WELCOME TO KINOSAKI ONSEN

The most charming hot spring town
you will ever visit

The town’s wonderfully-preserved architecture and authentic hot spring ambience along every street and alleyway will have you falling in love at first sight.

All about Kinosaki Onsen

What you should knowABOUT KINOSAKI ONSEN

Kinosaki Onsen town and valley it sits in, taken from Mount Daishi on a sunny day

it is2.5hours from Kyoto City

2.5 Hours from Kyoto City

Kinosaki Onsen is conveniently located just 2.5 hours by train from Kyoto and 3 hours by train from Osaka. Nearby are beautiful beaches, a historical castle town, and adventurous highlands.

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The outdoor baths of Goshonoyu Onsen

it has7tattoo-friendly hot springs

7 Tattoo-friendly Hot Springs

All seven of the public hot springs bathhouses are within walking distance of one another, and allow guests with tattoos of any shape, size, or color.

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The willow lined river of Kinosaki Onsen town. A stone bridge straddles the river

it has received 2Michelin stars

2 starMichelin Award-winning atmosphere

The town has received repeated praise for its intimate atmosphere and old-world charm. It has been called one of the best and most photogenic hot spring towns.

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A closeup of a buddhist statue found inside Onsenji Temple

it has1300years of history

1300 years of history

The town has maintained its serene atmosphere and authentic old Japan allure for over 1300 years through its well-preserved architecture and onsen culture.

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Kinosaki Onsen

EXPERIENCES & ACTIVITIES

Straw Craft Activity and Craftsman Workshop Tour (with English-speaking guide)

Observe the fascinating and complex straw craft process, learn about its history, get a private tour of the craftsman's workshop,…

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Onsenji Temple Hot Spring Therapy Origins Tour (with English-speaking guide)

Onsenji is a temple in Kinosaki Onsen with rich history regarding the town's hot spring waters. In this tour, learn…

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Tajima Tea-Picking Tour (with English-speaking guide)

Enjoy gorgeous tea plantation views, pick your own tea leaves, and use them to make your own tea!

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Kinosaki Picturesque Riverside Cycling Tour

Discover breathtaking landscapes located just a short bike ride away from Kinosaki Onsen in this one-of-a-kind cycling tour!

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Cultural Experiences: Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement, Koto

Travel back to the Edo era by experiencing traditional Japanese culture while you're in a traditional onsen town.

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Cultural Experiences: Calligraphy

Travel back to the Edo era by experiencing traditional Japanese culture while you're in a traditional onsen town. Learn how…

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Zen Meditation, Buddhist Sermon, & Matcha at Gokurakuji Temple

Try zen meditation and experience local Japanese culture at a lesser-known, local Kinosaki temple!

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Zazen & Matcha + Private Nursery School Tour (with English-speaking guide)

Take a glimpse into both traditional and contemporary Japanese life and culture through this tour. Experience seated Zen meditation, speak…

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Kinosaki Onsen

HIGHLIGHTS

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Active Mountain Course

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Onsen (Hot Spring) Festival 2021

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Tanto Sunflower Festival 2021

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“All the world’s a stage” Reviving and Restoring the Performing Arts

Discover performing arts in this hot spring town...

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The German and the Swiss national rowing teams have arrived in Kinosaki!

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Latest news from the German and Swiss national rowing teams

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“Yukata” You’ve just got to try one on.

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Kinosaki Onsen Summer Festivals 2021

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Toyooka City has been selected as part of the 2021 Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories by Green Destinations

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THINGS TO DO

  • A private look into a ryokan bedroom. Photo taken from the private outdoor Japanese garden of the room, looking inwards

    Stay at a ryokan

    With over 74 ryokan to choose from it is easy to find one to fit your needs and budget. Experience pure Japanese culture and tradition during your stay.

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  • Izushi 'sara soba' soba noodles on plates, with diced spring onion and soy sauce in the shot.

    Try some local cuisine

    Each season brings something new and delicious. The area is blessed with fresh seafood and locally grown produce. Snow crab, Tajima beef, & Izushi Soba are just a few of the must try local specialties.

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  • Ariel photo of Takeno Beach on a sunny summer day.

    Explore the area

    Sandy white beaches and pristine waters 20 minutes to the north, mountain adventures 30 minutes to the west and a castle town that will transport you back to the Edo era 30 minutes to the east, provide plenty to do and explore.

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  • A couple walking the streets of Kinosaki Onsen in colorful Yukata

    Stroll around in a yukata

    Strolling through this atmospheric hot spring town in a yukata is without a doubt one of the town’s big charm points. They can be worn anywhere in town, anytime of the year.

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