|Fresh brew of green tea and sweets of red bean jello and soda crackers|
|Source of the Carbonated Water|
|Temple in Arima onsen town|
|View of hotel's bamboo and koi garden|
Dining in a ryokan is almost always Kaiseki style, a traditionally multi-course dinner in Japan, and designed to balance the body's various nutritional needs. The Kaiseki way of dining is likely originally from Kyoto, since that is the old capital. Kinzan's solitary Michelin star does not let it down and the food is impeccable and extremely low in oil and salt, allowing the natural flavors of the fresh local produce to come through.
|Agedashi bamboo in a shrimp and sea cucumber broth|
|Assorted Pickles with rice|
Since we were staying 2 nights, we chose a different menu for the second night. And since we were in the Kobe area, it would be wrong to leave without having the city's world renowned beef.
|Sliced Kobe beef for Sukiyaki|
The biggest difference between a resort and a ryokan is the latter's focus on meals and the set times at which meals must be served. One cannot just show up and eat. There is a preparation process which entails precise time keeping. So there is a set time for tea, dinner and of course breakfast.
|A full-on traditional Japanese breakfast|
1302-4 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe,