© Hoshino Resort KAI Kinugawa

A hot spring ryokan with baths fed by the famous Kinugawa Hot Spring.

© Hoshino Resort KAI Kinugawa


KAI Kinugawa is a hot spring ryokan with baths fed by the famous Kinugawa Hot Spring. It overlooks Kinugawa River from a high hilltop, which guests reach via monorail. Inside the premises is a wide courtyard that boasts beautiful seasonal colors, and interiors decorated with stunning local craft artworks.


Rooms are designed to allow guests to fully enjoy the surrounding nature. Terraces constructed from local Oya stone extend over lavish forest scenery, while soothing breezes add an exquisite touch to the private outdoor hot spring baths featured in some of our special rooms.


$$$ Expensive


KAI Signature Rooms incorporate elements of regional craft cultures in their design. At KAI Kinugawa, all rooms feature ornamentation designed to showcase the Tochigi area’s traditional craft arts, such as Mashiko ceramics pottery and Kurobane indigo dyeing.

KAI Kinugawa is located in Tochigi, a region of rich mountain soil and beautiful rivers that produce plenty of high-quality vegetables, fruit, and fish. These fresh, local ingredients are arranged into kaiseki feasts for both the eye and the palate, such as in the “Dragon Hot Pot” made with prawn and beef loin heated by an 800℃ stone.

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Both the indoor baths and outdoor baths offer expansive views of forests and gardens that sport different colors throughout the year, from pink cherry blossoms in the spring to vivid greens in the summer, vibrant colors in the fall, and snowscapes in the winter.

Every KAI establishment offers a selection of free activities designed to introduce guests to Japan’s regional cultures. KAI Kinugawa is located in Tochigi, a region of numerous craft arts that have long been staples in the locals’ lives. The ryokan is full of contemporary artworks created using these techniques, and guests are encouraged to take these objects in their hands to feel their subtle textures.

At KAI Kinugawa, the staff introduces the history and culture of traditional Mashiko ceramics famous in Tochigi. Take time to feel the expert craftsmanship and deep history of this beautiful ceramic ware by holding it in your own hands with the Mashiko ceramics masterclass.

A contemporary take on the traditional Japanese inn, providing you with a unique experience.


Hoshino Resorts KAI Kinugawa
308 Kinugawa Onsen Taki,
Nikko-shi, Tochigi 321-2526,

© Hoshino Resort KAI Kinugawa