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Stayed here 2 nights and had a very relaxing and laid-back visit. Took the bus from Sannomiya in Kobe to Arima Onsen for about an hour (about 700 yen). Used Google Maps to find the place (what will register is Arima Onsen Korokan - it’s the same compound). It’s about a 10 minute easy uphill walk to the hotel from the bus stop, though you can get a free pick up from the hotel if you have a phone. The room is charming. It’s quite spacious for a ryokan, and comes with a sitting area with a window with a view of the mountains. The beddings are very comfortable and yakutas, wooden slippers, socks are provided for the duration of stay. There is a bridge that connects the big building to the back area building. Our room was in the back area. Here, there is an outdoor onsen for women, plus an indoor onsen. In the main building, there is an indoor and outdoor onsen, but the design is grey tile instead of rustic stone and wood. Each one has both a silver and gold water onsen. I preferred using the small onsen room in the back building because it was less crowded. In the main building, the lounge area in front of the onsen area on the second floor has electric massage chairs and beds that can be used for free (in other onsens we tried, it’s at least 100 per 10-20 min use). The massage beds were very relaxing and I really enjoyed using it. There are many bath, skincare and hair care products in the women’s onsen (hair growth serum, face moisturizers, BB cream, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner). There is a digital scale, water cooler and towels. I didn’t need to use my own toiletries the whole stay. Our room included buffet breakfast and dinner. An area for improvement is they need to replenish the buffet items. We took the last time slots for all our meals and most of the times, many items were no longer available or there were no plates left so people would use the trays instead. Wifi signal is also not too strong, but maybe because of the mountainous location of Arima Onsen. There’s not much to do in town so if you want to getaway and relax, this is a great option to consider. At checkout, we were given a free ride to the bus station to go to the outlet stores before going back to Osaka.

We stayed 3days in there ,the hotel was very quiet and not too crowded in hot spring . Staff were very friendly and helpful. We had dinner at room , and breakfast at restaurant. The dinning in room was very great , we had good experience and food . Everything was so yummy . And the hotel staff so helpful, they helped us order bus ticket and gave very detail guidelines. The hot spring were all good. We love the outdoor one, it's very nice to look at the quiet area and enjoy the hot spring. And there were not much people every time when we go there .So lucky !! But if you don't like bugs suggest not to go to outdoor one. As there will be some bugs. And the hotel is very old , but in the room and bathroom, everything is fine for us . If you are looking for very duluxy one maybe u should pay more for the new block . The old block is very old.

Stayed in the other side of the river with only 6 rooms small block. The beef dinner is one of the best base on more than 100 hotel stays in Japan in the past few years. Please visit the website carefully to book the correct room and dinner package.

We took the room with private open bath. Room was spacious, although the furniture appear slightly outdated but it was cosy and clean. The dinner and breakfast was served in room. Breakfast was full of variety (picture attached). Our dinner option is sukiyaki beef that comes in generous portion. The staff are very attentive and the service is excellent. We will definitely come back again.

We stayed one night here, which is another large ryokan hotel that is split into two wings. The lobby of the wing that we checked into does look quite dated. This hotel has a more picturesque setting than the other Arima hotel we stayed in, as our room was overlooking the small river, accessed by crossing the bridge. The room was not very large. It was Tatami style like we had stayed in the previous night and just enough space to fit a small family of four. The room felt small as the ceiling was not high. It was on the ground floor and access to outside area overlooking the river, which was pleasant though. The bathroom was small as well, with limited toiletries. There were no towels in room, as they were provided in the various onsen. We were all given complimentary yukata to wear but there was none for the smallest child. There are 3 onsen, of varying sizes. One was outside and by the river, and so very natural therefore no soap was allowed to be used there. The largest onsen served free beer outside during the evening and had massage chairs and beds for you to use. For our booking, a buffet dinner was included, which had a small, mostly Asian selection but there was a cooked meat serving that was rather cute. Breakfast was buffet style as well, with more Japanese items on offer. Overall a comfortable stay without being anything special.

Upon reaching the driveway, a staff member greeted us and she helped us with our bags and had another staff member valet park our car. We were brought to the lobby where the rest of the family was seated in the lobby lounge and were served some tea and crackers while I completed the registeration at the counter. I was asked to join my family for tea too and after a while we were shown to our room. The ryokan isn’t new but is very well kept. You would have to cross a bridge over a river to get to the rooms. Also walked past a koi pond before arriving at our room. The room consisted of an entrance area where you place your shoes followed by a spacious living room with a small balcony at the end which faced a small manicured garden. The room came with a separated bathroom and a toilet. The ryokan is very close to the centre of the old town. A short stroll of about 5 minutes down slope will get you there. But do note that many of the shops in town closes by 6 pm. The highlight of our stay is the onsen and dinner served. We booked a private family onsen for 40 minutes for the 2160 yen. The private onsen was of the Ginsen (silver) type was in the new wing korokan which had a nice view of the hills behind the inn. We had chose a Kobe beef sukiyaki set for dinner. Dinner was served in the room consisted of sashimi and various kinds of sushi and greens for starters followed by the Kobe beef sukiyaki. The beef came in huge slices and the marbling looked gorgeous. Servings were huge and felt it was a little too much for my family of 5. Dessert consisted of jelly, pudding and fresh fruits. After the wait staff cleared the dinner table, they shifted the furniture and help us lay the futon mattresses. Before my bed time, I went to the open air onsen. This onsen was of the Kinsen (gold) type with the waters brownish in colour. The onsen wasn’t very large but there were only 2 others guys there so there was more than enough space for all to enjoy and relax and have a comfortable experience. Buffet Breakfast was served in the restaurant at 4 different timings. We chose the latest and breakfast was typical Japanese fare. If you’re not used to it there’s a salad bar consisting of potato salad, corns bits, fresh fruits and different greens to fill your tummy, not forgetting threre’s bread and butter too. It was my first ryokan with onsen experience and it didn’t disappoint. Gekkoen Yugetsusanso has both Kinsen and Ginsen Onsens to satisfy my Arima Onsen experience. Thumbs up for the Gekkoen.

We had a really lovely and relaxing stay here. Our (Japanese style) room was very attractive and comfortable, and right by the river - we enjoyed listening to the sound of the river all night. We tried all the baths - the indoor bath at Gekkoen Yugetsusanso, the 'spacious bath' next door at Gekkoen Korokan (where we got a complementary beer), and the outdoor bath at Yugetsusanso. The 'spacious bath' in particular had great views and a nice sauna. However the absolute highlight was the 'hinoki' (cypress) private bath, which we rented for 40 minutes for about 2000 JPY. From the private bath we also had views over the snowy mountain side, and it was absolutely blissful. We stayed for one night and went for the buffet dinner and breakfast option, which had plenty of variety and was very tasty. Overall we really enjoyed the hotel and the town of Arima, and left feeling very refreshed.

Service was excellent, we arrived Kobe by bus and used the public phone at the station to call the hotel and around 5 mins, the pick up shuttle arrived. We stayed in a room right beside the river and although it is not as big as other standard quad rooms, the bonus is that we got both dinner and breakfast served right in the room instead of , so I heard, average buffet meals. BTW, this is our first time having meals served in a Japanese ryokan, very cool experience for both adults and the kids. For dinner I chose the Kobe Beef Sukiyaki, the beef was very good and the amount of food was plenty. Also, when I reserved our room, I also made a reservation for the Cave private onsen for 2160 yen plus tax. I personally would love to have one right in the room however, at least all the ones I looked at , in-room onsens are usually very small and likely meant for only 2 people to use at the same time, being a family of 4 , I would rather pay a bit less on the room fee and rent a large private onsen instead so all of us can enjoy at the same time. We also used the open air onsen the next morning (male and female separately of course), it's kind of small but it was a pretty cool experience although being in it with 3 other naked men felt quite strange... Overall, very happy with the stay, definitely recommend for newbies :)

This hotel is located in a scenic area where you can see small mountains. Upon arrival, they immediately serve tea and some snacks. Registration is done by where you just sit. They will come to you to complete your registration!!! We stayed only one night and had a dinner and a breakfast. If you are a fan of traditional Japanese food, you won't be disappointed. This place is normally fully booked and you will have to make a reservation ahead of time. I definitely will come back when I can.

Been staying in many ryokans in various Japan onsen areas. This one is the second worst experience so far. Staff was nice but the condition of the room and public baths were just average and looked unappealing. Booked here for three nights. The breakfast were buffet style on the first day whilst the others were typical Japanese style. The quality was again average. The kaiseki dinner course was good on the first night with good quality wagyu beef but the others were something served on average standard. Since Arima onsen area is quite small, this ryokan is within walking distance to the local points of interests.

318 Arimacho Kobe Hyogo-ken

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Arima Hot Springs
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Arima Onsen Gekkoen Yugetsusanso (Ryokan) places you next to Arima Hot Springs and within a few miles (5 km) of other popular attractions like Mount Rokko. The 40 rooms at this 4-star ryokan include furnished balconies, refrigerators, and minibars.


Dining

For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee. This ryokan has a restaurant that's perfect for a leisurely bite to eat.


Rooms

Guests can enjoy a TV and stay connected with free WiFi. The bathroom offers hair dryers and toilets with an electronic bidet. Other standard amenities include a furnished balcony, a refrigerator, and a minibar.


Property features

Guests staying at Arima Onsen Gekkoen Yugetsusanso (Ryokan) enjoy karaoke, free WiFi in public areas, and a ballroom. This hot springs ryokan also has a water dispenser.

Room options

Traditional Room, Japanese Futon, Private Bathroom (can't serve dinner after 8 PM checkin)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Traditional Room, Japanese Futon, Private Bathroom (can't serve dinner after 8 PM checkin)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 5

Suite, Private Bathroom (can't serve dinner after 8 PM checkin)

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 107 reviews

Arima Onsen Gekkoen Yugetsusanso (Ryokan)

318 Arimacho, Kobe, Hyogo-ken 651-1401
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