Honke Bankyu is a traditional Japanese inn that could be found in a small city in the Tochigi Prefecture known as Nikko, situated in the northern mountains of Tokyo.

The location is known for the famous Shinto Shrine that dates back to the Edo Period.

Established in the year 1666, the onsen stands calmly in the mountain with the music of chirping birds and the everpresent greetings of the river. It is considered to be the top ryokan in Japan and is near to the Toshogu Shrine, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The rooms of Honke Bankyu are designed based on traditional Japanese style, complete with tatami mat flooring, adequate spacing, and yukata robes for an ultimate cultural experience.

The ryokan has a total of 45 rooms, which cost between 40,000 to 55,000 JPY per night, with some including various features like the semi-open-air bath, an open-air bath, standard bathrooms, and toilets.

Honke Bankyu invites guests to their dinner and a breakfast buffet served in their large hall where the traditional practice of floor-sitting is observed. Their dishes pride in local ingredients, from their meals to beverages like wines.

The hot spring baths of Honke Bankyu have been around for 800 years. It is near a river, which makes the guests experience like he or she is part of the river while enjoying the calm embrace of nature. The water source of the onsen helps in recharging and revitalization. The properties of the water also have benefits for the skin that makes it feel refreshed.

Activities also vary in Honke Bankyu based on the seasons where sometimes there will be ice sculptures or viewing of fireflies.

The location of the ryokan is accessible by limited bus rides coming from Yunishigawa-onsen station and by train coming from Asakusa not later than 2:30 in the afternoon. Due to the coronavirus, Honke Bankyu limits the number of visits by only accepting guests from certain countries under their government guidelines.

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Japanese ryokan food, dinner and breakfast – a ryokan providing local foodstuff

Famous local Nikko Yuba (dried bean curd) and Tochigi beef. Local deer meat, mountain birds, and river fish. Takezake (sake in a bamboo container) and kotsuzake (warmed sake flavored with grilled fish).

“No. 1” ryokan in Japan

The open air bath is a hot spring that has continued to spout for 820 years. With its use of old trees, the main building is often featured in magazines.

Traditional ryokan – historical architecture

This ryokan was built from precious wood and wood from old trees collected from all over Japan, and is notable for its amazing vine-rope bridge crossing the mountain stream on the property. With its line up of open hearths in the eating area and the old tree art atmosphere of the lobby, this ryokan brims with Japanese ambiance.

Year of establishment

1666

 

Rooms with open-air baths
Available

Onsen Area
Yunishigawa

Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Onsen Ryokan

Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Yes

Is there a communal shared public bath?
Yes

Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 3 With indoor tubs 0 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0 Hours 15:00 – 23:00 Price 1050 yen / 45 minutes How to book Reserve upon check-in

In or near
Tokyo

Price range (yen)
40,000-55,000

The price includes one dinner and one breakfast

Honke Bankyu

Total rating: 4.5
avatarJun S
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Everything exelent!
Honke Bankyu is one of the best Onsen-hotel I have ever stayed. The onsen-bath was very clean and beautiful, outside-bath(as you know it is Roten-buro)was just nearby a river the name is Yunishigawa-river. Dinner was perfect, very delicious, so many kinds of Washoku dishes were served. Above all, a grilled Iwana-fish was good. The Iwana-fish was grilled in a Irori, Irori is a Japanese traditional oven. Breakfast is also Japanese style, many kinds of Sansai-foods(as you know they are blesses of mountains)were served.

avatarsimonc762014
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An excellent, beautiful atmospheric ryokan deep into the mountains of Nikko
We were so apprehensive about staying here. Having read all the reviews of how difficult it is to get here and how remote the location is we decided to take the plunge and travelled by three trains and a bus from our previous hotel in central Nikko to get here. The journey was a breeze, each train ran on time and there was only a 5 to 10 minute wait between each train and bus to get here. Similarly the journey on the way back was just as effortless. Upon walking up towards the imposing building from the bus stop we knew we had reached somewhere quite special. It was off-season, so relatively quiet and the little village just outside the ryokan was just charming and made for a great stroll despite the heavy rain. The hotel and the rooms are incredibly atmospheric and beautiful, so much history everywhere - this is a truly traditional ryokan that drips with history and intrigue. The dinner here was just mind-blowing....maybe one of the best meals I have ever eaten, all served in a beautiful, intimate dining room with attentive and smiling staff. Presentation of the food along with the variety and taste should be applauded. The breakfast was sadly only average and needs some more western varieties added to it's selection. The rope bridge across to the dining room is lit up at night and looks stunning and the onsen was also excellent. I'm so glad I chose to go off the grid slightly and discover this beautiful place. Admittedly it is too far for the main sights of Nikko, but if you have an extra day to spare, this is a place and an experience that cannot be missed. Thoroughly enjoyable and relatively good value for money too, if you get a chance to stay, just do it - I cannot see how you would regret staying here!

avatarRobin S
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A Very Different Experience!!
This ryokan is not near the attractions of Nikko, but it is worth coming here. Plan carefully on how to get here. It is located in a small town that you can walk around leisurely for a day, no more. There is a small museum that is interesting, but the sign is in Japanese. Ask the ryokan staff about the location. It’s a few minutes walk from the ryokan. Dinner was a feast and a great date night with my wife. You walk over a historical bridge over the river to the restaurant. Beautiful private dining rooms over hot ashes. We had venison, chicken, wagyu beef and a lot of other food. I can’t explain well, so I’m attaching photos. The food just kept coming. Breakfast is a small buffet, but after a big dinner, you won’t want to eat so much breakfast. The ryokan is made of strong wood and it makes you feel like you are in old Japan. The rooms are big and the futons are comfortable. An amazing experience!

avatarRealOlawo
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Forget the world outside
The Honke Bankyu was our last stay befor we went back home. Even so it takes quite some time to get there from Nikko (it takes two hours by train or bus) it was worth it. The hotel is perfekt for relaxing, we completely forgot the world outside. Unfortunately the public onsen was closed due to high water in the rver after typhoon. But we got a privat onsen for free instead. The highlight was the dinner in the dining room on the other side of the river. You have to cross rope bridge in your Yukata (traditional Japanaese indoor dress). We were sitting ourund a fire place and had a perfekt Kaiseki dinner with Sukiaki, grilled fish, Sashimi and much more. You should tast the warme sake from bamboo pipe. We didn't want to leave the next morning. The countryside surrounding the ryokan are very beautiful as well.

avatarTravediaID
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Perfect Japanese all in experience
This place offers rich and unique experience of authentic Japan. 800 years ryokan with interesting history background. comfortable accommodation, superb kaiseki dining, relaxing and various options of onsen. my most favorite part this hotel is superb view from our room, facing the river, vine bridge, and ice wall (only on winter). they also offers great hospitality adjusted to each of our preferences. best time to go? during the kamakura matsuri. will be expensive, but worth!

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