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4 Popular Himeji Hotels and Ryokan - Perfect for Sightseeing in Japan's Famous Castle Town!

4 Popular Himeji Hotels and Ryokan - Perfect for Sightseeing in Japan's Famous Castle Town!

Date published: 2 February 2021
Last updated: 22 February 2021

The castle town of Himeji is a must-see place on any visit to Japan! Enjoy the culture even more by staying at one of these Himeji hotels.

Here we will introduce the best sightseeing hotels and traditional Japanese inns to stay at during your time in Himeji. Some tourist attractions include Himeji Castle; the ever-changing seasonal flowers found in Koko-en Garden; and other historical landmarks.

Options range from hotels close to JR Himeji Station to traditional Japanese ryokan inns located in Shiota Onsen, a hot spring resort famous for its spring waters. We will also introduce the countermeasures against Covid-19 that all of these facilities have taken.

Table of Contents
  1. 1.Hotel Monterey Himeji: A large business hotel directly connected to Himeji Station
  2. 2. Hotel Nikko Himeji: A relaxing space loved by VIPs around the world.
  3. 3. Yumenoian Yuyake-Koyake: A cozy, traditional Japanese inn where you can enjoy exquisite cuisine
  4. 4. Yumoto Ueyama Ryokan: Rejuvenate both body and soul at this 300-year-old Himeji ryokan inn

1.Hotel Monterey Himeji: A large business hotel directly connected to Himeji Station

1.Hotel Monterey Himeji: A large business hotel directly connected to Himeji Station
With its convenient location, you won’t ever get caught in the rain when accessing this hotel directly connected to the station.

Hotel Monterey Himeji is a business hotel directly connected to Himeji Station that’s also conveniently located only a 15-minute walk away from Himeji Castle. With 13 floors and a total of 274 rooms, this hotel is a refined fusion of Art Deco and traditional Japanese sensibilities. Rooms on the 12th and 13th floor offer a view of Himeji Castle.

This unique twin room uses arrow feathers as a motif for its originally designed wallpaper.

Door security is implemented on each floor so that the elevator lobby can be used safely and with ease. Solo female travelers can also plan an overnight stay without any worries. From leisure to business, this hotel offers an easy-to-navigate, pleasant stay.

Don’t miss out on the hot spring facility and luxurious breakfast offered to overnight guests!

Inside the bathing facility, Trinite, the men’s bath is equipped with a dry sauna, whereas the women’s bath features a mist sauna.

The bathing facility incorporates traditional Japanese elements and Himeji culture as a motif in its interior design. Available to overnight guests, the hot spring and sauna facility, Trinite, provides both a unique and relaxing atmosphere.

You can also choose from the many courses available at the modern and elegant Italian restaurant, San Michele. Starting with ones that use local ingredients from the region, over 60 dishes can be found on the menu. These dishes can also be enjoyed at the restaurant’s breakfast buffet. When it comes to dining, San Michele doesn’t disappoint.

Countermeasures against Covid-19
All elevators, front desk, counters, and partitions have been treated using the anti-viral, anti-bacterial, deodorizing, and anti-fungal agent Air-Catalyst SELFEEL / Disinfectant and sterilization products can be found at the front desk and communal kitchen / Temperature check enforced upon check-in / Disinfection carried out upon the arrival of each new guest / Ventilation of the facility enforced / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell / Masks required / temperature check enforced / Restrictions put on some room service (room entry)

2. Hotel Nikko Himeji: A relaxing space loved by VIPs around the world.

2. Hotel Nikko Himeji: A relaxing space loved by VIPs around the world.
A sweeping view of a lit-up Himeji Castle can be seen from the lounge bar located on the top floor of the hotel.

Hotel Nikko Himeji is a luxury hotel located in front of Himeji Station. Besides accommodating overnight stays, this hotel provides a reception area, wedding venue, restaurants, and a fitness gym. Room 257, with its stylish interior and calm colors, offers a classy ambiance. The room is furnished with a comfortable bed and duvet bedding.

There are only two of the special Nikko Deluxe Twin rooms representative of the Nikko floor.

Moreover, the Nikko floor, located on the 13th and 14th floor, draws inspiration from the white walls of Himeji Castle, the green of fresh green leaves, and the pink of cherry blossoms in its interior design. This luxurious stay is rated as thoroughly enjoyable. Besides having staff who speak English and Japanese, it’s a relief to know that this hotel offers pamphlets and brochures in English.

The perfect restaurant & bar available for every occasion!

Vol de Nuit offers a nightscape as well as a sweeping view of Himeji Castle from its large window.

This hotel offers a wide variety of cuisines ranging from buffet-style dining to Japanese cuisine, along with very attractive restaurants and bars. At the restaurant, All Day Dining Serena, a bright, open-space is available for casual use from breakfast until dinner.

In addition to this, you can enjoy specially-made cakes by pastry chefs at the Tea Lounge Fountain. Also, the Chinese restaurant Toh-lee provides famous Cantonese-style dishes, and Teppanyaki Icho utilizes the freshest of ingredients.

What’s more, Vol de Nuit’s bar lounge provides a sweeping nightscape of the lit-up Himeji Castle. Last but definitely not least, we especially recommend the freshly-made breakfast served straight out of the open-kitchen at Serena.

Countermeasures against Covid-19
All elevators, front desk, counters, and partitions have been treated using the anti-viral, anti-bacterial, deodorizing, and anti-fungal agent Air-Catalyst SELFEEL / Disinfectant and sterilization products can be found in the rooms, the hotel entrance, and each restaurant entrance. / Temperature check enforced upon check-in / Disinfection carried out upon the arrival of each new guest / Ventilation measures in place / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell / Masks required / temperature check enforced / Restrictions put on some room service (room entry)

  • hotel nikko himeji
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    • Address Hyogo prefecture Himeji city south station square town 100, 670-0962
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    • Nearest Station Himeji Station (JR Kobe Line / JR Kishin Line / JR San-yo Line / JR Bantan Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 079-222-2231

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3. Yumenoian Yuyake-Koyake: A cozy, traditional Japanese inn where you can enjoy exquisite cuisine

3. Yumenoian Yuyake-Koyake: A cozy, traditional Japanese inn where you can enjoy exquisite cuisine
With one of the enjoyments being the sea of stars at night, this inn welcomes you with its changing appearance throughout the seasons.

Shiota Onsen is approximately 30 minutes by taxi, and 40 minutes on the Shinki bus from JR Himeji Station. With a spring that has been bubbling for the past 300 years, the quiet countryside of Harima Province is the only hot spring village in the area. This is the perfect getaway for people who not only want to sightsee around Himeji Station but also want to freshen up by relaxing in a hot spring.

Yumenoian Yuyake-Koyake is a hot spring inn that is very particular about its cuisine and ambiance. This inn is located close to Banshuji, an area that has a nostalgic townscape. The inn is very easy to access with a free shuttle bus leaving from Himeji Station.

Enjoy the hot spring waters while taking in the views of the village mountains. Single room options are also available.

Four different kinds of rooms are available at this inn where time passes quietly. This ranges from single rooms with a deck terrace and an open-air bath made from hinoki cypress to superior rooms with twin beds, a relaxing backyard terrace, and an open-air rock bath made from granite. All 17 rooms come with their own open-air baths.

The chef uses carefully selected seasonal ingredients to make original kaiseki, a traditional Japanese course dinner. These dishes are beautifully arranged onto order-made plates and paired with delicious spirits unique to the area.

Having a view of the village mountains all to yourself while bathing is an exceptional experience.

The large bath at the private bathing room, Tefutefu, is very popular. Overnight guests get to use this facility for the first time free. (2,000 yen without tax from the second time on.)

In addition to the open-air baths that come with each room, you can use the Private Vista, a private bath in a relaxing, spa-like space, all to yourself.

Tefutefu has a relaxation space with a suspended chair made from wisteria and an indoor steam bath. What’s more, Tonbu, equipped with its own hammock, offers a space to lie down and unwind after a bath.

Although these two reservable private baths provide different enjoyments, they are both the epitome of luxury. You can enjoy beautiful views from the privacy of these hot springs. Because reservation is required, it is recommended that you try to find a slot during your check-in.

Countermeasures against Covid-19
Disinfection, sterilization, and cleaning of the front desk and other facilities / Disinfectant and sterilization products set up in the lobby and other common areas / Temperature check enforced upon check-in / Disinfection carried out upon the arrival of each new guest / Ventilation of the facility enforced / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell / Masks required / temperature check enforced / Restrictions put on some room service (room entry)

4. Yumoto Ueyama Ryokan: Rejuvenate both body and soul at this 300-year-old Himeji ryokan inn

4. Yumoto Ueyama Ryokan: Rejuvenate both body and soul at this 300-year-old Himeji ryokan inn
This historical, charming inn is the oldest hot spring inn at Shiota Onsen.

Established in 1874, the Yumoto Ueyama Ryokan at Shiota Onsen is tucked away in the abundant nature of the mountain. Handed down from generation to generation for more than 300 years, this inn boasts a hot spring that uses water from its own natural sources.

There are four main types of accommodation. Some come with a natural hot spring attached to the room, making you feel like you’re in your own vacation villa. Others give you the option of either a Japanese-style room or a Japanese and Western guest room.

These rooms offer beautiful views of the maple tree forest from their large window. Another attractive feature is that you can choose a room according to your price range.

Feel soothed with the views offered throughout the seasons, including fresh greenery in the summer, foliage in the fall, and snowscapes in the winter. The inn even has an English floor guide as well as translating devices.

The Tsubaki Block is a special room that has a massage chair along with a beautiful view of the garden from the private bath.

Enjoy a moment of luxury at the rare private spring source along with the season’s original kaiseki.

Enjoy the inn’s own special spring water in the relaxing bath.

Shiota Onsen boasts a high-quality spring due to its natural source. The source is a drinkable sodium hydrogen carbonate base said to taste like “salty soda”.

You can fully enjoy the very natural and freeing, open-air bath at this famous hot spring. What’s more, there’s an open-air family bath, where, if unoccupied, you can lock the facility and use it privately without any worries.

Offering a dinner to look forward to, the seasonal kaiseki cuisine is recommended. This particular course brings a myriad of seasonal ingredients together, creating dishes centered around Japanese cuisine. One dish, Yutsubo congee, even uses spring water from the facility. Enjoy the traditional flavors of Ueyama Ryokan to your fill.

Countermeasures against Covid-19
Disinfection, sterilization, and cleaning of the front desk and other facilities / Disinfectant and sterilization products set up throughout the inn / Temperature check enforced upon check-in / Limited entry at each bathing area / Disinfection carried out upon the arrival of each new guest / Spacing out the tables and chairs at restaurants as much as possible / Ventilation of the facility enforced / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell / Masks required / temperature check enforced / Restrictions put on some room service (room entry)

  • Yumoto Ueyama Ryokan
    • Address Yumesaki-cho Shiota 287, Himeji, Hyogo, 671-2112
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    • Nearest Station Mizoguchi Station (JR Bantan Line)

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We’ve introduced hotels and traditional Japanese inns we’d like you to stay in when you visit Japan’s first World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle, in Himeji City. From business to leisure and more, you can choose the Himeji hotel and accommodations that best fit your needs. Make your trip to Himeji something even more enjoyable!

* Due to the influence of COVID-19, business hours may be changed, temporary closures, and service contents may be changed.
* Information at the time of coverage.

Text by: Efeel

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
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