Tanto

A purely Japanese experience in the countryside

Tanto Countryside Traditional Home
  • Tanto Countryside rice fields

A long-established agricultural town nestled away in a mountain valley in northern rural Hyogo. Here you won’t find convenience stores, many vending machines, or even Wi-Fi. What you will find are warm hearted local towns people wanting to share with you a glimpse into what life all over Japan used to be like before the age of globalization. This is a destination for those wanting to experience a purer form of Japan and challenge themselves with the classic motto of travel “When in Rome”. Be prepared, only Japanese is spoken in this quaint little village.

ABOUT TANTO

Let our local expert show you around
Master Local Expert of Tanto
PROFILE

We are a small farming community in the rural mountain valleys and welcome anyone wanting to escape the pressures of the city, although we don't speak English you are welcome to come and practice your Japanese.

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Tanto mountains and traditional Japanese home

Connect with people not technology

Japan is known as one of the leading countries in the field of technology and gadgets. Yet with all of the convenience of this technology also comes the stress and feeling of not being able to get away to find time for yourself. This is why many have been retreating to the rural areas to slow down and refresh in the wide-open technology-free spaces. Here in Tanto we do not have abundant Wi-Fi connections. But we do have connections with the natural surroundings as well as with the community.

Oh, by the way, our community is mostly made up of farmers and blue-collar workers who may not be well-versed in the latest app or fancy smartphone and most certainly are not proficient in English. However, we know the land, the old ways that the city folk have all but forgotten and are more than happy to share this with you in the ultimate homestay experience. Stay in one of our minka, a traditional Japanese residence complete with an irori (sunken hearth) for cooking and bath heated by burning wood. You can’t get much more traditional than this.

Tanto Countryside House

An intimate cultural experience

Tanto Japan Homestay Experience

Nothing has been modified or created for the sake of “showing” tourists Japan like a theme park. Everything here is natural and in its original state. Here is where real people live and work the same way that they have always done. When you come here you will be given the chance to experience this way of life. It is a great way to feel satisfaction in what you do and see the fruits of your labor, sometimes literally. Here you can have the ultimate homestay and be presented with the opportunity to get your hands dirty, but trust me, it is a lot more fun than you think. Cook dinner in and sit around the irori or sunken hearth. Chop wood to heat your bath water. Plant or harvest seasonal crops including rice when the season comes.

Tanto Tulip Festival

Tanto’s seasonal beauty

Famous for its natural beauty, each season produces a new piece of art.

Tanto spring fall tulips sunflowers ankokuji

From spring to autumn you can see the world change colors like a kaleidoscope. Hundreds of brightly colored tulips bloom in a work of art, each year brings a new work of art. Summer, a field of sunflowers brightens your day and trip. Frolic through the rows of golden flowers. In autumn, visit Ankokuji temple to view the Dodan-Tsutsuji. Sit in the main hall of the temple and enter into a zen-like meditation as you gaze out onto the brilliant reds of this hundred-year-old bush.

Tanto Onsen Silk Onsen

Relax at Tanto’s onsen

Tanto Onsen Silk Onsen Yamabiko

Silk Onsen “Yamabiko"

The source of the spring water comes through ancient granite located 1,100m below ground and...

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Yamamotoya

Centrally located in the hot spring town, perfect for touring the public hot springs. Great place to ...

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Lodging with no meals JPY 9,900 /person /night 〜
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Mikuniya

A 3 minute walk from the train station is a hidden retreat. We offer 3 free private baths, a beauty s...

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Onishiya Suishoen

Torches and a Noh stage accent the central garden which is surrounded by a tatami floored modern Japa...

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Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei

Renovated 2017! Luxurious hotel & ryokan with private onsen baths & free shuttle.

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Dinner and breakfast included JPY 25,300 /person /night 〜
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Nishimuraya Honkan

With 160 years of history, member of Relais & Châteaux and rated as the "Best Onsen Ryokan" in Lonely...

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Dinner and breakfast included JPY 33,550 /person /night 〜
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TAKENO

Uminone

LOCATION: Takeno; 9km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Takenoa Sta.) and bus.

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Suigou

Surrounded by gardens, stop a while and calm your mind at our affordable Japanese family style inn.

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Shinonomesou

Public stone bath in main building and private baths in second building. Beautiful wooden furniture. ...

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Nashikisou

LOCATION: Kannabe; 30km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Ebara Sta.) and bus.

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Seri

Enjoy traditional Japanese course meals and views of Maruyama River and the rolling mountains from th...

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Morizuya

Cave bath carved from the mountain, a favorite with female guests. In the middle of Kinosaki with an ...

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Tsuchiya

UTSUROI TSUCHIYA ANNEX is newly opened in October 2018.

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Tsukimotoya

Purely old Japanese style inn with the image of Kinosaki. Great location surrounded by the public hot...

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Tsutaya

Beautifully constructed of wood, this 3 story Ryokan blends into Kinosaki Onsen's elegance.

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Dinner and breakfast included JPY 16,500 /person /night 〜
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yamayoshi

Awarded "No.1 satisfied with dinner in kinki and hokuriku area in Mar. 2014 by a Japanese website for...

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Dinner and breakfast included JPY 24,200 /person /night 〜
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Mikiya

Once visited by the late literary master Naoya Shiga. Yukari Inn's wooden design is purely Japanese a...

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Kourakuen

Enjoy relaxing hot springs and delicious meals worth their price at this tranquil inn.

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Kinsui

Inside we've created soothing surroundings with sunken fireplaces and a salon.

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TAKENO

Okukinosaki Seaside Hotel

LOCATION: Takeno; 9km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Takenoa Sta.) and bus.

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Blue Ridge Hotel

LOCATION: Kannabe; 30km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Ebara Sta.) and bus.

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Tajimaya

A lovely inn centrally located in the heart of Kinosaki Hot Spring town. A popular and stylish inn am...

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Yamatoya

Tsuiyama brand crab, located directly in the middle of the tour route for the seven famous open-air b...

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Ryokan Sensui

Featuring 3 free private open-air baths in our traditional Japanese inn.

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Albireo

From the Kitakinki Toyooka Expressway exit at the Hidaka-Kannabekogen IC and turn left. Drive on Nati...

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Snow Land

LOCATION: Kannabe; 30km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Ebara Sta.) and bus.

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MIYAMA

Miyama Futon and Breakfast Thatched Cottages

We rent out our luxurious thatched cottages to guests so you can use the entire houses as you please.

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ACCESS

BY CAR

Distance: 32 km / Time: 45 min
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BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

KINOSAKI ONSEN STATION to TANTO
Travel time: 80 - 90 min / Fare: 1080 yen* (train 200 yen + bus 880 yen)
*Fare price based on local train prices listed as of September 2019
Take a train to from Kinosaki Onsen Station to Toyooka Station. From there walk over to the bus stop in the parking lot behind the taxis to catch the Zentan Bus to Tanto.