Kinosaki Onsen has always had a deep relationship with the arts. For centuries writers and painters have come here to find inspiration and relaxation. Perhaps one of the most notable guests was the writer Naoya Shiga, who composed his famous short story `In Kinosaki` while staying here.
In the Kinosaki `Bungeikan` Culture Museum, you can find out about Shiga and other the artists connected to Kinosaki Onsen, and read their works. You can also try making the local straw craft `mugiwara zaiku` in the workshop inside this building. It is a 5 minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen station. Open from 9.00 to 17.00. Entry fee is 400 yen for adults, 300 yen for students. Closed last Wednesday of every month.
Today, the arts still have a large place in Kinosaki`s culture. In 2014 Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC) opened up. It is a cultural center with an Artist-in-Residence program focused on the performing arts.
Artists can come from all over the world and stay for free in the center from 3 days to 3 months while they concentrate on creating pieces of work. The artists are invited to interact with the public and tourists in different ways, for example dance workshops, talk shows or public rehearsals. The idea is to create opportunities for meaningful artistic exchange in the town.
Why don`t you come to Kinosaki Onsen and get inspired!