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Shinise Ryokan 'Honke Bankyu'

Yunishikawa, Oku-Nikko, Tochigi

In the mid-12th century, two great clans-the Heike Dynasty and the Genji Dynasty- fought many battles for supremacy. Defeated by the Genjis in 1185, the Heikes fled to this place and decided to settle down. After the source of hot springs was discovered in 1573, 'Bankyu Ryokan' (now Honke Bankyu) was established as an inn for visitors taking hot spring cures. Now the 25th-generation descendant of the Heike Dynasty runs Honke Bankyu. In 1994, offspring of the Genji and the Heike buried the hatchet for the first time since the 1185 battle at Heike Villages, located near Bankyu, which is now famous as the land of reconciliation.

Yunishikawa Onsen resort is a pristine area nestled among mountains and a river with various tourist attractions, such as Heike Villages where you will see how the defeated Heikes lived.
By car, you can visit the Ryuokyo River and the Kinugawa River, as well as temples in Nikko, a World Heritage site.

Fresh ingredients from the mountains and rivers are grilled over charcoal in Japanese-style fireplaces and then served to each guest on an individual dinner-try, according to Japan’s traditional kaiseki meal.

Yunishikawa Onsen contains ingredients to make the skin beautiful. Open-air hot springs are located along the Yunishi River, which reflects changing seasons. While soaking in the hot springs, you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The exclusive use of open-air spa is available.

Seasonal Festivals:

Kamakura (snow hut) Festival: Jan. 24~Mar. 8
Heike (Taira clan) Festival: Jun. 5~6 /2014 TBA for 2017
Takeno Yoi Festival (Banboo lantern): Jul. 12~Aug. 3 /2014 TBA for 2017
Kawa-akari: Jul. 19~27 / 2014 TBA for 2017
Aurola Fantasy: Aug. 18~27 / 2014 TBA for 2017
Soba Festval: Oct. 12 / 2014 TBA for 2017


Yayoi Festival: Apr. 13~17

Mt. Nantai Worship Climbing Festival: Jul. 31~Aug. 7


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Sightseeing Spots

Jikoji Temple
Mizu no Sato
Tohhogu Shrine
Futarasan Jinja
Iroha Zaka
Taira Clan Museum
Taira Clam Museum
Tobu World Aquare
Nikko Kaido / Namiki Taro
Futarasan Jinja
Kegon Water Fall
Yudaki Water Fall
Chuzenji Lake
Nezuko Big Tree
Tobu World Aquare
Edo Wonderland
Edo Wonderland
Tamozawa Imperial Villa
Tamozawa Imperial Villa
Tamozawa Imperial Villa

Cultual Events & Activities

Kamakura Festival
Nikko Yayoi Festival
Heika Festival
Mt. Nantai Worship Climbing Festival
Heike Festival

 Access and Sightseeing Spots

From Shinjyuku, Ikebukuro, Asakusa: Tobu Nikko Line (Spacia) to Kinugawa Onsen (2 hours). Transfer to Tobu Kunugawa Line to Yunishikawa Onsen Station ( 28 minutes). Bus to Yunishikawa (20 minutes).
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