Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru in Takeno, Toyooka Ciity

Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru in Takeno, Toyooka Ciity

Hola amigos! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce a Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru in Takeno, Toyooka Ciity (nearby Kinosaki Onsen) this time.

Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru in Takeno, Toyooka Ciity

Guest house Hitotomaru is located in Takeno which is a 15-minute drive or just one station to JR Kinosaki Onsen Station (a 20-minute walk from JR Takeno Station). The owner (a Japanese couple) are fairly friendly and helpful. They would also help for information like where to go or how to access, etc.

Front

 

Bar

You could grab a beer either at the bar counter or at tables downstairs. It seems the locals come in and party sometime.

Where is my booze?

 

Common Room

Kitchen facility is available to guests. You could bring your own food or cook something as you like or even just chat at the table (like we did).

Common room

 

Rooms

There are dormitory rooms and some private rooms. Ours (below) was a dormitory type. We had other two guys over the partition but it didn’t disturb us much.

A dormitory room (up to 5 guests)

 

Food

It serves breakfast and dinner (it’s your choice to take or not). A good opportunity to taste the local but you need to inform the owner in advance.

Breakfast

 

Neighborhood

Neighborhood is peaceful. Very relaxing.

 

Nostalgic street.

 

The beautiful Takeno beach is only a block away form the guest house. It is one of the most popular spots in summer. Well, it looks awesome in winter still, don’t you agree? (below)

The sky’s blue.

 

Upside and Downside

For reference, I would like to list up upside and downside that I found.

Upside

  • Easy access to Kinosaki Onsen town. (a 15-minute away by car)
  • Close to JR Takeno station.(a 20-minute walk). Kinosaki Onsen is only one stop away.
  • Ideal for budget travelers since rates of accommodations in Kinosaki Onsen town are quite high.
  • Very close to the beach. (best in summer)

Downside

  • There are very few options for eating out (though you can eat at the guest house as I mentioned). There is a lawson convenient store near by as well.
  • There is a free parking but it is a 5-minute walk away (a bit tough in winter).

 

Information

Name Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru (ひととまる)
Access

49 Takenochō Takeno, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo-ken

Contact 080-4243-1400
Website (for reservation) https://hitotomaru.com/en

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Ryokan, guest house, business hotel, etc. It is good to have alternatives for accommodation anyway huh? Hope it helps.

See you around!

Kinosaki Onsen Town in Hyogo

Kinosaki Onsen Town in Hyogo

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to show you around Kinosaki Onsen (hot springs) this time.

About Kinosaki Onsen Town

Kinosaki town is one of the most popular hot spring resorts in Toyooka city, a Northern part of Hyogo prefecture (including Arima onsen). Hot springs (onsen) have been running since Heian era (794-1185).

JR Kinosaki station

Hot spring water for drinking

Walking around in Yukata (easy kimono) seems fancy.

 

Seven Drop-in Hot Springs in Kinosaki Onsen Town

There are 7 major drop-in onsens in town. This day pass (available at every onsen place at 1,200 yen) allows you to enter these 7 places which is reasonable since each place costs from 600 yen. To tell the truth, we couldn’t make it to all the 7 places. 2 or 3 would be good enough for a day unless you push yourself…..very hard. Most of them open at 10-ish but some open in the afternoon. Check the latest information on the official website.

The day pass.

 

Goshono-yu

The newest. As you see in pictures, it looks like a temple or shrine. It got a very nice views in the rotenburo (outdoor bath). I like staying in warm bath in the cold like that.

Entrance
Mr. Wada and his friend on the massage chairs.
Name Goshono-yu (御所の湯)
Access 448 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo
Business Hours

7:00 – 23:00

Closed: The first and third Thursdays

Admission

Adult: 800 yen

Child: 400 yen

 

Ichino-yu

Ichino-yu stands in the middle of the town, so you won’t miss it. It looks like the most popular place and it was indeed great. The cave onsen is worth a visit. Not as complicated as the cave onsen in Kurokawa though still neat.

Front (quite wide)
Rest space (the massage chairs are available as well)
Name Ichino-yu (一の湯)
Access 415-1 Kinosakichō Yushima, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo
Business Hours

7:00 – 23:00

Closed: Wednesdays

Admission

Adult: 600 yen

Child: 300 yen

 

Kono-yu

Probably it was named after Kono-tori (storks). It is believed that soaking in this onsen bring you good luck for relationships, well-being and happiness etc. I found it relaxing since it is a little isolated from other places.

Front
Lobby (not so huge)
Name Kono-yu (鴻の湯)
Access
610 Kinosakichō Yushima, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
Business Hours

7:00 – 23:00

Closed: Tuesdays

Admission

Adult: 600 yen

Child: 300 yen

 

Mandarayu

Note that this place opens at 15:00. Later than others. So what makes this place special is rotenburo (out door onsen) of two buckets! A grown up is big enough for each . Interesting but I strongly suggest to avoid rush hour.

Front (at night)
Lobby (quite small)
Name Mandara-yu (まんだら湯)
Access 565 Yushima Shirosakicho, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
Business Hours

15:00 – 23:00

Closed: Wednesdays

Admission

Adult: 600 yen

Child: 300 yen

 

Yanagi-yu

You may or may not notice such a little bath house (cute in other words). It is said that its hot springs blew from under the Willow trees brought from China.

Front
Name Yanagi-yu (柳湯)
Access
647 Kinosakichō Yushima, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo-ken

Business Hours

15:00 – 23:00

Closed: Thursdays

Admission

Adult: 600 yen

Child: 300 yen

 

Jizou-yu

Walk down from the JR Kinosaki Onsen staion and you will see it at the intersection. Apparently it is the most popular bath house among the locals.

Front
Name Jizou-yu (地蔵湯)
Access 796 Kinosakichō Yushima, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
Business Hours

7:00 – 23:00

Closed: Fridays

Admission

Adult: 600 yen

Child: 300 yen

 

Satono-yu

It is located just next to JR Kinosaki Onsen station. It offers free foot bath outside. Unlike its classy looking it is more modern than other places with a herb bath etc. It’d be nice for starters.

Front
Foot Bath
Name Satono-yu (さとの湯)
Access 290-36 Kinosakichō Imazu, Toyooka-shi, Hyōgo-ken
Business Hours

13:00 – 21:00

Closed: Mondays

Admission

Adult: 800 yen

Child: 400 yen

 

Again, for the latest information, please check the official website.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was quite fun. Kinosaki Onsen is foreigner-friendly with tattoos (most of places seemed to accept it). This is probably because there are more foreign tourists in the town lately. Though I saw DIFFERENT types of tattoos as well …(=o=)ooOO

Anyway, see you around!