A maze-like layout has a retro feel
In 2010, Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs certified the entire building as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
Our ryokan has the building structure to be the pioneer inn for Misasa Onsen’s transformation from the therapeutic hot springs to a tourist destination Onsen Ryokan town. Our Onsen Ryokan was also able to adapt to the changes in mode of tourism. Such cultural remnant is evidently expressed through the architecture.
Highly polished lustrous appearance of a wooden building and the retro ambiance that brings about the feel of Meiji, Taisho and Showa Eras render the extraordinary experiences.
Wifi compatible spot. Antique furniture, a reception desk, sundry goods, and furnishing goods which were used during the Edo and Taishō period are exhibited in the lobby. Also, the history of Kiya Ryokan and photographs of our guests are displayed.
Rest spot with wifi. Located on the 1st floor, a relay point to 6 baths. Chairs for resting or reading, and a well water corner are available.
Located across the street from our ryokan. The ambiance of a coffeehouse of the Showa Era matches the relaxing atmosphere. Tasty siphon coffee and portrait drawn by the owner will make your trip memorable.
・Portrait: Limited to ryokan guests. Only when the owner is available.
・Business hours: 17:00-22:00
Kenji Miyazawa and Ryokuseki Kawamoto’s dramaCampanella no Yakata
There is a space called "Campanella no Yakata" in one corner of the coffeehouse "Sabo Kigi” operated by Kiya Ryokan, and many fans of Kenji Miyazawa pay visits from all over the country. This is because he has a deep relationship with Ryokuseki Kawamoto, the father of the hotel's senior proprietress.
Ryokuseki Kawamoto (real name: Yoshiyuki) was born in 1897 (Meiji 30) in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture. While attending Kurayoshi Junior High School, he became familiar with Seisensui Ogiwara's free rhyme haiku, and later participated in Seisensui’s haiku magazine "Soun". In 1916 (Taisho 5), he entered the Morioka Higher Agricultural and Forestry School (currently the Iwate University Faculty of Agriculture) in Iwate Prefecture. There, Ryokuseki Kawamoto and Kenji Miyazawa met.
2. Restored manuscripts of Kenji Miyazawa's "Gauche the Cellist" and "Ame nimo Makezu"
3. The school song of Kurayoshi Meirin Elementary School in Tottori Prefecture written by Ryokuseki Kawamoto
4. Ryokuseki Kawamoto’s Handmade Hina dolls
In 1917 (Taisho 6), Ryokuseki Kawamoto and Kenji Miyazawa, Kanai Hosaka, Kenkichi Kosuge and others published the coterie literary magazine "Azalea" and influenced each other. After graduating, Ryokuseki returned to his hometown of Tottori, where he taught at Kurayoshi Agricultural High School, demonstrating his wide range of talents, including haiku, painting, and writing poetry.
In 1924, Kenji Miyazawa, who also taught at an agricultural school, gifted Ryokuseki his first collection of poems, "Spring and Shura" and "The Restaurant with Many Orders." Ryokuseki was deeply moved by his gesture, and he published a collection of poems “Fragments of Dreams” in response to Kenji's friendship.
However, in the summer of 1933, he went to rescue a colleague who drowned during sea bathing training, and died at the age of 37. His death also shocked Taneda Santoka, who was a student of Seisensui Ogiwara, who was also at the center of the free-style haiku movement. His sorrow is engraved on the memorial tower of Ryokuseki in Yabashikaigan where he died.
Two months after Ryokuseki's death, Kenji also passed away. It is often said among Kenji’s researchers that in his posthumous book “Night on the Galactic Railroad,” “Campanella” who died saving a drowning friend was modeled on Ryokuseki.
Ryokuseki was not only a brilliant poet but also a good father at home and a good teacher at school who cared about his students and colleagues. He had a great life.
At that time, Ryokuseki was the only person in the village of Fukumitsu to own a bicycle, and when he was a teacher at Kurayoshi Agricultural College, he commuted to work on his bicycle every day. The morning of the day when Ryokuseki rescued a drowning colleague during swimming class and died, it is said that Ryokuseki, who rode his bicycle as usual, stopped many times that morning and looked back at his house with a fondness and a feeling that it would be difficult to leave.
In Kenji Miyazawa's "Night on the Galactic Railroad," there is a scene in which Campanella asks Giovanni, "Will your mother forgive me?" Giovanni didn’t know this but Campanella had saved a drowning friend and drowned himself by this time. His only regret was for his mother. His appearance and the cause of his death seem to coincide with Ryokuseki of the last day, which is why it is speculated that Campanella was Ryokuseki.