Minoh Kanko Hotel is a resort hotel with attached hot spring spa facilities in the city of Minoo to the north of Osaka City. The hotel is easily accessible from Osaka and can be reached by train from Umeda in just 32 minutes. Among the local tourist attractions are Katusoji Temple which is 1200 years old and the magnificent Minoo Waterfall in Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Park.
Minoh Kanko Hotel has a mixture of Japanese style rooms in which guests sleep in futons, and Western style rooms with beds. Rooms with twin beds, triple beds, and four beds are all available. All rooms have air conditioning and heating, an air purifier, a refrigerator, a TV, a room safe for your valuables, an electric kettle and tea making facilities, yukata style nightwear, and free Wi-Fi internet access. Bathrooms are supplied with a full set of towels, tooth brushes, hand soap, shaving gear, and a hair dryer.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in a large buffet restaurant area with an open kitchen. A mixture of Japanese and Western style items are included in the menu with grilled steaks, roast beef, and tempura being the restaurant’s particular specialties. These meals can be included in your accommodation plan.
Minoh Onsen Spa Garden
Minoh Onsen Spa Garden is a separate leisure facility located adjacent to the hotel and is free to use for hotel guests. The facility has a range of outdoor and indoor baths separated by gender as well as saunas. The naturally carbonated mineral water in the baths is said to be good for a variety of ailments and is nicknamed “bijin-no-yu” or “beautiful ladies’ spa” because it is also good for the skin.
In addition to the baths there is a ganban-yoku hot stone spa in which bathers can lie on hot rocks. This is said to cleanse the body and be good for one’s skin and circulation. In addition to the bathing facilities the Minoh Onsen Spa Garden also has a food court, an outdoor swimming pool (open in July and August), a stage for comedy and musical performances, a games area, and a free karaoke room.
Minoh Onsen Spa Garden is open from 10.00 until 23.45 with last entry at 22.45. Day trippers who do not wish to stay at the hotel can use the facilities for the prices listed below.
Weekdays from 10.00 – 18.00: 1,580 yen; from 18.00 – 22.45: 980 yen
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.00 – 18.00: 1,980 yen; from 18.00 – 22.45: 1,280 yen
Children aged 6 – 12: 980 yen
Children under 6 years of age: 580 yen.
Infants under 1 year of age: No charge.
Other Services & Facilities
In addition to the adjacent spa facilities, the hotel also has its own rooftop indoor and outdoor baths that only hotel guests can access. From here guests can view both sunrise and sunset. Unfortunately guests with tattoos are not allowed to use the public bathing facilities in either the hotel or the neighboring spa. This is a typical Japanese prohibition, but it is very strictly enforced at these facilities. These baths are open from 16.00 to 24.00 in the evening with last entry at 23.30 and from 5.00 to 10.00 in the morning with last entry at 9.30.
The hotel also has a lounge with large panoramic windows and a magnificent night view over the Osaka plain. There is a live jazz performance there every evening.
Minoh Kanko Hotel & Onsen Spa Garden is located in the city of Minoo to the north of Osaka City. The city name is sometimes also written as “Minō”, “Mino-o”, or “Minoh” like the hotel, so you may see alternative spellings. To get there from Osaka take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line from Hankyu Osaka-Umeda Station to Ishibashi Station and then take the Hankyu Minoo Line to Minoo Station. The journey takes just 26 minutes and costs 270 yen. The hotel is a 6 minute walk from the station. Here is a map of the location.
Article by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.