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Arima Onsen (Arima Hot Spring) has long been known as the representative hot spring of Japan. Just about an hour and a half away from Osaka by train, it draws in a lot of visitors thanks to being easily accessible. Below are five ryokans (Japanese inns) at Arima Onsen that have been getting great feedback from their guests.

1. Arima Onsen Taketoritei Maruyama

Arima Onsen Taketoritei Maruyama is a ryokan where guests can relax and soak as much as they want in a large public bath or private open-air bath filled with one of 2 types of water: The reddish-brown Kinsen (golden hot spring) or the clear Ginsen (silver hot spring). There are a total of 29 guestrooms with a wide range of types, including suites (Western-style rooms) that come with a hot spring bath and rooms that treat guests to magnificent views of the hot spring town or vast nature. Guests also love this inn’s creative Japanese-style meal courses that let them enjoy seasonal ingredients with their eyes and tongues. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese, and Korean.

1. Arima Onsen Taketoritei Maruyama

1364-1 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

2. Negiya Ryofukaku

The next spot on this list is a secluded inn that is surrounded by lush nature. The entire property is covered in bright red momiji (autumn foliage) during the fall, creating a stunning scene. There are various types of rooms available, including rooms that have their own open-air bath. This inn is also famous for its delicious food, such as Japanese courses that use seasonal ingredients and sukiyaki (thin slices of beef cooked with various ingredients in a sweet and salty sauce) with juicy Kobe beef. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the building.

2. Negiya Ryofukaku

1537-2 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

3. Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi

Next up is Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi, a popular hotel where you can enjoy the hot spring to your heart’s content by either going to the open-air bath with a panoramic view of the mountains or staying in a room with an annexed open-air bath. This hotel takes pride in its dishes that incorporate local seasonal ingredients that are beautifully arranged, as well as its relaxing rooms that are fully fitted with massage chairs. The interior of the building has a barrier-free design, so everybody, including the elderly, can have a pleasant time. There is even a service where you can choose the perfect pillow to help you sleep well! Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the entire property. There are staff who can speak English.

3. Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi

351 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

4. Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo

Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo is a well-established ryokan that boasts a long history, having been opened in 1191. It has been loved by many Japanese writers and people of culture, such as Tanizaki Jun'ichiro (major Japanese novelist). In recognition of this, some of the rooms are even decorated with poems and books that he wrote!
There is a large hot spring bath inside the property, but the thing that is unique about it is that it has a “semi-mixed bathing” system in place. Families and couples can enjoy bathing together by going to the part with a low wall on their respective sides of the pool. Apart from this bath, there are also private baths with an exotic vibe that can be rented. You must see the gorgeous garden filled with blooming cherry blossoms and other flowers during the spring. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.

4. Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo

858 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

5. Arima Gyoen

The last ryokan on this list is Arima Gyoen, a famous inn located at the heart of Arima Onsen that was founded in 1946. Ginsen and Kinsen hot spring water also flow into the baths of this inn, and many guests love that about them. For dinner, you will be served Kobe beef - which is famous worldwide - along with seasonal ingredients. Guests are guaranteed to enjoy fine and delicious food here! Another appeal of this ryokan is its wide array of room meal plans that ensures guests do not feel uneasy, since they can dine in private. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. There are staff who speak English and Chinese.

5. Arima Gyoen

1296 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

If you are curious, then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and put Arima Onsen in the itinerary for your next trip!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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