You can chill out in the rooms while viewing a beautiful garden.  That’s precious time.  The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and functional.  Also if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese mattresses in tatami rooms, you should stay in the Japanese-western style rooms.  There are twin beds on tatami mats.  Then the traditional wooden building has no latest soundproofing system.  My ear sometimes caught some noise from the upstairs, slamming doors, and people talking in the hallway.  If you are a light sleeper, you may want to book rooms on 2F.  Then there is no room with a private onsen.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, a green tea set, and yukatas, etc.  A humidifier was placed in our room as I requested.  Also, there are some colorful yukatas you can choose from.  It costs 1,000JPY.  Then complimentary coffee, English tea, and water, etc. are available at the library lounge.  There are some convenience stores within walking distance.  Room service is not available.  The free WiFi reception was good at the lobby only.  We couldn’t connect to the internet in our room.

How about In-house Facilities?

Mikiya is not a universal design.  There is no lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange rooms on 1F.  Then there are small communal hot springs in-house.  Also, there is a small indoor private family one which you can use for free whenever it’s not occupied.  All of them are open from 6:00-10:00, 15:00-24:00.  Then if you stay at Mikiya, you can get free tickets for hot spring hopping in Kinosaki Onsen.  You can enjoy a variety of communal hot springs whenever you like.  You may want to check in earlier if you are a hot spring freak.  The water temperature in Kinosaki Onsen tends to be high.  The spring quality was wonderful.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use the indoor private family one instead.  Therefore if you have tattoos, I wouldn’t recommend Mikiya.  There is the small indoor private family one only in Mikiya.  You wouldn’t be able to enjoy hot springs even though you are in Kinosaki Onsen.

How about meals?

The Japanese food experience for dinner and breakfast was simply wonderful.  The portion tends to be average.  If you love crabs, you should stay from mid-Nov to late March.  All meals were served in a private room in a dining area.  Dinner starts at 18:00 or 18:30.  If you have dinner in Mikiya, you need to check in by 19:00.  *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 on that day.  Alternatively, you can go out for dinner as there are some restaurants around the property.

My impressions

All staff is very helpful, attentive, and proactive.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality, you should stay here.  Overall, the property has good value for money.  It seems that there are many local return guests.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.   Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Mikiya

Style Authentic Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 50,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@kinosaki-mikiya.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Mikiya’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from Kinosaki Onsen Station
Need to book it in advance
Address and TEL 487 Yushima Kinosaki-Cho Toyooka, Hyōgo
Tel +81 796-32-2031
Official Homepage Mikiya’s HP *Japanese only

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