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One of the world’s richest radium springs containing high radon concentration – Kiya Ryokan has long been familiar to many people since Edo Period as a ryokan (Japanese inn) with hot springs welling up from underground, right beneath its baths. Now Kiya Ryokan features not only great hot springs but also abundant natural surroundings that change from season to season and a rich hot spring culture. The theme of the ryokan is “Wellness hot springs”. Kiya Ryokan is the place to experience good old Japanese culture while healing the mind and body.

Kiya Ryokan is a member of the Japanese heritage.(Designated Story 12)
What is the JAPAN HERITAGE ?

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Facilities

As one of the pioneer ryokans for tourists, equipped with both spa therapy facilities and banquet halls, Kiya Ryokan is highly valued for its historical Meiji, Taisho and Showa era-style architecture and is nationally registered as a tangible cultural property.

Exterior Features

Feature 1: Location
Streets of Misasa Onsen district are winding like castle town roads and have been used by visitors to reach Mount Mitoku. Kiya Ryokan is built along the winding street and its exterior appearance is notably distinctive.
Feature 2: Building Structure

With a wooden truss structures, a semi-basement and three stories, this ryokan consists of 4 buildings.
Building area: 164.58 ㎡
Gross floor space: 595.49 ㎡
Japanese kawara tile-roofing

Interior Features

Maze-like structures along bathing facilities
Bathing facilities were built first and the rest of the ryokan was built later. As a result, the layout of the building has become like a maze. For example, “Rakusen no yu”, which is one of the original baths existing since the ryokan’s foundation in 1868, is located on a semi-basement. From the bath, a chimney to release the water vapor was built up to the roof to prevent high humidity. When the building was renovated in Taisho Period, corridors and guest rooms were built along the chimney.

Facilities

Semi-basement
hot spring bath and storage
1st Floor
entrance, front desk, storage, kitchen, hot spring bath, guest room “Ran”
2nd Floor
guest rooms (9), banquet hall, private rooms (3)
3rd Floor
guest rooms (4), hall

Three-story wooden buildings. No elevators or escalators.

Guest Rooms

There are various styles of rooms such as the tea room style and Buddhist abbot’s study room style guest rooms. Plenty of natural wood is used and no two rooms are alike. Every room has a very traditional Japanese layout with Honma (slightly larger tatami used particularly in Kyoto), Fumikomi no ma (wooden floor at the entrance) and Hiroen (broad balcony). Juraku-tsuchi, the finest quality clay from Kyoto, is used for walls and Wakasa-sugi, Tottori’s brand cedar or cedar from Kyoto is used for columns and alcove posts. Chinese temple bamboos such as Kikko dake or Kaku dake are also used, so the room has a refined Kyoto-look. The “Ayame” room is especially distinctive, introduced in a magazine “Sarai” that features high-standard lifestyles and Japanese culture. Ayame is on the 2nd floor of the building which was renovated in Showa Period and has a ceiling woven with bamboo. The shoji screens which separate the room and the veranda have windows shaped like a half moon.

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Kiya Ryokan has chloride springs containing radon (radon springs with sodium). When the body receives radon (decay of a radioactive substance called radium) through inhaling or drinking, the body cells are stimulated through the bloodstream. In other words, radon promotes the metabolism and helps to boost immunity and its natural healing powers.

The effects of radon
Radon has the strongest ionization effects among all the natural substances. When it is absorbed in a body, it boosts metabolism and promotes the elimination of waste products and excess sugar in the blood. It also relieves stiffness and body pain.
Hormesis Effects
Misasa Onsen is one of the world’s most famous radioactive hot springs containing a high concentration of radon. Low doses of radon exposure improve the metabolism and boost the body’s immunity and natural healing powers. These are the special “hormesis” effects.
Efficacy (radon’s hormesis effect)
Hot Springs

■Enhancing immunity and self-healing powers
■Controlling oxidative damage (life-style-related diseases and aging) and improving antioxidant functions.
■Cancer prevention (activating natural killer cells)
■Improving respirator system disorder (reducing lipid peroxide in the blood)
■Improving atopic dermatitis (boosting the skin barrier function)
■Reducing stress (activating the parasympathetic nerve system)
■Relaxation effect (reducing nervousness, anxiety, depression, etc.)
■Reducing pain (secretion of beta-endorphin)

There are more things to do than just bathing in a radon hot spring!!
The following are some recommendations.

Hot Spring Facilities

Kiya Ryokan is registered as a “Japan Onsen Heritage” and has many baths with cultural qualities and traits. One of the reasons why Kiya Ryokan is registered as a national tangible cultural property is because of its spa therapy facilities. Kiya Ryokan can recommend ways to improve health, recover from fatigue or illnesses using hot springs. A concierge who is an Onsen expert provides custom-made support for each guest.

Types of Hot spring baths

Rakusen no yu
private bath
Anagura no yu
private bath
Yakushi no yu
private bath
Ondol
public bath (for men and women)
Kawase no yu
public bath (for men)
Kajika no yu
public bath (for women)

Inhaling Hot Spring Steam

Hot Springs

Ease your breathing, moisturize your skin and inhale vaporized radon in a mist sauna “Anagura no yu”!!

“Anagura no Yu” is a mist sauna which is effective for respirator system disorders. It is believed that by inhaling large amounts of steam from the spring, you can enhance the function of your nose and throat. You can adjust the temperature and amount of mist in the room.

Drinking Spring Water

Hot Springs

The hormesis effect will make your body more beautiful from inside! Detox your body by drinking spring water Radon’s hormesis effect brings about many health benefits. It is said that the body especially becomes energized as immunity and antioxidant functions are enhanced. It is also revealed that it has detoxification effects, which help remove body wastes and bad cholesterol from the blood.

The longer you stay, the more you can experience the effects of hot springs According to Misasa Medical Center of Okayama University, which studies radon’s hormesis effect, the health benefits become visible from the morning of the third day. There are also plenty of activities nearby for visitors. To enjoy Tottori’s magnificent views, history and culture, we recommend you stay at Kiya Ryokan for at least 2 nights.

Leisure

Activities

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Mount Mitoku Tour (cultural experience and forest therapy)

Mount Mitoku and Misasa Onsen were registered as one of the first Japan heritage sites. On this tour, you will climb Mount Mitoku, experience the culture and ancient history of Shugendo (mountain asceticism that incorporates Buddhist and Japanese Shinto practices), and enjoy the national treasure, Nageiredo Hall (literal name for throw-in hall) and forest therapy at Oshikakei. Enjoy hidden spectacular views of Japan’s natural beauty.

Tour prices
(tax included)
One person: 5,400 yen
Two people: 4,860 yen per person
Three people and more:
4,320 yen per person
Tour capacity
6 people
Reservation deadline
1 week prior to your arrival
What to bring
Trekking or hiking shoes

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Radon Ondol Yoga

You can enjoy yoga in the radon stone spa room and strengthen your immune system with Misasa Onsen’s radon hormesis effect.

Prices (tax included)
3,780 yen per person
Capacity
6 people
Reservation dead line
3 days prior to your arrival
What to bring
Workout clothes

leisure

Aizome Indigo Dyeing (traditional cultural experience)

Experience Aizome traditional craft. The color of the dye made from Tade water pepper is called Japanese blue. Join the workshop and dye your own Tenugui handkerchief.

Workshop season
May to October (6 months). No workshops from November to March due to maintenance.
Days
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays (excluding national holidays, Obon and New Year’s holiday)
Reservation dead line
One week prior to your arrival
Capacity
2 people per workshop
Time
approx. 90 minutes from 20:00
Workshop details
Dying a Japanese Tenugui handkerchief
Price
4,800 yen per person
Note
This activity is only available for Kiya Ryokan guests. Workshops may not be available depending on the dye condition and instructor’s schedule.

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Accommodation Package

2 meals per night (dinner & breakfast) Up to 15 nights

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You can eat lunch at nearby restaurants and even have meals delivered to your room.

We provide Japanese-style meals using branded rice called Misasa-Mai purchased from contracted farmers and seasonal food grown in Tottori Prefecture.

Basic Plan

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This is our standard plan for standard meals and services. If you are a first-time visitor and don’t know which plan to choose, we recommend this plan.

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Economy Plan

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Fewer side dishes for dinner than that of the basic plan. Less expensive than the basic plan.

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Deluxe Plan

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Upgraded dinner (amount and quality) than the basic plan.

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