- 2 nights accommodation in a traditional Japanese style bedroom with private bathroom. ** Or Hatsune room if chosen.
- Japanese breakfast each morning
- Traditional Japanese kaiseki dinners each evening
- Economy class return train travel between Kyoto/Osaka and Kinosaki Onsen.
- Transfer from Kinosaki Onsen station to the ryokan
- Rental of a small car for the day in Kinosaki Onsen inclusive of all insurances, unlimited kms and English speaking GPS.
NOTE: Single Hatsune rooms are not available over a Saturday night stay.
TOTAL INDULGENCE – that’s how to describe staying 2 glorious nights at what Lonely Planet describes as the best ryokan onsen in Japan. Nishimuraya Honkan is a member of Relais et Chateaux and offers guests a never to be forgotten ryokan experience. From the moment you enter through the ancient timber gates you will be looked after to the highest degree. A traditional 8 tatami mat room (with terrace area) awaits with classic furniture and private bathroom. The ryokan offers various onsen baths to suit all, from traditional male and female baths, to private family baths. Guests can relax in the private lounge areas found throughout the property, and stroll in the delightful gardens with little bridges spanning koi ponds. Come sunset, the culinary skills of head chef Etsunobu Takahashi will delight and tease your taste buds. Nearby are beautiful ancient towns with castles and temples, Buddhist retreats and the cute fishing village of Ine, with its traditional timber houses along the waters edge.
RYOKAN – Nishimuraya Honkan
Tatami mat floors, sliding paper window doors, wooden terraces... Welcome to an authentic ryokan whose traditions have carried on for seven generations. Many of the rooms look out to a lush Japanese garden and its surroundings where Japanese pines and a variety of plants and trees, shade the moss covered statues and ponds. The experience would not be complete without enjoying the hot spring baths set in a grove of bamboo and the traditional kaiseki meals. Rooms offer wireless internet access (free), TV, Satelite channels (free), telephone, hot water pot, tea set, refrigerator, hair dryer, air conditioning, toilet, hand towels, yukata, tabi socks, toilet slippers, safe. For guests who seek a more private, secluded experience, choose a Hatsune Room. These feature a private open-air bath and garden. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the heated outdoor bath. The word, “Hatsune” refers to the first call of birds at the beginning of a new season. The privacy and seclusion of Hatsune puts you in an environment where the only sounds you can hear are the sounds of nature. Truly, a place of peace and serenity.
Etsunobu Takahashi is the latest Head Chef to serve Japanese-style kaiseki dinners at the ryokan. The ryokan is famous for its mouth watering Matsuba crab (seasonal) and savory Tajima beef dishes – the origin of the famous Kobe beef. There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying dish after dish of wonderfully delicious Japanese food after an evening at the hot springs.
What is kaiseki? A multi-course meal of various Japanese foods that is similar to haute cuisine. There are many varied dishes presented in an artistic fashion. Served in the privacy of your room, a kaiseki meal is like no other Japanese meal you have ever experienced. Personal, elaborate, varied and most importantly, incredibly delicious!
Kinosaki Onsen is one of the most famous ‘spa’ towns in Japan, just 2 hours from Kyoto and Osaka by fast train. It is a delight to stroll the tiny, winding streets in the afternoon and evening. There are many shops, cafes and restaurants. On the day you pick up the car, you can visit one of the many gorgeous sights on offer including the Sukyojitakuandera (Suk Yoji Temple), a Zen temple dating from 1392, or the Ankokuji Temple, a Buddhist temple famed the world over for its righ deep display of foliage during autumn. Perhaps a local delicacy of soba noodles awaits at lunchtime – these famous buckwheat noodles originate in this area. In the township of Toyooka visit the marvellous Eiraku Kabuki Theatre, one of the oldest in Japan. Nestling on the waters edge of Wasaka Bay, on the Sea of Japan, is the small fishing village of Ine. Here 2500 people make the most of this tiny strip of land and live in traditional funaya (boathouses), some 230 such homes extending over 5kms of sheltered coastline.
Our payment process is simple and flexible. You have 2 easy options when you reach your CART.
FULL PAYMENT – choose this if you wish to immediately pay for your purchases in full OR if you are purchasing your items 12 weeks, or less, prior to departure. (Also, rarely, some events require full prepayment at time of booking. This will, in that case, be clearly noted on the Product page.)
SPLIT PAYMENTS – this is the ‘normal’ payment system for our Japan 2019 tours. Choosing this you pay a 45% deposit on booking, 10% on 15 April 2019, 10% on 15 May 2019, 15% on 15 June 2019 and the balance on15 July 2019. Once you make your 1st payment, the secure server saves the card details, so all subsequent debits are automatically transacted.
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