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About

 
 

A cozy 118-year-old

Japanese inn

with only 9 rooms.

 

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Hinode Ryokan has over 100 years of history behind it.
Odawara was once a flourishing post-station town. As a gateway to Hakone, Odawara boasted almost 40 inns.
One of these was Hinode Ryokan, a busy inn that was frequented by Japanese National Railways employees.
Some buildings in Odawara collapsed at the time of the Great Kanto Earthquake. People in Odawara still tell anecdotes about carpenters from the town who rushed to help repair the damage caused by the quake.
As waves of change rolled over the town of Odawara over the next hundred years, Hinode Ryokan stood unchanged, its doors open to weary travelers every day of the year.

 

Hinode Ryokan is

now 118 years old.

 

We want to preserve this beautiful inn as it is and let even more travelers experience what makes it so priceless.
Renovations are kept to a minimum. Tatami mats, sliding doors, and paper screens are replaced, as they are meant to be in any traditional Japanese house. The employee kitchen was renovated to turn it into a café area. However, very little else has changed in Hinode Ryokan over the course of 118 years.

 

Replacing tatami mats

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The floors are over a century old, so there are countless small distortions hidden under the tatami mats. Simply replacing the tatami would result in uneven floors.
Hinode Ryokan works with the local Uchida Tatami Shop to adjust the thickness and size of each individual replacement tatami before it is put in its proper place.

 

Plaster walls

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Some of our rooms have decorative alcoves that were recreated with wall plastering techniques that are extremely rare today.
These traditional techniques take four times as long as modern plastering techniques. We enlisted the Kosakasakan plastering company to complete this work.
In these rooms, you can feel and breathe what a real plaster wall is like.
 

Repairs to the baths

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The bathrooms, originally designed specifically for Japanese guests, were completely renovated.
Renovating bathrooms for which no blueprints existed proved extremely difficult. However, we managed to create elegant spaces that are a perfect fit for the atmosphere of the inn, thanks to the help of many craftspeople such as the employees of the Higashi Nihon Jyutaku Setsubi company and the traditional carpenter Mr. Yamasaki.
Our ceramic bathtubs are Shigaraki ware. The stones embedded in the pottery release far infrared rays, warming the body from its very core. Relaxing in a bathtub like this is the best way to make the exhaustion of your long journey just melt away.

The people who helped us renovate the bathrooms
(株)東日本住宅設備
K・Tハウス㈱
野々塗装
山崎建築
丸元製陶㈱
(有)竹内電機
湘南設備
 

Café area

We renovated an old employee-only kitchen to make a bar counter and a café area. You can come here to chat with other guests or eat food that you brought with you.

We renovated an old employee-only kitchen to make a bar counter and a café area. You can come here to chat with other guests or eat food that you brought with you.

Tiles

Surfaces around the inn are dotted with valuable old tiles that have remained virtually untouched by renovations. They are absolutely unique today. We treasure them and preserve them with all possible care.

Surfaces around the inn are dotted with valuable old tiles that have remained virtually untouched by renovations. They are absolutely unique today. We treasure them and preserve them with all possible care.

 
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The general manager who is in charge of Hinode Ryokan is one of Odawara’s most dedicated en enthusiastic citizens. There is nothing he does not know about Odawara, and he will be happy to answer your questions about the town.

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Ms. Yumi is a wonderful person who always has a smile on her face. Together with the general manager, she takes care of the daily management of Hinode Ryokan. All flower pieces in the rooms were created by Ms. Yumi. If you see a piece that you like, make sure to ask her about it.