Welcome to HonkeBankyu
HonkeBankyu is surrounded by beautiful nature, so you can relax and feel connected with the rivers and the mountains. Located about 3 hours away from Tokyo, this hotel was established in 1666 as a healing hot spring inn at Yunishigawa riverside in Nikko.
Cross the "Kazura Suspension Bridge" and slip into Japan’s ancient past. Awaiting you on the other side is a sumptuous feast in a hidden restaurant inspired by the Heiki Samurai hiding place in the olden days. We offer “irori" which is an open hearth grill cuisine and “kaiseki”, a traditional Japanese course comprised of different dishes.
At Honke Bankyu ryokan, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. The hotel has a riverside hot spring spa and private open-air baths designed for healing and relaxation. Facilities include Wi-Fi in public areas, a lounge, and car park. Every guest room has a view of the river, has an LCD screen TV, air conditioning and purifier, heating, washlet toilet, and Japanese yukata (light kimono) for each guest.
Having existed for over 350 years the hotel has a nostalgic atmosphere that transcends space and time. Honke Bankyu Hotel is a smart choice for travelers to Tochigi who want to have a relaxing stay in a hotel that is a historical attraction in itself.
Access by Train and Bus
To get to the hotel from Haneda or Narita airport, first, you need to take the Keise Train to Asakusa or Kitasenju station. From there it is highly recommended to use the “Tobu Railway Express Train" going to Yunishigawa Onsen Sation. From the Yunishigawa-Onsen station, visitors can reach Honke Banyu by bus.
Please be advised that there are only a few buses that travel from Yunishigawa-onsen station, so be mindful of the time. As the last bus trip from Yunishigawa-onsen station to Honke-Bankyu is at 5:10 PM, visitors should take the train from Asakusa to Yunishigawa-onsen station no later than 2:30 PM.
Please be advised as well that Honke-Bankyu does not have a hotel transport service, so for visitors who miss the last bus trip they have to take a taxi to the hotel.
For visitors who wish to take a taxi, a reservation is needed with taxi companies as there are no taxis waiting at Yunishigawa- Onsen Station.
Since our dinner starts at 6:00 PM, if you plan to arrive at the hotel after 5:30 PM, please let us know in advance because the last order for our dinner is at 7:00 PM. After that, we no longer offer "irori" and "Kaiseki" dishes, so please arrive by 6:30 PM.
It is also important to note that Honke Bankyu is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by train or bus from the famous Nikko Shrine — a World Heritage Site — located in Nikko City which is a large town. To avoid missing out on dinner, we highly recommend that visitors go sightseeing around the city after they check in to the hotel, preferably the day after, because aside from the considerable distance, the transfers involved from the train to the bus, is quite complicated and has a time constraint. For details, please see the timetables of the trains and buses below. We wish you a pleasant and smooth journey. See you soon!
Wireless LAN connectivity available in the main building
Rated as a 5-star hotel for 14 consecutive years by the Kankokeizai News Paper co., a leading tourism and economy newspaper in Japan
Our amenities include face towels, bath towels, toothbrushes, hair brushes, hair dryer, Japanese yukata(light kimono), washlet (bidet) toilet, sink, plasma television, air purifier, humidifier, refrigerator, safety box, electric kettle, and tea set.
"Yakuzen-Jumi-Tougarashi” is a healthy and delicious 10-spice seasoning which is HonkeBankyu’s original spice blend and famous souvenir. This fragrant seasoning with medicinal properties to soothe the body and mind is made from a well-guarded recipe developed in Honke Bankyu — a hotel with 350 years of history.
A sprinkle is all it takes with this versatile seasoning to create delectable dishes. Our blend surpasses the standard 7-spice variety and is highly praised by top chefs. This spice blend is a perfect souvenir that represents Japan and Tochigi Prefecture that you can bring back with you and will make an excellent gift to give away to family friends.