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History of Nishimuraya

2020 marks the 160th anniversary of Nishimuraya. We are proud to uphold the tenets, traditions & harmonious atmosphere of our pure Japnese-style ryokan, Nishimuraya Honkan. At the same time, our sister property Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei will be an example of a new Japanese hotel which combines tradition, comfort & innovation. In addition to the kaiseki cuisine served privately for guests at both properties, we are excited to offer guests even more dining options with our restaurants Ricca & Sanpou Nishimuraya.  We look forward to welcoming visitors from home and abroad to enjoy the Nishimuraya and Kinosaki Onsen.

Old tourist map for Kinosaki Onsen

Archive photo of garden of Nishimuraya Honkan

Founding of one of Japan’s earliest commercial airlines.

4th generation owner Sahei Nishimura touring Kinosaki after the 1925 earthquake. Sahei was mayor of Kinosaki Onsen at the time and spearheaded the rebuilding.

A brief history of Nishimuraya

Edo era – Nishimuraya founded during Ansei period (late 1800’s)
1925 May – Nishimuraya Honkan burned down due to North Tajima earthquake
1926 – Nishimuraya Honkan Bld. 1, 2 & 3, Main Bld. And Main banquet hall were rebuilt
1970 July – Nishimuraya Kinosaki Grand Hotel was newly built (64 rooms) and opened (capacity 350)
1974 April – Nishimuraya Kinosaki Grand Hotel Bld. 2 (35 rooms) was newly built (capacity 500)
1994 September – Nishimuraya Kinosaki Grand Hotel changed to Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei, phase 1 opened (capacity 350)
1994 November – Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei phase 2 opened
1995 April – Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei grand re-opening 100 guest rooms (capacity 563)
1997 August – Nishimuraya Honkan grand re-opening (entrance, lobby, lounge, small banquet hall, public bath, open-air bath newly built)
2002 March – Relaxation salon Fuka opened on the 3F Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei
2006 August – Private onsen spa (3 private open-air baths) in the Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei opened
2011 November – Restaurant Ricca opened
2017 August – Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei earthquake reinforcement construction completed
2019 April – Sanpou Nishimuraya Honten opened