Nanaeyae Ryokan

This is my cup of tea. Nanaeyae is not luxury, but very cozy, relaxed, and tranquil.  If you are looking for small hot spring ryokans in Kinugawa Onsen, I would highly recommend it.  There are 35 rooms only.  Perhaps if you are looking for rooms with private outdoor hot springs, you should stay here.  You can soak in the bath while viewing peaceful mountains.  Perhaps if you want to experience signature Japanese-specific hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  All staff welcomed us with warmth and we didn’t feel like we were checking in a ryokan, it was like we were being welcome back home.  The property would be great for family, couples, small groups, or solo travelers.  The ambiance is cozy-looking, serene, and tranquil.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with a private outdoor hot spring at a balcony.  That’s wonderful.  You can soak in the bath while enjoying white noise from the river and starry sky, such an extraordinary experience.  The room tends to be cramped, but truly relaxing.  Facilities tend to be outdated, but well-maintained, clean, and tidy.  The housekeeping was excellent.  The free wifi reception is available in the lobby only.  Most of the rooms are Japanese-style, but there is only one room with twin beds.  All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, Japanese sweets, and a green tea set, etc.  Room service is not available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  *Food and drink from outside is prohibited.  There is a vending machine for drinks in-house.  Then Nanaeyae is a universal design.  there is room for wheelchair users.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  You might want to request it in advance if you need it.  Then large communal hot springs with awesome views are perfect.  The view from the outdoor hot springs was amazingly beautiful in the spring and autumn season.  The spring quality is good and the water temperature is bid high.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing areas.  Then, there are two private family hot springs in-house.  You need to book them when you check in on that day.  They cost 3,850JPY for 45min.  Two of them are a universal design too.  Then the local food experience for dinner and breakfast was wonderful.  Don’t forget to bring an empty stomach.  The portion tends to be big.  You won’t be able to resist even you are full.  Dinner and breakfast are served in a dining area, not served your room.  *You need to check-in by 18:00.  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.  Then all staff was very helpful, friendly, and proactive.  They wouldn’t be sophisticated, but we were impressed with their hospitality.  Also, the landlady is very sociable with a great smile and warm hospitality.   All in all, we had a marvelous time at the ryokan.  Then, the location is convenient, just a walk 5min from Kinugawa Onsen Station.  Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage, you should take a Nikko-Koutsu Bus between 12:00 and 17:17.  Turn right after you exit the station, and take the bus at the number 5 bus stop.  When you get on a bus, you need to tell a bus driver where you are staying.  Then get off at Nanaeyae.  It takes around 5min.  It costs 190JPY for per adult, and JPY100 for children.  Also, there are always some taxies in front of the station.  At last, the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can take a walk while viewing the beautiful nature around here.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Nanaeyae from the below space.  *Nanaeyae includes dinner and breakfast per night.  You wouldn’t be able to book a room only.  **Check-in & out times 15:00/10:00 AM  ***All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Nanaeyae

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
Estimated Price 34,500 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@7e8e.jp
Internet Connection The free Wifi around the lobby only.
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Nanaeyae Ryokan’s MAP
Access a 5min walk from Kinugawa Onsen Station
Address and TEL 1060 Ohara, Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko-shi,
Tochigi 321-2522,  Tel +81 288-77-2222
Official Homepage Nanaeyae Ryokan’s HP