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Reviewed 22 December 2019 via mobile

We arrived at Arimasansoh GoshoBessho by car. The staff met us at the main gate and helped us to unload our bags. The ryokan is on the hill, and built down a steep slope.

The ryokan staff parked the car in a private car park lot about 3-5 minutes drive away.

Check-in was quick and painless and then we were shown to our villa just around the corner from the onsen. The staff helped us bring up our luggage, up the uneven stone steps.

Our villa was cavernous. We walked into a huge room. The room has no ceiling, just the Roof beams and the roof.

There’s a Living room with two sets of sofas surrounding a table. There’s also another sitting area closer to the two spare beds along the East wall.

Dinner was brought into the room as two large bento boxes per person. We also received a bottle of sake.

There are Two large flat screen TVs in the room. It only receives Japanese TV stations. There’s also a DVD player and DVDs available. I’m uncertain if it’s only Japanese movies.

My son used the Study table to play his computer games. There’s also a Bar counter with bar fridge below. The fridge drinks are chargeable. There’s Mineral water bottles provided free in the fridge and on the bar counter.

The Bathroom area was special. We had Double sinks and a whole lot of Amenities and ladies products to spoil your skin. A Hairdryer was provided.
There’s also Separate toilet in its own room, complete with its Japanese toilet functions.

We loved the Large sauna area before the bathroom. The sauna is kept consistently toasty. There’s a a large bathroom with bath tub, plus large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel provided. We could put the shower in its mount and we could shower standing up.
We were Informed hot water for room only 800litres. Once gone, cold showers!

There are Yukutas in the bathroom and you can pair these with large down java keys if you’re walking to the onsen. There is also a large cubby hole for staff to put in newspapers and other requests without disturbing guests.

Parts of the floor are heated, including the bedroom floor. There’s also a central heating system for the room.

Our bed room was to the side of the living room. There’s two beds in the room. They share a central bed side table. There are two electrical points there too. The beds were very comfortable and we slept quite well.

Some of the not-so-well thought-out features includes:
- No pyjamas
- No lamps on bed side. Once lights are off, no more reading
- Spotlights for lights in room is rather harsh

Breakfast is provided in your own room near the main building. Breakfast was western style and there’s plenty to eat; including hot dishes and breads and fruit and yoghurt.

We liked the chilled vibes at this ryokan. It just seemed to invited you to kick back and take it easy. The food was good and pretty plentiful. Recommended!

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank Jamie575
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Reviewed 5 November 2019

My wife and I stayed at the ryokan for 1 night. There are only 10 villas (5 single story villas and 5 maisonettes) that can accommodate a maximum of 4 persons each.

The grounds are beautiful with lots of vegetation. Even though it is situated just next to the road, you feel a sense of tranquility and serenity once you step into the ryokan. The villas are very spacious and well appointed. There are two public baths (for males and females) in the ryokan. These are open to guests for use from around 6 am to midnight. In addition, there is a private onsen a few minutes' drive from the ryokan which is only for the use of the ryokan's guests. There are 2 baths in the private onsen so 2 sets of guests can use them at anytime time. However, guests will have to make a reservation with the front desk. The ryokan provides a car to drive guests to the private onsen accompanied by a senior staff member who is there to explain everything to the guests. When you have finished your bath, just call the ryokan using the phone in the onsen and they will send the car to pick you up. However, the private onsen outside the ryokan is available for use only during certain hours, so best to check with the front desk.

The ryokan could not provide us with dinner as the dinning area was fully booked for a private function by some guests that evening. However, we had breakfast the next morning at the ryokan. Both the food and service were great. .

We are most impressed with the excellent service by the staff members who are all very helpful and smiley. A number of them speak pretty good English, which is a plus. One of them, Sawada san, a young man brought us to our villa and explained the amenities to us. He was very nice and helpful, and offered to take some photos for us. He is a very good photographer, knowing the best spots in the ryokan for great pictures.

Date of stay: November 2019
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Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Very responsive hotel which called us repeatedly to warn us that the super heavy rains and floods have resulted in roadblocks which might be difficult for us to access the hotel. After few detours we got to the hotel and was relieved by how pretty this little hidden gem is.

They gave us free upgrade to the upper level villas because it was slippery to get to the lower level villas, which is accessed by a conveyor belt. The onsen was the signature gold onsen, the first of this kind I have been too, full of minerals!

The hotel’s beds were very clean and comfy, very nice set up. There was even a sauna in the villa. The only downside was the floor was a little bit sticky in the living area.

The food was good, I specially like the bread. The croissants were the best I had in Japan.

Would love to stay there again.

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank Resortbabe
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We paid top dollar to stay at this ryokan in peak autumn season, but sadly it did not live up to its reputation as, some say, the best ryokan in Arima Onsen.
First, they told us that they could not accommodate my non-dairy diet for dinner because it was French cuisine. We had booked Gossho Besso precisely because we had wanted to try their French cooking, and had expected that as with any fine dining establishment , they would have been able to accommodate dietary limitations. They wanted to pack us off to their sister ryokan, Tocen Goshobo, for their kaiseki dinner, but that was not what we had signed up for. They finally relented after much to-ing and fro-ing.
We had booked a villa (as opposed to their maisonettes) which was set up on a higher level, with the bedroom disappointingly backing onto a road, and certainly with no stream in sight. (The lower level maisonettes were nearer the stream). I found the villa too imposing. It was huge and dark, with so much wasted space. For a ryokan that charges the rates it does, it was surprising that it did not supply pyjamas for the night in addition to yukatas to walk around in.
Unless I am mistaken, there is no in-room private bath in any of the units. The public bath is in a standalone outhouse, easily accessed. One good thing is that they had standing showers for post onsen dipping, but what a pity that it was not an open-air bath. As such, it was totally lacking in atmosphere.
If we were to return to Arima Onsen, we would want to try out their sister ryokan, the older Tocen Goshobo, which is right next to the town, but in a pretty setting, and which had a nice ryokan feel about it.

Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank cheekoon t
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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Cannot even describe how fantastic this place is and how highly I recommend it!

Wonderful location, extremely helpful and polite staff, beautiful villas and amazing food!

This is the most relaxing place I've ever been to and even though it's up there in price it will be worth every penny!
I wish we could have stayed here forever!

Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 980agnec
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