Charcoal grille and Local Sake Sanpou Nishimuraya Honten, Kinosaki Onsen
- “Sanpou Nishimuraya Honten” is the newest restaurant & gift boutique of Kinosaki Onsen. We invite all visitors to experience the open & warm design of our unique Japanese-style dining restaurant and the fresh tastes of Tajima cuisine (Northern Hyogo prefecture) which have been the cornerstone of Nishimuraya’s hospitality for more than 160 years.
About Sanpou Nishimuraya Honten
The open kitchen of the restaurant - with a Japanese irori (cooking hearth) at the center - invites dinners to enjoy the riches of Tajima cuisines with all senses.
Explore a variety of local gifts including foods, sweets & culinary ware. Sanpou Gift is the sister shop of Sanpou Gift Boutique of Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei.
Kinosaki Onsen has long been a favorite location of many Japanese literary figures such as Shiga Naoya. Relax in the letter Salon, browse through photo gallery or enjoy snacks & drink buffet (separate charge) - Sanpou Salon is the perfect rest stop when out strolling the town.
According to legend, Kinosaki Onsen as a hot spring town came about 1,300 years ago when a priest named Dochi Shonin had a vision to pray for the health of the townspeople for 1,000 days. After he did, it is said the hot spring burst forth at the place which is now Mandara-yu. Sanpou Nishimuraya is located on the land which use to be the old Goshono-yu hot spring and is also the location of Mihashira Shrine - the first shrine in Kinosaki Onsen.
What is “Sanpou”?
The name “Sanpou” has two references. One is a traditional Japanese notion of shared value & corporate responsibility called “sanpou yoshi” (pronounced san-poh yo-shh) which holds that all stakeholders - buyer, business & society - should prosper together. This philosophy is ingrained in Nishimuraya’s corporate creedo. Second reference is to the guardian deity of Kinosaki Onsen - Sanpokojin - which is enshrined in Mihashira Shrine behind Sanpou Nishimuraya.
”The heart & bounties of Tajima”
Sanpou is committed to making the highest effort to source fresh ingredients, face-to-face from local producers.
Our craftsmen chefs work diligently to ensure the freshest, tastiest, most original meals possible are offered every day.
Japanese "irori" cooking hearth
A Japanese irori cooking hearth is at the center of restaurant Sanpou Dining.
Chefs cook the food with sumibiyaki charcoal in full view to allow dinners to experience & enjoy our cuisine with all of their senses.