Little Known Budget Japanese Hot Spring Hotels that Anybody Can Visit
Most tourists tend to stay in hotels or ryokan, and not many people know about hot spring public hotels or "people's hotels." These hotels are run by the national or local government, and most of them are located amidst rich nature. In this article we feature 3 recommended people's hotels.
1. Satoyama no Kyuujutsu Hotel Kyoto Keburikawa (Kyoto)
Kyoto receives large numbers of overseas tourists every year. One recommended hotel for Kyoto is the Hotel Kyoto Keburikawa, located in Kameoka. It is 50 minutes from Kyoto Station by train and then bus.
One of the reasons this hotel is recommended is the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. Here you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy some quiet time in a tranquil atmosphere. Accordingly, the meals served here allow you to indulge in the blessings of nature as they are. Their restaurant Ishigama Dining Hanari uses plenty of seasonal vegetables harvested from the hotel's own garden and grills them together with some Tamba beef sirloin in their stone oven. This is exquisite to the point that many guests of the hotel come here just to enjoy this dish.
Their hot spring baths include a spacious indoor bath and a natural open-air bath where guests can enjoy the fragrance of the breeze of the Satoyama mountains and recover from their exhaustion from traveling. We definitely recommend this public hotel to everybody wanting to enjoy tranquil scenery and meals that make the most out of the blessings of nature.
2. Jikagensen no Juku Arima Kaido Yuwa (Hyogo Prefecture)
Arima Onsen is one of the many hot spring resorts of Japan. This is the town where you will find Jikagensen no Juku Arima Kaido Yuuwa, a public resort house located within a 9 minute walk from the Arima Onsen railway station.
What we recommend the most about this hotel is the Nanatsu no Yu Meguri tour, in which you can soak in 7 of their hot spring baths. The water of these baths comes from a private source belonging to the hotel. Besides their Beni no Yu onsen, you can also enjoy their open-air bath and sauna, among others.
The meals served include shabu-shabu and sukiyaki made with Kobe beef or Tajima beef, both brand beef from Hyogo Prefecture, which makes this the perfect hotel for those who would like to indulge in Japanese brand beef.
The facilities include two karaoke rooms and a table-tennis table for families and couples to enjoy.
3. Chirihama Hotel Yubana (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Ishikawa Prefecture has become known as a sightseeing destination thanks to the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line. In this prefecture, the Chirihama Hotel Yubana in Hakui-shi is especially recommended. This hotel is accessible by a 40 minute drive from Kanazawa Station or an hour by public transportation. Their Hamanasu Onsen, which uses 100% fresh hot spring water, is said to be effective in removing dark spots and helps make the skin plump, soft, and beautiful. This makes the bath especially popular among women. Meals revolve around the exquisite local specialty: salt-grilled blackthroat seaperch, a fish that lives in the rough waters of the Sea of Japan. This fish is also known as the "white-fleshed tuna", and many people come here just to savor its fatty flesh.
You can also enjoy a beautiful view of the sun as it sets behind the sea from Chirihama Beach, just a 3 minute walk from the hotel. You should go see the sunset before you have dinner. During the summer, you can also enjoy bathing in the sea.
*The picture features a salt-grilled blackthroat seaperch.
All these hotels allow guests to enjoy the blessings of rich nature and offer not only hot spring baths, but also delicious cuisine and an enjoyable sightseeing experience. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a luxurious experience at one of these hideaway hotels!
*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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