After staying down the hill in Kobe for a week, Arima was a magical retreat. The hotel has multiple private bathing rooms, each with two tubs, different waters in each tub, and traditional onsen squat showers.
The rooms were reasonably sized with somewhat hard but comfortable beds. A very Japanese experience.
"Traditional Japanese Hotel at a popular Hot Spring"
This was our first time at a Ryokan and an Onsen. We arrived at Shin-Kobe station and took the subway to Tanigami, changed there for a train to Arimaguchi, then changed again for a train which shuttles between Arimaguchi and Arima Onsen. The transfer from Shin-Kobe was accomplished with a single ticket for ¥720.
The 12 tatami mat Japanese style room was used for breakfast, dinner and sleeping. We had a maid which served our meals and reconfigured the room as required for eating or sleeping. The same maid looked after us for the entire duration of our stay.
An easy day trip from Kobe or Osaka, Arima Onsen is one of Japan's premier hot springs resorts, dating back over 1000 years. Infused with natural minerals, Kinsen (gold water) and Ginsen (silver water) relax stressed muscles and relieve aching joints. Around town, visitors will find public bathhouses as well as traditional inns with hot springs facilities.
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