Voted the best onsen town in Japan, with a Michelin two-star rated panoramic view from the top of the ropeway, 7 tattoo-friendly hot springs, and is conveniently located only 2.5 hours from Kyoto
Kinosaki Onsen is famous for its 7 tattoo-friendly public hot spring bath houses. You can easily walk to all seven and with a day pass you can enjoy each one’s special features for a very affordable price.
Make friends with the sweeping willows of Kinosaki Onsen during a yukata-clad stroll around town.
What everyone is saying about Kinosaki
We would definitely visit again.
The willow-lined river view is breathtaking especially when snow piles up in winter.
A definitely must-see-and-visit place for anyone seeking a genuine Japanese experience.
Plus there are a lot of restaurants and cafes and shops around.
And it's not just the hot spring you can visit there but you have plenty more to do in your itinerary.
Lots of cafes, restaurants and shops in the daytime.
I personally enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Kinosaki Onsen much over more crowded places like Arima Onsen. If you have the ability to come up and visit, you should! The most direct access if of course by car, but you can come by public transportation. The latter just takes a little longer.
Especially beautiful during cherry blossom season!
Your accommodation typically includes a pass to the local onsen, together with a traditional robe and footwear to explore the town in. The onsen of the town are closed on rotating days, so allow more than 1 day to visit them all.
The food choices are a bit limited, but still do the job.
It also includes a funicular/cable car to the local mountain top for nice views of the surrounding countryside. The walk/hike back down is recommended.
POPULAR THINGS TO DO & SEE
- MOST POPULAR
- HOT SPRINGS
- NATURAL WONDERS
- ACTIVE & OUTDOOR
- ART, CULTURE & HISTORY
- DAY TRIPS AROUND KINOSAKI
NEWS & ARTICLES
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
ONE OF JAPAN'S TOP 100 BEACHES - Takeno Beach
Among one of the 100 best beaches in Japan, this beautiful hidden gem along the northern coast of Hyogo prefecture is the perfect place for your Japan beach holiday.
SCENIC STROLLING PATH - Kiyamachi Street
A hidden treasure in the back of town away from the crowded main street, Kiyamachi. A lovely tree lined path along the canal will take you on a quiet walk past some wonderful cafes.
TRADITIONAL KABUKI THEATRE - Eirakukan
Explore behind the scenes and under the stage of this beautifully preserved kabuki theatre that is the second oldest in the Kansai region.
The view from Mount Daishi at the top of Kinosaki Ropeway was awarded one star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan as a spectacular view.
GETTING TO KINOSAKI
Kinosaki Onsen has its own train station along the Sannin Main Line on the Japan Rail, so JR passes will get you here. You can get here in about 2.5 hours from Kyoto City.
The nearby airport will also get you here in no time from Tokyo, with a quick stop over in Osaka.
RYOKAN STAY IN KINOSAKI
A way to experience pure Japanese tradition, lifestyle, and hospitality.
Choose from dozens of ryokan ranging in size and price.