Arima Onsen (onsen means “hot spring” in Japanese) is said to be one of the top 3 onsen spots in Japan. Found in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, it is a convenient location that can be accessed from major cities like Kobe or Osaka within an hour. There are many retro and olden style hotels and Japanese style Ryokans around the Arima Onsen area, and here are 10 amazing ones that you have to check out!
A Shukubo is a temple lodge where monks and pilgrims stay. Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo, today a hotel for tourists as well, used to be a Shukubo. This gives the hotel an extremely unique atmosphere due to the arrangement of the buildings that is much like a temple.
At Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo, not only will you get to experience what it is like to stay in a monk’s lodge, you will also be able to savor in the stunning traditional Japanese dishes during meals. To add to that, a fully natural open air onsen can also be enjoyed here, making it a place you should definitely consider!
Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo
Address: 858 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 420 USD
Flowers are integral to Japan’s natural landscape, and every season will have a different flower associated to it. Even across regions within Japan, there are specialties. Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi is a hotel that is themed based on the beauty of flowers.
The main entrance of the hotel will be decorated with different flowers according to the seasons to welcome their guests. The rooms in the hotel, too, have different names of flowers. There are a total of 31 rooms, of which 5 rooms have private open air onsens attached. The onsen of Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi can be enjoyed as well. To add on, the indoor onsen in this hotel is barrier free and those with physical disabilities can enjoy it too! Full course Japanese meals are served here and this is another reason you should definitely consider staying.
Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi
Address: 351 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 342 USD
Arima Onsen Gekkoen Korokan is the perfect hotel for those who want to enjoy the best of the fantastic natural hot spring of Arima Onsen. The rooms in Arima Onsen Gekkoen Korokan are plain and simple, with a modern western design. What makes this hotel special is that there are a total of 9 types of onsens available in 2 separate buildings. It is said that the hot spring of Arima Onsen has healing effects. Apart from the fantastic onsen, full course Japanese meals can be enjoyed here as well.
Arima Onsen Gekkoen Korokan
Address: 318 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 189 USD
The nature of the Arima Onsen region is extremely beautiful, where different sceneries can be enjoyed according to the seasons. During Autumn, the maple leaves will turn bright red and orange, and Hyoe Koyokaku is a splendid hotel where you can enjoy the marvelous scenery from the rooms. There are open air onsens at the hotel where you can enjoy the scenery as well. What’s better, you can even choose to visit Hyoe Koyokaku just purely for the onsen (entrance fee will apply) instead of spending a night there, so you could even easily plan a day-trip from nearby cities like Osaka!
Address: 1455-1 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 356 USD
Negiya Ryofukaku is at a very convenient location within the Arima Onsen region – just 5 minutes from the city centre by foot. Despite that, the hotel is surrounded by maple trees and sakura trees, allowing guests to enjoy the nature of Japan. This beautiful nature can be enjoyed from the open air onsens there as well. Negiya Ryofukaku is specially known for their fantastic dinner options, where traditional Japanese dishes prepared from seasonal vegetables are served. Furthermore, you can even enjoy premium quality Sukiyaki made from the high-class Kobe-gyu, so definitely check Negiya Ryofukaku out!
Address: 1537-2 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 189 USD
Taketoritei Maruyama is a convenient ryokan in Arima Onsen which is known for their hot springs. There are 2 types of onsens you can enjoy there – the Gold onsen and Silver onsen. The Gold onsen looks golden due to the high levels of minerals such as iron, while the Silver onsen is transparent, much like other “ordinary” onsens. Apart from the hot springs, fantastic Japanese dishes can be enjoyed at Taketoritei Maruyama as well.
Arima Onsen Taketoritei Maruyama
Address: 1364-1 Arima, Kita, Kobe, Hyogo (see map)
Price: from 404 USD
Arima Grand Hotel is surrounded by the “Arima Three Mountains” that include Mount Ochiba, Mount Haigata and Mount Yubuneta, with a height of 533 meters (582 yards), 619 meters (677 yards) and 801 meters (876 yards) respectively. This allows the hotel to have one of the best views around the region. The onsen of Arima Grand Hotel is located at the top floor (9th floor) of the hotel, allowing guests to enjoy the fantastic scenery of the nature surrounding Arima Onsen. It’s highly recommended that you visit Arima Grand Hotel during seasons where the weather is known to be consistently good. The sunrise and sunset scenery from the onsen is stunning!
Arima Grand Hotel
Address: 1304-1 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 406 USD
8. Savor Japanese cuisine at Hotel Harvest Arima Rakusai
Hotel Harvest Arima Rakusai is a hotel most famous for its fantastic meals. There are several restaurants available within the hotel such as a buffet style restaurant as well as one that serves Italian cuisine. It is highly recommended that you try out the restaurant Miori where you can enjoy fantastic Japanese cuisine. Traditional recipes that originated from the Shokubo (temple lodges) in the past are used in Miori’s dishes, allowing guests to appreciate the true beauty of Japanese dishes.
Hotel Harvest Arima Rakusai
Address: 341-1 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Hotel Kanponoyado Arima is located about 20 minutes from the city centre of Arima by foot. However, the location should not be a major factor when choosing this hotel because there are free shuttle bus services provided every day. At Hotel Kanponoyado Arima, you can enjoy 3 types of natural onsens. This includes the Gold onsen and Silver onsen (that were introduced earlier), as well as the Radon onsen. 3 types of rooms are available in the hotel as well including Japanese style, Western style and hybrid. Finally, fantastic Kobe-gyu can be enjoyed during dinner. The Kobe-gyu steak is marvelous, but the most popular dish there is the Kobe-gyu Shabu-shabu. Definitely a must-try!
Hotel Kanponoyado Arima
Address: 1617-1 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
10. Koyado Toji - a budget hotel without an onsen but unlimited access to a public onsen
Many of the hotels that were introduced in this article are high class hotels, and budget constraints might be a problem for some. For those, we highly recommend the Koyado Toji - a fantastic hotel where you can enjoy the accommodation and of course, the great natural Arima Onsen hot spring! While the building of Koyado Toji is slightly old, the rooms are clean and cozy and basic amenities are provided as well. Those who stay at Koyado Toji have unlimited access to the public onsen where you can enjoy both the Gold onsen and Silver onsen! Now here’s the important part – all these fantastic deals can be enjoyed for a price as cheap as 4500 JPY (42 USD) per night!
Address: 1019 Arima, Kita Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Enjoy a cathartic onsen!
Arima Onsen is situated at a very convenient location, and those who are intending to travel to Osaka or Kyoto should definitely consider visiting this place too. The fantastic onsens there have cathartic effects that will relieve your stress from hectic daily life. Enjoy your stay in Japan and make sure you check out these hotels when planning your trip!
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